Vultures summer residents in eastern New Mexico

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo More than 50 vultures have claimed a patch of trees on city property north of North Plains Mall as their roost. The birds leave their roost to search for food during the day, according to Wildlife Biologist Tony Gennaro, and return each evening. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer More […]

Pair of women relocate prairie dogs

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Prairie dogs aren’t exactly held in the highest regard by those who make a living off the land. In fact, many local farmers, ranchers and developers view the small mammal mostly as a pest to be rid of. Joann Haddock of Lorenzo, Texas and her partner Susan Hubby of […]

Religion feature: New church plans to keep it simple

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Central Baptist Church is “planting” a new church, called The Vine Community Church, to appeal to those who prefer a progressive program over a traditional one. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Central Baptist Church staff knows they aren’t the church for everyone. They also know that not everyone […]

Local officials advise basic precautions for swine flu

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local health officials are keeping an eye out for swine flu, but aren’t advising any precautions other than basic health tips. After a recent outbreak in Mexico, swine flu has also been confirmed in the United States, Canada, Scotland and Spain, but not in New Mexico. The disease is […]

Government has fascist elements

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Dictionaries aren’t decisive about what the central meaning of terms are; they are mostly descriptions of common usage. For definitions of the meaning of important and controversial concepts — some call them “essentially contestable” ones — it is necessary to read books or encyclopedia entries. This is how I generally […]

County officials find gross receipts taxes inconsistent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Numbers may not lie, but right now they apparently aren’t telling anybody anything either. Officials say gross receipts tax revenues, which not only line coffers of local government but also serve as an indicator of consumer spending, have been inconsistent in recent months. December’s 12 percent drop in gross […]

Children aren’t top priority for Congress

Any doubt that Congress is still in the grip of entrenched special interests, in this case the powerful teachers unions, is belied by a provision in the omnibus spending bill passed by the House last week and working its way through the Senate. It would effectively end a successful program offering widened educational opportunity to […]

Advocates for developmentally disabled lobby for funding

By Dennis J. Carroll: The New Mexican Advocates and families of the developmentally disabled, in the midst of a Roundhouse lobbying push for funding vital to the well-being of those in their care, hope they aren’t just being “niced to death” by state lawmakers. “In the last three days we’ve heard nothing but a willingness […]

Best gifts given aren’t bought at Black Friday

Freedom New Mexico It’s Black Friday; do you know where your Christmas shoppers are at? Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is when the holiday shopping season moves into high gear. Today has become known as Black Friday because it’s when many American retailers start to tip over from “red” deficit spending to keep their doors […]

Politicians aren’t miracle makers

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Any time I run across some piece of writing that contains the assertions that the world, especially the United States, has been in the grips of market fundamentalism or the doctrine of laissez-faire capitalism, I tend to drop everything and pen a firm response. It’s a lie, nothing […]