Fed seeking permanence in private sector

Freedom New Mexico We’re glad to see Republicans gear up to fight the Obama administration’s unprecedented insertion of federal authority into areas of life that had traditionally and appropriately been reserved to the private sector. The nation, indeed, is heading down a dangerous road from which it might be hard to ever return. But we’re […]

Private firm to review Taser shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A private firm is investigating last week’s Taser-dart shooting of a Tucumcari teen to determine whether any policies were violated and whether excessive force was used. Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose wrote via e-mail the Albuquerque-based Robert Caswell Investigations was recommended by the New Mexico Municipal League. She said […]

Private colleges balk at new G.I. Bill

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Days before a June 15 deadline, 521 private colleges had signed modest-to-grand “Yellow Ribbon” agreements under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit, making these higher-priced schools more affordable to at least some Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans who qualify for admission. But more than half of private colleges nationwide apparently […]

Private colleges balk at new GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Days before a June 15 deadline, 521 private colleges had signed modest-to-grand “Yellow Ribbon” agreements under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit, making these higher-priced schools more affordable to at least some Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans who qualify for admission. But more than half of private colleges nationwide apparently […]

First person: Private investigator takes week off for rodeo

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident and Mounted Patrol member Kevin Clements gets the Curry County Events Center arena ready for the rodeo each night. Pioneer Days rodeo events couldn’t take place without help from Mounted Patrol member Kevin Clements. Clements, 53, prepares the arena for the rodeo events each evening. Clements took a […]

Private jail would mean less county control

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Most counties that hire private companies to run their jails find they have the same problems, but less control with the same

Stability worth more than riches

A recent CNJ article about living in the Depression brought back memories of my grandfather, Karl D. Williams. He was a metallurgical engineer and division director with the Navy Department in Washington who began his 38-year government career in 1911. By the mid-1920s he was well known for his work with various alloys used in […]

Time for salaries to come down

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist Will our ailing economy finally bring salary figures back into reality? With regular folks hit hard by the current downturn the outcry over CEO salaries has turned pretty ugly. Automaker CEOs got the message pretty quickly after each of the Big Three hopped individual private jets to Washington in order […]

Releasing records not private matter

By Ray Sullivan: FNM publisher Five years ago next month, New Mexico legislators defeated — for the second time in two years — a bill that would have set up an electronic portal that the state declared would make public records more accessible. The bill died because it was poorly thought out and ambiguously worded. […]

Private pesticide applicator training and testing

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GI Bill affected by financial crisis

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The worldwide financial crisis has hit private colleges hard enough that relatively few are likely to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s “Yellow Ribbon” initiative when it begins this fall, says Keith M. Wilson, director of education service for the Veterans Benefits Administration. Under the Yellow Ribbon program, private colleges […]

State game hearing seeks public input

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Photo: Courtesy of Game and Fish Department The oryx, an African antelope, was introduced between 1969-1977 at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. It is one of several species at the center of a special State Game CNJ staff Confusion over proposed new rules for hunting on private property in New Mexico is […]

Energy solutions best left in private hands

Freedom New Mexico As with so much concerning the hyped “crisis” of global warming, the recent

Retirees also deserve pay changes

By Tom Philpott Older military retirees like Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lanny Bauer, 68, of Stockton, Calif., do not begrudge current service members for a string of annual pay raises that have exceeded wage growth in the private sector. Every dollar they get is deserved and likely is needed to keep quality volunteers in wartime, […]

Free market better protection than USDA

Freedom New Mexico Uncle Sam protects us. The United States Department of Agriculture, for example, inspects our food. So we’re safe, right? Of course we’re not. Absent the hard work of the Humane Society of the United States, a private entity, the USDA would remain clueless about the outrageous practices of Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Corp. […]

Cannon F-16 emergency forces dropped fuel tanks on private property

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.–An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Cannon Air Force Base was forced to jettison its external tanks immediately after takeoff when it experienced a serious system malfunction today at approximately 10:35 a.m. The quick-thinking pilot was able to save the 35-million dollar aircraft by jettisoning the external tanks, maintaining control of the […]

Nov. 18 Honor

Franklin Dorothy Franklin is Pintores Art League’s featured artist of the month for November. Her paintings are on display at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. She started taking art lessons in the early 1960’s from Mary Lou Garrett. Franklin, along with Don McAlavy and three other painters, stocked the former Paint’n Place Gallery with their paintings, […]

Despite problems, private companies necessary in Iraq

By Freedom New Mexico The private security company Blackwater USA is on the hot seat just now, largely as a result of a shooting incident Sept. 16. That’s when 14 people, mostly Iraqi civilians, were killed and 18 people were wounded. If the imbroglio leads to clarifying the legal status of private security operatives and […]

Personally paying for health costs would be best fix

By Freedom New Mexico America is rushing to a pivotal decision that could dictate the nature of health care for decades to come. Escalating costs, rising consumer demand, coupled with employers reducing benefits are creating widespread unease. These and related converging factors guarantee change is coming. The question is whether Americans will succumb to the […]

How far should letters to editor go?

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Eva Torres presents a journalistic dilemma. The Clovis woman has written a letter praising staff at Plains Regional Medical Center and would like to have it published on our newspaper’s Opinion page. “They had compassion, utmost patience and caring, loving attention for my brother,” she wrote about the […]