Measure bumps up county term limits

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Senate on Saturday passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow county officials in the state — commissioners, sheriffs, clerks, treasurers and assessors — to run for three consecutive four-year terms instead of the two terms under current law. The resolution passed with a 27-14 vote. […]

Commission passes ordinance for lower landfill rates

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With some quickly withdrawn concerns, an ordinance to allow for lower landfill rates passed through Thursday’s city commission meeting. The ordinance allows, with prior consent of the city public works director and city manager, to assess charges of $10 per ton to dispose debris resulting from the demolition of […]

Support grows for advocates of immigrants

Freedom New Mexico As we allow government to cast ever-widening nets over all aspects of our lives, real life-and-death issues — health care, crime and drug use, to name just a few — become little more than political playthings tossed about inside the Washington beltway and state capitals across the country. So forgive us for […]

Udall: Improved technology will allow for quicker emergency response

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that New Mexico will receive almost $900,000 to upgrade the state’s E-911 technology so that emergency responders can more quickly locate people who call 911 from wireless or Internet-connected phones. The $888,893 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will allow New Mexico to improve […]

Society should allow for mistakes

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The story begins in a local mailing center, where a local business person entered and began to tell of his 17-year-old son’s attempt to independently board a flight. Read the story; it may have an all too familiar ring. Like many young adults who have never flown before, this young […]

Honduran politics aren’t U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico As foreign dramas go, the so-called coup in Honduras is one mind-twisting ordeal. The military removed President Manuel Zelaya from the presidency after he mandated a national referendum that would, ultimately, allow him to stay in office beyond the constitutionally prescribed term. Zelaya was elected as a moderate-conservative but lately has become […]

Fencing ordinance proposal fails

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said no matter how the commission felt about it, they needed to take a vote on a potential ordinance to allow higher front yard fences for residences in the city. He was alone in his sentiments, and his motion died at Thursday’s commission meeting. Jim […]

Disabled severance pay adjusted

By Tom Philpott A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers. One regulation change soon to take effect will allow more disability severance pay recipients to keep those lump sum payments without worry […]

Bill allowing broadcast of legal ads clears House

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A measure that would allow legal advertisements to be broadcast on television or read on the radio to meet publication requirements has cleared the House, but might face a tough time in its first Senate committee. The measure, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow ads for […]

Senate to switch on Web camera

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After being taken down before the start of this session, a camera that will broadcast proceedings of the Senate floor over the Internet will return. The Senate voted 37-0 Friday to allow a camera to be installed in the back of the Senate and stream video to the Legislature’s […]