English-only bills violate our freedoms

Freedom New Mexico Among the various bills offered in Washington and Texas are new efforts to force every U.S. resident to speak English. U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has pledged to file an English-only bill in Congress. Worse, similar bills already have been filed in the Texas Legislature. One Texas state representative has filed legislation […]

Community shares Valentine’s Day thoughts, memories

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School junior Emily Wickham chops mushrooms during a practice session at the high school in the industry-standard kitchen that serves as the culinary classroom for CHS. Freedom New Mexico Valentine’s Day…our official celebration of love, romance and candy hearts with silly sayings. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s […]

School board election results official

CNJ staff The school board election ballot was made official Monday morning at the Curry County Courthouse, following its canvassing last week. County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said the canvassing was done by the county Thursday, but superintendent Terry Myers was snowbound in Dallas and was not able to come to the office until Monday […]

Official: Wind damage, power imbalance to blame for Portales outages

Argen Duncan Power outages hit the same portion of Portales for several hours two mornings in a row this week. “We are aware of the problem, and we are working on a long-term solution so we avoid this particular problem,” said Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “And we do appreciate the patience of our customers […]

Cannon official promoted

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base’s Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been chosen as the command chief master sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to a news release. Turner’s new position is the top enlisted position at Air Force […]

Richardson talks Ute, ENMU

Kevin Wilson New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson paid one of his final official visits to eastern New Mexico Thursday, when he gave $125,000 to Eastern New Mexico University’s digital cinema arts program. Following the ceremony, he took a few questions from Freedom New Mexico and News 3 New Mexico (KENW-TV) reporters. Kevin Wilson, Freedom New […]

Former Tucumcari city official files whistleblower suit

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari city official who filed a lawsuit alleging the city took action against him in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act was fired last week. Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose said John “Marty” Garcia was terminated as city treasurer July 6, but declined to state the reason, citing […]

City official urges residents to participate in census

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CNJ file photo City officials such as Luis Gordon, seen holding a poster promoting the Census during the Martin Luther King Junior march in January, are trying to encourage residents to be counted.

Official: Bacteria numbers in lake dropping

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Alfredo Macias of the city’s water and waste department secures netting Monday at Green Acres Lake to prevent people from fishing. The lake was closed to the public Saturday because of elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria and will remain closed until the levels drop to acceptable standards. By Sharna […]

Legislation protecting government employees passes

By Steven Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state Senate once again has passed a bill designed to protect government employees from retaliation for reporting official wrongdoing — something backers said Wednesday is long overdue in New Mexico. Sen. Sue Wilson-Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsor of Senate Bill 96, told fellow senators that had the […]