Sentate approves Bingaman’s public lands bills

For the second time this year, the United States Senate today approved a package of bills introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, which contains several provisions to protect important sites in New Mexico.

Long day, night at Roundhouse

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican In any other year, three days out from the Legislature’s adjournment, the Roundhouse hallways by 9:30 a.m. can be frenetic with lawmakers and lobbyists pondering the fate of their bills. Instead, the halls are mostly quiet, and the coffee maker of the Society of Association Executives is just rumbling […]

Clovis schools see rise in unpaid lunch bills

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. […]

Bills would make government more transparent

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The public would have better access to and could gain more understanding of the state government under several bills making progress this session. Certain committees that are now closed would be open while government documents would become public sooner under the measures originating in the House. The House Appropriations […]

Measure would promote green jobs

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 30 Green measures: A pair of bills in the Senate, (SB318) and (SB420), aim to promote green jobs in the state. Sen. Eric G. Griego, D-Albuquerque, is carrying the bills. One would require spending of a minimum of $1 million each year from the Development Training Fund for […]

Anti-cancer bills get new focus

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Activists are renewing their push for bills that target cancer screening and treatment in the wake of the death of Patty Jennings, the director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. Jennings, wife of Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, died this weekend after battling breast cancer. She was […]

Ethics reform bills make little progress

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Domestic violence bills move forward

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Domestic violence wasn’t one of the big topics mentioned much at the start of this legislative session, but bills to crack down on offenders are already making progress. The House on Tuesday approved a measure that would prohibit anyone convicted of domestic violence offenses from becoming a police officer […]

More ethics bills placed in hopper

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, with the help of some House Democrats, is pushing a package of bills that she said Tuesday will bring more transparency to state government. Denish told reporters at a news conference that her package is separate from the ethics legislation package being pushed […]

Jan. 18 Letters to the Editor

Say no to domestic partnerships Every New Mexico citizen should be alerted to the fact that two domestic partnership bills (SB12/HB21) have been pre-filed in the state Legislature. These bills will be introduced as soon as the Legislature convenes and the gay supporters hope to have them passed within two weeks. We oppose these bills […]

Dec. 14, 2008 How to Help

The family of Aiden Chavalier has set up a fund to help with medical bills and miscellaneous costs. Chavalier had a seizure Nov. 30, was in a coma and has had blood transfusions, family members said. The account, set up at Cannon Federal Credit Union, is called the Aiden Chavalier Fund.. For information, contact Shaynell […]

Counterfeit bills in circulation

Freedom New Mexico Portales and Clovis have both seen counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in the past week, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. One Portales business on South Chicago called police last week after receiving a fake $50 bill, Berry said. Others refused to accept suspicious bills and then called police to ask if […]

Residents warned of counterfeit money circulating

CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department has seen an influx in counterfeit bills in the area over the past two weeks, according to Detective Sonny Smith. Smith said the bills are $50 and $100 bills. He said the counterfeiters are purchasing small amounts of goods and receiving legitimate cash back. One warrant has been issued […]

April 13, 2008: Reporter’s Notebook

A store clerk whose bicycle was stolen last Sunday said he is overwhelmed by the support from Clovis residents who have extended a helping hand. Alex Yuen said cycling was his only means of transportation. He said he used his bike to go to work and run errands such as paying bills and picking up […]

Officials warn of sponsorship claims

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When Margaret George reviewed the bills for Wholey Cow Deli last month, one of them seemed out of sorts. George saw an advertisement for her restaurant to be placed on a House High School sports schedule. There was just one problem. “I like to help the schools out, I […]

PNM offers low-income a plan to help with rising costs

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Public Service Company of New Mexico is offering a payment plan to help low-income customers with winter utility bills that will be due after March 15. That date marks the end of a program that protects people from having their bills cut off in the winter. The payment plan is […]

Richardson will talk to citizens Thursday

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is inviting the public to talk with him about bills recently passed by the Legislature. Richardson is reviewing nearly 100 bills from the 30-day legislative session that ended last week. That includes a capital outlay package that would finance nearly 2,000 projects across New Mexico. Richardson’s […]

Legislators confident they’ll finish on time

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Area legislators say the current session is on track to finish as scheduled. The budget has moved from the House to the Senate and was being reviewed Saturday by the Finance Committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales. “It looks pretty decent,” he said. “There may be some changes.” The […]

Experts: ‘Funny money’ easy to spot

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police Detective Sonny Smith holds a fake bill up to the light to look for its watermark. Real bills have a ghostlike image of the center portrait that appears in the right-hand segment, he said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It appears normal on first inspection but gets […]

$2 bills spend same as any other note

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Two-dollar bills always seem to get a bad reputation. Many folks don’t want them in their wallets and some cashiers even scrunch up their faces when you pay for stuff with them. I ran across an article the other day about $2 bills used regularly as change at some exotic […]