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Clovis News Journal (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Clovis, New Mexico Index Calendar .8i> classified 712c Jaoui hew journal comics a Al it commentary .4>.\ of 71 to 99r vol 71 no 225 lifestyles .l-8l> to it Ltd Fri s a Freedom newspaper.1-4-h sen ing Eastern new Mexico wennier.2a and West Texas since 1929 weather cold but not White for the week of Christmas. Page 2a i sports local kids Clovis wildcats submit their w a stay unbeaten wish lists to with it it >-47 win Santa Claus. Ill in. Over Lase Osa. Page 1c Page 1b sunday f Doms mews Soi i cd n in 1 to of Nin Clovis new Mexico december 19, 1999 Johnson Public discussion on drugs is fruitless Santa fear a gov. Gary Johnson says his crusade to decriminalize drugs such As heroin and marijuana is going nowhere because opponents cannot agree on Basic facts. A its fruitless Quot Johnson said. A if the dialogue is going to Advance if the debate is going to Advance we be got to Bottom out on what the facts Are. This is truly a i done to want to have any More debates if we can to arrive or acknowledge what the facts Are on these issues Quot he said. Johnson a Republican has spent much of his time since june pressing for drug legalization and trying to Lead a National debate on the Issue. He said the War on drugs is a failure. Republican lawmakers disagreed with Johnson a drug Reform Campaign and have complained that it was detracting from other issues confronting the state. Johnson agreed nov. 19 to tone Down his advocacy for drug decriminalization at least through the 2000 legislative session which convenes Jan. 18. Johnson said he realized that any Mort Public discussion on decriminalizing drugs was fruitless after a televised debate lust week with District attorney Jeff Romero of Albuquerque. Johnson contended crime and drug use rates in the Netherlands a where marijuana has been decriminalized were lower than in the United states. Romero said the rates were higher. A i came to a revelation the other Day in this debate with Romero that what everybody was presented with were facts that were 180 degrees apart and at this Point right now i think this goes soc Johnson Page 2a staff photo Nick Mondragon Curry county United Way executive director Tracy Mcmahon hugs Neil Nuttall president of the local United Way chapter during a Farewell reception held in her Honor tuesday. Us director resigns after four years by Leah Johnson staff writer50 daily sunday $1 City s Bills a Point for discussion Contention by Jeff West staff writer what Hills to pay and who is to blame for them was a topic of discussion debate and Contention at thursdays Clovis City commission meeting commissioner Kevin Duncan questioned a Bill for extra work by the architectural firm that is doing the plans for Potter Pool. The Bill is for changes the City made to the plans changing the depth of the Pool from 6 feet to 8 1/2 feet. The extra $507.90 was for additional hours for design services by Balw architects and engineers inc. In Albuquerque. A i can specifically remember the lady Maureen Walter of a Piaf saying there would be no additional costs w Duncan said. Public works director Jim Thomas said a i specifically asked her that and she indicated that if the decision had been made at that time there would have not been a Cost hut they went on with the Assumption we wanted a 6-foot Pool and it was changed after the final design had been completed so there was some final changes that need to be a sounds like they got ahead of themselves a a Dun can said. A they were assuming again it costs us added commissioner Eldred Noble. A i personally can to speak for or against it but i think it is a legitimate charge As far As there was additional work done a Thomas said. Announced commission candidate Gloria Wicker said. A need i say How Many times this has been up in front of the commission argued one Way and argued another it certainly could have gotten lost in the interpretation. I understood the a no Cost to mean no additional increase for the Pool being deeper. We can stand Here and have a filibuster Over $507.90 hut we can vote for $460,000 at the snap of a Finger. I think its a Little moot a i move we approve the budget change Quot interjected mayor pro tem Robert Moreno quickly. The motion carried with a vote of 5-3 with Duncan Noble and commissioner Steve Muscato voting against. The commission next considered an emergency request to repair the frames holding air conditioner units on top of the roof of the lyceum Rhea Ter. City manager Rodger Bennett told tilt group that a recent inspection showed tin wooden frames were rotted and barely holding the units. He said one unit was Only being held on by the duct work which needed some repair As a result. A when was that roof totally rebuilt. Was it four years ago five years ago a asked Noble. A that was within the last year Quot answered Bennett. Noble then asked a Why Wasny to it fixed then if i remember correctly they said this roof is in excellent shape top notch it should last to years and fart we Are wanting to fix it again. Something is wrong bad Thomas said a i agree with you commissioner Noble that the roof was fixed recently w hat we Are referring to Here is not a roof repair its the heating and air conditioner units that Are on top of the building and the Frame structures holding them in place it has nothing to do w Ith the roof itself. But if the Frame is not repaired the unit could fall Over see City Page a Tracy Mcmahon executive director of the Curry county United Way has resigned from her position. Mcmahon director for the past four years said she is