Press release: Bingaman talks highway, transit funding bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked about the highway and transit reauthorization bill the Senate passed last week and about how it will benefit New Mexico. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman031912m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about the Moving Ahead for Progress […]

Discretionary funding needs reconsideration

For the past few years, Bernalillo County commissioners have had their own pots of public money to pretty much use as they like — as long as it’s spent in “the public interest.” However, unlike the normal appropriations process, each commissioner can dip into his or her $50,000 “discretionary” fund for pet projects or organizations […]

Press release: Governor changes higher education funding

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez met with a large group of regents, governing board members and post-secondary institution presidents in Socorro to discuss the state’s new higher education funding formula. The new formula will reward New Mexico’s higher learning institutions based on outcome measures that reflect student achievement and preparedness for New Mexico’s […]

Commissioner seeking re-election

CNJ staff Christopher Bryant has announced that he will seek re-election as for his seat in District 4 of the Clovis City Commission. Bryant, 61, owns and operates the Foxy Drive-In. He has served on the water advisory council and the 400 Mitchell St. Project, a project geared toward seeking funding for an emergency operations […]

Clovis has plenty to appreciate

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Gayla Brumfield Over the past few weeks I have been holding office hours at the library and it has been great to be visited by members of the public and having the opportunity to discuss all the exciting projects going on in our community. Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect and focus on […]

Education column: Education foundation helps support teachers, staff

A few years ago a handful of educators and community members had a vision to create an education foundation for additional support for teachers and staff members with innovative and creative ideas for their classrooms. Established separate from the school district, the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation was set up so that teachers and staff […]

Sport funding act full of hooey

Martha Burk is to women’s rights issues what Friday night football is to high school athletics. Martha slugs it out in the heavyweight division of advocacy. She disagrees with a column here that criticized a New Mexico law making private booster donations part of the total benefits pie for high school athletics. Former Lt. Gov. […]

Official: Schools finding ways to do more with less

Liliana Castillo With an overall budget cut and a cut to the per student funding, educators in Curry County are trying to find ways to do more with less. Per student funding will decrease by $126 under the new state budget. General budget funding will be cut 2.2 percent. Combined, that’s a 3.4 percent hit. […]

Clovis housing agency receives grant

Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Inc., has been awarded $41,632 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The agency is one of seven state agencies that received a total of $524,949 in grant monies. Funding was awarded under HUD’s Family Self […]

Time to pull plug on NPR public funding

Freedom New Mexico Taxpayers should fire National Public Radio by demanding that Congress defund it. NPR and other divisions of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are mostly funded by private donations anyway, and it is time they go commercial or rely entirely on private-sector donations. NPR fired Juan Williams last year after he shared, for […]