Senate doesn’t need to stop with F-22 cut

The 58-40 Senate vote last week to stop production of more F-22 fighter planes was a welcome bit of sanity applied to Pentagon spending. Whether it will lead to less wasteful Pentagon procurement policies in the future or go down as simply a symbolic gesture is a more complicated question. The F-22 was developed in […]

U.S. House approves $67 million for Cannon Air Force Base projects

Freedom New Mexico Nearly $67 million for Cannon Air Force Base was approved Friday by the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a release from Rep. Ben Ray Lujan , D-N.M. The FY 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act passed the House of Representatives by a 415-3 vote. Items for Cannon include: • […]

Cap and trade bill polluted by politics

Freedom New Mexico The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a massive “cap and trade” bill today purportedly designed to address global warming — though they call it “climate change” now since the globe hasn’t warmed in the last few years — that will probably not be finished until minutes before voting begins. […]

Commission to vote on closure of Curry Road R

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is expected to vote today to close Curry Road R out of consideration of concerns from Cannon Air Force Base. According to a resolution included in commission packets, Curry Road R, which runs along the west perimeter of Cannon, will be closed and $2 million […]

Letters to the editor: Energy bill disaster for taxpayers

While the mainstream press is focusing our attention on waterboarding and enhanced interrogation, be aware that cap and trade legislation may come up for a vote shortly.

Muleshoe residents to vote on alcohol proposal

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Backers say alcohol sales would bring a boom to Muleshoe’s economy. Detractors say a rise in crime and addiction isn’t worth extra tax revenue. City residents will decide the issue Saturday, the second time in

Senate again passes Udall proposal to create Sabinoso Wilderness Area

By a vote of 77-20, the U.S. Senate today passed legislation to designate more than 17,000 acres in San Miguel County as wilderness.

HB 265, elimination of the gas chamber for euthanasia of stray cats and dogs, passes Senate by 38 to 0 vote

Today, HB 265, Elimination of the Gas Chamber for Euthanasia of Stray Cats and Dogs, passed the Senate by a 38 to 0 vote.

County commission to vote on burn ban

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Commissioners are expected to vote today on a burn ban for Curry County. The ban would prohibit open fires for a period of 45 days, at which time commissioners would reevaluate the ban, according to a resolution distributed to commissioners. Covered propane and charcoal grills would be exempt from […]

Death penalty repeal up to governor

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Friday’s decisive state Senate vote to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico was a direct result of November’s election of several new lawmakers. That’s the opinion expressed both by a leading supporter and by a leading opponent of House Bill 285, which would replace the death penalty with […]