Budget prey to wasteful spending

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist New Mexico faces a $454 million budget shortfall. For just the third time in 20 years, revenue is expected to decline during the current budget year. Certainly, the ongoing financial crisis and subsequent rapid drop in oil and gas prices are at the heart of the issue, but the good […]

Beware what passes through the mailbox

Helena Rodriquez How stupid do they think I am? That’s what I ask myself when I get these annoying $5 or $10 checks in the mail from credit card companies, when I get e-mails saying I’ve won dinners at restaurants or gift certificates from department stores. And then there’s the e-mail I got this week […]

Rapid City jubilant over Ellsworth vote

Chet Brokaw: The Associated Press RAPID CITY, S.D. — Two dozen people leaped to their feet, cheered and applauded early Friday when a federal commission voted to save Ellsworth Air Force Base from closure. “That’s a load off,” Pennington County Commissioner Ken Davis said. “This is about the most fantastic day for South Dakota in […]