Senators support fee increase

Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John McCain of Arizona, its ranking Republican, endorse President Obama’s call to establish next year a $200 enrollment fee on TRICARE for Life, the prized supplement to Medicare for 2.1 million elderly military retirees, their spouses and survivors. These influential senators made their […]

Arizona air base on lockdown (updated)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Air Force base near Tucson was locked down Friday afternoon amid reports of someone with a weapon, but base officials said no shots were fired. Traffic into and out of the base was being limited because of an unspecified security situation, but no one was shot or hurt, according to […]

Arizona air base on lockdown

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Air Force base near Tucson was locked down Friday afternoon amid reports of someone with a weapon, but base officials said no shots were fired. Traffic into and out of the base was being limited because of an unspecified security situation, but no one was shot or hurt, according to […]

McCain wrong to make fiery accusations

Freedom New Mexico J ohn McCain started the Arizona forest fires. OK, so we’re making this up. McCain the flamethrower probably did not start the fires. But this much is true. Freedom Newspapers had no less to go on when blaming McCain than McCain had in blaming immigrants. McCain may not be well. Here’s what […]

Smoke could cause unhealthy air conditions

CNJ staff Smoke from wildfires burning in New Mexico and Arizona and wind conditions Thursday could cause unhealthy air quality conditions in several areas of the state, according to a news release. The New Mexico Department of Health and Environment Department are asking residents to take precautions to avoid adverse reactions to the smoke. The […]

Our view: Forest clearing necessary to prevent fires

Forest fires rage out of control this time each year, as Arizona reminds us, because we manage our federal forests poorly. Scientists say we’ve created the “monster fire” era. It has become so common the public is almost numb to it. A fire gets out of control, luxury homes burn, and when it’s over the […]

My turn: Shooter bears sole responsibility

I have no insight about the Arizona shootings and toxic political rhetoric that hasn’t already been expressed. Although it seems disingenuous to deny that crosshairs have base-appealing, gun-scope connotations, that is fuzzy compared to the fervent emotions engendered by political discussions that recognize no middle ground. No one has a truth monopoly on complex issues. […]

Portales man arrested in Arizona drug bust

The Associated Press PEORIA, Ariz. — A New Mexico man and two Mexican citizens have been arrested after authorities seized about 85 pounds of cocaine at a Peoria home. Arizona Department of Public Safety officers served a search warrant at the house Tuesday. Detectives were searching for money, drugs and suspects believed to be linked […]

Arizona law does more harm to taxpayers

In Mexico they call it “la ley del odio” — the law of hate. Indeed, President Felipe Calderon had publicly condemned the act and Mexican border governors had said they would boycott a planned conference before it was moved from Arizona to New Mexico. To many people, Arizona’s anti-immigration law that went into effect last […]

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Feds sue to block Arizona illegal immigrant law

By Bob Christie: The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s new law targeting illegal immigrants, setting the stage for a clash between the federal government and the state over the nation’s toughest immigration crackdown. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in […]

Reform advocates score victory for freedom

Freedom New Mexico Education reform advocates should have been encouraged Monday. The Supreme Court announced its intention to decide a case where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called into question the constitutionality of an Arizona school-choice tax credit program that provides mostly disadvantaged students with scholarships to private schools. Arizona’s 13-year-old program is […]

Nov. 11, 1961

Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds beat Northwestern Oklahoma University Rangers with a 42-6 triumph, and prepared for their last game of the season against Arizona State College in Flagstaff.

It’s Their Job: Greg Fisher

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Name: Greg FisherJob: Economic Developer for City of Portales.Background: Fisher has been in business and government for over two decades and has been a program director for the state of Arizona.Time on the job: 10 months. Q: Describe what your job entails.A: To keep small businesses growing and expanding. There is research, and time on […]

Portales native Ross homers

By Steven Wine, The Associated Press MIAMI — The ever-expanding list of catalysts for the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks now includes reserve infielder Augie Ojeda, who had a role in their latest win even though he didn’t play. Ojeda made his pitching debut as a sacrificial reliever at the end of a blowout loss Tuesday to […]

Ecological project needs rain barrel, not pork barrel

Freedom Newspapers What a hopeful and collegial photo-op it made: There they were, the governors of Colorado and Arizona, Bill Owens and Janet Napolitano, a Republican and a Democrat, signing a pact creating the Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes. It happened earlier this month at a meeting of the Western Governors Association in Breckenridge, Colo. The […]

Governors, senators, lawmakers to attend hearing

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers While Bill Richardson is usually the center of attention when he visits eastern New Mexico, the state’s governor will be just another face in the crowd of well-known dignitaries at Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing at Clovis’ Marshall Junior High. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Nevada Gov. Kenny […]

Man pleads not guilty to shooting Realtor

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A 27-year-old Albuquerque man has pleaded not guilty to shooting a well-respected real estate agent in the back of the head and leaving his body in a closet inside a home he was trying to sell. Mario Lucas Chavez entered his plea Friday, the same day family members buried […]

Windbreaks on Llano get creative

By Baxter Black Dear Dr. Black, I have a question. I live in an area prone to guerrilla grazing. It’s private land but New Mexico is a fence-out state, so it is legal for people to put cattle on other people’s land. This is unregulated, so unfenced land gets overgrazed. Then cows resort to busting […]