DoD focuses on school renovations

On orders from Congress, the Department of Defense is deciding how to spend a first appropriation — $250 million — to upgrade a set of public schools that are in disrepair or disturbingly overcrowded. The catch is that these schools, though part of local school districts, are on stateside bases and 94 percent of their […]

Evacuation orders lifted on Ruidoso fire that burned five houses

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Residents were returning home Monday after officials lifted evacuation orders forced by a wind-driven wildfire that burned five houses, drove people from a racetrack casino, and knocked out power in part of a southern New Mexico resort area. Barriers into neighborhoods in the Ruidoso Downs area were lifted at 3 […]

Governor orders offices closed

CNJ staff Citing critical supplies for natural gas and power services caused by inclement weather, Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered non-critical state operations to close Friday to decrease the drain on energy supplies throughout New Mexico. “Due to statewide natural gas shortages, I have ordered all government agencies that do not provide essential services to […]

Press Release: Gov. Martinez orders state offices closed Friday, Feb. 4.

SANTA FE – This evening, Governor Susana Martinez continued to work closely with leaders across the state to provide emergency assistance to New Mexicans impacted by interruptions in natural gas and power services caused by record low temperatures. To hasten the supply recovery, Governor Martinez ordered state operations not providing critical services to close tomorrow […]

City orders new supply of pet tags

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As of Sunday, Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said 998 registrations had been filed for pets. The department originally ordered 1,000 tags. Kevin Wilson Just weeks into the city’s new pet registration ordinance, residents have already exhausted the city’s first order of tags. As of Sunday, Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said 998 registrations had […]

Monday morning briefing: Marching orders

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Marching orders The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches are today in Clovis and Portales. Starts 9 a.m. at Potter Park in Clovis… 10 a.m. in Portales at Roosevelt County Museum on the ENMU campus. Question of the day At a movie theater which […]

Richardson orders furloughs to deal with budget

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has ordered five furlough days for workers in executive branch agencies under his control. Richardson made the announcement as he signed bills Thursday to help the state deal with a $650 million budget shortfall. The governor signed a budget-cutting bill but used his […]

Governor orders freeze on capital projects

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday ordered a freeze on capital improvement projects around the state, criticizing lawmakers for not cutting such spending during last week’s special session. “These pork projects should be the first to be cut before we take any action that affects […]

Governor orders flags lowered

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Area farmers riled by grazing injunction

CNJ staff Washington — Eastern New Mexico farmers may be out thousands of dollars after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction to halt cattle grazing on federally protected land on their property, according to a press release from Rep. Steve Pearce, R–N.M. U.S. District Judge John Coughenour granted a 10-day temporary restraining order last […]