Concerns about water project addressed

TV Hagenah TV Hagenah FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS tv_hagenah@link.freedom.com SAN JON — A U.S. senator’s aide had a handful of concerns about the proposed legislation concerning the Ute Lake Pipeline Project, but after hearing of them, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority on Wednesday smoothed out those concerns. And because of that, ENMRWA officials hope the […]

New electric cars met with concern, applause

By David Arkin A bill signed by the governor that will allow electric cars to be driven on city streets and highways is receiving mixed reviews. The bill, which was crafted by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed into law by Richardson last week, would allow “neighborhood electric cars,” which are four-wheeled electric motor vehicles […]

New law to assist Cannon

By David Arkin Those worried that New Mexico’s military bases could be shut down or realigned in the coming years can sleep a little easier now. The state’s top boss has signed a bill that he and his backers say will help prevent bases from being closed. On Friday, Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill […]

Lottery scholarship changes advance

By David Arkin A local lawmaker’s proposal to change a portion of the Lottery Scholarship cleared a big hurdle on Thursday. On Thursday, the House gave the OK to a bill sponsored by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, that would allow students who graduate from high school to sit out a year before going to college […]

Hobbs teacher wants to keep Senate seat

By Michelle Seeber Sen. Gay G. Kernan, R-Hobbs, is a school teacher who favors higher pay for teachers. But she disagrees with one provision of new legislation aimed at achieving that goal. Kernan was in Clovis and Portales on Monday, announcing her plans to seek election to the District 42 seat. She faces June primary […]

Conservation and windmills can’t power growth

Jim Constantopolous If we want to avoid a serious national energy crisis, we need to move beyond temporary fixes and focus on workable long-term solutions. Congress is about to make that choice. Let’s hope it doesn’t settle for politically popular steps that would have no impact on the real energy problems we face. In considering […]

Expansion of state’s sex offender laws squelched

Staff and wire reports House Democrats have squelched Republican attempts to get an expansion of the state’s sex offender registration law on the special session calendar. A House committee ruled Tuesday that toughening the state’s so-called Megan’s Law could not be considered in the session. Then, by a 35-28 vote on the House floor, Democrats […]

Schwarzenegger should have clear strategy for future

Freedom Newspapers California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger (and who thought we’d be writing that six months ago?) is likely to have about three months of “honeymoon” to make policy changes and establish an imprint on the state’s government. This fact, and the fact that he will have to present a budget proposal to the Legislature by […]

Clovis school officials question ratings

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis school officials are worried that new legislation has created unfair assessment standards. During a special administrator’s meeting on Monday called to address new federal legislation and tightened state rules, Clovis superintendent Neil Nuttall said the rules led to four Clovis schools — W.D. Gattis Junior High, Parkview Elementary, Cameo Elementary […]