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 […]

Court ruling advances free speech

Freedom New Mexico The First Amendment is healthier following a Supreme Court decision Thursday that strengthens its roots: protecting political speech. The court ruled 5-4 in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that the federal government cannot restrict how corporations and labor unions may spend money to advocate for or against candidates for political office. […]

Bingaman: New Mexico fire departments to benefit from federal funds

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that eight New Mexico Fire departments will benefit from $584,918 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. With the exception of the Velarde Valley, the following New Mexico Fire Departments will receive funding for operations and safety programs […]

Court ruling paves way for freedom

Freedom New Mexico In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, commonly known as the “Hillary movie” case, the U.S. Supreme Court finally vindicated a proper understanding of the First Amendment, which provides that “Congress shall make no law” restricting freedom of speech. One might ask what part of “no law” do you not understand, but […]

Isler case in federal court Wednesday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The attorney for J.D. Isler says a federal court hearing Wednesday in Albuquerque could determine his client’s future as coach of the Clovis High School boys basketball team. Isler’s attorney, Warren Frost, said he will argue for the continuation of a restraining order allowing Isler to continue coaching. The […]

Base tax office ready to open

By Myra Barnum Tax season, one of the most dreaded times of the year is once again upon us. However, completing and filing your tax forms can be painless, simple, and free if you come to the Cannon Tax Office, which opens Jan. 26. All active duty personnel, family members, retirees and federal civilian employees […]

Perry correct to question school funding

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gotten plenty of grief for rejecting federal “stimulus” money in the past year. Criticism over his latest “No thank you” has been particularly harsh, as it would have brought as much as $750 million for Texas public schools. The money is part of $4.35 billion in “economic […]

Regulations won’t advance U.S. recovery

Freedom New Mexico Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke, in a speech to the American Economic Association on Sunday, has acted as you might expect a custodian of the institution he heads to act — defensively. He downplayed the role the Fed’s loose monetary policy from late 2001 through much of 2005 played in creating […]

Letters to the Editor: Federal market regulations needed

Federal market regulations needed Regarding your Dec. 8 editorial “Government in the way of job creation:” The writer says government does not have a clue of how the economy works and its policies keeps small business from creating jobs. This ideology says markets are always right and need no controls. The article reads, “Reduce taxes, […]

Tres Amigas applies for federal approvals

The Associated Press A company that wants to connect the nation’s three massive power grids at a facility in Clovis has applied for regulatory approvals needed to move forward with the project. Tres Amigas LLC’s attorney Dave Raskin of Steptoe & Johnson said Wednesday the company has submitted two filings to the Federal Energy Regulatory […]

Combined Federal Campaign goal reached

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Tech Sgt. Gloria Wilson, left, and Capt. Colleen Scheelling discuss charities federal employees can donate to in the Combined Federal Campaign. So far this year, Cannon Air Force Base has raised $92,463, Scheelling said. By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Cannon Air Force Base has exceeded its donations goal for […]

Civil liberties larger issue affecting gays

Freedom New Mexico On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation making it a federal crime to assault somebody due to his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation was named for Matthew Shepard, who tragically became a household name after dying from being brutally beaten and tied to a fence in […]

Federal criticism of Fox-TV unjust

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It doesn’t matter if Fox-TV news is unbalanced, biased, partisan or whatever. All newspapers, magazines, journals and such have leanings — they are produced, managed and edited by individuals who have agendas and however much they wish this had no influence on them, that just isn’t realistic. Of […]

Drug trafficking suspects believed connected to Mexican drug cartels

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Camilo Sport Staff and wire reports Two men arrested Wednesday in Tucumcari on federal drug trafficking charges are believed to be connected to Mexican drug cartels, according to New Mexico State Police. Based on a tip from federal authorities, state police located Camilo Sport and Asunsio Martinez at an undisclosed location in Tucumcari just before […]

Ending pot prohibition good first step

Freedom New Mexico After almost a year in office, the Obama administration has made a decision. The Justice Department on Monday issued a memo to federal prosecutors in 13 medical marijuana states telling them to stop enforcing federal marijuana laws against medical marijuana patients. This should result in an end to the mean-spirited and bizarre […]