Clovis mayor backs smoking ban

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford has thrown his support toward proposed legislation that would ban smoking in businesses and restaurants statewide, an issue that will pit health advocates against proponents of a live-and-let-live society. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque, is scheduled to be introduced Monday during a […]

Economic efficiency scores not pretty

by Walter Williams When you vote for a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate, what should be your selection criteria? I’m all too afraid that most Americans, were they to be honest, would answer that they’d vote for the person who has pushed or will push for legislation that benefits them, their […]

Citizens aren’t only ones left in dark

by Steve Chapman In legislating, ignorance is no bliss Congress has just passed one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year, dealing with corporate taxes. As a concerned citizen, you may feel slightly uninformed for not knowing what’s in it. But don’t be too hard on yourself: Your representatives don’t know, either. […]

Drug testing for lawmakers proposed

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Most elected officials in eastern New Mexico say they want to learn more, but they support proposed legislation that calls for voluntary drug testing for all elected officials in the state. Sen. Steve Komadina, R-Corrales, introduced the legislation on Wednesday and said results from the voluntary drug tests would be […]

Lawmakers considering stiffer DWI legislation

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license would […]

Ute water project introduced in Washington

David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Lawmakers in the nation’s capital on Wednesday got the ball rolling for a project that could be the answer to eastern New Mexico’s water needs. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Act of 2004 on Wednesday to Congress, which would allow the U.S Bureau […]

Authorization requested for Ute water funds

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Federal authorization legislation for the Ute Water Project will be submitted to the U.S. Senate in June, a spokeswoman for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Thursday. Officials have said authorization legislation is required before the project can be eligible for federal funds. Jude McCartin, Bingaman’s Washington press representative, said […]

Q&A – District 42 Senate candidates answer questions

By David Arkin, CNJ Correspondent The following is a question and answer session with Sen. Gay Kernan and William Palmer, Republican candidates for state senate in District 42. What do you think eastern New Mexico’s most pressing issue will be if you are elected to office and how would you address it? Kernan: In eastern […]

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 […]