Lawmakers finalize deficit fix, adjourn session

The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Friday wrapped up their special legislative session, sending Gov. Bill Richardson a package of measures to repair a $650 million budget shortfall this year. “It isn’t pretty. It doesn’t solve the problem; we know that. But it’s a step forward,” Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, […]

Senate OK’s budget cuts; bill goes back to House

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate has approved a budget-cutting bill that is the central piece in a deficit reduction package being considered in a special legislative session. The Senate approved slightly less in spending cuts than the $257 million previously approved by the House. Now the bill must go back […]

House OKs bill cutting education funding

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in recession-wracked New Mexico who are trying to wrap up a special legislative session gave final approval to several deficit reduction bills and moved closer to deciding how much to cut schools and state agencies. They’re trying to fill a $650 million hole […]

First budget fix bill goes to NM governor

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers have sent Gov. Bill Richardson the first bill in a package of measures to fix a $650 million budget shortfall. The legislation frees up $117 million, largely by raiding the cash balances of state agencies and taking $68 million from a college scholarship […]

Prospects dim for tax hikes to plug N.M. budget hole

The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prospects for tax hikes during New Mexico’s special legislative session dimmed even further as a House panel rejected several tax bills. The House rules committee decided Monday that tax increases could not be considered because Gov. Bill Richardson did not put them on the agenda for the […]

Legislature back at it Monday

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers who want tax hikes as part of a plan to fill a $650 million budget gap suffered a setback Sunday when a Senate committee ruled such increases can’t be considered during the special legislative session. The Committees’ Committee ruled tax increases must be left out of the […]

Special session: Richardson proposes education cut

SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson on Saturday proposed a 1.5 percent cut in education spending as New Mexico lawmakers during a special legislative session decide how to backfill a $650 million hole in this year’s state budget. The proposal to cut public schools and colleges by at least $40 million was a turnabout […]

Campos announces lieutenant governor bid

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Rep. Jose Campos II announced a bid for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor Tuesday during a ceremony at the Rudolfo Anaya/Ultima monument in Santa Rosa. Campos, 48, also mayor of Santa Rosa, has served as state representative for District 63 for more than five years. District 63 includes […]

Roosevelt County 11-12s post 2nd win

Freedom New Mexico SANTA FE — The Roosevelt County All-Stars whacked five home runs and advanced to the winners bracket semifinals of state 11-12 Little League competition on Saturday, cruising past Espanola Valley 11-4. Roosevelt County, which beat Gallup 11-1 in its opener on Friday, will take on either Cobre or Albuquerque Roadrunner in a […]

Roosevelt 11-12 All-Stars win

Freedom New Mexico SANTA FE — Josh Jimenez pitched a five-inning complete game and also hit a three-run homer Friday to help Roosevelt County beat Gallup 11-1 in a first-round game of state 11-12 Little League competition. Jimenez struck out eight batters while going 3-for-4 at the plate with a single, a double and his […]

Macias’ murder conviction overturned

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico’s supreme court has overturned convictions of a Clovis man for a 2006 murder. In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, the court ruled that hearsay evidence was improperly allowed into the trial of Robert Macias, who was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in the killing […]

Press release: New Mexico has two more ‘probable’ swine flu cases

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that it is sending two more probable cases of swine flu to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing. The new samples are from a 14-year-old female and 15-year-old male both from Socorro County. The Department of Health previously reported […]

Santa Claus easily tops Easter Bunny

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist “In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” —James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in the movie “Harvey” Santa Claus versus the Easter Bunny, 10 rounds in a ring, who would you root for? To me […]

Santa Fe Opera visiting Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico The Santa Fe Opera is stopping in Clovis during its tour through New Mexico and Texas — part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The opera will offer free public concerts as well as daytime performances for students. The performances for students will be an adaptation of Donizetti’s comedy “The Elixir […]

Governor signs bill banning gas chambers for euthanizing animals

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico is becoming the 18th state in the nation to prohibit the euthanizing of animals in gas chambers. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Monday that bans carbon monoxide gas chambers for killing dogs and cats at animal shelters. “There is a more […]

Governor signs bill to open conference committee meetings

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a bill that would make public legislative conference committee meetings where lawmakers reconcile differences between bills passed in the House and Senate. Richardson says he thinks the public wins by opening up the process the separate chambers use to reach agreement on bills. The governor […]

State tournament scoreboard

Go to varsitynow.com for game stories and photos. BoysCLASS 5AAt The Pit, AlbuquerqueWednesday’s quarterfinalsEldorado 46, Manzano 40La Cueva 61, Clovis 57Highland 59, Onate 44Las Cruces 77, Gallup 74 Thursday’s semifinals Eldorado vs. La Cueva, 4:45 p.m.Highland vs. Las Cruces, 8:15 p.m. CLASS 4AAt The Pit, AlbuquerqueWednesday’s quarterfinalsEspanola Valley 54, (8) St. Pius 51Artesia 69, Los […]

State basketball tournament scoreboard

Go to varsitynow.com for games stories and photos. Girls CLASS 5A Tuesday’s quarterfinals At Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho Cibola 60, Clovis 52 La Cueva 50, Gallup 47 Sandia 59, Eldorado 46 Rio Rancho 58, Valley 55 CLASS 4AAt The Pit, AlbuquerqueTuesday’s quarterfinals Roswell High 46, Belen 38 St. Pius 41, St. Pius 27Kirtland […]

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CSF take-over bill survives House vote

By John Sena: The New Mexican Hopes that Santa Fe will have a four-year public university next fall were kept alive Monday as the House of Representatives voted 49-16 for a bill authorizing a state institution to take over the College of Santa Fe campus. However, the proposal still faces a major hurdle: Clearing the […]