Dairy regulations still up in air

Argen Duncan The fate of new state dairy environmental regulations remains to be seen as involved parties wait for decisions from the Court of Appeals and the Water Quality Control Commission. At the end of December, the commission issued regulations, which contained points of contention over linings for dairy wastewater lagoons and the use of […]

Press release: AG asks NM Supreme Court to hear senior water rights case

(SANTA FE)—Attorney General Gary King has filed a petition with the New Mexico Supreme Court asking the high court to overrule the Court of Appeals and allow the State Engineer to adopt and implement rules to administer state water rights as guaranteed by New Mexico’s constitution.

Web doesn’t need federal regulations

Freedom New Mexico I nternet freedom is an idea most people would call important but it is equally important that we do not begin to think of Internet access as an entitlement. A ruling by a federal appeals court is a step, at least temporarily, in the right direction toward keeping the Internet free from […]

Sheriff’s office appeals for help finding suspect

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department is appealing for public help to locate a man charged with aggravated battery. Greg M. Sena, 28, of Las Vegas, N.M., beat his girlfriend with a baseball bat as she was holding their child, said Sheriff Darren Hooker. “It was a bad situation that took place the […]

Robles files for appeals court

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Robert E. Robles filed his Declaration of Candidacy for election to the Court of Appeals, Position 1, in the Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Democratic primary. Robles, 59, was appointed to the seat by Governor Bill Richardson on October, 24, 2008. He is announcing today that […]

Ruling victory for gun-right advocates

A recent decision in the liberal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals actually advances the constitutional concept of an individual right to gun ownership even as the judges upheld an Alameda County, Calif., decision to ban gun shows from county property. The decision is a mixed bag, but the case shows the degree to which […]

U.S. resident’s imprisonment endangers rights

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court wisely decided this month to review the case of Ali Saleh Khalah al-Marri, a legal U.S. resident who was apprehended by the federal government and held for more than five years in a Navy brig. He stands accused of being an al-Qaida operative. A three-judge panel of 4th […]

Flexible approach to gun laws will tighten standards

By Freedom New Mexico In a brief filed last week with the Supreme Court, the Bush administration paid lip service to the idea that Americans have an individual right to possess a firearm. But the practical implications of its argument show the government is speaking with a forked tongue. Last year, the U.S. Court of […]

Officer can go forward with suit

CNJ staff A decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals filed Thursday clears the way for a former Clovis police officer to proceed with a lawsuit against the city, according to court records. Former police officer Jerry Wimberly sued the city of Clovis in June 2003 for lost employment opportunities, the records read. He […]

Ex-spouse law defies efforts for change

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A 1982 law that allows state courts to divide military retirement as marital property in divorce proceedings has grown skin of armor, making it impenetrable to court challenge or legislative change. That, at least, is how it must seem to long-time critics of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act […]

Fed interference fails to deter future crimes

By Freedom Newspapers Robert Charles Comer wants to take responsibility for the murders, kidnapping, robbery and rape he committed nearly 20 years ago at Arizona’s Apache Lake and face the ultimate punishment — state execution by lethal injection. But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals won’t let him. Instead, a three-judge panel has refused to […]

Keeping power of NSA in check no easy task

By Freedom Newspapers Last week’s decision by U.S. District Court Judge Ann Diggs Taylor in Detroit, holding that the National Security Agency’s unwarranted surveillance program on U.S. residents in contact with suspected terrorists overseas is unconstitutional and illegal, may not stand up in the course of the appeals process for various reasons. Nonetheless it is […]

Voters recall sheriff, but Gary Graves’ fate still unclear

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De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves pauses during an interview Wednesday at the De Baca County Courthouse in Fort Sumner. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — De Baca County voters recalled Sheriff Gary Graves from office on Wednesday, but a court hearing scheduled for Nov. 22 may ultimately […]

De Baca recall election back on — for now

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has instructed De Baca County Clerk Laurie Pettigrew to proceed with today’s scheduled sheriff recall election. The move comes on the heel’s of Monday’s ruling by a State Appeals Court judge to postpone the vote to determine whether Sheriff Gary Graves stays in […]

BRAC commission submits recommendations to Bush

By Gina Holland: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The base closing commission submitted its recommendations to the White House on Thursday night after withdrawing proposed changes at an Air National Guard base in Connecticut. What was to have been a routine paperwork delivery of those proposals to President Bush was threatened by a cross-country legal […]

Death penalty rarely holds up against appeals

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Jerry Fuller and Stanley Bedford, who are accused of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple earlier this year. The chances the two Portales men will actually be executed if convicted is low, officials […]

Parmer County sample ballot

Parmer County Sample Ballot President and Vice President • (Republican) George W. Bush and Dick Cheyney • (Democrat) John F. Kerry and John Edwards • (Libertarian)Michael Badnarik and Richard V. Campagna United States Representative, District 19 • (Republican) Randy Nergebauer • (Democrat) Charles W. Stenholm • (Libertarian) Richard Peterson Railroad Commissioner • (Republican) Victor G. […]

Bailey County sample ballot

Bailey County Sample Ballot President and Vice President • (Republican)George W. Bushand Dick Cheney • (Democrat) John F. Kerry and John Edwards • (Libertarian) Michael Badnaric and Richard V. Campagna United States Represetnative, District 19 • (Republican) Randy Neugebauer • (Democrat) Charles W. Stenholm • (Libertarian) Anthony Garcia Railroad Commissioner • (Republican)Victor G. Carillo • […]