Lawmaker proposes using permanent fund to fix state budget

Trip Jennings As state lawmakers begin to debate where to cut spending or raise revenue, one legislator suggests a third way to plug New Mexico’s sizable budget shortfall. New Mexico sits on a huge pot of money called the permanent funds, made up of minerals royalties and other revenues. Why not take advantage of that […]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. A

Today’s focus: Mrs. A Household members: 3 Children: 1 Special circumstance: Mr. and Mrs. A just moved to Clovis due to Mr. A losing his job in another state with high unemployment. Her holiday hope:

Empty stocking fund: Miss M

Today’s focus: Miss M Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Miss M. is a single mother. Due to the health issues that she is experiencing, she has missed a lot of days at work, meaning less money to pay bills. Her holiday hope: Wants to have a good Christmas and feel well. Clothing needs: […]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. S

Today’s focus: Mrs. S Household members: 4 Children: 1 Special circumstance: Mrs. S is look for a job and her unemployment has run out. Her holiday hope: To have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Pants and shirt size 14/16 girls. Toys list: Doll, doll accessories, craft supplies for a 6 year old and learning toys. […]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. T

Today’s focus: Mrs. T Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstance: Mrs. T’s husband has been out of work since September due to an injury and had surgery in October. Her holiday hope: For her children to have gifts. Clothing needs: Pants size 16 boys, shirt size XL boys and shoe size 8 mens; pants […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Mrs. W

Today’s focus: Ms. W Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstance: Ms. W. has a child who has been sick and she had to quit her job to care for the child, but she has now started back to work. Her holiday hope: Wants to have a great Christmas. Clothing needs: Shirt and pants size […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Mrs. G

• Today’s Focus: Mrs. G • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 • Special Circumstance: Mrs. G. and her family had to leave their house in May because of black mold. They had to start all over because everything had to be thrown away. Her twins are very ill because of the mold. One of […]

Empty stocking fund: Ms. A

Today’s focus: Ms. A Household members: 6 Children: 2 Special circumstance: Ms. A is working but not making enough to support her children. She now lives with her parents to help make her earnings go farther. Her holiday hope: To have enough for a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Pants and shirts size 12 girls and […]

Empty stocking fund: Miss S

Today’s focus: Miss S Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstance: Miss S’ daughter and grandchildren have been living with her ex-husband. When he lost his job, her daughter and grandchildren moved back in with her. Now she has extra people this Christmas living with her. Her holiday hope: To enjoy being with her grandchildren. […]

Empty stocking fund: Mr. and Mrs. S

Today’s Focus: Mr. and Mrs. S Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Mr. S is having a hard time finding full time work, since his wife Mrs. S has cancer and needs transportation to doctor visits. They are having a hard time paying bills. Their holiday hope: They want the best for their children […]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. B

Today’s focus: Ms. B Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Ms. B is a single mother who works full time and though she works hard to support her children, she has found it hard to provide her children with Christmas toys this year. Her holiday hopes: To be able to see her kids happy […]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. R

Today’s focus: Mrs. R Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstance: Mrs. R is helping to raise her grandchildren, because their parents are in jail. She works, but she does not make enough to give her grandchildren a nice Christmas. Her holiday hopes: To have a good Christmas with her grandchildren. Clothing needs: Girls’ pants […]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. P

Today’s focus: Mrs. P Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Mrs. P’s husband has been out of a job for two months. Thankfully, he just found a job, but the hours are low since he just started. Her holiday hopes: To be able to one day help other people at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls’ […]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. H

• Today’s focus: Mrs. H • Household members: 8 • Children: 4 • Special circumstance: Mrs. H and her husband have just moved to Clovis from Arizona. They are happy to be here. Mr. H has just started a new job and they are paying off debts from moving and saving to get a home […]

Empty stocking fund: Ms. W

Today’s focus: Ms. W. Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Ms. W is a single mother of three and she has polymyositis and fibromyalgia. She goes to the doctor a lot due to her illnesses. Ms. W would like to go back to school for physical therapy. Her holiday hopes: For her children to […]

County awarded money for DWI programs

CNJ staff Curry County has been awarded more than $27,000 for DWI programs. The allocation brings the DWI fund to a total of nearly $350,000, said Assistant County Manager Connie Harrison in a press release. The money is used to purchase equipment for law enforcement, fund treatment for offenders and will be used to hire […]

Sentence upheld in tornado fund embezzlement case

CNJ staff District Judge Teddy Hartley upheld his 10-year prison sentence Wednesday of a woman who stole money from a tornado relief fund. Originally sentenced May 31 in Hartley’s court, Lori Howard had filed a motion asking him to reconsider. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Howard’s attorney asked Hartley to consider probation in lieu of […]

Press release: Senator discusses green infrastructure for Clean Water Act, Small Business Lending Fund Act, Wall Street reform and comprehensive immigration reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about new legislation he recently introduced called the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act. He also discussed pending small business and jobs legislation and this week’s anticipated final vote on Wall Street reform in the Senate. To listen to the audio, click here. […]

Education digest: Graduate accepted into music corps

Graduate accepted into music corps Clovis High School graduate Alec Blazek has been accepted into the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2010 season, according to a news release. Blazek will spend the summer touring North America with the group, the release said. Members of the corps receive intense instruction in music, dance, […]

Private sector should fund space missions

Freedom New Mexico A merica’s future in space is entrepreneurial. President Barack Obama partly has recognized that reality in his recent speeches and policy changes on NASA and American space policy. “I give Obama mixed reviews on his space policy,” said Ed Hudgins, author of “Space: The Free Market Frontier.” There were positive elements, he […]