Letter to the editor: Obamacare exerts too much control

Obamacare exerts too much control I must respond to the Portales woman who thanked U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Jr., D-N.M., for voting for Obamacare. I fought and will continue to fight against this bill and any move to take America from the Land of Opportunity to the Land of the Dependent. First, if a […]

Area rancher running for state land commissioner

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County farmer and rancher is running for state land commissioner. Matt Rush, who raises beef and wheat, is one of two Republican candidates in the upcoming primary elections. He said he was planning to run for state representative, but a group of Clovis businessmen asked him to become a candidate […]

Land commissioner defends request for legal fees

By Steven Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, who also sits on the State Investment Council, on Monday defended the SIC’s request for millions of dollars in additional legal fees to a San Francisco law firm conducting an internal review of documents related to federal investigations of state investment practices. […]

Blight battle: Clovis not alone in fight

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A business wants to locate in your city. Like most businesses, it wants land cheap. In most cases that means land outside the core city. The business buys, the city expands and all parties are happy. Unless, of course, the older parts of the city get ignored in the […]

Press Release: State land chief says parks director refusing millions

SANTA FE – An obscure bill passed by the New Mexico Legislature in 1949 could guarantee the State Parks Division a continuous revenue stream potentially worth millions of dollars, but the division director says he doesn’t want the money, according to Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons.

Air Force gets approval for N.M. land gift

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says the Air Force has received a waiver from defense officials to proceed with a land gift associated with the Melrose Bombing Range in eastern New Mexico. The waiver from the Office of the Secretary of Defense follows Richardson’s commitment of $5 million worth of land […]

Meeting covers wind energy land leases

Freedom New Mexico A meeting discussing the opportunities and pitfalls of leasing land for wind energy facilities and the benefits of joining a landowners association is set for 6 p.m until 9 p.m. Monday in the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation board room, 100 S. Ave. A. An expert will speak at 6 p.m. and […]

Press Release: Land commissioner refuses to force furloughs

SANTA FE – Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons today said he will not implement unpaid furloughs for employees of the State Land Office, as Governor Bill Richardson has proposed to help remedy the state’s budget deficit.

Press Release: Lyons Vows to Defend the Land Grant Permanent Fund

SANTA FE – Commissioner of Public Lands Patrick Lyons says that raiding the Land Grant Permanent Fund to solve the state’s financial crisis will cripple its ability to fund public education for generations to come.

City OKs land lease agreement

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission has a contract up in the air. Commissioners, by an 8-0 vote, gave the tentative OK to a land lease agreement between the city and Bosbeck LLC for work at the Clovis Municipal Airport. Bosbeck, with James Bostwick and Sid Strebeck as principal representatives, plans […]

Leave land for animals to prosper

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist My father’s favorite aphorism was “waste leads to want.” I’m sure I heard him say that a gazillion times during my growing-up years. The cowboy I married was just as adamant. He never threw anything away because “it might come in handy someday.” Amazingly, it often did. For example, he […]

I’ve discovered a gem in TV land

By Thomas Garcia: Guest columnist With everything on TV these days — from reality TV to game shows, special interests, food programs and sports and news — it’s hard not to find something to watch. While I enjoy episodes of “NCIS” and “24” and “Man vs. Food” along with “Adult Swim” programs, I often find […]

Slow real estate sales plague ag industry

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Much like the rest of the country, the market for agricultural land in eastern New Mexico is lagging, say local real estate agents. Charles Bennett of United Country Vista Nueva Inc. said during economic downturns, land quits selling. Bennett said when market starts coming back, sales are so scattered […]

Habitat for Humanity seeks land

Freedom New Mexico Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Inc. is seeking land for future homes, especially in Clovis. Habitat leaders would like donations but would consider reasonable prices, said Office Manager Marge Rhode. Contact: Habitat for Humanity office at 359-1344 or roosevelt_curry_h4h@yahoo.com or 620 W. First, Portales.

Bingaman will be honored for his conservation work

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman will be honored on Wednesday by the Wilderness Society for his work on land conservation issues.

Grass fires consume 5,000 acres of land

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico More than 5,000 acres of grassland have burned in three days from multiple fires in Quay and Harding counties. Eleven fire agencies responded to five fires ignited by lightning in Harding County, said Logan Fire Chief Rex Stall. “The different crews did an outstanding job of containing and putting […]

The Parable of the King’s Bridge

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist Once upon a time in a land far, far away, a large and ornate bridge connected two bustling villages and spanned a mighty river. The bridge had stood for decades, having been built by a great king who had spared no expense in building it to last for many […]

America hardly ‘land of the free’

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist One recent morning I was checking the news on CNN and happened to tune in just as a woman, about 50, was being forcibly ejected from a Senate meeting discussing reforms in the health-insurance system. As she was led out, she kept shouting, “We want guaranteed health care” and “We […]

New fire restrictions on federal land

FIRE RESTRICTIONS BEGIN MAY 15 FOR PECOS DISTRICT The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pecos District (Carlsbad and Roswell Field Offices) announces the implementation of fire restrictions at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15, 2009, for BLM administered lands within the Lincoln, Chaves, Lea, De Baca, Guadalupe, Roosevelt, and Eddy Counties. County governments should be […]

Sharing intimacy personal

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist I often receive questions about relationships from other women. Being from Italy, the land of passion, my reputation as a Latin lover at times precedes my reputation as writer. Recently, an anonymous reader I will call Jane asked me if I had tips to stay intimate with a partner during […]