Citizens panel should set Congress’ pay

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]

ENMU Constitution Week ends with discussion panel

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University faculty member Dan Acheson-Brown, right, shares his thoughts on a Balanced Budget Amendment Friday afternoon at a Constitution Day discussion panel at ENMU as his colleague Donald Elder listens. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University ended Constitution Week with their own Constitution Day as they held […]

Federal judges’ ruling allows for racism

Freedom New Mexico I n uglier days, college admissions boards based their decisions on race. Friday, a panel of federal judges turned us back in that direction. Thanks to an activist panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Detroit, which ruled 2-1, the admissions boards of public universities and colleges within the […]

Debt panel takes aim at military

Tom Philpott Military members and retirees have more financial darts to dodge after a second bipartisan task force on reducing the nation’s debt unveiled a different set of cost-cutting recommendations on Wednesday. The Debt Reduction Task Force, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and economist Alice Rivlin, takes sharper aim at the military community […]

Attendees: School town hall informative

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser answers a question during Tuesday’s school town hall held at the base theater. Liliana Castillo Despite low attendance, town hall organizers and attendees found it to be helpful and informative. The Airmen and Family Readiness Center hosted a school town hall meeting Tuesday. The […]

School board to revisit middle school site selection

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 20 to revisit its decision last month on a site for a new middle school. On June 8, the board chose a 40-acre plot of land from three gifts of land. The site is on Pleasant Hill Highway and Humphrey […]

Bill lessens pay gap for troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to give the military a 1.9 percent pay raise next January. That would be a half percentage point higher than what the Obama administration wanted simply to match private sector wage growth. The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel panel also endorsed increases next […]

House panel derails veto override

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday saved Gov. Bill Richardson the embarrassment of a veto override. The committee tabled a bill that Richardson had vetoed last year — a veto that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly to override. The bill would have forced state agencies […]

Ticket feature: Rock ‘n’ Roll panel part of festival

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Courtesy photo Dave Somerville, best known as co-founder and original lead singer of The Diamonds, said he plans to tell a story about Buddy Holly through the music and dialogue.

Community invited to IDEA meetings in Carlsbad

The Special Education Bureau of the Public Education Department invites members of the community, parents, and school district personnel to attend the April 23 and 24, 2009 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Advisory Panel meeting at the Carlsbad Municipal Schools Central Administrative Office, 408 North Canyon Street, Carlsbad, NM

Panel to consider zone system for developments

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican A measure before the House Taxation and Revenue Committee today would allow the creation of “infrastructure development zones” that could issue bonds and have the power of eminent domain. Each zone would have a board, and the boards would be able to impose special assessments and fees, […]

House panel to consider webcast issue

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Global warming far from most pressing issue

Freedom New Mexico A nongovernmental panel of renown scientists recently concluded that not only is the slight warming of the atmosphere in recent decades insignificant, there now are signs of cooling. And even so, temperature fluctuations most likely are naturally occurring, and a resumption of warming would even be beneficial. That’s why we find great […]

Defense: Novak investigation one-sided

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The defense attorney in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman said the defendant was the target of a one-sided investigation. The prosecution said during opening arguments late Wednesday afternoon circumstantial evidence will show Edward Novak II strangled and beat […]

Jury selection to resume Tuesday in death penalty case

CNJ Staff Jury selection won’t be completed until at least Tuesday in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. The […]

Bedford jury selections continues

Freedom Newspapers Jury selection is still on schedule in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. So far, District Attorney […]

Education Department holding meeting

CNJ staff The Special Education Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department is hosting an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act panel meeting Thursday and Friday at Clovis Municipal Schools Student Support Center, 1600 Sutter Place. The meetings will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday. […]

United Way seeks volunteers

By CNJ Staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking volunteers to serve on a fund distribution panel. The panel will be responsible for reviewing applications submitted by area programs and recommending funding levels, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. “We (United Way) need people to help […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Former Melrose man named to advocacy panel

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A former Melrose resident is adding tax advocate to his resume. Steve Fulkrod, a 1978 graduate of Melrose High School, has been selected to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. Members of the Federal Advisory Committee are selected by the U.S. Treasury Department, according to an agency news release. […]

Government taking consumer protection too far

By Freedom Newspapers All Americans are morons and dupes: How can they possibly survive without the beneficent people in government, and the many “protections” afforded them by the regulatory superstate, helping them through this dangerous labyrinth called life? Hyperbole? Perhaps. But this seems to be the mindset behind the relentless push to draw the government […]