Legislature may see ‘dramatic’ facelift in 2013

Tuesday was the official filing day for New Mexico’s primary election. Political blogger Joe Monahan tells us the state Legislature is “poised for its most dramatic facelift in two decades.” He also reports the lawmaking game is not as much fun as it used to be and writes: “The bull market days of an overflowing […]

Base will be adding one aircraft per month, official says

Col. David Piech of Cannon Air Force Base gave Roosevelt County commissioners an update on Cannon activity at the Tuesday county commission meeting. The following is what he reported: • The base will be changing its vice wing commander and flight medicine commander later this year. • One new aircraft a month will continue arriving […]

Air Force drug testing expanded

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs The Air Force announced that they, along with the other military branches, will expand drug testing to include screening for commonly-abused prescription medications. Testing will begin in May at Cannon Air Force Base. The Secretary of Defense gave 90 days advance notice of the […]

Official: Officer shot will not be placed on leave

CNJ staff An investigator with the Texas Department of Public Safety made a visit Wednesday to Muleshoe as part of the investigation into an officer-involved shooting Friday night. Cpl. John Gonzales of the DPS’ Lubbock office said Sgt. Steve Bartley, 35, of the Muleshoe police, who was shot twice, will not be placed on paid […]

Official: Baby giraffe doing well

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Hillcrest zookeeper David Sanders, left, feeds the baby giraffe Tuesday, one of her five daily feedings, with assistance from Mark Yannotti. Tonjia Rolan Hillcrest Park Zoo’s 3-week-old baby giraffe has grown about 2 inches and is doing fine, according to assistant zoo director Mark Yannotti. Yannotti said Tuesday zoo […]

County manager: One jail employee terminated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Interim Detention Administrator Tori Sandoval gives a report Tuesday to county commissioners on the status of the detention center regarding on-going training for her staff. By David Stevens and Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff One jail employee has been terminated in connection with Sunday’s jail escape, Curry County Manager […]

Education column: Schools commemorating Veterans Day

According to an official website, “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.” It was the following year that Armistice Day, (changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day”) was commemorated for the first time. This year the holiday falls […]

Libyan official: Gadhafi killed

SIRTE, Libya (AP) — Libya’s information minister said Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. Amid the fighting, a NATO airstrike blasted a fleeing convoy that fighters said was carrying Gadhafi. The head of Libya’s interim government did […]

Official: Tres Amigas construction could begin early next year

Robin Fornoff If all goes as planned, construction could begin on the $1.5 billion Tres Amigas electrical power project near Clovis sometime in the first quarter of 2012. That’s what President and CEO Phillip Harris told a gathering of community leaders Wednesday. Harris said construction would bring “literally hundreds” of temporary jobs to eastern New […]

Special ops forces will remain essential, official says

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The nation’s special operations forces are experiencing heady but somewhat perilous times, said the Pentagon official tasked with overseeing them. “The skills and capabilities of America’s elite special operators have never been more recognized by the nation — sometimes, frankly, more than I like,” Michael […]

Official: Air Force backs off plains training

By Peter Roper: The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain PUEBLO, Colo. — The Air Force is revising its plan for low-altitude training flights over Colorado to avoid the Eastern Plains, including the Army’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site northeast of Trinidad, according to Rep. Scott Tipton’s office. Tipton, a Republican, was given that assurance in recent meetings with […]

Official: Average wage not indication of what average worker earns

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CNJ graphic: Sharna Johnson Sharna Johnson According to the state, the average weekly wage in Curry County for private industry employees was $551 in 2010, but those who work closely with local wage information say it’s not an indication of what the average person in the area earns. An employee making the average wage would […]

Official says fire burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres

CNJ staff Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said Saturday’s fire near McAlister, nicknamed the Windy Fire, burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres. Initial estimates put that number around 25,000 acres. Jacobs said two fires started around the same time Saturday, both beginning near highways. Jacobs said a cause for the fires is unknown. He said […]

English-only bills violate our freedoms

Freedom New Mexico Among the various bills offered in Washington and Texas are new efforts to force every U.S. resident to speak English. U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has pledged to file an English-only bill in Congress. Worse, similar bills already have been filed in the Texas Legislature. One Texas state representative has filed legislation […]

Community shares Valentine’s Day thoughts, memories

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School junior Emily Wickham chops mushrooms during a practice session at the high school in the industry-standard kitchen that serves as the culinary classroom for CHS. Freedom New Mexico Valentine’s Day…our official celebration of love, romance and candy hearts with silly sayings. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s […]

School board election results official

CNJ staff The school board election ballot was made official Monday morning at the Curry County Courthouse, following its canvassing last week. County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said the canvassing was done by the county Thursday, but superintendent Terry Myers was snowbound in Dallas and was not able to come to the office until Monday […]

Official: Wind damage, power imbalance to blame for Portales outages

Argen Duncan Power outages hit the same portion of Portales for several hours two mornings in a row this week. “We are aware of the problem, and we are working on a long-term solution so we avoid this particular problem,” said Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “And we do appreciate the patience of our customers […]

Cannon official promoted

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base’s Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been chosen as the command chief master sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to a news release. Turner’s new position is the top enlisted position at Air Force […]

Richardson talks Ute, ENMU

Kevin Wilson New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson paid one of his final official visits to eastern New Mexico Thursday, when he gave $125,000 to Eastern New Mexico University’s digital cinema arts program. Following the ceremony, he took a few questions from Freedom New Mexico and News 3 New Mexico (KENW-TV) reporters. Kevin Wilson, Freedom New […]

Former Tucumcari city official files whistleblower suit

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari city official who filed a lawsuit alleging the city took action against him in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act was fired last week. Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose said John “Marty” Garcia was terminated as city treasurer July 6, but declined to state the reason, citing […]