School meal prices rising

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm told the school board at Tuesday’s meeting there would be an increase of 25 or 35 cents per meal depending on the amount of the district’s food bid in July. She said the last increase of 10 cents was in 2001. Citing higher transportation and food […]

U.S. obligations in Iraq means Russia left unchecked

A confrontation between Russia and its southern neighbor Georgia has serious implications for the rest of eastern Europe, especially other countries that had been forced into the former Soviet Union and resumed independence when that empire collapsed. Perhaps more significant, it is unlikely Russia would have pushed so hard in this small crisis unless it […]

Portales weighing bypass

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Members of a steering committee charged with studying the future of Portales transportation agreed to research six alternatives to decide if a bypass would be viable without losing revenue to Portales businesses. Scott Verhines, engineer with GC Engineering of Albuquerque, presented the six alternatives Friday afternoon during a steering committee […]

Officials urge holiday caution

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer As Curry County residents prepare to light the barbecue grills and set off fireworks in celebration of Independence Day, county officials urge citizens to act responsibly. Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman said the Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling to ensure citizens are observing the fireworks ban. Bowman said deputies […]

No celebrations planned for taxes

Freedom Newspapers Saturday marked Tax Freedom Day for New Mexico residents, according to the non-partisan tax-education organization Tax Foundation (www.taxfoundation.org). Tax Freedom Day marks the day we’d be done paying taxes if we gave all our earnings to the government until we satisfied our annual tax debt. For the average American, that day falls on […]

2/15 Local roundup

Transportation dept. launches DWI blitz The New Mexico Department of Transportation launched a February Super Blitz on Friday, which consists of more DWI checkpoints, increased law enforcement and a pumped up media campaign throughout the state, according to a release from the NMDOT. NMDOT encourages New Mexicans to program the Drunk Buster Hotline into cell […]

Age not factor in violation of privacy

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist A recently passed anti-crime law in Texas requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed. That’s what it says on a “strange laws” Internet Web site, which may be about as credible as […]

Workers receive back pay

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer For Phyllis Fenn, Chris Edstrom and 19 other former Alex Transportation workers, it was a moment of triumph, amidst a sea of letdowns. The group received about $86,000 in back wages on Wednesday, officials said. According to Fenn and others, problems with their employer began about six months ago […]

Workers allege malfeasance

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Chris Edstrom talks about the troubles he had with his former employer, Arizona-based Alex Transportation, with his checks bouncing Tuesday at his home in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The troubles with his former employer started about two months ago when his payroll check bounced. Working for Arizona-based Alex […]

Federal funding no longer needed for transportation

Freedom Newspapers Want a glimpse into the essence of pork-barrel funding and a clue to the source of chronic federal budget deficits? Exhibit No. 1: The $286 billion, six-year federal transportation bill Congress recently passed. Among legitimate projects, such as repairing interstate expressways, it also contains approximately 6,371 special projects earmarked for and by individual […]