Their view: Electronic messaging violates Open Meetings Act

The Las Vegas City Council last year discussed public business by e-mail. New Mexico’s attorney general recently let council members know they can’t skirt the state’s Open Meetings Act by communicating electronically. Here’s commentary from Sarah Welsh, executive director of New Mexico Foundation for Open Government: “Call it what you will. Special meeting. Work session. […]

Spouses now have domicile options

Submitted by: Capt. Ryan D. Malnar On Nov. 11, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law an amendment to the servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide certain protections for spouses of military members. The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act simply extends to military spouses the exemption that already applies to military members. They do not […]

Ute project could start as early as 2011

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Construction on the Ute Water Project is projected to begin as early as next year with completion slated by 2019, according to the Eastern New Mexico Water Rural Authority. During a presentation to the Curry County Commission, officials laid out a timeline for the Ute Water Project and set […]

Their turn: Udall declares ‘new day’ in health care

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, issued the following statement after President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during a ceremony at the White House: “Today is a new day for health care in our country. New Mexicans have waited generations for health insurance reform. With this new law, we establish […]

Bill delays agency mergers to 2011

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican While legislators have been slow to act on governor’s task force proposals to consolidate state agencies, the House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed a measure to set up another task force to make specific recommendations for next year’s Legislature. Gov. Bill Richardson’s efficiency task force, headed by former […]

Regulations won’t advance U.S. recovery

Freedom New Mexico Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke, in a speech to the American Economic Association on Sunday, has acted as you might expect a custodian of the institution he heads to act — defensively. He downplayed the role the Fed’s loose monetary policy from late 2001 through much of 2005 played in creating […]

Patriot Act’s expiration not a tragedy

Freedom New Mexico What with Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bill to take over health care dominating Senate debate and discussion this month — and with a need to finalize seven more spending bills, pass another provision increasing the national debt limit, discuss the president’s plan for Afghanistan, and extend highway construction and unemployment programs — […]

President signs Defense Authorization Act

By Gerry J. Gilmore: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act during a ceremony at the White House Oct. 28. President Obama hailed the act, which contains $680.2 billion in military budget authority, as transformational legislation that targets wasteful defense spending. The president was accompanied […]

Act ends controversial personnel system

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama’s signature today on the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial pay-for-performance personnel system is abolished. About 220,000 Defense Department employees who had come under the National Security Personnel System will transition back to the long-standing General Schedule system, but that will […]

Tucumcari air show planned

Freedom New Mexico The 17th annual Tucumcari Rotary Club Air Show comes to the Tucumcari Airport on Wednesday with a full slate of performances and acts. The gates will open at 10 a.m. The main attraction will be the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds. The Snowbirds fly nine jets at the same time and perform numerous […]

Lemon laws no shield for unwise purchases

By Master Sgt. Jeannie Carroway: 27th SOW Judge Advocate Office Consumers should be made aware of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Quality Assurance Act or “Lemon Law” when purchasing new or used vehicles. Some of the consumer benefits from the law require the manufacturer or dealership of new purchases to repair all defects to the […]

Woman right to act on suspicions

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist reader sent me a few emails asking for advice for a problem she was having with her finance. To protect her identity, I will call her, “undecided military fiance”. Below you will see her question and how I put my Italian no-nonsense approach to good use in trying to […]

Woman right to act on suspicions

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist A reader sent me a few emails asking for advice for a problem she was having with her fianc

House approves Cannon construction funding

Cannon Connections staff Congress took the first step Thursday to funding more than $67 million of new construction at Cannon Air Force Base. The House approved the money as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It includes $450,000 for a new dormitory and an additional $52.8 million in construction by Special Operations Command, according […]

Dairy Fest features top country act, demonstrations

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer This year’s Dairy Fest is featuring a No. 1-hit country singer and, for the first time, a mechanical-bull, on top of cheeseburgers, dairy foods, educational booths and games. And did anyone mention all that costs only $1 per person? The fourth annual Dairy Fest, complete with a Sammy Kershaw […]

City administrators: Stimulus paperwork complicate process

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico City and county administrations know all about needing a little extra dough. So, sure, when the federal government invited proposals for ways to spend stimulus money, grant writers in eastern New Mexico scrambled to get in line. But while the creation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — […]

Obama urges Congress to act on credit card bill in N.M. stop

By Darlene Superville: The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — President Barack Obama urged Congress on Thursday to quickly send him legislation ending abusive credit card practices. But his populist appeal also included a stern warning to shoppers whose eyes are bigger than their budgets. “There’s no doubt that people need to accept responsibility,” Obama said […]

April 19, 2009 On the shelves

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey. Steve Harvey — the host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, comedienne and actor — can’t count the number of impressive women he’s met over the years. He has met women who can run a small business, keep a household with three […]

Press release: New Mexico receiving child care funds

Vice President Joe Biden announced today that the Obama Administration will make $18,906,235 available to New Mexico for crucial health and human services programs that help to provide care for children and prevent disease. New Mexico will receive $17,816,534 in Recovery Act funding to support child care for working families. The Administration also plans to […]

Muslims unfair target of FBI surveillance

Supporters of the Patriot Act and other expansive efforts to fight the “war on