Legislators optimistic over capital outlay requests

Area legislators are optimistic that capital outlay requests will be spared the fate of Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto pen, with a March 7 deadline to approve or veto pieces of the $137 million bill. Martinez said last week that vetoes were a distinct possibility for the budget and for capital outlay if it was evident [...]

Fate of planet still unsure

By Clyde Davis: Freedom columnist “Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and while it may never live up to the first Earth Day celebration with a supposed 20 million rallied participants, we can still enjoy the outdoors, clean a river, drink from a Nalgene, turn out the lights when you’re not using them– [...]

Deciding fate of detainees is larger issue

Freedom New Mexico The news that President Obama has signed an executive order to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay is welcome indeed. The detainee center has become an international symbol of the practice of skirting U.S. and international law and torture. Whether the torture allegations are valid or not — and we’re inclined [...]

Ute pipeline’s fate in Senate omnibus bill

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico TEXICO — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is optimistic about an omnibus. That appears to be the fate for the potential Senate authorization for the Ute Water Project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to authority members. Federal consultant John Ryan told [...]

Cannon backers “distressed”

By Marlena Hartz/Freedom Newspapers Clovis-Portales citizens, city commissioners and other government officials, perched on the edge of their seats, many with cell phones in hand, watched intently Friday morning from the Clovis-Carver Public Library as the nine-member military-base closure panel debated, and continuously postponed, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base. Reserved shouts of glee, [...]