Tuesday morning briefing: First Clovis train, open meetings and the law of the land

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Fast facts The first Santa Fe Railway cars arrived in Clovis from Albuquerque on Dec. 18, 1907. Engineer Jeff Roberts brought the train in at night and initially failed to see the townsite. He had to back his train into the station. Meetings watch […]

McGee: Life in the not so fast lane

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Why is it that so many drivers break the law? I mean going faster than the speed limit? This came up as The Lady of the House and I rolled over that stretch of U.S. 84 between Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner on Memorial Day. Our cruise control was set […]

Military committee to meet in Santa Fe

CNJ staff The Legislative Interim Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee will meet today in Santa Fe, according to a news release. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 3 p.m. The committee will set protocols, discuss their focus areas and develop a work plan for the interim session, the release said. The […]

Day trip: Blue hole of Santa Rosa

Courtesy photo Blue hole is located in Santa Rosa • Location: Santa Rosa • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Diving, limited recreation swimming. The natural, bell-shaped pool is 80 feet deep and has astonishing clarity and a constant water temperature of 64 degrees. There’s also a training platform at 20 and 25 […]

Press release: New Mexico National Guard to Host Annual Bataan Ceremony

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico National Guard will host the annual Bataan Ceremony April 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bataan Memorial Building located at 407 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, N.M. This ceremony is held every April 9th and was established to honor the survivors of the Bataan Death March and to […]

Analysis: Eastern N.M. could lose in redistricting

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The once-a-decade exercise of legislative redistricting will produce winners and losers, and Albuquerque’s west side is as close as it comes to a guaranteed winner of more political clout. Because of rapid population growth during the past decade in the city’s sprawling areas west of the Rio Grande, […]

Press release: SE region has poorest health in New Mexico

Santa Fe — In general, the Southeast Region of New Mexico has the poorest health status in the state as a result of lower income levels and educational achievement, a higher adult smoking rate, and higher rates of chronic disease and chronic deaths. Current health status data by region and county can be found in […]

Their view: Lawmaker: Possible to fund schools without tax hike

Lawmaker: Possible to fund schools without tax hike Rep. Jim Trujillo, a democrat who represents Santa Fe County, believes it’s possible to fund fund New Mexico’s public schools without raising taxes:

Local lawmakers reflect on session

Kevin Wilson New Mexico legislators left Santa Fe this weekend, and they are assuming they’ll be gone until September. “But we never know,” said Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. The 60-day session closed Saturday, with some legislators touting local gains and bemoaning statewide disappointments. Legislators did send a $5.4 billion budget with more than $150 million […]

Legislature wraps it up

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez wrapped up her first legislative session Saturday, having made good on campaign promises to reach agreement on a balanced budget, trim state spending and crack down on criminals. The Democratic-controlled Legislature handed the freshman Republican executive some key victories in the waning hours of the 60-day session […]

Press release: Rep. Lujan’s Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours Across Northern New Mexico on Thursday

Santa Fe, NM – Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Anniversaries —

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Barela Eugene and Esperanza Barela of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at La Casa Sena Cantina in Santa Fe. The dinner will be hosted by the Barela children: Patricia, Simon, Matthew, Mario and Mark. Reservations can be made at www.lacasasena.com. The couple was married Feb. 17, 1961, in Santa […]

Press Release: Gov. Martinez orders state offices closed Friday, Feb. 4.

SANTA FE – This evening, Governor Susana Martinez continued to work closely with leaders across the state to provide emergency assistance to New Mexicans impacted by interruptions in natural gas and power services caused by record low temperatures. To hasten the supply recovery, Governor Martinez ordered state operations not providing critical services to close tomorrow […]

Press release: Text of Ben Ray Lujan’s speech at state Legislature

Santa Fe, NM – Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Meetings watch: Board of Regents

This is a report from the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting Wednesday afternoon in Santa Fe. According to ENMU President Steven Gamble, the board: • heard Gamble explain his goals for the university in the upcoming year. These included strengthening the emphasis on academics, supporting the branch campuses in Roswell and Ruidoso, […]

Press release: State of the state text

SANTA FE – The following is the text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 18, 2011.

N.M. Vietnam vets gathering photos for memorial

By Kate Nash: Santa Fe New Mexican SANTA FE — When Henry Urioste was asked to help with a project to locate photos of all New Mexicans killed in Vietnam, he quickly volunteered, thinking it would be a simple, quick task. Instead, tracking down 400 photos of the fallen turned out to be very emotional […]

Our people: Seasonal Santa

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Clovis resident Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Village and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas season for 12 years. The 73-year-old transormed into Santa to help his brother who was overwhelmed with engagements. He said he enjoys playing the […]

Breakfast with Santa registration full

Registration is no longer being accepted for the Portales Public Library Breakfast with Santa because the program is full. Participation is limited due to space.

NORAD to track Santa for Christmas

21st Space Wing Public Affairs PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — For the 55th consecutive year, the men and women of the North American Aerospace Defense Command are preparing to track Santa. The NORAD Tracks Santa web site,www.noradsanta.org, went live Dec. 3 and features holiday games and activities that change daily. The website is available […]