County manager told to cease endorsement

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales has demanded in writing that County Manager Geneva Cooper stop publicly endorsing the re-election of District 2 Commissioner Pete Hulder. Cooper refused Perales’ request, also in writing. Both sides called the other’s letter “threatening.” The exchange of letters was prompted by paid advertisements in […]

County manager in campaign controversy

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Some county residents and some candidates in county elections claim Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper violated county personnel policies by endorsing District 2 commission candidate Pete Hulder in a newspaper advertisement. The ad, which ran in Wednesday’s Clovis News Journal, lists a number of local residents, commissioners Kathrynn Tate […]

Traffic amendment a blatant attack on right to free speech

Freedom Newspapers Last week, an important case regarding free-speech rights was argued in federal court in the nation’s capital. Although it attracted little attention, it has the potential to widen the debate about federal drug policy — and has already highlighted the intellectual weakness of the most fervid drug warriors. At issue is the Istook […]

War deaths could help increase support

Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist “They are the images of war the Bush Administration doesn’t want the American public or anyone to see. But a Web site is showing hundreds of flag-draped caskets arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Official Bush Administration and Defense Department policy forbids such photographs, saying they are disrespectful of […]

Board member opposes early meeting times

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board passed an Open Meetings Act resolution at Tuesday’s meeting with one board member objecting to its language. Board member Mark Lansford voted against the resolution outlining the board’s meeting times and compliance with state law. Lansford said the resolution would allow for meeting times that […]

Decision to endorse Israeli plan bad for foreign relations

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s apparent endorsement, in a joint appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday, of an Israeli plan to hold on to at least five major Israeli settlements on the West Bank, is a major turnaround in American foreign policy. It might redound to the short-term benefit of Sharon’s Likud Party […]

Bush’s speech a spirited defense of the dubious

Freedom Newspapers You ached for the president to say something like, “We made some mistakes and our intelligence was far from perfect. But we’re there now, Saddam is gone, and we’ve got to get through the tough times. Experience has made us realistic enough to know we can’t establish instant democracy. Democracy can’t be established […]

School policy gives too much power to one

Freedom Newspapers I t’s sad enough when bad public policies go unnoticed for years. It’s worse when a problem is finally recognized and noted for others to see, and it’s not corrected. Clovis school board members recently were alerted to a long-time policy that allows a lone individual — the school board’s president — to […]

Not supporting base a negative message

Letters to the Editor I was making my way along Prince Street recently when I noticed a sign outside a restaurant that read: “Jet noise is good for the economy.” I am astounded that we have to rely on a restaurant marquee to remind us of what is important to our community and to our […]

Board bans blue jeans

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Judy Kern, a first-grade teacher at Highland Elementary School, discusses the staff dress code, Tuesday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich Clovis school board member Mark Lansford asked the question bluntly at Tuesday night’s meeting: “Let’s say tomorrow morning somebody at a grade school says it is cold outside and they want to […]

New deportation policy raises some concerns

Freedom Newspapers T here’s been a change in U.S. deportation pol- icy for illegal immigrants from Mexico — instead of dropping undocumented persons off at the border, the United States and Mexico have tentatively agreed to return them to their hometowns. Although U.S. officials like the idea, it does raise concerns. Last month, the United […]

Water board OKs unusual resolution

By Jack King City officials call it a “unique and strange agreement,” but a resolution approved Wednesday by Clovis’ water policy advisory board may allow Curry County to join other area entities in encouraging water conservation. The resolution is a compromise aimed at protecting agricultural users from overregulation, said County Attorney Stephen Doerr. The Clovis […]

Committee opposes teachers in blue jeans

Ryan Lengerich The verdict is in: A Clovis schools’ policy committee has recommended teachers not wear blue jeans to class. The committee made its recommendation to the school board on Tuesday night. “The policy committee did not favor wearing blue jeans every day and the principals, along with (Superintendent) Dr. (Neil) Nuttall, also did not […]

Superintendent gets extra year on contract

Ryan Lengerich Clovis schools’ board of education on Tuesday extended Superintendent Neil Nuttall’s contract through the 2005-2006 school year. Following an executive session that lasted nearly two hours, the measure passed by a 4-1 margin with board member Mark Lansford opposing. Lansford had no comment on his vote, saying he could not discuss anything that […]

Bush faltering in explanations for Iraq agression

Freedom Newspapers Even the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, who wrote speeches for the first President Bush and seldom passes up a chance to praise the current one, thought George W. Bush did poorly in the “Meet the Press” interview Sunday with Tim Russert. She put it down to a lack of facility at sticking […]

School board needs to change confusing policy

Freedom Newspapers Some Clovis school teachers want to wear blue jeans to class, but school administrators won’t let them. The differences recently created headlines for a couple of days. In a way, the issue is almost too trivial for extended debate. But it has focused attention on a far more serious — and longer-lasting — […]

Blue denim issue takes spotlight at school meeting

Ryan Lengerich A dress-code issue involving Clovis school teachers reached a public forum on Tuesday night. Clovis Public Schools’ Education Board member Mark Lansford asked that an administrative directive, which prohibits teachers from wearing blue denim at work, be placed on the board’s Feb. 10 meeting agenda for discussion purposes. Lansford said earlier this week […]

Denim blues hit Clovis teachers

By Ryan Lengerich A Clovis High School teacher is unhappy about a new policy that prohibits her from wearing blue jeans to class. But Carol Singletary said the issue is not just a dress-code debate with school superintendent Neil Nuttall. “The issue isn’t about jeans, it is about morale and the chain of command being […]

Let’s hope Bush we hear tonight more like in 2000

President Bush’s State of the Union speech tonight will be the unofficial kickoff for his re-election campaign. He’ll tell the nation, and the world, the themes and programs he plans to pursue this year and in the following four years, should voters re-elect him. The focus, as last year, will be on war and peace. […]

Shocking news: There are gays among us

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Sometimes, the battle over gay rights reminds me of a science-fiction movie. I’m thinking “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” or one of those other golden oldies where humankind is infiltrated by an enemy that looks and sounds like us and is therefore able to hide among us, undetected. That was probably […]