GOP change suggests bloody campaign

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist After winning the primary election as the Republican nominee to face Gov. Bill Richardson in November, Santa Fe physician Dr. J. P. Damron was fired by his party. Check that. He wasn’t fired. He voluntarily resigned as a candidate. Dr. Damron’s resignation so surprised New Mexico Republicans who did not […]

Iraq prime minister: Militant al-Zarqawi killed in air raid

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday […]

Murray wins spirited sheriff’s primary

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, […]

Hooker defeats incumbent Gosset for Roosevelt sheriff

Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers There’ll be a new sheriff in town. Challenger Darren Hooker easily defeated incumbent Thomas M. Gossett in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Sheriff Republican primary. Hooker received 939 votes to 625 for Gossett with all 23 precincts reporting. With no challenger on the Democratic ticket, Hooker will be unopposed in the general election […]

Money-laundering charges dismissed in Vigil case

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The judge hearing the public corruption case against former state Treasurer Robert Vigil on Friday dismissed the four money laundering charges against him. U.S. District Judge James Parker also made a tentative decision to deny a defense motion seeking to throw out all or some extortion counts, and denied the […]

Ruling could open door to regulating political speech

Freedom Newspapers The Federal Election Commission has been widely hailed for a decision last week that, to a great extent, keeps the Internet free of federal campaign regulations. While the new rule is not as onerous as some regulations that had been considered, it does interject federal regulation into one aspect of Internet political activity, […]

United Way honors donors, announces goals

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Laurie Bentley, center, was named the United Way of Eastern New Mexico Volunteer of the Year for 2005 at the organization’s annual banquet Thursday at Cannon Air Force Base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico hopes to raise almost $43,000 more than in 2005. United Way officials on […]

Political racing best left to politicians

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Tuesday is election day in Clovis. I sure am glad there are folks who will step up to the plate and run for political office. It ain’t my cup o’ tea. I could make up a list of all kinds of reasons why politics doesn’t interest me: the meetings, trying […]

Bill approved to impose tax in cities, counties

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A new tax would be imposed in cities and counties on some out-of-state purchases under legislation approved by the House on Monday. Local governments are projected to collect more than $11 million a year under the proposal for a local option compensating tax. The measure would automatically impose the […]

Senate panel OKs two ethics bills

The Associated Press SANTA FE — If the wads of cash that former state Treasurer Robert Vigil was caught on videotape taking from an investment adviser were indeed campaign contributions, they would no longer be legal under a bill approved by a Senate committee. The legislation prohibits candidates from taking more than $100 in cash […]

McCain-Feingold law threatens free speech

Freedom Newspapers When the founding fathers created the First Amendment, their main concern was political speech. They wanted a nation in which a people were free to engage in a free-wheeling debate about politics and politicians. The amendment was clear-cut: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise […]

Influence-peddling unkilely to change

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Jack Abramoff, the Washington lobbyist who’s pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion, has showered millions of dollars on the campaign coffers of both Republican and Democrat congressmen. Like a kid caught with his hands in the cookie jar, many congressmen seek to distance themselves by purging […]

Reporter’s notebook: United Way to wrap up campaign

United Way of Eastern New Mexico is looking to wrap up its annual campaign by Friday. Executive Director Erinn Burch said pledges total about 91 percent of the campaign’s goal of $482, 005. Burch said Curry County pledges total $388,141, about 94 percent of the $412,005 goal. Roosevelt County pledges total $48,579, about 69 percent […]

Extended United Way campaign still short

CNJ staff There is a 20 percent gap between the goal of the Eastern New Mexico United Way 2005-2006 Fundraising Campaign and the funds raised to date, according to a Eastern New Mexico United Way press release. The campaign goal is set at $482,005 and about $374,256 has been raised thus far in Curry and […]

United Way extends deadline

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico Board of Directors has announced it will extend the 2005-2006 United Way Fund-raising Campaign until Jan. 13. Dianna Thompson, UWENM 2005 campaign chair, said the charitable organization needs more time to make sure all donations are counted. “Our fund-raising efforts were put behind schedule by the […]

United Way president confident about goal

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico has fulfilled 62 percent of a $482,005 community-wide goal for its 2005 fund-raising campaign, according to the agency’s Executive Director Erinn Burch. Burch said she is confident the remaining funds will be procured. To date, $301,656 has been donated or pledged. The bulk of United Way […]

Cannon raises record donations

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base personnel donated a record amount of money this year to a charitable fund for national and international non-profit groups, according to a release from the Eastern New Mexico Combined Federal Campaign. The Combined Federal Campaign is the only authorized annual fund that solicited federal employees for charitable organizations, the […]

Preventing bribery means reducing government

Freedom Newspapers To paraphrase Lord Acton, Big Government corrupts, and absolute Big Government corrupts absolutely. In the case of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., who pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense companies, the corruption was reported to have included Persian carpets, silver candelabras, a Rolls-Royce, antique furniture, travel and […]

United Way campaign on track

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer United Way of Eastern New Mexico has raised less than half its goal for the campaign, but the organization’s executive director said she is not too concerned. “This is always the nail-biting time of the year,” Erinn Burch said on Friday. “I would say that I’m anxious but I […]

Eastern New Mexico organizations absent from state reference guide

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico charities are absent from a non-profit charity list created as a reference guide for state employee donations. The list includes more than 100 charities, however, almost half of all the charities listed are based in Albuquerque or central New Mexico. United Way of Eastern New Mexico […]