Commission approves zoo upgrade priority list

Kevin Wilson City Commissioner Randy Crowder wanted other commissioners to stop and take a breath at the costs of park improvements due to cost overruns in golf course renovations. The commission opted to play through. By a 6-1 vote, commissioners approved an improvements priority list for the city’s zoo at Hillcrest Park. The list of […]

Don’t expect policy changes from Obama

Freedom New Mexico When President Barack Obama promised this week to open 75 percent of potential offshore gas and oil resources to drilling and praised the controversial fracking method for extracting untapped oil reserves on land, a collective shudder went through his green constituency. Welcome to election-year rhetoric. The green lobby is learning what other […]

Officials: Beautification ordinance not priority

Sharna Johnson Curry County’s commissioners say creating an ordinance to address dilapidated or unkempt properties just isn’t a priority for the county right now. Critics say that is evidenced in the way the community looks. That’s not to say the county hasn’t tried. After more than two years of contention and revisions, an embattled ordinance […]

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Letter to the editor: Job raises should be last priority

Job raises should be last priority Regarding last month’s CNJ article “Texico school boss gets a raise:” Superintendent R. L. Richards was given an annual pay raise of $26,000. His yearly salary went from $112,700 to $138, 700 plus benefits. His contract was not due to expire until June 2012 yet this salary increase started […]

Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE […]

Letters to the editor: Education should be state’s priority

Education should be state’s priority Hardly a day goes by that we don’t read about another huge sum of money being cut from our New Mexico public schools by Gov. Richardson’s administration. As I remember, the Richardson administration began with a large surplus of money and now, as it winds down, it has a huge […]

Exit strategy for Afghanistan Petraeus’ priority

Last month the Afghan war became America’s longest, surpassing the previous record of eight years and seven months set by the Vietnam War. In his Dec. 1, 2009, speech to the nation announcing the surge of troops into Afghanistan, President Obama promised, “But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to […]

Board votes to make hiring practices priority for interim superintendent

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided in a 4-1vote Tuesday to make investigating school hiring practices a priority for Interim Superintendent G.C. Ross. Charges of discriminatory hiring practices were leveled at Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm during the board’s April 28 meeting by the Concerned Citizens of Curry County. […]

Education still top priority

By Steven Gamble: Guest columnist As president of Eastern New Mexico University, it is my responsibility to keep the public informed concerning the financial well-being of our institution. We at Eastern fully understand the condition of the New Mexico economy and the necessity for funding cuts in virtually all areas of state government. We agree […]

City engineer presents priority road projects

CNJ staff The city’s public works committee met Wednesday and City Engineer Justin Howalt presented a list of roadway projects he felt were necessary. “When there are funding opportunities,” Howalt said, “I can (reference the list and) say, ‘This is the road project I want to go after.’” Howalt’s list included 14 suggestions, and he […]

Letters to the Editor: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ not priority

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ not priority Regarding your Wednesday editorial “U.S. policies on military gays outdated:” I do not agree the policy should be on the list of items that need to be changed. I was in the Air Force from 1977 to 2005. During this time I never heard of any problems with gay […]

Budget takes top billing for Legislative session

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With the state expecting a budget shortfall of at least $600 million for 2010, the priority for the New Mexco Legislature is to fund what’s essential and cut

Public Health Office to administer 2,000 doses of swine flu vaccine

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Public Health Office plans to administer 2,000 free doses of the swine flu vaccine Thursday. Gayla Jacquess, nurse manager at the office, said the vaccine is part of an allotment the Centers for Disease Control gives each state. The state disperses the vaccine to counties. The vaccines […]

Mental health should be priority

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist This is supposed to be the year of the military family. I know. It’s only the middle of May, there are many months ahead of us and great things can, and hopefully will be done, but I’m an inpatient person. I actually worked on a story on what the year […]

Campos, Crook and Roch win state seats

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the race for local state representative seats, incumbents Jose Campos and Anna Crook held onto their positions in the House, while newcomer Dennis Roch defeated his opponent to claim the third seat. Roch, the assistant superintendent of Tucumcari schools, was elated Tuesday night at news of his victory. […]

City commission changes priority rankings

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The Clovis City Commission rearranged its wish list for the state Legislature, with a proposed wellness center and road repairs for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard getting bumped up. Commissioners unanimously approved the revision at Thursday’s regular meeting. Upgrades for the city’s wastewater treatment plant, the former No. 2 priority, […]

Hull overpass petition in circulation

CNJ staff A petition is circulating through the city to ask Gov. Bill Richardson to consider making the Hull Street overpass a priority in August’s special session of the state Legislature. City officials said Wednesday the overpass would be closed until is it rebuilt, replaced or removed. A 6 p.m. town hall meeting is scheduled […]

First priority for police are local matters

Freedom New Mexico Widespread public interest in getting local police more involved with federal immigration law should not become an unfunded mandate that usurps local control to focus on a problem that’s not even a crime. So we applaud Ariz. Gov. Janet Napolitano’s veto last week of House Bill 2807. It was an important and […]

Golf’s not a priority?

Clovis’ Betty Hodge is concerned about conditions at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. She’s convinced “golf is not a priority” of city officials. Meanwhile, Glenda Bly can “barely stop laughing” over “King Bill’s” endorsement of Barack Obama. Sunday’s CNJ will have at least three letters to the editor. • • • Have you participated in our […]