City considering eminent domain purchase

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer City of Clovis officials want to build a drainage ditch on Daniel Griego’s property. But the life-long Clovis resident said he doesn’t want to sell. Today the City Commission will discuss purchasing the property anyway under the power of eminent domain. The city proposes a 30-foot drainage ditch be […]

Court’s eminent domain ruling troubling

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist We all remember last year’s despicable U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 Kelo v. City of New London, Conn., decision that held as constitutional that the rightful property of one American can be taken and transferred to another American so long as some public purpose is served. The Fifth Amendment to the […]

State involvement could improve protection act

Freedom Newspapers Another year, another stab at re-writing the Endangered Species Act. Last year, the House of Representatives actually managed to pass a bill containing some promising provisions, including one requiring that compensation be paid to people whose property values are diminished by a federal listing. Now the action moves to the U.S. Senate — […]

Ranchvale update on school board agenda

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer His father gave 5 acres to the Curry County School District for $1 so that a school could be built on the land with one condition — if it ceased to be used for school or church purposes, the land would be his once again. Sixty-six years later, the […]

12/22 Local roundup

Man sentenced for burglaries Roy Lee Daniels, 24, was sentenced to seven years in prison for burglarizing multiple Clovis homes between February and March, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Daniels was charged with three counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of residential burglary, receiving a stolen firearm, […]

Clovis officials interested in Petty studio

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Various recording artists including Tommy Allsup, Aubrey Decordova, Charlie Phillips, Richard Stephens, and Gary and Romona Tollett talk with director Shawn Nagy during a filming session August 2002 at Norman Petty Studios. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis is to seek $750,000 in capital outlay funds for tourism development, […]

Taxation: Extortion by another name

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist For some, the issue of taxation appears moot. Like death, they believe, taxation is unavoidable. Many others would like us all to fall for this because then they would gain the upper hand about political economy. For those who don’t much like the free society and its economic system, free […]

Floyd fire destroys one family’s home

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An unoccupied home west of Floyd was destroyed during Wednesday’s fire. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — “You could fit everything in two half-gallon buckets.” That’s how L.A. Davis of Floyd summarized his family’s loss following a devastating fire that swept across his property on Wednesday. Davis said their three-bedroom […]

Officers posting notices in crackdown on weeds, debris

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The yellow and blue yard signs seen around town recently are not advertising real estate or garage sales. They are part of the city’s effort to beautify Clovis by strictly enforcing codes related to weeds and debris. According to city officials, the “code crackdown” began on Nov. 1. The […]

12/1 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 3 p.m. Sunday, police went to a shop on the 500 block of Sycamore Street regarding a break-in and graffiti. The store owner told police an intruder ran out the back door when the owner entered the store. He said he […]

Medical center implements smoking ban on property

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center will no longer permit tobacco use on its property to promote public health, according to a hospital official. The smoking ban begins today. The hospital, part of the Presbyterian Health Care Services system, has disbanded its designated outdoor smoking areas, hospital officials said. “We wanted […]

House protects property rights, eminent domain

CNJ Editorial Typically, when the U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill by a vote of 376-38, you know it is some meaningless resolution. The House is bitterly divided and partisan, so it’s hard to expect anything with overwhelming support to contain much of substance. Yet the House on Thursday approved an important, substantial measure […]

Officials planning ordinance crackdown

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According to city codes, weeds and grass must be kept below 12 inches and alleyways must be kept clear of debris. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer City officials plan to step up the battle to rid Clovis of overgrown lawns and unsightly rubbish. Starting Nov. 1, the city will begin […]

Firearms matter of personal responsibility

Freedom Newspapers It seems hardly a week goes by that one group or another tries to pit one of our rights against another. It’s usually the result of someone claiming an absolute right or misreading the Constitution. The latest example is one we’ve seen before. It wasn’t long ago that legislators in Oklahoma passed a […]

Texas Legislature’s domain ruling good first step

Freedom Newspapers Texas lawmakers were roundly criticized for their failure during two special sessions to reach a consensus on a school finance plan for the state, but they should be cheered for something they did accomplish last month. Gov. Rick Perry signed into law last week Senate Bill 7, making Texas just the second state […]

County brings in extra revenue

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County has a little more spending money this year, according to official reports. County Assessor Randy Williams reported Tuesday that the overall taxable property value increased by 4.73 percent from last year. He said the bulk of the increase can be traced to new housing and residential additions […]

Leaders forgetting intentions of founders

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Most of the time people try to justify coercing others to do things on the grounds that they know what’s right and those others do not or will not comply. Even the recent 5-to-4 eminent-domain ruling by the Supreme Court can be viewed along such lines: The city officials believed […]

Property ruling runs counter to founders’ wishes

Freedom Newspapers Your home or business can be taken by force by local officials for virtually any reason, thanks to a long-awaited but misguided decision by a split Supreme Court last week. The 5-4 vote in Kelo v. the city of New London (Conn.) was not the type of decision that garnered widespread public attention, […]

Court’s ruling blow to property rights

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 ruling in Kelo v. New London helps explain the socialist attack on President Bush’s nominees to the federal bench. First, let’s look at the case. The city government of New London, Conn., has run upon hard times, with residents leaving and its tax base […]

Flag amendment not Congress’ most pressing concern

Freedom Newspapers With an ongoing war in Iraq, Osama bin Laden still in hiding, massive federal budget deficits and necessary Social Security and Medicare reform on the table, one would think that Congress would have a full plate of serious issues to tackle. Instead, the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 286-130 to push forward […]