Obamacare trips on long-term care costs

Freedom New Mexico One of the significant purported cost- savings of President Barack Obama’s massive health care overhaul was supposed to be the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, CLASS, which was to operate like a private insurance program collecting premiums upfront to pay later for long-term care. On Friday, the Department of Health […]

Little gained from Obama’s overseas trips

Freedom New Mexico President Obama’s trip to Asia, scheduled to end Thursday, will set a record for foreign travel in the first year of a presidency — nine trips and 20 countries. The runner-up was Bush 41’s seven trips and 14 countries. This is something of a listening and learning trip rather than one from […]

Committee recommends lethal injection

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After about a month of research, meetings and euthanasia observation trips, members of the Clovis Animal Control Task Force’s euthanasia subcommittee voted Wednesday to recommend the city switch to lethal injection. The recommendation will be presented to the Animal Control Task Force at an Aug. 18 meeting. The task […]

Residents flock to Farwell for gas

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Customers at Lowe’s in Farwell waited up to 25 minutes for $3.69 regular gasoline Wednesday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Janice Green picked the right day to come to town. Green and her family live 14 miles east of Farwell and limit their trips to the city. She was […]

Study suggests fixed bus routes

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A feasibility report recommends the city’s public transportation provider switch to a fixed bus route system because it would reduce operating expenses, expand service and accommodate growth. The report by a Scottsdale, Ariz.,-based mass transit consulting firm recommends the Clovis Area Transit System implement three bus routes snaking through […]

Albuquerque or bust: Feds revisit air service bid

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Passengers disembark from a Great Lakes plane that arrived at the Clovis Municipal Airport from Albuquerque. (CNJ file photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ air service deal with Great Lakes Aviation has been grounded. City and state officials raised concerns after the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Wyoming-based company a contract to […]

Great Lakes debate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Flights between Clovis and Albuquerque are up in the air. The U.S. Department of Transportation chose to provide federally subsidized flights between Clovis and Denver under its essential air service program, despite the wishes of the Clovis City Commission, which favored flights between Clovis and Albuquerque. Clovis residents will […]

Sometimes summer reports need stretch

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I stumbled upon a school report by my older sister Becky in elementary school titled “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” and was shocked. According to the report, she went to Disneyland and Six Flags. Funny, I didn’t remember going to those places that summer. I just remembered riding in […]

Fall brings day trips — and breakdowns

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist With fall coming, we’ve been talking about weekend trips. Our recreational vehicle is a 1978 Volkswagen camper, the kind with the canvas pop-up top. We bought it in Clovis last year for $800. The bottom is seriously rusted, the heater doesn’t work but the “Happy Camper” (as we call it) […]

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, […]