Bills seek to shore up interlock fund

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican A pair of lawmakers are working this session to make sure the state can continue to help low-income New Mexicans who are convicted of DWI get access to ignition interlock devices. The work by Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, and House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, D-Grants, would define [...]

Legislative tidbits: Restaurant tax would fund promos

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 21

Legislative tidbits: Furlough Frito pies

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 23 Furlough Frito pies The Communications Workers of America Local 7076 has set up a fund to help ease the financial burden on state employees who have been furloughed. Today, Fox’s Uptown Cafe in the Bataan Memorial Building will serve Frito pies for a donation to [...]

Budget takes top billing for Legislative session

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With the state expecting a budget shortfall of at least $600 million for 2010, the priority for the New Mexco Legislature is to fund what’s essential and cut

Empty Stocking Fund surpasses last year’s total

Freedom New Mexico As of noon Friday, the Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort between Freedom New Mexico and the Salvation Army to feed and clothe the needy, had collected almost $900 more than last season’s drive. Officials said donations thus far total $8,998. Last year donations to the fund totaled $8,100.

Empty stocking fund still short of goal

The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico, had raised $7,558 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Salvation Army board of directors member Lynn Berry. The total last year was $8,100. To meet last year’s total, the fund must raise $542 by the time the mail is delivered [...]

Empty stocking fund: Ms. S

Today’s focus: Ms. S Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband is the only provider for the family and will not be able to afford any presents for the kids. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes 14, 12, 6 and 4T. Boys [...]

Empty stocking fund: Ms. G

Today’s focus: Ms. G Household members: 7 Children: 6 Special circumstances: “Ms. G” is struggling financially. She is a single mother with six kids. “Ms. G” is unemployed and can’t get a job due to health problems. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes large. Boys [...]

Empty stocking fund: Ms. F

Today’s focus: Ms. F Household members: 7 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. F” spent all her Christmas money on her mom’s burial. “Ms. F” lost her job and is currently looking for a new one. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have wonderful Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes medium, 8 and 6. Boys [...]

Empty stocking fund: Mr. T

Today’s focus: Mr. T Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Mr. T” is going through a divorce and is currently looking for a job. His holiday hopes: For his children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes 14-16, 8 and 18 months. Boys pants sizes 14, 8 and 18 months. Boys [...]