Troop retention affected by GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense officials are alarmed by the very real prospect that Congress this year will enact the robust GI Bill education plan designed by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. One Defense official, who declined to be named, described the bill as a “retention killer” for the all-volunteer military. Webb reintroduced his bill, […]

Governor Bill Richardson official site

Governor Bill Richardson official site

Overpass opening official

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle City and state officials cut the ribbon Tuesday at the opening of the N.M. 467 overpass. The project took about nine months. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Residents living south of the N.M. 467 overpass are enjoying the new stretch of steel and concrete that allows them to cruise […]

Court: Speech once again free in cyberspace

By Freedom Newspapers An Indiana appellate court this month ruled, rightly in our view, that a verdict reached by a circuit court a year ago unconstitutionally violated a young girl’s freedom of speech. In a time where many of our freedoms are being usurped in the name of national security, we must take the time […]

Adrian to be inducted into NMAA Hall of Fame

CNJ staff Former Clovis High athletic director Randy Adrian is among three individuals who will be inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame next week. Adrian spent 25 years as a coach, teacher and administrator. He also worked as a basketball official for 31 years and was named the state’s National Federation […]

Terrorist plot thwarted

LONDON (AP) — British authorities said Thursday they thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in hand luggage, averting what police described as “mass murder on an unimaginable scale.” Police arrested 21 people, saying they were confident they captured the main suspects in what U.S. […]

Cockfighting not only state disgrace

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Her days are numbered, this 2006 regular session of the 47th Legislature. Our senators and state reps are in Santa Fe working hard, trying to figure out how to spend a $5 billion budget. Also under consideration is a “junior budget” expected to grow to $45 million by the time […]

Vigil’s exit saved us $45,000 a day

Anna Crook: Guest Columnist The New Mexico House of Representatives performed admirably in considering whether to impeach the state treasurer. The process followed by the House was fair, and it was properly halted when the subject of the investigation resigned. Treasurer Robert Vigil was arrested on federal charges just weeks before the Legislature convened in […]

State motto, song could use update

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Former KOAT-TV reporter Nancy Laflin has been the New Mexico State music czar for three months now and it is a bit disappointing. I still can’t play the violin. Too bad. The brand new director of the brand new created by executive order New Mexico Music Commission will conduct the […]

Frivolous legislation order of the day

By Ned Cantwell The Legislature had nothing to do with it. Gov. Bill Richardson did it. Nonetheless, as we look back on the marathon session of the New Mexico State Legislature, it is puzzling. New Mexico has adopted as her Official State Aircraft the hot air balloon. There has been no lack of hot air […]

Chile’s identity crisis: Fruit or berry

By Helena Rodriguez The burning question in Santa Fe right is how to label our precious red and green chile peppers. This is not a mild matter for us chile-chomping Nuevo Meji-canos. But in a strange twist, the debate over our fiery state vegetable has turned fruity. And I do mean fruity. A bill was […]

Referee Jennings retiring whistle

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis’ Brooks Jennings has been one of the most long-lasting and respected members of the New Mexico high school officiating circle. Jennings donned the black-and-white stripes for the last time Saturday in Roswell. Jennings, 68, is a former boys coach at Clovis High (1962-69) and a former athletic director at […]

Retirees unlikely to see full pay restored

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military retirees rated “unemployable’’ are unlikely to see their retired pay fully restored under the “accelerated concurrent receipt’’ provision that Congress approved last fall. After months of internal debate, the Department of Defense is nearing a final decision to limit full concurrent payments to 23,000 retirees who have disability ratings of […]

Searching for a perfect chile relleno

By Helene Rodriguez When I worked as a reporter and restaurant critic in Abilene, Texas, several years ago, I pledged to find the perfect chile relleno. I searched high and low, from the taquerias in the city’s northside barrios to the chain restaurants on the city’s southside mall strip, but to no avail. I quickly […]

America more generous than some give credit

CNJ staff The U.S. government announced initially that it would donate $15 million to help victims of the overwhelming tsunami in South Asia. A United Nations official said the U.S. was “stingy” when it came to international aid. His comment was silly and a bit meanspirited. More significantly, however, it reflected a serious misunderstanding of […]

Harden appears Senate winner

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clint Harden will return to the state Senate next month, according to county clerks who participated in a recount of votes involving the Republican incumbent from Clovis and Robert Frost, D-San Jon. State officials said Thursday they’ve not received official results, but the clerks said Harden’s 36-vote lead prior […]

It’s official: Harden retains Senate seat

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Incumbent Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, won the District 7 seat by 36 votes over Bob Frost, D-San Jon, the Secretary of State’s office announced on Tuesday. Harden received 9,010 votes to 8,974 for Frost. The canvassing of the election Tuesday makes Harden’s win official, though Frost could still call […]

Everyone, no one to blame for Sept. 11

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist Not to trivialize a serious matter, but the hearings of the Sept. 11 commission have begun to remind me of one of Smokey Robinson’s less famous hits. It’s called “Who’s Gonna Take the Blame.” Over the last month, the men and women in the hot seat have spent as much […]

Scalia must be more vigilant outside of court

Editorial W e normally approve of the way Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reasons. The smart, sometimes pugnacious justice consistently resists the temptation to legislate from the bench. Still, we wish Scalia had declined to go duck hunting in January with a group that included Vice President Dick Cheney. The trip, coming as it did […]

Government should steer clear of ‘official’ distractions

Freedom Newspapers Drivers entering El Paso County on Interstate 25 are now greeted with signs informing them they are on the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. The signs that went up a few weeks ago were the culmination of efforts by state Sen. Doug Lamborn to have the section of highway renamed to honor the two-term […]