USDA declares seven counties disaster areas due to drought

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Acting Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Brenda Archuleta, announced that the US. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated seven (7) New Mexico counties as disaster areas due to the ongoing drought and high winds in portions of the state, from October 1, 2008 and continuing. Secretary Vilsack […]

Storm dumps hail, rain on Portales

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Portales got some much needed rain, but some residents took a battering in the process. Heavy rain caused problems in troublesome areas of town with flooding leading the Police Department to block off roadways. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said they had to block off Third Street and Kilgore Avenue […]

Bill would change infrastructure development authority

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 25 Development bill: The House Taxation and Revenue Committee has approved a measure (HB552) that would allow infrastructure development zones to be set up with local government approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow newly developed areas to pay for their own infrastructure […]

Winter supplementation program used as grazing management tool

By Manny Encinias: Ag columnist Beef producers in the Southwest are commonly challenged to balance forage supply and demand on their grazing operations. While typically not documented, a tenured manager is always aware of the grazing use patterns within and across pastures on a ranch. Regardless of the year, most managers would like to get […]

United Way still short of goal

CNJ staff With two days left until the deadline to accept donations, United Way is more than $130,000 from reaching its fundraising goal for Curry and Roosevelt counties. According to a press release, just over $488,000 has been pledged to date by individuals and businesses. The goal is $627,000. United Way funds are used to […]

Obama aides prefer pricey regulations

Freedom New Mexico With his choices of top aides in the areas of economics and national security, President-elect Barack Obama veered toward the center of the Democratic Party. He’s mostly appointed people who initially supported the misbegotten Iraq war (and keeping nominal Republican Robert Gates on) to national security posts and people with Clinton-era experience […]

Increased BAH rates announced

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 6.9 percent in January to keep pace with local rental costs. The new BAH rates will pump an additional $1 billion into service member paychecks in 2009, raising total BAH […]

Older neighbor helped with other areas of growing up

Glenda Price Every young girl needs an older lady friend/advisor – specially if she lives way out in the country. A girl’s own mother doesn’t qualify because she’s got too much invested in her offspring’s hoped-for successful life. The girl’s friend/advisor, unlike Mom, doesn’t give advice the usual straightforward way. (“If you don’t leave those […]

USDA declares counties disaster areas

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared 31 New Mexico counties disaster areas Thursday because of persisting drought conditions, including Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties according to a USDA press release. Eligible farmers have an eight-month deadline to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency to help cover their losses, according […]

Hiking relaxing getaway

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I remember the old story, or analogy, about not being able to see the forest for the trees. The reality, which underlies so much of life, is that we cannot find that which is right in front of us. The story applies, among other areas, to summer and the beauty […]