Mayoral candidates share views on city issues

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson David Lansford and Gayla Brumfield are vying for the position of Clovis mayor. Robin Fornoff David Lansford is a former Clovis mayor. He had the job 12 years before stepping down four years ago, opening the door for Gayla Brumfield to best five other candidates for the position. Now Lansford [...]

Organization wants help to find housing for fire victims

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Fire Department works on putting out a fire Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments on Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez boulevards. Tonjia Rolan Though relief organizations are doing all they can for displaced victims of Wednesday’s fire, disaster relief is short term, according to Erinn Burch, director of [...]

Weekly update — Dec. 25

Commissioner: Investigation wasted county money Commissioner Dan Stoddard wants it known that he thinks Curry County wasted $4,800 spent on an internal investigation last month over allegations he created a hostile work environment. Stoddard says he paid a Dallas law firm out of his own pocket to look at conclusions reached by a county consultant. [...]

Laws also deserve to be scrutinized

Just about everyone wants justice. One of the most powerful tools you and I have available to keep government honest is the jury. Unfortunately, you can’t count on the government informing you of your power; you must usually hear of this from a libertarian activist instead. I believe that when you are serving on a [...]

Superintendent wants transparency in bond sale

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools sale of $8 million worth of bonds is slated for Tuesday. Proceeds are the district’s share of money needed for construction projects. Superintendent Terry Myers said school bond sales are always open to the public but he has a special desire for the public to know when money raised [...]

Clovis resident still wants ruling on video lawsuit

Sharna Johnson The county may have pulled a controversial video from the courthouse lobby before the Nov. 2 election after two Clovis men filed petition for a district court injunction, but the case isn’t being dropped. Clovis resident Al Lewis, one of the petitioners in the case, said he wants a judge’s ruling on the [...]

Government wants to track you online

Freedom Newspapers Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE fees could be [...]

Nothing trumps individual rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The point deserves to be made over and over: majorities have no just authority to trump individual rights. That old dependable standby of the lynch mob is a perfect illustration of this. Just because the whole town wants to hang the suspect, it doesn’t follow that it would [...]

Possible troop extension cause for concern

Freedom New Mexico It might be nothing significant. Of necessity the military is always making contingency plans, often to deal with circumstances nobody seriously expects but for which the military wants to be prepared if the unlikely happens. Most of those plans stay on the shelf. Nonetheless, the announcement by Army Gen. Ray Odierno, our [...]

Blight battle: Clovis not alone in fight

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A business wants to locate in your city. Like most businesses, it wants land cheap. In most cases that means land outside the core city. The business buys, the city expands and all parties are happy. Unless, of course, the older parts of the city get ignored in the [...]