Money should support towns, schools

By Brian Moore: Guest Columnist We’re about to start a new legislative session this week, and it should be an interesting one. We’re starting a 30-day session, which is supposed to be only for the budget, plus a few items the governor thinks important enough to deal with in this short period of time. You’ve […]

Governor pledges millions for base

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is poised to double in size, as Gov. Bill Richardson has pledged millions in his capital outlay plan for expansion and infrastructure improvements at the recently jeopardized military installation. Richardson announced Wednesday a pledge of $5 million in capital outlay funds to purchase land adjacent […]

Prevent incompetents from key posts

Ned Cantwell Katrina caused the country to get off its big butt and stare wide-eyed at our disaster incompetence. JetBlue glued eyes to the TV screen and reminded us the guy in the cockpit is worth the big bucks he takes home. Robert Vigil and Michael Montoya made us pay attention, too. They made us […]

Bill considers right to eat enchiladas

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Should have known better. My teenage grandson said I just had to rent “Napoleon Dynamite.” I love Kyle and figure that sooner or later there has to be a movie we both like. You would think that after “Anchorman,” a real piece of doo-doo, the lesson would have been learned. […]

Few people want cockfighting in state

By Ned Cantwell New Mexico was a somber place indeed as her inhabitants focused their gaze on Santa Fe during the legislative session. Coffee klatch conversations were more tense, less jovial. The pace of life continued, but it was not without a nervous twitter in the air. Much was at stake as our state representatives […]

Legislative propositions made of fuzzy logic

Ned Cantwell: CNJ columnist We’ve only just begun. Already New Mexico legislators are pondering legislation that would make it illegal for us to watch Desperate Housewives while driving to our favorite food joint for the family’s traditional Sunday night Nellie Burger feast. Our elected poobahs are on a tear up there in Santa Fe, having […]

Legislative watchdogs

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Assistant City Clerk Claire Burroughes monitors New Mexico state legislative activity on the Internet on Thursday in her office at City Hall. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While state legislators battle over the many thousands of bills scheduled to be introduced in the 47th Legislature, those with an active […]

Legislative breakfast yields requests

by Eric Butler Local city and county officials are requesting hundreds of thousands of state dollars to go toward projects ranging from expansion of the county jail to a proposed regional firearms range. Officials presented the proposed projects to local state legislators at a breakfast Thursday morning at Wells Fargo Bank in Clovis. Local legislators […]

State officials hear area priorities

CNJ staff PORTALES — City and county officials from southeastern New Mexico pleaded their cases for funding on Thursday with a focus on roads, correctional facilities and water projects. New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee members met with officials from several counties and cities to discuss their legislative priorities and needs at Eastern New Mexico […]

Software SNAFU slows vote count

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Election results tape piles up on the chair as election judges Jill Whitehead, left, Sylvia Shugart, center, and Lois Thomas check early, absentee and alternate tapes Tuesday evening at the Curry County Courthouse. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. CNJ STAFF A problem with new computers and software required by state legislation slowed down vote counting […]