Police: Marijuana plants seized

CNJ Staff Marijuana plants with an approximate street value of $51,200 were confiscated from a Clovis house Friday afternoon by police and drug task force agents, according to officials. No arrests were made at the scene and no suspects were at home at the time of the search, the Clovis Police Department said in a […]

Task force yet to tackle main ethics issue

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist They have to feel like David staring ashen-faced up at Goliath. It’s like someone handed them a teacup after Katrina and said, “go clean her up.” They are trying to row a kayak through gunk. Working diligently toward its October deadline to submit recommendations to Gov. Bill Richardson is the […]

6/17 Local roundup

CNJ staff Clovis Juneteenth celebration Saturday The Clovis Juneteenth celebration will be filled with food and fun, according to event coordinator William Hall. Upsilon Street at Potter Park will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for the all-day event. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in […]

Task force clarifies meth ordinance

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Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley, right, voices concerns over a proposed ordinance involving the sale of pseudeophedrine-based drugs in the Clovis area during a meeting held Friday at City Hall to discuss the ordinance. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A task force charged with reviewing a proposed city methamphetamine ordinance on Friday hammered more […]

Privacy concerns prompt meth ordinance revision

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A task force comprised of city officials and commissioners has revised some provisions of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s new methamphetamine ordinance. A majority of Clovis’ city commissioners voted July 7 to introduce the ordinance that would require pseudeophedrine-based drugs be kept behind the counter at local stores and […]

Task force tackles city’s proposed meth ordinance

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A proposed city ordinance that would put cold medicines and other drugs with pseudoephedrine behind the counter at local stores is being inspected and amended by a task force. The point of the ordinance, according to the district attorney, is to make it more difficult for methamphetamine manufacturers to […]

More studies will only bog down academy’s progress

Freedom Newspapers Just what this country needs — another task force study of what’s already been studied, analyzed and debated to death. Off we go, once again, on a prolonged orgy of navel gazing that won’t do a thing to hasten the speed with which we address the problem at hand. The problem being studied […]

Task force discusses traffic concerns for MLK overpass

CNJ staff A task force met Thursday evening to discuss strategies for a proposed railroad overpass at Martin Luther King Boulevard. Central in Thursday’s discussion was whether the overpass should be restricted to residential and emergency traffic and whether the bridge should be two or four lanes. “The issue of maintaining the road is very […]

Christians know end of story

By Curtis Shelburne Setting up housekeeping is no easy task. But the opposite task on the other end of the journey is infinitely harder. Ask anyone who has buried their last parent or whose parents have had to move into a care facility. That person will tell you that sifting through three-quarters worth of a […]

Supreme Court has chance to vote for openness

The White House is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect what it sees as a right of the presidency to solicit advice from private citizens and do so in secret — as vice president Dick Cheney did early in the Bush administration with an energy task force. The high court, which seemed to respond […]

Proof of savings key hurdle for merger

Tom Philpott: Military Update columnist The biggest obstacle to consolidating three military exchange services into a single system will be proving to Congress and skeptical service leaders that the effort actually will save money for patrons, says retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles J. Wax, director of the Unified Exchange Task Force. “My most difficult […]

Disbanding task force helps avoid another Tulia

Freedom Newspapers Nearly five years ago, the legal system committed a grave injustice against residents of the Texas Panhandle farming town of Tulia. An undercover lawman’s court testimony — uncorroborated by witnesses or any evidence — led to the arrests on drug charges of more than 40 people, nearly all of them black. It was […]

CCC pres to head up education task force

By Michelle Seeber Dr. Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College, has been named vice chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education, Pahl Shipley, a spokesman for Gov. Bill Richardson, said Friday. A news conference announcing the formation of the task force was held Friday afternoon at the Capitol in Santa Fe with […]

Cops and Courts: Two arrested on drug charges

Darrell Todd Maurina The Region V Drug Task Force arrested two people accused of drug trafficking last weekend, Sgt. Jay Longley said. The Clovis Police Department called task force officers to La Quinta Inn on Feb. 20 and arrested Terrance Jones, 21, on a charge of possession with intent to traffic a controlled substance. Jones […]

Governor names 100-person education task force

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two state senators representing eastern New Mexico and a Portales school teacher are among 100 people on a committee appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to recommend changes in the state’s education system and the agency that runs it. Richardson said he is reaching out to rural residents who rebuffed his school […]

State wants compromise on building codes issue

By Jack King o Not all Clovis task force members in agreement. The state Construction Industries Division has proposed a compromise on a statewide building codes controversy. Some members of Clovis’ building codes task force say the compromise is not acceptable. Building codes have been an issue in Clovis at least since July 17, when […]

City to study building code issue

By Jack King The city of Clovis moved closer Thursday to taking a position on a statewide debate over building codes with the City Commission appointing an International Building Codes Task Force to study the implementing one of two rival sets of codes. The commission approved the move 7-0. Mayor David Lansford and Commissioner Kevin […]