Local military affairs committee visits base

USAF photo: Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe Col. Stephen Clark, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, talks with members of the Committee of 50 during a tour Aug. 26. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Local business and community leaders from the Committee of 50 attended a tour here Aug. 26 showcasing Cannon’s mission. […]

Joint Land Use Committee to present proposals to public

The Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee on Monday approved presentation of a proposed study-area map and a list of possible actions to reduce conflicts in land and airspace use between Cannon Air Force Base and other communities. The map and suggested actions will be presented to the public in a 6 p.m. Aug. 31 […]

Bingaman discusses upcoming goals

Sen. Jeff Bingaman is in his sixth term as New Mexico senator. He is the senior member from New Mexico and chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He visited the Freedom New Mexico offices Wednesday as part of a series of visits with New Mexico cities while Congress is on recess. A video […]

Growth committee looks at data analysis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Local Growth Management Committee got a taste of Chicago-style data analysis Tuesday afternoon. Marc Doussard of the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Voorhes Center presented committee members with a look at data the center tries to provide as part of its work with the Office of Economic Adjustment. The OEA […]

Goals discussed at joint land use study meeting

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Sharna Johnson During a Monday policy committee meeting for the Joint Land Use study, Kit Roupe, project manager, gave members samples of goals and objectives the study could produce. Roupe gave the two-hour presentation at a meeting held at the Curry County Courthouse. The Joint Land Use Study is a cooperative land-use planning effort between […]

Compensated diseases disputed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update VA Secretary Eric Shinseki met with Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, last month to ask that he cancel a hearing on the secretary’s controversial decision to add three diseases to the list of Vietnam veteran illnesses presumed caused by exposure to Agent Orange and […]

Volunteer profile: Glen McCoy

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Name: Glen McCoy Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Eastern New Mexico University professor Volunteers with: Habitat for Humanity, Portales Meals on Wheels, Council of Professors Emeritus, Planning and Zoning Committee, American Heart Association, Babe Ruth League Baseball, Portales Kiwanis Club. Why he does it: “Throughout my life, other people have helped my family and I in […]

Cannon expecting increased growth

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is expecting more growth according to a press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to grow in fiscal year 2011. According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement […]

EPCOG holds special meeting about personnel

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments spent nearly two hours in an executive session Wednesday to discuss personnel matters. Richard Arguello, interim EPCOG director and chairman of the executive committee, did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday following the meeting. Committee member Gary Watkins declined to comment on […]

Committee encourages schools to watch costs

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Think leaner, think greener. Those were some of the perspectives offered by the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority at Monday’s meeting of Region V of the New Mexico School Board Association. Superintendents and school board representatives from the 13 school districts in the region met at Clovis High […]

Sen. Jeff Bingaman reappointed to serve on Senate committee

Courtesy photo Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was reappointed to the Senate Armed Forces Committee March 9. He served on the committee from 1983 to 2000, then again in 2001 for a year. He left the panel when he joined the Senate Finance Committee. Bingaman was asked to re-join the panel to […]

Select committees have openings

Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales is looking for people to serve on its committees: Public Safety Committee; Recreational Advisory Board; Cultural Affairs Committee; Finance/Administration Committee; Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board; Public Works Committee; and Economic Development Finance Review Committee. Submit letters of interest by April 6 to Mayor Sharon King, City Hall, 100 W. […]

Meetings watch: Local Growth Management Committee

The Local Growth Management Committee met Tuesday at the Clovis Police Department. • The committee approved the usage of a $133,030 grant from the Office of Economic adjustment, on behalf of the Department of Defense. The money will be used for a regional growth planner position, with up to $90,000 budgeted. Portales Community Affairs Coordinator […]

27 SOMDG receive pathology accreditation

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USAF photo: Senior Airman Erik Cardenas Senior Airman Benjamin Satterwhite, 27th Special Operations Medical Support Squadron, peers through a microscope, looking for white blood cells that identify disease-fighting cells at the medical clinic at Cannon Air Force Base on Feb. 23. The 27th Special Operations Medical Group received recent accreditation from the College of American […]

House panel derails veto override

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday saved Gov. Bill Richardson the embarrassment of a veto override. The committee tabled a bill that Richardson had vetoed last year — a veto that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly to override. The bill would have forced state agencies to provide […]

Legislation seeks protection for farmers

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican A group of New Mexico farmers and heritage seed advocates are lobbying hard to get a bill through the Legislature that would protect them from liability if their fields are cross-pollinated by patented, genetically engineered seeds. It is the third time farmers have tried to get a similar bill […]

Bill would allow firearms in restaurants

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican People with licenses to carry concealed guns could take their firearms into restaurants that serve beer and wine under a bill that zipped through a Senate committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, cleared the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee by a 7-1 vote. […]

State accused of covering up bribery, kickbacks

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash The New Mexican A man who is at the center of an ongoing whistle-blower lawsuit involving millions of dollars in lost state investments told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the state is spending millions of dollars to […]

Government only drives up reform costs

Freedom New Mexico Finally ending what has been one of the more excruciating legislative episodes in recent history, the Senate Finance Committee has approved the Baucus bill. It happened after months of debate and negotiation on health care legislation. Now the real battles can begin. The Baucus bill, named for committee chairman Max Baucus of […]

Growth committee proposes executive director hire

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An office for an executive director/planner for the Local Growth Management Committee will be in Portales if the committee is awarded a federal grant. The decision during a Tuesday meeting of the committee, made up of Clovis and Portales representatives, at Clovis City Hall. The committee is composed of […]