State officials address residents’ water concerns

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Esteban Lopez, right, chairman of the Interstate Streams Commission, addresses the crowd at Tuesday’s regional water planning meeting. At left is Chris Shaw, counsel for the ISC. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — The Northeast New Mexico water region has two issues to balance — a growing population […]

Bingmana talks about his bill to encourage green energy financing

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked to New Mexico radio reporters about the “21st Century Energy Technology Deployment Act”, legislation his introduce to make financing available to bring green energy technologies to market.

G.I. Bill benefits transfer now easier

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Service members nearing the end of their careers will find it easier than first thought to transfer new Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to their spouse or children, under Department of Defense regulations. And service members who elect to transfer GI Bill benefits will be allowed to modify or revoke […]

Rumors spread quicker than flu

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist When the announcement came that the New Mexico Activities Association was suspending athletic events due to swine flu outbreak concerns, I have to admit I was on the fence. From my platform as a media representative, I saw a positive in that it makes immediate coverage a little bit easier. […]

Editorial: “Green job” push cause for concern

Rather than stimulating the economy, government efforts to create “green jobs” probably have the opposite effect, judging from experiences where the tactic is employed, and numerous studies: Massive taxpayer subsidies are required, higher energy prices result, and existing jobs are lost, according to a new study by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Green Jobs and […]

Press release: NMSU golfers seeded 12th in regional

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The National Collegiate Athletics Association announced Monday that the New Mexico State men’s golf team will be the No. 12 seed and play in the NCAA Regional tournament at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, May 14-16.

Press release: NMAA board to meet in emergency session

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Public Education Department announced that school closures in New Mexico are no longer necessary for health reasons.

Mayor on political e-mail: ‘I won’t do that again’

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gayla Brumfield said it never occurred to her that asking city officials to forward an e-mail invitation to a political candidate’s fundraising dinner was inappropriate. “I didn’t know that I couldn’t do that. I guess it’s in the personnel policy,” Clovis’ mayor said Tuesday afternoon. “I sent it out. […]

Bingaman to take part in finance committee round table on health care coverage

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday will take part in a Finance Committee roundtable to discuss expanding health care coverage. Also on Tuesday, Bingaman will chair an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on pending nominations, including that of New Mexican Michael Connor to be Commissioner of Reclamation (BOR) in the Department of Interior.

Board of Education members approve strategic plan, hold off on third-party review

The Clovis Municipal School’s strategic plan dominated a special Board of Education meeting Tuesday at the CMS administration building: • Board member Mark Lansford asked Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton about specifics on silent audits and cultural training. The silent audit outlined in the plan calls for a third party to visit school campuses posing as […]

County Commissioners approve ankle bracelet policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County has a new policy for releasing jail inmates on ankle bracelet monitors. The policy is a direct response to the January escape of 18-year-old Fermin Rodriguez, who cut off his ankle bracelet, fled and remains at large. Then-newly hired jail administrator Lois Bean promised a complete review […]

Zias softball coach resigning

CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico University softball team will soon be searching for its program’s sixth coach. Amber Daniel, who has spent the last two years as head coach, announced her resignation, effective May 31. “Over the past five seasons, I feel I have learned a great deal about intercollegiate athletics, and most importantly, […]

Press release: State departments see no reason to close schools for flu concerns

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Bingaman chairs hearing of New Mexican for top Bureau of Reclamation job

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today presided over the confirmation hearing of New Mexican Michael L. Connor, who was nominated by President Obama to lead the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). Connor graduated from Las Cruces High School and earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico State University.

AD candidate seeking challenge

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University athletic director’s position is just the challenge Colorado native Jeff Geiser is seeking. The third of four finalists to meet with university staff and students, Geiser was in Portales on Monday to answer questions about what he might bring to the ENMU athletic […]

Bailing out automakers major mistake

Freedom New Mexico Don’t say we didn’t warn that the billions of dollars in bailout money the feds targeted to two failing automakers would end up being money down a rat hole. A new U.S. Government Accountability Office report provides an analysis of the government-driven restructuring efforts of the auto industry. USA Today quoted a […]

Two more swine flu cases confirmed in N.M.

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico health officials confirmed two more cases of swine flu on Monday, bringing the total to three, as more than a dozen schools in a handful of communities closed this week due to concerns over the illness. Sixteen schools — Carlsbad High School, Deming Intermediate School, all public schools […]

Drought management for alfalfa

By Leonard Lauriault: Guest columnist While alfalfa is one of the few legumes that can go dormant during extended dry periods, alfalfa growers should consider several strategies to protect their alfalfa stands during drought to protect it for future years. If enough plants survive the drought (5 plants per square foot or 40 stems per […]

County to discuss jail’s electronic monitoring program

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission is expected to consider a policy for the jail’s electronic monitoring program. The 14-page policy is expected to be presented to commissioners by County Manager Lance Pyle. It outlines the purpose of the program, intake criteria, rules of conduct for inmates, fees and what constitutes a violation, among other […]

Lubbock wet-dry election set for Saturday

LUBBOCK (AP) — When prohibition was lifted way back in 1933, Texas was a little slow to catch on. It wasn’t until two years later when the state finally repealed its own alcohol ban, and even then Texas allowed local governments to remain booze-free. While many areas to this day remain dry, on Saturday the […]