Redistricting shuffles local representatives

Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line, but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost […]

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 […]

Snooping bill raises risk of ID theft

Freedom Newspapers A Big Brother bill quietly moving through the House of Representatives would effectively end Americans’ online privacy. H.R.1981, the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, would force Internet service providers to maintain a national database of every user’s name, address, phone number, credit card information, bank account numbers and IP address. […]

Bills offer solutions for keeping lottery scholarship afloat

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University student Rebeka Henson, who works at the Administration Building information office, said the Lottery Scholarship makes it affordable for her to attend college. Two bills in the state Senate are trying to keep the scholarship program solvent for a longer period of time. Argen Duncan State […]

Workforce board negotiating service contract

Argen Duncan Representatives of the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board are negotiating a contract for fiscal and administrative services and renegotiating the lease for the Clovis One-Stop Career Center, according to information from the board’s meeting Tuesday in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building. The board previously put out a request for proposals […]

Don’t expect downsizing of government

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico residents who fear the Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives will mean a loss of benefits probably needn’t worry. Despite all the rhetoric to that effect, the Grand Old Party traditionally has shown a grand old habit for maintaining and even expanding services — and debt — […]

Dairies work to keep milk antibiotic-free

Argen Duncan While people may worry about overexposure to antibiotics, local dairy industry representatives say a system of safety checks keep those substances out of milk produced in the area. “Most antibiotics in the dairy industry are used in a very cautious manner, and there are several reasons for that caution,” said dairy owner Alva […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Thursday in Portales City Hall, authority representatives: • agreed to allow lobbyist John Ryan to plan a local Nov. 4 event in which stakeholders in the Ute Water Pipeline would give testimony about themselves and the need for the pipeline and the $25 million the authority […]

Candidate profiles: District 63 representative

Kevin Wilson An open seat in the New Mexico Legislature is between a Santa Rosa business owner and a former House of Representatives page and Senate employee. The District 63 seat, currently held by Democrat Joe Campos, is open following Campos’ unsuccessful lieutenant governor bid. Democrat George Dodge Jr. of Santa Rosa and Republican Melinda […]

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 […]