Federal Reserve should undergo thorough audit

Freedom New Mexico Free government is open government. Citizens need to know what’s going on in their government to make informed decisions on Election Day. But there is one major, nondefense sector of the federal government that never has been completely audited: the Federal Reserve System, which prints and controls the dollar and sets associated […]

Press release: Udall discusses renewable energy standard legislation, federal budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about his plans to introduce Renewable Energy Standard legislation that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025. He also discussed the federal budget debate as the threat of a government shutdown […]

Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and […]

Water utility officials hoping for leftover federal money

Argen Duncan The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives hope to get federal money left over from other projects at the end of the year since the Ute pipeline project wasn’t included in the president’s proposed budget. The utility authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. Regarding federal money, pipeline project manager Scott […]

Latest ruling on Obamacare encouraging

Freedom New Mexico A federal judge Monday struck a major blow against Obamacare, ruling it to be unconstitutional. The ruling is welcome by those of us who believe Congress and President Barack Obama exceeded their authority last year by imposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its mandate that everyone must buy health […]

GRT increase needed for future

In 1964, the Interstate Stream Commission created the Ute Reservoir to provide a future sustainable water supply for the residents of eastern New Mexico. Like other municipalities and counties in the area, the city of Clovis has a reservation for water from Ute Reservoir and, as the Ogallala Aquifer beneath Clovis continues to diminish, has […]

Proposal raises costs for military

Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, chief of […]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air […]

Proposed fuel grading system fails consumers

Given the difficulties facing the auto industry, one would think the U.S. government would ease off the accelerator on absurd new regulations until cars started rolling more quickly off dealer lots. The government itself still owns much of General Motors and Chrysler. Instead, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are considering new […]

Inmate no longer being sought by law enforcement

CNJ staff An inmate authorities believed was released from jail by mistake Thursday is no longer being sought by law enforcement because a federal immigration hold has expired. Monday morning, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office issued an announcement to area law enforcement, canceling a Friday alert to look for Ramiro Chavez. Chavez, 23, was released […]

Curry inmate released despite immigration hold

Sharna Johnson Law enforcement is searching for an inmate who was released Thursday night from the Curry County jail despite an immigration hold. Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood said Ramiro Chavez was released on his own recognizance by order of magistrate court. However, Norwood said there is a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold in […]

‘Whatever works’ isn’t working

Some may remember during the debate about federal government bailouts and stimuli the Obama regime made it clear that no ideology will be allowed to sway the administration. What is important, the president said, is that the government stick to a pragmatic policy — a policy of expediency, one concerned with what works, not with […]

Meetings watch: Water authority expects $2 million in federal funds

The Eastern New Mexico Utility Water Authority met Thursday morning at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. • Federal consultant John Ryan said a trip in July to Washington, D.C., with Ute Water Project Manager Scott Verhines, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and Portales Mayor Sharon King was a success. King, who made her […]

Lawmakers right to refuse federal funding

Gov. Rick Perry, Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and other Texas representatives are enduring criticism to their opposition to the $26.1 billion federal education funding package passed last week that probably will leave Texas out of the mix. The state could receive up to $830 million, but requires Perry to make promises he […]

Press release: Low interest business loans for drought impact

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the federal government is making low-interest loans available to small, nonfarm businesses in 21 New Mexico counties that were affected by drought and high winds that occurred April 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.

De Baca, Roosevelt counties receive PILT funds

CNJ staff New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases and […]

Web doesn’t need federal regulations

Freedom New Mexico I nternet freedom is an idea most people would call important but it is equally important that we do not begin to think of Internet access as an entitlement. A ruling by a federal appeals court is a step, at least temporarily, in the right direction toward keeping the Internet free from […]

Clovis housing agency receives federal grant

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency has received $41,212 in grant money through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funding came from HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency Program, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The program helps community housing agencies develop local strategies to help individuals and families […]

Press release: Bingaman: Federal grant will help students pay for AP tests

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that the New Mexico Department of Public Education will receive a $119,990 federal grant to help low-income students defray the cost of Advanced Placement tests. Bingaman is responsible for creating the U.S. Department of Education program from which this grant was awarded. “This grant award will allow […]

Ruling benches Isler again

CNJ staff A federal judge in Albuquerque has lifted a restraining order that allowed Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler to continue to coach this season, according to his attorney, Warren Frost. Frost said the ruling Tuesday night by judge Martha Vasquez means Isler’s coaching season may be over. Isler, in his ninth season […]