Their view: Government contracting work should be transparent

Government contracting work should be transparent Sarah Welsh is executive director of New Mexico Foundation for Open Government: She writes about a possible violation of the state’s sunshine laws.

Stop throwing away money on green jobs

Freedom New Mexico A California state agency will suspend giving sales-tax exemptions to renewable energy manufacturers in the wake of the scandalous bankruptcy of Solyndra, the Fremont-based maker of solar panels that received a $535 million federal loan guarantee before closing its doors in September. Meanwhile, the federal government last week approved another $1 billion […]

ENMU men score first soccer win over Midwestern

Freedom New Mexico Midwestern State had the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team’s number until Friday. Freshman forward Abayneh Crosby scored 13 minutes into the second half and the Greyhounds edged No. 7 Midwestern State 2-1 to stay unbeaten in Lone Star Conference play. It was the Hounds’ first win over Midwestern State in […]

Tucucmcari officer resigns amid investigation

A Tucumcari police officer has resigned amidst a criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the unnamed officer resigned this morning. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Q. Johnson confirmed the officer was the subject of an investigation, but said “the identity of the officer and the nature […]

Two dead in separate crashes (updated)

Two people died in separate crashes Friday. In Portales, Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Albert Gillean, 48, of Clovis died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into the rear of a vehicle about 6 p.m. at Lime and Austin streets. Berry said Gillean was pronounced dead at Roosevelt General Hospital. The driver of the […]

Tucumcari police officer resigns

QCS STAFF A Tucumcari police officer has resigned amidst a criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the unnamed officer resigned this morning. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Q. Johnson confirmed the officer was the subject of an investigation, but said “the identity of the officer and […]

Military officials planning Melrose range expansion

Kevin Wilson Representatives from the State Land Office and the state military base planning commission held a pair of informational meetings Thursday on what they hope will expand the Melrose Air Force Range by nearly one-sixth of its current size. The state, working with the Department of Defense, has set aside $5 million towards the […]

Hounds turn back Angelo State

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior quarterback Wes Wood ran for one touchdown and threw for two others — including the longest play from scrimmage for Eastern New Mexico University in four years — and the Greyhounds turned back Angelo State 23-21 Saturday night in Lone Star Conference football. Sophomore placekicker Michael Cottingham, […]

USDA lifts bovine TB restrictions

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Argriculture has determined the threat of bovine tuberculosis has been eradicated from the state of New Mexico, according to a press release issued Friday by U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. In September 2008, USDA placed ranches and dairies across the state of New Mexico under mandatory […]

Zias gain tie with Midwestern State

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s women ended a five-match losing streak against Midwestern State on Sunday, battling the Mustangs to a 1-1 Lone Star Conference tie at the ENMU pitch. In the first game of the doubleheader, Newman scored the deciding goal on a penalty kick with just under four minutes left and […]

Dora school news — Sept. 27

Several Dora FFA students placed at the New Mexico State Fair. Winners were: • Kaly Cone — reserve grand champion steer, junior steer showmanship award; • Koby Cone — grand champion supreme heifer, senior heifer showmanship award, second in calf scramble plus $400 scholarship; • Gowan Hays — champion spot pig, reserve champion cross pig; […]

LSC football roundup — Sept. 17

Compiled by LSC sports information staff Angelo State 20, Central Oklahoma 0 Dekkar Williams had an interception and a forced fumble to help lead Angelo State to its first shutout since 2002 in a 20-0 win over Central Oklahoma at San Angelo Stadium on Saturday. The Rams (3-0) forced four Bronchos’ turnovers, and limited UCO […]

Family receives state recognition

Freedom New Mexico A Portales family has been named “Farm Family of the Year” by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Rick and Evelyn Ledbetter produce chile, cotton, alfalfa and corn silage, according to a news release from the ag department. Rick Ledbetter grew up on a farm in eastern New Mexico, and took out […]

Day trip: New Mexico State Fair

New Mexico State Fair • Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Sept. 25. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays • Admission: Adults $7, children (ages 6-12) $5, seniors (ages 62+): $5 • Location: EXPO New Mexico, 300 San Pedro Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque. • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Activities include car shows, […]

Police issue apology after failing to respond to home invasion call

Robin Fornoff New Mexico State Police on Thursday said a procedural breakdown resulted in no response to a call for help from a Quay County couple whose home was invaded by a stranger. “Somebody should have been here,” said Fay Edwards, 68, who placed two calls to 911 after a man barged through her back […]

Military mama: Military spouses often unsung heroes

There are very few occupations that require such significant life changes for a spouse like that of the military. I have known many couples that have relocated once or maybe even twice due to educational training or employment changes. These can be tough transitions for anyone, and the more bodies involved in these changes the […]

2011 special session: Governor pushes merging agencies

Trip Jennings As part of her call for the special legislative session, Gov. Susana Martinez wants state lawmakers to shrink government by merging several state agencies. Under her proposal, the cultural affairs and tourism departments would merge, the Department of Information Technology would become part of the General Services Department and the New Mexico’s Homeland […]

No charges for Clovis man in fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man is not expected to face citations for a fatal crash after a near two-week investigation by state police has determined driver inattention led an Oklahoma couple to crash into him on U.S. 70 near the Curry-Roosevelt County line. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Friday unless new information is […]

Caring for weaker species part of human nature

By Clyde Davis: Freedom New Mexico I noticed the signs as we made our way around the Albuquerque Aquarium, trying to see a few things besides the sharks which my granddaughter was preoccupied with. In this beautiful facility, one our state should be proud of, there were frequent notices telling viewers that a particular exhibit […]

Fatal crash victims identified

Freedom New Mexico State police on Tuesday identified the victims from Monday’s fatal accident in Roosevelt County as a married couple from Elk City, Okla. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, died when their Ford Explorer collided with a privately owned garbage truck near the Curry-Roosevelt County line on U.S. 70, officials […]