Commissioners praise Curry County jail plan

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By Robin Fornoff: CMI content editor Curry County commissioners kicked off a campaign to sell a special $9.3 million bond issue Friday by unveiling plans for the jail expansion and renovation the cash would be used to complete. The plan includes a two-story, 60-bed addition to the north side of the existing jail on property […]

Lawmakers’ focus change as redistricting map takes effect

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Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost […]

Board’s radical plan criticized

The Defense Business Board’s proposal to shift the military to a cheaper “contributory” retirement plan is “radical” and was released publicly without due regard for the impact it would have on troop morale in wartime. That was the charge leveled last week by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., chairman of the House armed services’ subcommittee on […]

Ron Paul’s plan should be applauded

Freedom New Mexico The odds of Ron Paul being nominated by Republicans and defeating President Barack Obama are, in the words of one news service, “beyond remote.” Perhaps. But Paul’s “Plan to Restore America” is breathtaking, nevertheless. Candidates whose success may be less remote would do well to adopt this plan in large measure. It’s […]

Redistricting plan would split Roosevelt County

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Freedom New Mexico A redistricting plan that has passed the New Mexico state senate would break Roosevelt County among two congressional districts, including a split inside the Portales city limits. Senate Bill 22, which passed the Senate on a 27-14 vote, awaited introduction in the House of Representatives. The plan would split Roosevelt County by […]

Obama plan over-taxes wealthy

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama wants to correct government overspending by over-taxing. He is proposing a combination of cuts and tax increases, the latter accomplished by setting his sights on those earning $250,000 and up. We’ve heard Obama’s class warfare rhetoric before. That may be why the president deemed it necessary to deny the […]

Approved county redistrict plan splits Precinct 12 only

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Commissioners have approved a redistricting plan that splits Precinct 12 in half to balance District 1 and 2 populations in the county. The county’s consultant, Research & Polling Project Manager Brad Morrison, said the change approved Sept. 6 does will not affect commissioners in the next election. Precinct 12 was split […]

Quay residents plan protest of start of pipeline project

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Residents, business owners and public officials are using the social network Facebook to organize a protest against the start of Phase 1 of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System’s Ute Pipeline Project. The groundbreaking for the ENMRWS project is set for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 along the south […]

Their View: Deficit reduction plan far from perfect

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office issued this press release Tuesday

HALT Act just another ploy to garner votes

Freedom New Mexico With so many problems facing our government, it appears that many politicians plan to base campaigns on immigration, just as they have for the past 12 years. That’s unfortunate for those on the border who have been waiting, and hoping, for substantive action on the issue for all that time. As long […]

Dirty Laundry: When children won’t sleep, parents get desperate

Aisha Sultan Ginger Allington was getting up around the clock to nurse her baby back to sleep. Neither she nor her husband had slept much for months, and Allington says she remembers thinking: “We need to get him to sleep longer or I’m going to die.” Her husband, Adam, described that period of time as […]

McGee: Fireworks plan backfires

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist “Some guy was on the radio saying, ‘Be sure to bring your dog to the fireworks on the Fourth of July,’” said The Lady of the House. “Can you imagine?” I rolled my eyes and whistled nervously. “Oh, please tell me you never took a dog to a fireworks show,” […]

Parents of special-needs kids must plan for current, future financial demands

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Niesha Lofing Moms and dads plan for family trips, college and weddings, but life sometimes throws a curve called autism. And it’s hitting more and more families. An average of one in every 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder. These neurodevelopmental disorders can make communication and social interaction difficult, sometimes […]

Victim’s family hopes to change youth-sentencing law

Sharna Johnson The family of an Eastern New Mexico University student fatally shot by a 13-year-old neighbor say they plan to try to change the laws for youthful offenders in memory of Angel Vale. Convicted of her murder, D’Angelo Montoya was sentenced June 6 to the custody of the state Children Youth and Families Division […]

Child Sense: Plan your child’s summer around their sensibilities

Summer holidays are looming, and it’s hard to know what to do with our little ones. It’s a hard balance to get right. Enough time to rest, enough time to spend with family and enough activities to keep them busy and interested. By being aware of your child’s dominant sense you will be able to […]

Council approves study for affordable housing plan

Argen Duncan Local officials expect an affordable housing plan would not only help with the development of a new 50-unit apartment complex but with attracting more housing later. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday, councilors voted to provide $5,000 to match a $10,000 New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority grant to hire a consultant to […]

Clovis moving ahead with affordable housing plan

When Clovis found out that nearby Cannon Air Force Base would receive a bump in personnel for its new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, growth management consultants suggested an affordable housing plan as responsible planning for the city’s future. The last two commanders at Cannon, and some of their officers, have spoken at length […]

Military update: Debate heating over TRICARE

Senior Defense officials defended their plan to raise TRICARE Prime fees modestly for working-age retirees last week at a hearing of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel. Next day, representatives of military associations testified. Five of them, including one who spoke on behalf of 13 other groups too, said they could accept what […]

Monday morning briefing: An education master plan, confessions and a people’s palace

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Education master plan New Mexico’s State Master Plan for Higher Education: Building New Mexico’s Future is finished and available at www.hed.state.nm.us. HED staff visited Clovis and Portales several months ago for public input. The plan contains short- and long-term recommendations as well as highlighting […]

Press Release: Delegation opposes VA plan to restrict care

WASHINGTON – Over the next two weeks, the Veterans Administration (VA) will hold a series of public meetings to unveil plans to discontinue contract care at nine VA access point clinics in northern New Mexico.