USDA enhances integrity and defensibility of farm programs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service to reduce fraud in farm programs and streamlining payment limits for family farmers. The actions are intended to strengthen the integrity and defensibility of USDA farm safety net programs and help the agricultural industry to […]

Comments sought on proposed changes to deer license application process

SANTA FE — The Department of Game and Fish is asking for public comments about proposals to change the way hunters apply for deer licenses. The State Game Commission will consider the proposals at its Sept. 24 meeting in Las Cruces. The proposals include simplifying the deer licensing process by eliminating the current deer hunting […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]

U.S. can’t push Middle East peace process

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the most poignant headline we saw regarding last week’s parliamentary elections in Israel ran over a Reuters story: “Israel faces gridlock, peace prospects dim.” Big surprise. Israel has a parliamentary system, meaning a prospective prime minister must put together a majority coalition in the 120-member Knesset, or Parliament. Current foreign minister […]

Screening process under scrutiny

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Under pressure from Congress and following the Army’s lead, the Department of Defense has imposed a more rigorous screening process on the services for separating troubled members due to “personality disorder.” The intent is to ensure that, in the future, no members who suffer from wartime stress get tagged with […]

Subcommittee decides against euthanization vote

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For the second time in less than a week, a Clovis Animal Task Force subcommittee held off on a vote regarding euthanization methods at the city animal shelter. At issue is whether Clovis will keep intact its current method of euthanization, using a carbon monoxide gas chamber, or switch […]

Act makes claim filing too tedious

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors […]

Cuba change significant, albeit slow

Freedom New Mexico Of itself, the change was not quite as significant as it seemed to be at first glance. Cuba was not legalizing private property or even moving toward anything that might be deemed an actual market in real estate. All the notice on Friday in the official gazette of the Cuban Justice Ministry […]

Manure can be real money-saver

By Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense Dairies nowadays are in the process of producing M & M & M. Milk and milk and milk you might say, or as we say, “Have you had your three-a-day yet?” Milk product servings that is. Well that’s one way of looking at it, however I am referring to three […]

Scholarship helps CHS senior pursue dream

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Robert Cordova, a Clovis High senior, graduates today. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer A prestigious scholarship and a background in construction has paved the way for Robert Cordova to pursue a civil engineering degree. Cordova is one of 352 students expected to receive diplomas during Clovis High School’s graduation […]

Capital outlay pleases lawmakers

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson faces a tough obstacle as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. He managed another tough obstacle earlier this week — pleasing a majority of state legislators — by approving $700 million in capital outlay projects. “I have signed this capital outlay package without any vetoes as a […]

United Way approves allocations

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The United Way of Eastern New Mexico announced during its Friday meeting what many board members call a process even harder than soliciting donations from Curry and Roosevelt counties — distributing those donations to area programs operated by nonprofit agencies. The board discussed at the Memorial Building in Portales […]

War response sets precedence for future events

Freedom Newspapers Congressional Democrats are almost unanimously opposed to President Bush’s plan to increase the number of U.S. troops actively engaged in Iraq. They are less united when it comes to explaining what they would do instead, and even less so on what they will do — given that they now control both houses of […]

Rights movement continuous process

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My sister Julie jokes that the national holiday on Jan. 15 is in honor of her birthday. Sorry Julie! Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it falls on Monday this year, the date of the legal observance. Since 1986, the United States has rightfully honored King, a […]

Bills slated for first 100 hours of House better left undone

By Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the worst aspect of new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise to pass a passel of poll-tested bills during the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress is that the exercise will not be over after 100 hours as ordinary mortals count them. The countdown doesn’t begin, as Democrats calculate matters, until […]

Life of a bill

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How a bill is created, and the process it undertakes to become law (Freedom Newspapers Illustration: Ryn Gargulinski) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eleven days remained Thursday until the onset of the 48th legislative session. The sun had set, night was near; but calm eluded Rep. Anna Crook. “My stomach is churning,” said Crook, […]

Senator says state funding process flawed

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Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis will snag roughly the same amount of capital outlay money in the upcoming legislative session as it did in the last one, according to a local legislator. Even the amount of money appropriated to Clovis but vetoed by the governor should […]

Manure gaining popularity as energy source

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The Panda Ethanol plant planned for Muleshoe would use a billion pounds of manure annually to provide power for the production of ethanol through a process called gasification. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When famous bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he responded, “Because that’s where […]

City Commission will address process for replacing police chief

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city manager Joe Thomas said he will seek the advisement of the City Commission to determine the process by which the new chief of police will be appointed. He said the matter will be discussed during an executive session prior to Thursday’s scheduled commission meeting. Police Chief Bill […]

Current Cannon wing won’t be idle

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter Wing […]