Editorial: Letting AIG flounder may be only choice

Moral hazard is the term economists use to describe a policy or action that either rewards irresponsible behavior or prevents the irresponsible party from being punished in the ordinary course of things. It is especially relevant when considering AIG (American International Group), the insurance behemoth that is reportedly getting access to another $30 billion of […]

Releasing records not private matter

By Ray Sullivan: FNM publisher Five years ago next month, New Mexico legislators defeated — for the second time in two years — a bill that would have set up an electronic portal that the state declared would make public records more accessible. The bill died because it was poorly thought out and ambiguously worded. […]

March 5, 2009 Education digest

Thirty-four graduates will walk the stage during Wayland Baptist University’s commencement ceremony 10 a.m. Friday at Central Baptist Church. Fifteen of the students will be graduating with master’s degrees, while 19 will receivebachelor’s

Pit bull injures Muleshoe students

CNJ staff Police say 19 children received superficial wounds Wednesday from a pit bull running loose in a Muleshoe school playground. It happened during a lunch recess for fourth-graders at DeShazo Elementary School. Animal control officers later captured and quarantined the dog. Police Lt. Benny Parker said teachers were attempting to get the children back […]

Water utility asks city to withdraw water rights protest

CNJ Staff The New Mexico American Water company is asking the Clovis City Commission to withdraw a protest against a request the water utility made to combine its water rights in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The commission will decide during today’s meeting whether to comply with that request. City commissioner and Mayor Pro tem Randy […]

Texas election schedule

CNJ Staff Election season is in full swing across the Texas panhandle. The following are regional contests with general election information for voters: Filing deadline: Monday Election day: May 9. Early voting: April 27-May 5. Deadline for voter registration: April 9. The following positions are open: (* indicates a candidate who has filed.) Bovina Positions […]

Fire season sparks warning

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Fire and weather officials say a big grass fire in Melrose should raise a red flag for everyone across eastern New Mexico. Strong winds Tuesday carried flames from a burning trash pit over dry grass, igniting a grass fire that ate its way across about 300 acres of grassland […]

Education feature: Melrose afterschool program meeting with success

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By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A new afternoon program at Melrose School is proving itself through better grades for some students while helping working parents. “We want to give our children a little extra boost in their work,” said third grade teacher Eileen Massey. “Some children don’t have help at home with their homework. […]

NM House and Senate to face off in basketball game, House to consider bill on school sports equity

As members of the House and Senate get ready to face off in their annual basketball game, they will also be voting on a bill about athletics equity in New Mexico’s public

Udall: Federal grant will allow 3,800 New Mexico students to earn college credit

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that New Mexico will be receiving $98,800 to pay for low-income students to take Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.

Bingaman: New Mexico communities to benefit fron HUD grant

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman reported today that five New Mexico housing agencies have been awarded a total of $250,435 in grant funding though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

DWI Saturation patrols scheduled for Saturday night

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Extension office hosting crop conference

Freedom New Mexico The Texas AgriLife Extension Service is hosting a crops conference Friday at the Bailey County Coliseum, according to a press release from the service. The conference will address wheat production, fertility issues, irrigation and pest management, according to the release.

Council offering transportation services

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Wellness Council is offering transportation services for mothers 18 years old or older, their children, the elderly and disabled. The service provides rides Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to doctors offices, area grocery stores to use WIC checks, pharmacies, Children Youth and Families Department, Social […]

March 4, 2009 Lone Star Conference Basketball Standings

Freedom New Mexico Standings (Regular season final) All times Mountain Men South Division Div. All W-L W-L Midwestern State 10-2 21-6 Angelo State 8-4 20-7 Texas A&M-Kingsville 8-4 18-9 Tarleton State 6-6 18-9 West Texas A&M 6-6 16-11 Abilene Christian 4-8 10-16 Eastern New Mexico 0-12 4-23 North Division Div. All W-L W-L Central Oklahoma […]

Will salmonella outbreak affect Valencia peanut acreage in eastern New Mexico?

By Naveen Puppala: CNJ columnist In 2008, the U.S. had a bumper peanut crop resulting in 2,573,950 tons of peanuts. Timely rain and less disease pressure resulted in high yields in the Southeast and the Carolinas. Cool weather and high winds had resulted in just an average crop for the Southwest where peanuts are grown […]

Death penalty repeal heads to Judiciary panel

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican The bill that would abolish capital punishment in New Mexico cleared another hurdle Tuesday when it got a do-pass recommendation on a 5-2 party-line vote in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. Senate Bill 285, sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albquerque, now goes to Senate Judiciary, which is considered the […]

Film industry wins fight to keep incentives

By Robert Not: The New Mexican The sponsor of a legislative effort to kill the state’s popular film-production incentives said Tuesday his bill is dead. Rep. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, acknowledged defeat after film industry supporters passionately argued that the movie business is their economic life blood. HB725 would repeal the 25 percent tax credit and […]

Police seeking gunman in Allsup’s robbery

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