Congressional delegation introduces Ute pipeline legislation

CNJ Staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation Thursday in both chambers of Congress to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs by authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The legislation, called the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water […]

And now for some good news

Doug McGregor passes along good news about his granddaughter, Jezika Freeman, who was seriously injured in a recent automobile accident that killed her husband. “Friday she told the therapist that the therapy was ‘hard’ so they told her she would get to rest on Sunday as there wouldn’t be any therapy on Sunday,” McGregor wrote […]

Congressional turnover may not be bad thing

Editorial It is difficult to make a case that a midterm congressional election is a referendum on an overriding national issue or even on a president. The president is not on the ballot. Although national issues play a role, each congressional election is conducted separately, and many districts are effectively gerrymandered to ensure that one […]

Officials say Ute project needs public support

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Money is on the mind of Clovis Mayor David Lansford, who believes a 90-mile pipeline could end woes cast on eastern New Mexico by reoccurring droughts and dwindling groundwater supplies. But the proposed project, which would siphon water from the Ute Reservoir near Logan and pipe it to eastern New […]

FBI raid doesn’t put separation of powers in danger

Freedom Newspapers A number of present and former members of Congress, including such Republicans as current and former House speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, respectively, have criticized the FBI’s decision to search the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat being investigated for accepting bribes. The criticism is understandable but a bit […]

Book exposes federal spending on pork projects

Freedom Newspapers Get ready for some squealing. The “Congressional Pig Book,” an annual exposé of some of the worst pork barrel projects conceived by Congress, is due out this week. The report’s release is never a happy occasion inside the Beltway, but this year it’s even less so, given the spotlight that lobbying scandals have […]

Feds: Cannon assessment team not official

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Formation of a federal team to assess future missions for Cannon Air Force Base is not official, a Department of Defense spokesman said on Wednesday. Gov. Bill Richardson said Monday a Pentagon-led team will assess possible missions for Cannon and report the findings to the Pentagon in 180 days. […]

Congress passes bill for $51.8 billion in relief

By David Espo: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Acting with extraordinary speed, Congress approved an additional $51.8 billion for relief and recovery from Hurricane Katrina on Thursday. President Bush pledged to make it “easy and simple as possible” for uncounted, uprooted storm victims to collect food stamps and other government benefits. “We’re not asking for […]

Mission: Not impossible

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Committee of Fifty member Randy Harris speaks about what might be next for Cannon Air Force Base during a public briefing Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Members of a Cannon Air Force Base advocate group urged the public Tuesday morning to regard the federal decision to […]

List of closures only first step in long process

By Tom Udall: Guest Columnist Friday the 13th was a day that unfortunately lived up to its ominous reputation when the Department of Defense released its Base Realignment and Closure recommendations. In what I and the entire New Mexico congressional delegation believe is an enormous mistake, the Secretary of Defense included Cannon Air Force Base […]