Investigation ends in reprimand, policy change

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer An internal investigation into the mistaken release of a prisoner from Curry County’s jail has ended with a reprimand and a major change in jail policy. A report of the investigation at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was released Friday. The internal investigation centers on the release last […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Water Policy Advisory Board

CNJ staff This is a report on the city of Clovis Water Policy Advisory Board’s monthly meeting held Tuesday: • The Clovis Water Policy Advisory Board approved a recommendation to the city commission to draft an ordinance regarding fugitive water from commercial and residential properties. The ordinance is in line with the city’s water conservation […]

It’s no debate: Big government wins, we lose

Freedom New Mexico From a political perspective, the big debate Friday night was probably a draw. Given that the electorate is nearly evenly divided on which candidate to choose, the debate results will only reinforce this indeterminate status quo. Republican John McCain had better answers on the economy. But Democrat Barack Obama had better answers […]

Meetings watch: Water Policy Advisory Board meeting

Highlights from Tuesday’s city’s water advisory board meeting at city hall: • During an end of summer water usage report, New Mexico American Water Co. Operations Manager Jim Bonner said summer water usage in Clovis averaged between 9 million to 10 million gallons of water a day, the peak water use reached 11.6 million gallons […]

School board plans to update publication policy

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board plans to introduce an updated school publications policy in next month’s meeting. The student publications policy has been a topic of discussion following community concerns when Clovis High School’s Plainsman yearbook featured photos of two lesbian couples in a section on relationships this spring. The […]

Policy changes can’t interfere with basic rights

Freedom New Mexico Clovis public schools’ directors are to meet at 5:30 p.m. today to hear arguments favoring a change in the student publications policies. We believe the only response that board should offer is a lecture telling school administrators to become better communicators. There’s nothing wrong with the school district’s publications policies. The issue […]

Clovis Municipal Schools Student Publications Policy

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS (Student Publications Code) Purpose As stated in Board Policy JICE, school-sponsored publications are a public forum for students as well as an educational activity through which students can gain experience in reporting, writing, editing and understanding responsible journalism. Content of school publications may reflect all areas of student interest, which may include topics […]

Clovis superintendent apologizes for yearbook controversy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jessie Hardison broke down into tears while speaking during an open forum at Tuesday’s Clovis school board meeting. Hardison said that many of the speakers were “only showing hate” and that “God loves you for who you are.” By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm on […]

Isolation policy threatens regime in Myanmar

Freedom New Mexico An earthquake, upgraded by seismologists from a 7.8 to 7.9 magnitude in Sichuan province in central China, is first of all a reminder that few parts of this world are immune from what we call natural disasters. We’ve had more than the usual number of tornadoes in the southeast this year; we […]

Our policy is for fairness

Readers sometimes ask why we don’t always name criminal suspects in crime stories.

3-18-08 Business Digest

The first New Mexico Biodiesel Policy Summit is being held

Job-seeking Melrose police chief has decision to make

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson has a decision to make — give up his candidacy for De Baca County sheriff, take a leave of absence without pay, or resign, according to village policy. And he’s decided he won’t give up his run for sheriff. “I’m still running for sheriff, […]

Mascot stunt to be reviewed

Staff and wire reports LUBBOCK — A Texas Tech committee is looking into a stunt by the school’s caped mascot, who apparently violated safety policy by riding a horse into the football stadium with the reins in his teeth and hands flung into the air like pistols. The Masked Rider Committee will meet Dec. 6 […]

Judges should uphold justice, not make policy

By Freedom New Mexico The federal courts are supposed to serve as impartial referees on questions of constitutionality, not as unelected policy-making boards or regulators. But at a time when almost every public policy dispute becomes a court case, many judges seem to have embraced their ersatz roles with gusto, further politicizing what should be […]

What’s your policy regarding leaking boats?

By Curtis Shelburne: religion columnist Whatever your personal policy about riding in leaking boats, a real leak in a real boat in which you are really riding will put it to the test. The policy, I mean. The boat, too, I suppose. My wife and I and two of our sons recently had the opportunity […]

Commission approves contracting

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Department heads in Curry County can become contracted employees with benefits under a new personnel policy. The policy passed Tuesday at the County Commissioners meeting in a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Frank Blackburn opposed the new policy. “My thinking of a contracted employee has always been one that’s hired to […]

School meal prices rising

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm told the school board at Tuesday’s meeting there would be an increase of 25 or 35 cents per meal depending on the amount of the district’s food bid in July. She said the last increase of 10 cents was in 2001. Citing higher transportation and food […]

County toughening policy enforcement at fairgrounds

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Organizations participating in the Curry County Fair in August will have to present proof of liability insurance before they can set up booths. Curry County Manager Dick Smith told county commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting the policy has been selectively enforced over the years, but the new fairgrounds manager, Justus […]

FCC regulation of airwaves unconstitutional

By Freedom Newspapers The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has correctly rebuked the Federal Communications Commission for arbitrarily changing its policy regarding the somewhat arcane topic of “fleeting expletives” on broadcast radio and television. The court did not believe it had to reach the underlying issue of the government’s power (or […]

Court: Speech once again free in cyberspace

By Freedom Newspapers An Indiana appellate court this month ruled, rightly in our view, that a verdict reached by a circuit court a year ago unconstitutionally violated a young girl’s freedom of speech. In a time where many of our freedoms are being usurped in the name of national security, we must take the time […]