Data on higher education needs to be published

Freedom New Mexico One potential benefit of a tight budget is the opportunity to assess priorities and goals. That’s true for a family or a business. And it’s especially true for a government, which, by definition, depends on taxes taken from people. This month California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report, “Improving Higher Education […]

New administrator talks jail priorities

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Gerry Billy Robin Fornoff Retired Ohio sheriff Gerry Billy doesn’t officially take over as administrator until Feb. 1, but he met with Curry County jail staff for about an hour Wednesday morning to get one thing straight. “I just wanted to reassure them it’s going to be OK,” Billy said afterward. “I worry most about […]

Official: Housing, health care among top growth priorities

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the […]

Freedom Fest offers insight for libertarians

Freedom New Mexico Anyone curious about the direction of the conservative or libertarian movements, priorities for Tea Party enthusiasts or Republicans — or anyone generally interested in the hottest topics for right-leaning politicos — ought to pay close attention to what happens at Freedom Fest, set for July 14-16 in Las Vegas. This conference may […]

Monday morning briefing: Rain facts, road priorities and a deadly standoff

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fast weather facts Clovis recorded three years — 1917, 1943 and 1945 — with less than 10 inches of moisture. The city also saw 5.26 inches of rain in a 24-hour period in 1957. Road priorities The Roosevelt County Commission is holding a workshop […]

Area entities asked for capital outlay priorities

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File photo Curry County administration submitted capital outlay requests for Curry County roads, the Curry County Adult Detention Center and the Curry County Courthouse. Kevin Wilson and Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico entities sent capital outlay priorities Monday at the request of local legislators. But there’s no indication there will be capital outlay available, or […]

Education, not politics, should be schools’ priority

Priorities. I am trying to teach my grandson Jason about priorities, and even Mikayla my granddaughter, to whatever extent that concept can be grasped by a 6-year-old. One of my favorite classroom observations comes from my friend John, a middle school Spanish teacher in Florida, who reinforces with each group of students that “My primary […]

Hull overpass named one of top priorities for city

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymundo Garcia of Plains Masonry in Clovis saws a brick Friday for the masonry work on a home under construction in the Raintree subdivision in northeast Clovis. Getting affordable housing is among the top five priorities for Clovis this year, City Manager Joe Thomas has said. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom […]

City commission considers legislative priorities

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission had some doubts on how many of their legislative priorities could actually get tackled with state budget crunches expected to last through 2010. But at least, commissioners said, there’s been enough progress the 2010 priority list differs from the 2009 list. With two of its […]

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Surprise visit resets priorities

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist My husband and I have had to

2/26 Letters to the editor

Citizen safety on sheriff’s priority list Regarding Glenda Bly’s letter criticizing our sheriff (“Sheriff needs to rearrange his priorities”) in Wednesday’s CNJ: Let me see if I understand the point. Laws regarding seat belts, baby car seats, drunk drivers, and methamphetamine should not be enforced, although violations of each of those laws maim and kill […]

2/22 Letters to the editor

Sheriff needs to rearrange his priorities Whenever I read a news story in which a New Mexico sheriff is whining about lack of funding or support (“Gap in sheriff coverage upsets resident,” Sunday CNJ), I have to laugh. I laugh because the sheriff either: (a) doesn’t understand the level of his or her authority (b) […]

Meet the 47th New Mexico Legislature

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Freedom Illustration: Ryn Gargulinski, Rick White Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa • Age: 44 • Occupation: Restaurant owner • District: 63, serving De Baca, Curry, Guadalupe and Roosevelt counties • Time served: Second term. • Legislative priorities: The transmission bill for renewable energy, Fort Sumner treatment facility, Martin Luther King overpass, Curry County Civic Center, […]

State officials hear area priorities

CNJ staff PORTALES — City and county officials from southeastern New Mexico pleaded their cases for funding on Thursday with a focus on roads, correctional facilities and water projects. New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee members met with officials from several counties and cities to discuss their legislative priorities and needs at Eastern New Mexico […]

Budget cuts could wreck ride program

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Alta Cole, a van driver for Curry County’s Maternal-Child Health Council program, left, talks with Jessica Hernandez, of Texico, as she takes Hernandez to a doctor’s appointment Wednesday in Clovis. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Nine months pregnant, Clovis resident Myishia Cotton has no car and few relatives in Clovis. […]

Cannon, water top priorities for Clovis planners

By Darrell Todd Maurina Water and the retention of Cannon Air Force Base are among Clovis’ highest priorities for continued and expanded growth, community leaders said Monday. “Without water, we cannot have economic development,” City Manager Ray Mondragon said. “We have (Base Realignment and Closure) 2005 coming up and we’ve got to look at these […]