leaving the Job to devote More time to her family. Mcmahon said one of the main duties As director a was to oversee and provide health and human services for the betterment of Curry she was also a Facilitator of the Money raised from each Campaign. Mcmahon gives All the credit for the Success of the United Way to volunteers and the leaders on Board a because it is their generosity that makes it during her tenure with the United Way Many things have improved Mcmahon said. In 1996, the first year Mcmahon was with the United a it a the annual Campaign raised $271,958 for its agencies. This year the Campaign raised $366,617, a 43 percent growth. The United Way Campaign raises Money annually for 15 agencies and 16 programs Mcmahon said. Mcmahon also has enhanced the pacesetters Campaign. To be considered a United Way pacesetter $1,000 or More must be donated to the United Way. Companies have improved their contributions to the Campaign she said. Also Mcmahon helped to Start a new program Clovis teen Challenge. This program is a geared at the recreational educational and socialization of our youth a she said. The people that worked closely with Mcmahon said they will miss her. Neil Nuttall 1999 Campaign chairman said a under Tracy a leadership the United Way blossomed. It greatly increased funds and number of agencies. She was a hard worker and we were All inspired by her dedication. This is a big at the going away reception Mcmahon was Given a heart shaped bowl that was engraved with the sentiment a a you be touched Many lives a and she said she Hopes she has. Mcmahon and her family will be staying in Clovis. Staff photo Nick Mondragon Lincoln Jackson elementary school principal Ida Villanueva places presents into a truck for delivery on Friday at the Central administration office. The Clovis educational secretaries association shopped for food and presents for needy local families. School secretaries donate cheer by Leah Johnson staff writer _ local families will be having a merrier Christmas this year thanks to Clovis school secretaries. The Clovis educational secretaries association for the last two years has adopted impoverished families and provided them with gifts for their children As Well As Christmas dinner Julie Shaw president of the association said. A this year we raised Money by Selling tickets to a drawing. The first place Winner got $500, second $250 and three $100,&Quot Jackie Johnson Secretary of association said. The drawing was held at the Clovis schools administrative offices on dec. 13. Superintendent of schools Neil Nuttall chose the Winner. First place went to Bestella Gardner second place to Darrell Chancey and third place to lorry Tranghida Johnson said. Last year the association sent Lucky drawing winners to Las vegas As a part of their fund Raiser. The principal of each school submitted names of families that Are in need. The families Are contacted about sizes for children and what toy a their Little hearts Are waiting for at Christmas a Johnson said. The family is also provided with food Staples like Beans Rice and flour to accompany a Complete Christmas dinner. One or More students from each school Are helped with this program. Response for in und Rais ing has been overwhelming Shaw said. A last year groceries and gifts were taken to the Central administrative office. Every spare table was used and items were piled As High As possible. A we Are expecting even More this year because we cleared $ 1,255 after subtracting the prize Money Quot Shaw added. Some charities Are so impersonal you never see the people who Are being helped Johnson said. This is different the members of the association shop for gifts and the groceries then personally deliver them to the families. A last year members who delivered the gifts came Back in tears and talk about their moving experience a Shaw said. Mom struggles to give children Good Home by Lori Frazier staff writer Many single parents get some assistance relying on it to get them through hard times. This mom works hard to support her children receives no other income and does no to make a habit of asking for help. However a times Are getting Tough a she said to salvation army workers when she applied for Aid. Deanna not her real name would love to give her children everything they need but she gets no Aid from the government and she does no to receive child support. She has lived in Clovis for seven years and is trying to raise her 9 and 12-year-old daughters and her 11-year-old son on her single Low paycheck. Without support from the Sal vation army and the empty stocking fund Deanna said the Holiday would offer no More than a Small meals and no Christmas presents for my she made no special requests for herself but said she needed clothes for her children. Through the empty stocking fund joint Effort of the salvation army and the clavis news journal Deanna a family a like More than 500 others a will receive a Christmas Basket of Chicken canned vegetables bread Cereal Pancake mix Peanut butter and Jelly cake mix canned fruit Cranberry sauce Macaroni and cheese and potatoes. The Holiday package also will include a toy for each child 12 years old or younger. All donations to the empty stocking fund will be used see stocking Page 2a staff photo Gwyn Matthews oath of office Clovis police officers Dean Marney left and Marty Williamson join other officers As they repeat an oath of office Friday morning at a swearing in ceremony at police Headquarters. The ceremony is held when a new police chief takes Over. Officers Are sworn in by the new chief and swear an oath to the City and state

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