Officials fear Sunday fire just the beginning

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Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high winds continue throughout the region. Sparked by a tire blowout around around 11 a.m. on a Melrose highway, the fire moved an estimated 25 miles east, stopping short of […]

Census metropolitan population estimates

The Census Bureau cannot go out and count every man, woman and child each year. Instead, it uses statistical models and a multitude of data sources to estimate the nation’s population down to the smallest geography. The data here is sorted in descending order by the overall population change from 2000 to 2006. Click on […]

County population

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Ten counties gained more than 200,000 residents from 2000 to 2007, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Housing estimates

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The U.S. Census Bureau produces estimates of housing units for states and counties on an annual basis.

Local lawmakers wary of Richardson health care plan

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to call a special session to deal with health care — his top issue for the legislative session that ended Thursday. “We will pass health care reform,” he said. He did not specify a time for the special session. Local lawmakers, like others around the […]

Slavery continues to exist around world

Editorial This editorial might have been published to commemorate Black History Month. Or, on Feb. 23, the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade. Or Jan. 1, the day the Emancipation Proclamation freed American slaves in 1863. When it comes to slavery, sadly, it’s always timely. Inhumanity is timeless, reducing free people […]