Border patrol waste of taxes

I am not a believer in immigration laws or national borders. I know that’s a seriously radical admission, especially in these border states. Even more, I resent the Border Patrol vehicles I sometimes see around the area. They are not “keeping me safe,” but are instead wasting tax money and bolstering the emerging U.S. police […]

Letters to the editor: Golf course waste of our dollars

Golf course waste of our dollars I was in the audience the night Clovis city commissioners voted to purchase Chaparral Country Club for $2.81 million. The city took control of the golf course May 1. Not that much has improved since. The city has proven in the past it won’t spend the money necessary to […]

Washington no stranger to whine, waste

Freedom New Mexico I t’s difficult to take Washington seriously when politicians bemoan the federal deficit, whine about underfunded agencies and whimper about budget woes. It’s all the more galling when we’re reminded how Washington uses taxpayers’ money. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has released, “The Wastebook 2010: A guide to some of the most wasteful […]

Committee postpones vote on sanitation fees

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lifeguards Morris Sharp and Evie Fisher watch over Wednesday afternoon’s “When the Bell Rings” after-school program at the Clovis Wellness Center. The center is one of a many areas where city departments looking for fee increase approvals. If the city commission approves fee increases next Thursday, individual open swims will […]

Officials: Change in landfill fees designed to encourage cleanup

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City residents will be able to take small loads of solid waste to the landfill free of charge under guidelines clarified Wednesday by the Public Works Committee. The change is effective immediately and is designed, in part, to encourage cleanup in the community. The committee decided city residents may […]

Bill seeks to cancel pit waste rule

The Santa Fe New Mexican A Republican legislator from northwestern New Mexico’s oil-and-gas-rich San Juan Basin is sponsoring a bill to rescind a controversial rule by the state Oil Conservation Division that tightened pit waste regulations. Waste products produced during the drilling and pumping process are stored in pits. The OCD claims unlined pits have […]

Hospital waste removed from landfill

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Plains Regional Medical Center hired Stericycle Medical Waste Disposal to remove infectious waste found at the Clovis landfill. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A crew with a medical waste disposal company spent Wednesday cleaning up infectious waste found at the Clovis Landfill on Saturday. Justin Howalt, city engineer, confirmed […]

Infectious waste from hospital found at landfill for fourth time in three years

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For the fourth time in three years, infectious waste from Plains Regional Medical Center has been discovered at the Clovis landfill, officials confirmed Tuesday. City Engineer Justin Howalt said city employees found the infectious waste Saturday during routine procedures at the landfill. Howalt said the area containing the waste […]

DTV transistion plan waste of federal funds

Freedom New Mexico More than 3 million American households don’t have digital TVs and haven’t prepared for the upcoming demise of analog broadcasting. A converter box that would allow each of these households to keep tuning in after Friday’s deadline usually costs $50 or more. Based on those numbers, we can conclude that closing the […]

Naming state songs waste of officials’ time

Freedom New Mexico As if we need another means to measure how far government has strayed from the narrow intent of our nation’s founders, we give you the current flap in Oklahoma. A collection of conservative lawmakers became outraged that the song “Do You Realize??” by native sons Flaming Lips was poised to become the […]

Prosecuting “Liberty City Seven” waste of taxpayer money

Freedom New Mexico The mistrial last week in the case of the “Liberty City Seven” highlights the foolishness of some of the government’s tactics in trying to track down domestic terrorists. The defendants were a group of ne’er-do-wells in a poor neighborhood of Miami who talked foolishly, were infiltrated by the FBI and then were […]

Domenici: Need for economic stimulus

          CARLSBAD, N.M. – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today issued the following statement regarding proposals for an economic stimulus to energize the U.S. economy:             “While there are economic bright spots in New Mexico, there is no doubt that the national economy is in trouble.  I was […]

Trash measure passes despite opposition

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis residents must bag their garbage before disposing of it for city collection in Polycarts and Dumpsters as a result of an ordinance passed Thursday by the Clovis City Commission. Commissioner Fred Van Soelen opposed the measure because he said the issue is with the city’s collection system and […]

Needle, bloody bandages found in city landfill

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A hypodermic needle and two bloody gauze bandages that came from a Plains Regional Medical Center dumpster were recently discovered by employees of the Clovis city landfill, PRMC Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said Tuesday. While both items are considered infectious waste — classified as any substance that has the potential […]

FEMA failures show D.C.’s inefficiencies

Freedom Newspapers The news about the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to last year’s Hurricane Katrina just keeps getting more and more shocking. As Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins put it, “The blatant fraud, the audacity of the schemes, the scale of the waste — it is just breathtaking.” A survey by the New York […]

Hospital inspected for improper waste disposal

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Infectious waste from the Plains Regional Medical Center operating room was disposed of improperly during an inspection of the hospital in February conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health. An employee placed infectious waste in a container for material considered non-infectious, PRMC officials said. Infectious waste in New […]

Landfill trash lands in nearby back yards

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Brent Myers of Clovis unloads trash from his truck Friday at the Clovis Landfill. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An odd assortment of items ended up on the lawn of Clovis resident Tana Williams: A list of airmen from Cannon Air Force Base and their assignments, graded school papers, an […]

Environmental report debated

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Highland Dairy Farm employee Alfredo Ordonez of Clovis looks over the ponds used to collect dairy waste, called lagoons. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer About half of New Mexico’s 160 dairies have groundwater beneath them that’s been polluted with nitrate, according to a New Mexico Environment Department internal review completed […]

Cannon to be recognized for environmental efforts

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will be recognized Thursday by the New Mexico Environment Department for efforts at preventing pollution. Cannon representatives will be presented with a Green Zia Award by Environment Secretary Ron Curry and Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, according to an NMED press release. The ceremony will be held from noon to […]

7/13 Letters to the editor

Local businesses waste most water I keep hearing about the water shortage and how we can help save water. Then I drive down Prince Street and see all the restaurant employees washing down their drive and parking area with gallons and gallons of water. They take well over one-half hour to wash their business areas […]