Heather Wilson talks election issues

Tonjia Rolan U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson believes government deregulation is key to a healthy economy and job growth. Wilson called recent Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor and Dodd Frank regulations “Job killing, stifling regulations that are killing people’s way of life.” “This country’s in really deep trouble and it’s not going to be […]

Martinez adds Portales man to land protection committee

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Matthew Rush of Portales to the Natural Lands Protection Committee. Rush was among 11 appointments announced Friday by the governor. Rush is executive vice president, secretary and treasurer of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. With his father, he owns and operates Rush Cattle Co. Rush serves on the […]

Kids’ gear: Sports pads keep your kids safe and comfortable

G-Form knee pads

Provided by G-Form The G-Form elbow, shin and knee pads are made from a lightweight material made specifically to flex with your joints and become rigid upon impact. Price: $39.99. Website: www.g-form.com. McClatchy-Tribune The G-Form elbow, shin and knee pads are made from a lightweight material made specifically to flex with your joints and become […]

Child Sense: Sun protection

Priscilla J. Dunstan Keeping our children free from sunburn can be a quite a task, but there are ways to make the process a little easier. If swimming or at the beach, use sun-protective t-shirts, shorts and rash guards. During the day, clothing should at least cover the shoulders – an area that can get […]

Protection stops allowance drop

Tom Philpott About 400,000 active duty service members will see their Basic Allowance for Housing protected from a rate drop Jan. 1, thanks to “individual rate protection” Congress adopted nearly a decade ago. Users of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program also will be protected from any cut to student monthly stipends, which are based […]

Obamacare suffers first big setback

Freedom New Mexico A U.S. district judge in Virginia, Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled Monday that the individual coverage mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 — otherwise known as the new federal health care law, or Obamacare — is unconstitutional. That is a sound decision, but […]

Pets rely on us for protection on hot days

Freedom Newspapers We mostly can’t complain about the summer heat so far, but that will change because temperatures are certain to nudge close to triple digits several times over the next eight weeks or so. When the weather makes us miserable, we ask area pet owners to remember our dogs and cats are also miserable. […]

Clean Air Act battling point for Senate Dems

Freedom New Mexico Senate Republicans fell short last week, 47-53, of overturning the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, but exposed a significant split among Democrats that may bode ill for passage this year of comprehensive energy and climate-change legislation. As the Washington Post reported, the contentious vote “suggested the Senate is far […]

Legislation seeks protection for farmers

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican A group of New Mexico farmers and heritage seed advocates are lobbying hard to get a bill through the Legislature that would protect them from liability if their fields are cross-pollinated by patented, genetically engineered seeds. It is the third time farmers have tried to get a similar bill […]

Investment protection not government’s concern

Freedom New Mexico Victims of Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme at least have the satisfaction of knowing the man who ruined their lives will die in prison. In June, he received a 150-year sentence at the age of 71. You may remember U.S. District Judge Denny Chin sent a strong message to investment consultants […]

Editorial: Envirnoment needs protection but at what cost?

There’s potentially good news on the environmental front out of Washington D.C., but it’s probably more than offset by a devastating announcement last week. First, the good news. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Environmental Protection Agency, when upgrading older power plants, may consider costs before demanding use of the most advanced technology, […]

Legitimate political views need protection

Freedom Newspapers The Obama administration can’t understand why so many people are angry at a new Department of Homeland Security report assessing the threat the nation supposedly faces from “right-wing” extremists. Of course, a nation this large is home to extremists and potentially violent people who subscribe to every sort of ideology, but the Homeland […]

Auto dealers hope incentives spur sales

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico U.S. automakers are rolling out payment protection plans to ease potential buyers worried about job security. But in eastern New Mexico, car dealers are optimistic that isn’t the key motivation for customers. “I haven’t had anybody who’s needed it, and that’s a good […]

New mandates will only harm auto industry

Freedom New Mexico Even as Washington doles out tens of billions of dollars to rescue unprofitable Detroit automakers, President Barack Obama cleared the way Monday to impose billions of dollars of additional costs on the industry. He directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider granting 14 states waivers to set their own more strict regulations […]

City receives grant to help clean up Hotel Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer The city received a $200,000 federal grant Monday to help detoxify the former Hotel Clovis. The Environmental Protection Agency awards the grant to help fund projects that clean up run down properties for redevelopment, according to Tressa Tillman, a spokeswoman for the agency. The city applied for the grant […]

Home safety local concern

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David Cresap, owner of Crosshair Gun Shop in Clovis, said he recommends anyone who purchases a gun attend a safety course. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There were four incidents reported to Clovis police in August involving residents who confronted suspects on their property. Three ended peacefully. In the […]

Google right to resist Internet search subpoena

Freedom Newspapers The Internet search-engine company Google was correct to resist a Department of Justice subpoena requesting a broad range of material from its databases, specifically 1 million random Web addresses and the records of all Google searches during a one-week period. The Justice Department originally asked for all of Google’s Web addresses and a […]

New law adds crime victim protection

Steve Chapman When Florida passed a law in 1987 making it easier for citizens to get licenses to carry concealed firearms, opponents predicted that blood would run in the streets. “When you have 10 times as many people carrying guns as you do now, and they get into an argument and tempers flash, you’re going […]

Report: Just one lifeguard on duty during drowning

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico Environment Department investigation into last week’s drowning at Potter Park pool shows only one lifeguard was actively on duty at the time of the incident. The report states that a protection plan submitted by the city “indicates that four lifeguards will be posted at four designated […]

Stateside housing allowances to rise

by Tom Philpott Monthly housing allowances for 910,000 service members living off base in the United States will climb by an average of 8 percent, effective Jan. 1, say Defense Department officials. The rise in individual rates, however, will vary significantly, from no change for some grades in some areas to as much as 20 […]