Energy rebate checks on their way

By Tonya Garner The check is in the mail, or at least for most New Mexico taxpayers. The first round of tax rebate checks were mailed Oct. 30, according to the State of New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. “Anyone who filed a 2004 tax return should automatically receive a check,” Tax and Revenue Department [...]

Officials discuss water supplies

By Darrell Todd Maurina Responding to drought conditions that have reached emergency levels in some parts of New Mexico, an interim committee of the State Legislature is holding two days of meetings in Clovis to discuss water supply concerns. Tuesday’s first session of the Water and Natural Resources Committee met at Clovis Community College and [...]

Governor looking to curve Medicaid spending

David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson has proposed a 3.5 percent reduction in payments to providers of medical services in an effort to put a squeeze on Medicaid spending next fiscal year. Health care groups want Medicaid fully funded next year, saying cuts to the program would be devastating. Lawmakers realize they have some tough decisions [...]

Proposed bill would help fund transporting inmates

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A bill introduced on Wednesday by a local lawmaker could provide $2 million for the transportation of parole violators. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said from his Santa Fe office that he introduced SB 90, legislation that would appropriate funds to the state’s Corrections Department to reimburse counties for [...]

Football games ends in surprise

Kevin Wilson In his bestseller “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Mitch Albom wrote that every end is just a beginning, only we don’t know it at the time. On Sept. 15, 1984, in Ada, Okla., East Central thought it had the ending on a rout against visiting Eastern New Mexico University. A Kenny [...]

Local officials have mixed-views on legislative session

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Local elected officials praised the recent decision to increase sex-offender penalties, but didn’t have much else good to say about the special session of the state legislature. “I think the timing was poor; everything we accomplished I think we could have done in January,” said Sen. [...]

From the Editor’s Desk

By David Stevens A Clovis woman brought several old newspapers into the Clovis News Journal office last week. She didn’t want to throw them away, and thought someone might enjoy the look back in time. Six of the papers were from Clovis High School in the 1959-60 school year. Here are a few of the [...]