Monday morning briefing: A recital, a send-off and a windy day

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Music, music, music Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host the Junior Voice Recital of Nicole Flores 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Buchanan. The event is free and open to the public. The recital will feature three exclusive arrangements of Italian art songs for voice […]

Tres Amigas bill headed for hearing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering a set of proposed tax incentives aimed at enticing the developers of the $1.5 billion Tres Amigas SuperStation to locate their headquarters and an associated trading exchange in the state. The Tres Amigas project, first announced in 2009, includes building a hub across 22 square miles […]

Half-foot of snow expected this weekend

Staff and wire reports The season’s first winterlike storm could be here as soon as Friday, according to the National Weather Service. A storm will be making its way into New Mexico from Arizona on Friday night, bringing with it up to a foot of snow in some parts of the state. Accumulations may exceed […]

Portales officials invited to Zambia

Alisa Boswell Portales city leaders may be headed for Zambia, Africa, next summer for further meetings with Zambian kings Nzamane and Mukunis. The kings have offered to pay all costs except for flights to and from Zambia. “Next July, we would like to expect some people to come to Zambia,” said Patrick Mapalo, an ambassador […]

83-year-old shares memories of Africa with CHS students

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Gladys Clark said she doesn’t know what’s next for her after devoting most of her life to mission work in Africa, but she said at 83, she’s not done yet. Sharna Johnson In 1946, with World War II just winding to an end, then 18-year-old Gladys Clark and her family […]

Windmills headed for history

When we see a windmill we think “ranch.” This iconic equipment, without doubt, has made ranching possible in the arid Southwest as well as other parts of our nation. I’m one of those ranch kids who tied my horse to the metal windmill frame and piled into the drinking tub’s water for a little fun. […]

God expects of us only what we can give

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Several years ago, I had purchased a CD with Christmas songs sung by children for my grandchildren. Not long after that, I was on the way home from some doctor appointments in Lubbock and pushed that CD into the player to get into the Christmas sprit. I headed west back […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Supernanny headed for Hobbs

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing.

Education digest: Schools getting more money

Schools getting more money More federal stimulus money headed for New Mexico schools and colleges, according to a news release from Gov. Bill Richardson’s office. The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department has awarded $24 million in funding to 28 projects selected through a competitive process, the release said. Clovis Municipal Schools was […]

Lessons don’t cease outside of classroom

Freedom New Mexico Area students are headed back to school — unless, of course, they never left. We hope a hiatus from attending school doesn’t necessarily mean a vacation from learning. In other words, don’t assume education always takes place in the classroom setting, or that it always involves essays, formulas and textbooks. If you […]

Education feature: Local teachers headed to Harvard

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Twelve teachers from the Arts Academy at Bella Vista are headed to Harvard University this weekend to participate in an on-going 32-year research project. Project Zero began in 1967 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Its mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking and creativity in the […]

Paycheck tax relief headed to New Mexico

Washington, DC – New Mexicans could begin to see tax relief in their paychecks beginning this week because of the “Making Work Pay” tax credit.

Sabinoso wilderness legislation now headed to president’s desk

Legislation to designate more than 16,000 acres in San Miguel County as wilderness is now headed to President Obama to sign into law. The public lands package, including the Sabinoso Wilderness Act, passed the House today by a vote of 285 – 140.

More than $26 million in stimulus funds headed to Cannon

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s military bases will receive around $87 million from the stimulus bill for upgrades. The Department of Defense says $28.7 million is headed to Kirtland Air Force Base for 59 projects. Cannon Air Force Base will receive $26.4 million, including $12 million for the construction of a child development […]

FY09 Omnibus bill headed to president with $44 million in Udall requested investments

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today praised the long-overdue Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill, saying the legislation includes $44 million to support important project investments he requested to benefit New Mexico. The bill is now headed to the president’s desk to be signed. “This legislation includes essential funding for investments […]

Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. Garc

New Mexico Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. Garc

PAC opposes same-day legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican A Las Cruces political action committee is running ads on cable television warning viewers that bills allowing same-day voter registration would lead to vote fraud, including out-of-state people pouring in to cancel the vote of New Mexican citizens. The ads, which began running last week on Comcast Cable systems […]

Crash claims life of Clovis man

CNJ staff A 31-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday from injuries suffered last week in a two-car collision east of Clovis. Wesley Hess died at 1:58 p.m. (CST) at the University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to a New Mexico State Police news release. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Hess sustained multiple injuries including blunt […]

Shooting victim remembered as loving father

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gary Payne traveled to Lubbock on Thursday afternoon to visit his daughter and see her new house. After the visit, he headed home for Melrose, but never arrived. Police said Payne and a Lubbock woman, Melissa Ward, were shot in the head about 11 p.m. Thursday as they drove […]

Ag and dairy funding headed for Senate

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — A bill that would help fund a new dairy consortium and other agriculture initiatives affecting New Mexico was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday, according to press releases from the offices of Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The measure is now ready for consideration by the […]