Bill tracker: A look at area lawmakers’ legislation

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Tonjia Rolan The second session of the New Mexico state legislature opened Jan.17. To date, 15 bills, including two emergency measures, have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing legislation is Feb.1.

Bill tracker: A look at area lawmakers’ legislation

The second session of the New Mexico state legislature opened Jan.17. To date, 15 bills, including two emergency measures, have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing legislation is Feb.1. The process of passing a bill A bill that is introduced in either the house — the Senate or House of Representatives — […]

City official: Efforts to get rid of birds successful

Alisa Boswell It turns out great-tailed grackle are not big fans of fireworks. Businessmen and other local residents joined forces earlier this month to set off a barrage of fireworks to frighten these local pests. Their efforts were successful, according to Portales Public Works Director John DeSha. “After those first two nights (Jan. 9-10), we […]

City official: Efforts to get rid of birds successful

It turns out great-tailed grackle are not big fans of fireworks. Businessmen and other local residents joined forces earlier this month to set off a barrage of fireworks to frighten these local pests. Their efforts were successful, according to Portales Public Works Director John DeSha. "After those first two nights (Jan. 9-10), we would patrol […]

State auditor calls for Patrick Lyons resignation at PRC (updated)

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Robin Fornoff Two key state officials spent most of Thursday accusing each other of incompetence over an audit that charges the scandal-ridden Public Regulation Commission is corrupt from top to bottom. State Auditor Hector Balderas, a Democrat, set it off in the morning, calling on PRC chairman and Clovis native Patrick Lyons, a Republican, to […]

State auditor calls for Patrick Lyons resignation at PRC (updated)

Patrick Lyons Two key state officials spent most of Thursday accusing each other of incompetence over an audit that charges the scandal-ridden Public Regulation Commission is corrupt from top to bottom. State Auditor Hector Balderas, a Democrat, set it off in the morning, calling on PRC chairman and Clovis native Patrick Lyons, a Republican, to […]

Clovis zoo has baby giraffe

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Kevin Wilson The Clovis zoo’s newest arrival was somewhat of a surprise to zoo staff. Jael the Giraffe gave birth at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night to a 6-foot female baby. Her father is Jay, who died Feb. 3 at the zoo, 2011, as a result of a fall on an icy sidewalk. “It’s a […]

Clovis zoo has baby giraffe

Clovis' Hillcrest Park Zoo has a new resident: A female giraffe, already 6-feet tall, was born about 9 p.m., Wednesday night, officials said. The Clovis zoo's newest arrival was somewhat of a surprise to zoo staff. Jael the Giraffe gave birth at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night to a 6-foot female baby. Her father is […]

Their view: Educators deserving of funded retirement

Mary Lou Cameron, chairwoman of the Educational Retirement Board, submitted this letter about a proposed changes to the ERB's pension plan: The Educational Retirement Board plays an important role in the life of every New Mexican who works in public education. The organization is responsible for providing pensions to these public servants. During their working […]

No meaning behind Constitution

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I’m not a big fan of the U.S. Constitution because, as has been pointed out by numerous observers for well over a century, it either established the criminal government we now suffer with, or it did nothing to prevent it. That doesn’t mean it is worthless, though. I think it is useful for illustrating which […]

No meaning behind Constitution

I'm not a big fan of the U.S. Constitution because, as has been pointed out by numerous observers for well over a century, it either established the criminal government we now suffer with, or it did nothing to prevent it. That doesn't mean it is worthless, though. I think it is useful for illustrating which […]

‘America the Beautiful’ makes better anthem

Freedom New Mexico Another major sporting event, another national anthem conflict. This time it wasn’t some disrespectful leftist butchering “The Star Spangled Banner,” then grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground as Roseanne Barr did before a baseball game. Instead, it was American rock legend and “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler — a flag-waving […]

‘America the Beautiful’ makes better anthem

Another major sporting event, another national anthem conflict. This time it wasn't some disrespectful leftist butchering "The Star Spangled Banner," then grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground as Roseanne Barr did before a baseball game. Instead, it was American rock legend and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler — a flag-waving conservative Republican. Tyler […]

BAH rates increase

The Department of Defense's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) given to service members living off base increased at most pay grades in 2012 and officials at Cannon Air Force Base public affairs say allowances can change every year based on the housing market. BAH is based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. […]

Friday morning briefing: Happy Chinese New Year, a spell down and tragedy on the launch pad

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Happy Chinese New Year Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a Chinese New Year’s Banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Campus Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 and must be reserved today. ENMU has a number of students from China who will share […]

Religion column: God gave us arms for hugging

I think we should have a “Hug Day.” I would be lost if I didn’t have hugs from friends and loved ones. Hugs make me happy. Hugs tell me someone likes me and that fills me with delight. I feel it takes hugs for one’s well-being. I read somewhere that husbands who hug their wives […]

Religion column: God gave us arms for hugging

I think we should have a "Hug Day." I would be lost if I didn't have hugs from friends and loved ones. Hugs make me happy. Hugs tell me someone likes me and that fills me with delight. I feel it takes hugs for one's well-being. I read somewhere that husbands who hug their wives […]

My turn: Farwell has hidden charm

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I drove to Farwell on Saturday to take a few pictures and I decided to wander into the Old Country Store for a photo opportunity. The only word I can think of to describe the store/cafe is charming. It definitely has a “good old country boy” feel to it with its homemade cinnamon rolls, biscuits, […]

My turn: Farwell has hidden charm

I drove to Farwell on Saturday to take a few pictures and I decided to wander into the Old Country Store for a photo opportunity. The only word I can think of to describe the store/cafe is charming. It definitely has a "good old country boy" feel to it with its homemade cinnamon rolls, biscuits, […]