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 […]

Bankers: Bill could strengthen local economy

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Bill introduced in the state House of Representatives would require state agencies to bank in state and would give local banks preference over out-of-state banks for state investments. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local bankers believe a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives could strengthen local […]

Dairy submits plan to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico Environment Department representatives have said they’ve found groundwater pollution at a local dairy, but the owner said he has decreased existing contamination since taking over the property. NMED environmental scientist Bart Faris, reading from the abatement plan the dairy has turned in to address the situation, said […]

U.S. House approves $67 million for Cannon Air Force Base projects

Freedom New Mexico Nearly $67 million for Cannon Air Force Base was approved Friday by the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a release from Rep. Ben Ray Lujan , D-N.M. The FY 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act passed the House of Representatives by a 415-3 vote. Items for Cannon include: • […]

Ag Sense: Carbon footprints: Fact vs. fiction

Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense columnist Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation regulating greenhouse gases and is exploring the possibilities of a national cap and trade program, it is time to have a look at what factual information is available for the dairy industry in New Mexico and the Southwest. Several studies […]

Cannon officials to hold public meetings for area communities

Freedom New Mexico Representatives from Cannon Air Force are hosting public meetings in surrounding communities next week. They want to inform the public if and why planes will be flying over cities in the area, according to a press release. The schedule: Texas communities Sudan — 6:30 p.m. CST July 7, Sudan High School Auditorium […]

Cap and trade bill polluted by politics

Freedom New Mexico The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a massive “cap and trade” bill today purportedly designed to address global warming — though they call it “climate change” now since the globe hasn’t warmed in the last few years — that will probably not be finished until minutes before voting begins. […]

Ute Water Project bill to receive second House vote

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer An omnibus bill including authorization for the $432 million Ute Water Project is receiving another run through the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 22, also known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects — including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. It passed the Senate on a […]

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New Mexico House Delegation Announces Nearly $28 Million to Improve Transportation Infrastructure

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Oil-and-gas rights debate draws crowd

By Phaedra Haywood: The New Mexican Oil-and-gas industry representatives and advocates of increasing the rights of landowners who don’t own the mineral rights under their property squared off Wednesday before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. Debate is scheduled to resume Friday on House Bill 219, which deals with […]