Official: “Cow tax” reports unfounded

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Cows wait in the milking barn on Monday to get milked at Rajen Dairy in Curry County. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Livestock officials are concerned the federal government is considering charging fees for air-polluting animals. They contend the “cow tax” is a possible consequence of a highly technical Environmental Protection Agency report released […]

Official: Weapons costly, too few

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The military must end its quest for “exquisite” weapon systems that are too costly, take years to design and build, and don’t reach troops fast enough, or in quantities large enough, to address ever-changing threats. The critic here isn’t a Washington think tank or a beltway consultant but Marine Corps […]

Official: 2-year-old killed in collision

CNJ staff A 2-year-old Muleshoe girl was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday morning in Bailey County, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety official. The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. (CST) on Farm-to-Market Road 1760 south of Muleshoe, according to Lanny Hooper, supervisor of communications for the DPS in Lubbock. • Mariksa Yadira […]

Combined Federal Campaign kicks-off

By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 2008 Combined Federal Campaign season is underway, following its official launch here on Oct. 16. The CFC, which began in the early 1960s, is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, and there are more than 300 CFC campaigns throughout the world […]

Official: AC-130 faces adjustments at Cannon

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The operations officer for an AC-130 gunship squadron said last week the unit will have to adjust its training profile to operate at Cannon Air Force Base due to the base’s elevation, temperature and air density. The 16th Special Operations Squadron and its fleet of AC-130 Spectre gunships are […]

Curry County clerk: ‘We have a problem’

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sammie Smith looks over her ballot before inserting it into the voting machine Tuesday at Sandia Elementary School. CNJ Staff Hold off on those victory parties. Curry County officials said this morning they’re unsure of vote numbers tabulated after the polls closed in Tuesday’s primary election. “At this point we’re […]

Zoo keeper bitten by Gila Monster

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MCT photo Gila Monsters’ venom is not dangerous to humans, according to Clovis Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A Clovis zookeeper was in stable condition at the Plains Regional Medical Center on Thursday one day after being bitten by a venomous lizard, according to a city official. Clovis […]

Official: Funds audit still in planning

CNJ staff Completion of an audit of 2007 county fair funds is likely still weeks away, according to New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas.

Troop retention affected by GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense officials are alarmed by the very real prospect that Congress this year will enact the robust GI Bill education plan designed by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. One Defense official, who declined to be named, described the bill as a “retention killer” for the all-volunteer military. Webb reintroduced his bill, […]

Governor Bill Richardson official site

Governor Bill Richardson official site

Overpass opening official

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle City and state officials cut the ribbon Tuesday at the opening of the N.M. 467 overpass. The project took about nine months. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Residents living south of the N.M. 467 overpass are enjoying the new stretch of steel and concrete that allows them to cruise […]

Court: Speech once again free in cyberspace

By Freedom Newspapers An Indiana appellate court this month ruled, rightly in our view, that a verdict reached by a circuit court a year ago unconstitutionally violated a young girl’s freedom of speech. In a time where many of our freedoms are being usurped in the name of national security, we must take the time […]

Adrian to be inducted into NMAA Hall of Fame

CNJ staff Former Clovis High athletic director Randy Adrian is among three individuals who will be inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame next week. Adrian spent 25 years as a coach, teacher and administrator. He also worked as a basketball official for 31 years and was named the state’s National Federation […]

Terrorist plot thwarted

LONDON (AP) — British authorities said Thursday they thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in hand luggage, averting what police described as “mass murder on an unimaginable scale.” Police arrested 21 people, saying they were confident they captured the main suspects in what U.S. […]

Cockfighting not only state disgrace

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Her days are numbered, this 2006 regular session of the 47th Legislature. Our senators and state reps are in Santa Fe working hard, trying to figure out how to spend a $5 billion budget. Also under consideration is a “junior budget” expected to grow to $45 million by the time […]

Vigil’s exit saved us $45,000 a day

Anna Crook: Guest Columnist The New Mexico House of Representatives performed admirably in considering whether to impeach the state treasurer. The process followed by the House was fair, and it was properly halted when the subject of the investigation resigned. Treasurer Robert Vigil was arrested on federal charges just weeks before the Legislature convened in […]

State motto, song could use update

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Former KOAT-TV reporter Nancy Laflin has been the New Mexico State music czar for three months now and it is a bit disappointing. I still can’t play the violin. Too bad. The brand new director of the brand new created by executive order New Mexico Music Commission will conduct the […]

Frivolous legislation order of the day

By Ned Cantwell The Legislature had nothing to do with it. Gov. Bill Richardson did it. Nonetheless, as we look back on the marathon session of the New Mexico State Legislature, it is puzzling. New Mexico has adopted as her Official State Aircraft the hot air balloon. There has been no lack of hot air […]

Chile’s identity crisis: Fruit or berry

By Helena Rodriguez The burning question in Santa Fe right is how to label our precious red and green chile peppers. This is not a mild matter for us chile-chomping Nuevo Meji-canos. But in a strange twist, the debate over our fiery state vegetable has turned fruity. And I do mean fruity. A bill was […]

Referee Jennings retiring whistle

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis’ Brooks Jennings has been one of the most long-lasting and respected members of the New Mexico high school officiating circle. Jennings donned the black-and-white stripes for the last time Saturday in Roswell. Jennings, 68, is a former boys coach at Clovis High (1962-69) and a former athletic director at […]