Obama signs debt ceiling bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26. Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later. Tuesday’s vote capped an extraordinarily difficult Washington battle pitting tea […]

Social Security delays only scare tactic

Freedom New Mexico Anxious senior-citizen readers may be worrying that their Social Security checks might be held up by the wrangling over raising the federal debt ceiling. It’s worth clearing up that misconception and some others. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are trying to line up enough GOP votes to pass a budget […]

Cut in spending should be focus of budget deal

Freedom New Mexico This weekend, debt-ceiling wrangling in Washington remained stuck — a hash of politics (proposals are tied to 2012 election impact); ideology and principle (the rich should pay more; spending should be cut; the budget must balance); an attempt to solve everything at once with every possible remedy (see “politics”) and, as always, […]

Federal debt must be cut smart way

Freedom New Mexico President Obama said Monday during a White House press conference that he would not consider stopgap measures to temporarily avert the debt-ceiling crisis, saying “that is just not an acceptable approach.” Speaker John Boehner says he agrees with President Obama that the nation’s borrowing limit must be raised, to avoid a government […]

Trim budget starts with ending wars

Freedom New Mexico As the U.S. Congress haggles over raising the debt ceiling, it needs to look behind the figures. Yes, the overall numbers are staggering. The U.S. government has run up so much debt that it soon will surpass the current legal debt limit of $14.3 trillion. That’s $14,300,000,000,000.00. The budget deficit for the […]

Ranchvale students paint veterinary hospital

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale sixth grader Aaliyah Lane adds teeth to her painting of a shark Wednesday on a ceiling tile for the Clovis Veterinary Hospital. Liliana Castillo Ranchvale Elementary School students brought a little bit of color to the Clovis Veterinary Hospital. Twenty-five fourth- through sixth-graders applied their artistic talents to the […]

Juvenile inmate recaptured during hospital visit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A teen who escaped from police custody Saturday by crawling into the ceiling while awaiting medical treatment at Plains Regional Medical Center was recaptured about an hour later with the help of hospital staff, according to police. Alerted to his whereabouts after the youth fell through the ceiling tiles, […]

Clovis man sentenced to 15 years

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday for a 2005 crime spree, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Marcos Cerda, 21, was convicted of kidnapping, aggravated battery against a household member, escape from custody and three counts of battery against a peace officer. […]