Gitmo trials better handled in federal court

Freedom New Mexico The military commission or tribunal system developed by the Bush administration to deal with prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay has suffered yet another setback. Army Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, a prosecutor in the case of Muhammad Jawad, a 24-year-old accused of tossing a grenade into a military jeep in Kabul, Afghanistan, […]

Residents unsure how federal bailout will work

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The financial markets reflected a general feeling of unease and skepticism felt by many over the government’s proposed $700 billion bailout plan to buy bank’s mortgage debts. Worries that the rescue package would cost too much, drive up inflation, swell the already-bloated deficit and hurt the ailing economy also […]

EPCOG subject of investigation

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico A federal investigation is under way into the embezzlement of funds being managed through the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. EPCOG Deputy Executive Director Nick Brady said concerns surfaced in March over possibly embezzled funds from a federal rental assistance program managed by EPCOG. As a result, an employee […]

Candidates participate in league forum

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M., offered different takes on how the federal government could help municipalities with issues such as water and infrastructure during a forum Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. Pearce said competition for federal resources is too stiff for communities to depend […]

Minimum wage an unfair intrusion of government

Editorial Last month, many people with apparently little or no knowledge of economics heralded the arrival of a higher federal minimum wage. Although it’s true the mandated wage had held steady at $6.55 an hour since 1997, individual workers have been moving up the wage scale and improving their value to the market since then. […]

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac solid for now

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Ute pipeline project vote delayed

Freedom New Mexico The wait continues on a crucial vote for the future of the Ute pipeline project. For a second-straight day, the U.S. House failed to vote on a bill that would authorize the federal government to provide $327 million over a 10-year period to build a pipeline that would carry water from Ute […]

Ute Pipeline funding bill reaches House

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Local and federal government officials are optimistic the U.S. House will pass a bill today authorizing $327 million in federal funding for the Ute Water Project. The House is scheduled to deliberate on the bill late in the afternoon, according to Sam Simon, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Tom […]

Agent Orange disability appeal denied

By Tom Philpott A federal appeals court has delivered a stinging defeat to “Blue Water” sailors and Coast Guard veterans of the Vietnam War who have been fighting for disability compensation from illnesses they contend resulted from shipboard exposure to deadly herbicides including Agent Orange. A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

Editorial: DNA collection needs to be used responsibly

The federal government has announced it will expand its

Applications accepted for United Way funds

Freedom New Mexico Applications for the Eastern New Mexico Combined Federal Campaign will be accepted through the April 15 at the Principal Combined Fund Organization’s offices at 215 N Main Street or via mail at P.O. Box 806 Clovis, NM 88101. The Combined Federal Campaign is the only authorized workplace charitable giving program at federal […]

Energy future needs sustained federal support

By Brian Moore Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman are more than just United States senators from New Mexico. They are also national leaders on energy policy with more than 30 years of experience on Capitol Hill.

Denying children citizenship no answer

Freedom New Mexico One of the most challenging issues in the national debate over illegal immigration is what to do about the children of such immigrants who gain automatic U.S. citizenship at birth. Despite the wishes of anti-immigration extremists, the federal courts almost universally have agreed the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to anyone born on […]

Beef tied to federal recall consumed in area schools

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico At least five cases of beef tied to a federal recall were already consumed in local schools before the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a warning, according to state officials. However, the USDA has said the meat poses little to no risk to student’s health. The USDA on Sunday […]

President should work inside bounds of Constitution

One of the keys to making our government work properly is the balance of powers. It’s a common mistake to think the president runs the federal government, but he doesn’t. He runs the executive branch. His official influence over the legislative and judicial branches is limited to proposing the budget and other legislation and nominating […]

Free tax help offered

Cannon Air Force Base Yes, it’s that time of year again: tax season. However, completing and filing your tax forms can be painless, simple and free at the Cannon AFB Tax Office. The Tax Office will open for this year’s season Jan. 28 and remain open through April 15. They will begin scheduling appointments Jan. […]

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Jan. 13, 1961 • Bill R. Boone assumed duties as assistant branch manager at the First Federal Savings and Loan Co. in Portales. Boone transferred from the First Federal branch in Clovis. • The Eastern Aquatic Club was presenting “Holiday in Hawaii.” The event featured a water show along with a pageant in which one […]

Government waste reaches new lows with TSA contraband

Most Americans recognize that wastefulness is pervasive in the federal government. By now, revelations that once generated disbelief and anger garner a defeatist shrug. But some cases still can make us shake our heads in dismay. Have you ever wondered where all the stuff goes that Transportation Security Administration personnel confiscate at airports, while they’re […]

Minimum wage boost hits Tuesday

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico employees working at minimum wage jobs will get a 65-cent pay raise Tuesday, but local business owners say the increase is likely to cause more problems than it solves. The state minimum wage jumps to $6.50 an hour beginning Tuesday from the current federal minimum wage of […]