Clovis parents group fighting junior high realignment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A group of Clovis parents believe the proposal to realign Clovis junior high schools is a boggle that needs to be tabled, but Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm contends their fears are unfounded. Realignment without further research would waste taxpayer dollars, jeopardize students, avoid the root of academic […]

School plan based on hope, not facts

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist As a concerned parent of a sixth grader and a background of addressing education programs and budgets I was asked by parents and businessmen to help analyze the Ninth Grade Academy proposal by Clovis Municipal Schools. With the assistance of teachers, administrators, and elected officials we have discovered this proposal […]

Gattis tabbed for 9th-grade site

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Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton talks to the Clovis school board about the benefits of creating a middle school and ninth-grade center out of the district’s three junior highs during Tuesday’s school board meeting. (CNJ photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools colored in their proposal to reconfigure junior high schools […]

Reporter’s notebook — Proposal surprises soldier

CNJ staff ENLISTING THE HELP OF HIS BOSS AND FRIENDS, a local sheriff’s deputy arranged to have his colleagues stage a felony traffic stop so he could propose to his girlfriend. Michael Brockett said he began hatching his plan while his girlfriend, Jeanene Pollard, was away at pre-deployment training for the National Guard. Plans were […]

Military personnel eyeing proposed tax breaks

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A proposal by Gov. Bill Richardson that would offer income tax breaks to military members and retirees is good news to some Clovis residents. Active-duty military personnel who are New Mexico residents, under the proposal, would not be required to pay state income tax on their federal salaries, and […]

City Commissioners compile funding wish list

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners put together a funding wish list by adopting the Local Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Plan for 2008-2012 at Thursday’s meeting. The plan is a guiding tool submitted to state agencies and the legislature for state budget planning as well as funding allocation. At the recommendation of […]

Official: Air Force submitted proposal

CNJ staff The Air Force Special Operations Command is the only agency that has submitted a proposal for the use of Cannon Air Force Base, according to Lt. Col. Gary Jones of Cannon. Despite the lone proposal, “no decision has been made,” in regards to the future of Cannon at this time, said Jones, who […]

Water costs causing concern

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis resident Phyllis Wallace lives in a humble home with sparse furnishings. However, her back yard is an oasis filled with plants. A retired teacher, Wallace, 72, said the possibility of an increase in her water bill has her nervously eyeing her budget and wondering if she can maintain […]

ENMU regents ponder fee rise

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University students may see an increase in their tuition and fees next school year — an average of $180 to $200 per student. ENMU administrators during Friday’s Board of Regents’ meeting in Ruidoso presented a proposal to increase tuition and fees by 6.45 percent. “We […]

Guv blasts session

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers wrapped up 30 days of work Thursday without delivering on several of Gov. Bill Richardson’s key priorities. He called the session “disappointing” and said he would decide next week whether to call them back for a special session. Among the casualties: a minimum wage increase, […]

Governor opposes new wage proposal

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson opposes a proposal heading to the Senate that would boost the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6 in 2007 and then phase in additional increases for some experienced workers. Under a measure approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee, a […]

House committee shelves medical marijuana bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A House panel has shelved a Senate-passed bill that would have allowed patients suffering from illnesses like cancer or AIDS to use marijuana prescribed by a doctor to alleviate their pain. With the end of the legislative session set for Thursday, the move likely kills the bill for this […]

To revitalize Gulf Coast, suspend rules, regulations

CNJ Editorial The hurricanes that lashed Louisiana and parts of Texas unleashed not only misery but an outpouring of generosity and tangible help from people all over the country. There is little question that most of what has been destroyed will be rebuilt, including New Orleans. The question is: Who will do the rebuilding, and […]

Base closing process tense, emotional

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers The day before the Defense Base Closure and Realignment hearings opened in Washington, Gov. Bill Richardson was exchanging high fives and feeling confident Cannon Air Force Base could be spared from closure. One day later, that optimism gave way to uncertainty and concern, and Cannon backers said they weren’t sure […]

Pentagon seeks to ease concerns of BRAC panel

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials said Saturday in their final appearance before the commission reviewing their plan to close or scale back military bases that the changes do not overestimate savings and would strengthen national security. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s representatives sought to ease concerns of the nine-member panel […]

Letters to the editor 5/3

Marshall burrito situation handled well I want to commend local police, the staff at Marshall Junior High and any others involved in the speedy response to the alarm on Thursday morning. I know it was not a “textbook” perfectly run situation, but thank God we live in a town that is not used to situations […]

Passport requirement lacks rationale

What is the rationale for a program announced Tuesday to require U.S. citizens and residents who visit Mexico and Canada, beginning in 2008, to acquire U.S. passports and show them to border guards when they return? Quite frankly, we don’t think there is one. It resembles all too many of the vaunted airport “security” measures, […]

Address violent crime by keeping felons off streets

Freedom Newspapers Scotland has long been thought of as a wild land, peopled by independent-minded warriors, herdsmen and farmers. For centuries, its remoteness has fostered the spirit of self-sufficiency and independence that brooked little interference from the outside world. Scots fought many wars to safeguard their freedom. Who can forget Mel Gibson’s William Wallace shouting […]

Event center proposal faces land issue

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer A new proposal for an events center at the Curry County Fairgrounds is awaiting a resolution of a land issue before being sent to the County Commission for approval. The plan calls for an enclosed 75,000-square foot metal building that could seat 3,500 to be built on the north […]

Taxpayers should lobby for less spending

Freedom Newspapers We would like to say it’s shocking, but it really isn’t. As Brian Riedl, a budget analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said, “Congress’ natural inclination, regardless of party, is to spend money.” Still, it is disheartening that some of the first reactions to President Bush’s budget proposal were Republicans complaining that modest, […]