Help from above

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Project manager Mike Madsen lays out shingles on a Sheldon Street house hit by the March 23 tornado. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cleo Helker knew it was a matter of time before living in tornado alley would catch up with him. Helker’s Sheldon Street home suffered extensive wind […]

Udall pleased with recovery

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has been visiting eastern New Mexico for the last two days and stopped by Freedom Newspapers to answer questions about the area and Washington, D.C. Q: How are things going for Cannon Air Force Base and its planned Special Operations mission? A: The briefing I got […]

Many still suffering after tornado

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Much of the damage has been repaired in the two months since a tornado hopscotched through the city March 23. However, secondary concerns are beginning to surface, according to Erinn Burch, executive director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico. People who were able to find temporary lodging following the […]

Residents ‘almost’ back to normal

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Ron Simonton from Reed Roofing and Construction looks over tornado damage at David Saylor’s house. “I like to think we’re ahead of schedule. We’ve only been working on it a week and a half,” said Simonton. According to Simonton about 50 percent of th By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer […]

Tornado notebook

CNJ staff —The Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds operates 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. American Red Cross and Salvation Army are on hand to help. Furniture, appliances, food and baby care items are available. A pink intake sheet is needed to receive goods and items. […]

Socialist thoughts pervade many minds

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist If you haven’t visited former Soviet bloc countries it is difficult to appreciate the devastating impact socialism has on human community life. Judging by the continued popularity of socialism among academic political philosophers, economists and theorists, it is not likely that many of these folks have ever traveled to Bulgaria, […]

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 — […]

Davis-Bacon wage act should remain suspended

Freedom Newspapers One of the smartest things President Bush did to reduce recovery costs in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was to suspend Davis-Bacon Act rules in the hardest hit states. But Congress is frantically trying to overrule the president, which would add billions of dollars to the already staggering recovery costs. Davis-Bacon, […]

LETTERS: Bond decision needs to benefit teachers

On Tuesday, Clovis voters will have the opportunity to decide on a $5 million bond election with the money earmarked for school renovations and maintenance, and the addition of fiber optics in the Clovis schools. There will be much talk of the importance of this bond issue to ensure the continued excellence of education at […]