Tuesday morning briefing: Coat call, holiday seasons and the last .400 hitter

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Kids need coats Faith Christian Family Church, in partnership with Clovis Christian School, is collecting new and gently used coats for infants through adults. It’s the “Coats for Kids” drive. A collection box is at the school and will remain there until a few […]

Catholic opposition raises concerns with domestic partnership bill

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The battle in the Legislature over a bill to establish domestic-partner rights pits social advocates and lobbyists who normally are allied on a variety of issues against each other. Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, introduced Senate Bill 183 on Tuesday. As has been the case with previous […]

Xcel Energy seeking customers for solar power partnership

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy is boosting its New Mexico Solar*Rewards program – launched in March for customer-installed, small-scale solar generating facilities – by extending incentives to large-scale, customer-installed generating systems. A request for proposals (RFP) went out earlier this month seeking bids for at least five megawatts of energy generated by customer-owned distributed solar generating […]

Partnership bill falls short in Senate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Some senators and domestic-partnership advocates said Thursday’s lopsided defeated of a bill to establish domestic partnerships in New Mexico was due to the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, which had been neutral on the issue in previous years, coming out against the bill this time. Meanwhile, a lobbyist […]

Feb. 8, 2009 Letter to the Editor

Partnership bill about protecting rights Domestic partnership is a matter of human rights. Too many opponents are not trying to really understand the meaning of this bill being debated in the state Legislature. Kevin Haney, pastor of Word of Life Baptist Church in Rio Rancho, was quoted saying, “To me, it’s bait and switch. They’re […]

County commission approves resolution opposing domestic partnership bill

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A resolution opposing legislative efforts to pass a domestic partnership act was unanimously approved Wednesday by the Curry County Commission. The resolution, read by its sponsor Commissioner Caleb Chandler, was passed with minimal discussion and no objection from attendees or commissioners. The resolution stated in part that, “The Curry […]

Jan. 18 Letters to the Editor

Say no to domestic partnerships Every New Mexico citizen should be alerted to the fact that two domestic partnership bills (SB12/HB21) have been pre-filed in the state Legislature. These bills will be introduced as soon as the Legislature convenes and the gay supporters hope to have them passed within two weeks. We oppose these bills […]

Domestic partnership clears N.M. House

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer A domestic partnership bill passed Tuesday by the House is a positive step, according to the leader of a Clovis church that openly accepts gay people. The bill would allow gay and heterosexual couples to form domestic partnerships and enjoy the same rights and benefits as married couples. “It […]

Domestic partnership passes committee

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Miriam Rand and her partner have been together 20 years. They’ve worked in the community and at home, raising three children and now a grandchild. Through it all, they’ve lugged around a batch of legal documents that give one another the rights they would have if they were married. […]

Mondragon receives award for service

CNJ Staff Raymond Mondragón of Clovis has received the Bronze Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, according to a news release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Mondragón is chairman of the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership and director of area economic development for ENMR-Plateau. “In January 2002, I called […]

Health care company eyes Clovis

CNJ staff American Medical Alert Corp. is interested in opening a call center in Clovis, according to company spokeswoman Randi Baldwin. A health care communications company based in Oceanside, N.Y., American Medical Alert provides after-hours answering service, appointment scheduling and other ancillary services for physicians, hospitals and home health care agencies, Baldwin said. Baldwin said […]

Former city manager named to state post

CNJ Staff Clovis’ Raymond Mondragon was appointed Chairman of the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership on Monday by Gov. Bill Richardson, according to a press release from Richardson’s office. The Partnership works with the New Mexico Economic Development Department to generate economic growth by attracting businesses to the state, the release reads. The public-private nonprofit […]

Business leader gives rural NM vote

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Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development for ENMR-Plateau, was recently appointed to the state’s Economic Development Corp. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development at ENMR-Plateau, has been named by Gov. Bill Richardson to the board of the Economic Development Corp. known as the […]

10/6 Education Digest

Universities starting partnership program A partnership program between the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences aims to cultivate native New Mexican physicians, according to a press release from the UNM Health Sciences center. The program will accept 25 qualified, culturally diverse New Mexico high school seniors annually […]

Alternative pact better answer for environment

Freedom Newspapers We’re sure it won’t do much to placate Bush administration critics in the Environmental Anxiety Industry, who won’t be satisfied until the United States binds itself to economy-killing emissions caps included in the unratified Kyoto Treaty. But we like the change of approach signaled by the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, […]

Kirtland fought its way off list

By Marlena Hartz Albuquerque officials had to scurry 10 years ago when Kirtland Air Force Base landed on the Department of Defense’s list of bases proposed for realignment. A committee was quickly formed in response to the threat of realignment, with six businessmen calling themselves the Kirtland Retention Task Force at its core. Located on […]