Event aims to give families closure

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Daryl Harris hangs an ornament in memory of his wife, Betty Jo Harris, during Thursday’s 25th annual “Celebration of Life” sponsored by the Plains Regional Medical Center Home Health Care/Hospice. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area families honored loved ones who have passed away in 2009 at Thursday’s 25th […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Bill could raise utility costs

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local electricity providers expect customer costs to go up if a proposed federal cap-and-trade climate legislation passes the U.S. Senate without changes. This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which has a number of provisions to limit carbon emissions […]

Actions louder than slogans

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist My 6-year-old daughter Anna rolled on the ground screaming and clutching her stomach as my other children pulled on my arm, covered their eyes and cried. She screamed that the pain in her tummy was too much to take. I tried to touch her, she rolled away, threw up and […]

Bingaman introduces bill to update hardrock mining law

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today introduced legislation aimed at updating mining laws passed well over a century ago. When the Mining Law was passed in 1872, following the California gold rush, Congress was trying to encourage settlement of the American West.

Sabinoso wilderness legislation now headed to president’s desk

Legislation to designate more than 16,000 acres in San Miguel County as wilderness is now headed to President Obama to sign into law. The public lands package, including the Sabinoso Wilderness Act, passed the House today by a vote of 285 – 140.

Counties await Richardson’s signature for capital outlay projects

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Several area counties are waiting on the signature by Gov. Bill Richardson on Senate Bill 443, which passed with a 65-0 vote Saturday in the House. The bill will reauthorize and extend the time for several of the counties’ existing capital outlay projects, said Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros, D-Questa. […]

State legislature adjourns

The New Mexican What passed (Bills already signed by Gov. Bill Richardson have been noted.): * Death penalty:

House considers making veterans committee

CNJ staff The House will soon consider a bill creating a committee responsible for studying military and veterans issues across New Mexico. Senate Bill 529 unanimously passed the Senate Monday. The bill would create a joint interim legislative Military and Veterans Affairs Committee to conduct hearings around the state on military and veterans’ issues. The […]

Proposed algae plant to create 100 jobs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Portales will become home to an algae farm that produces biofuel and an estimated 100 new jobs for the region if the U.S. Senate passes a proposed budget bill. Nearly $1 million in funding for the project is included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill expected to […]

County has pleasant names, if not hills

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico If Ceran St. Vrain ever passed through his supposed Curry County namesake, he didn’t know it. St. Vrain, the man, may have spent time in the northern Texas Panhandle where he owned partnership in a business for a while, but his visits to eastern New Mexico are not well […]

Proposed bill exempts seniors from jury duty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The saying age has its privileges may find new meaning in New Mexico law. A bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday gives senior citizens 70 and older an automatic pass on jury duty. Introduced by Sen. Stuart Ingle, SB 112 gives citizens 70 and older a choice to […]

Rep. Lujan to talk stimulus Thursday

CNJ staff U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-NM is in Clovis Thursday, meeting with several groups to discuss the stimulus package recently passed in Washington, D.C.The tour begins at 9 a.m. when Curry County Commissioners will convene a special meeting to hear a briefing on economic recovery and investment policy.At noon, Lujan is meeting with […]

Rep. Lujan introduces backup to Ute bill

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer While Clovis mayor and eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Chairwoman Gayla Brumfield says an omnibus bill authorizing funding for the Ute Water Project will be passed, there’s nothing wrong with having a backup plan. Enter U.S. Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M. Thursday, Lujan introduced a string of bills including […]

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 […]

Authorization for Ute Water Project passes Senate

CNJ staff The Ute Water Project is halfway to Barack Obama’s desk. By a 73-21 vote, Senate Bill 22 passed Thursday afternoon, and similar legislation will head to the House of Representatives. The bill is expected to be in the House for a week or two before it lands on the desk of the president-elect. […]

Ute bill makes progress in Senate

A package of bills, including a measure to authorize the Ute Water Project, passed the first of two procedural votes in the Senate on Sunday. Jude McCartin, a spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the first vote was a cloture vote to bring the bill to the floor, which passed 66-22. The second […]

Baskett still cherishes every breath

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Ron Cortes Philadelphia Eagles Hank Baskett celebrates his touchdown with Jason Avant, left, against the St. Louis Rams at Lincoln Financial Field earlier this season. By Marcus Hayes: Philadelphia Daily News Hank Baskett would always push it. He would feel his breath laboring, and know his lips were turning blue, and he would […]

Student publications code passed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The board of education will have the final ruling on content of student publications in Clovis schools. The board passed the code during Tuesday’s regular meeting by a 3-2 margin. The code also gives a school principal authority to review student publications, such as the high school year book, […]

Senate OKs bill containing Cannon funding

CNJ staff The Senate passed a defense bill Wednesday that includes $26 million in funding for construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base. The bill cleared the Senate 88-8 despite Republican objections to billions of dollars in special projects lawmakers had added. The measure would permit $612.5 billion in spending for national defense programs in […]