Restaurant owners not served with fish surcharge

Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com New Mexico may eventually feel various pains as part of the ripple effect of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. So far, a fish surcharge isn’t one eastern New Mexico is dealing with. With fears of oil contamination, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has closed […]

Hurricane Ike raises fears for Gulf cities

By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico “Isaac was alone in the water. His family was gone. He flailed his arms and reached deep under water and kicked his legs to feel for soft things, clothing, someone alive. He felt only square shapes, planks, serrated edges.”— Excerpt from “Isaac’s Storm” by Erik Larsen For years every […]

FEMA director steps down

Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mike Brown, the subject of blistering criticism after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and overwhelmed the government’s response, quit Monday as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The White House moved quickly to replace him, installing a top agency official with three decades of firefighting experience […]

Gas prices squeezing people at the pump

Staff and wire reports Crude-oil prices spiked to a new high Tuesday, as traders grew increasingly concerned about the amount of damage Hurricane Katrina did to the nation’s energy infrastructure. The runup in trading prices doesn’t directly affect consumer prices, but the market’s jittery climb suggests U.S. consumers are about to see another surge in […]

Cannon squadron deploys for training

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Six pilots and about 155 support personnel are on their way to an undisclosed country in the Arabian Gulf for a special training exercise with local Arab air forces. About 3 a.m. Saturday, 10 jets from Cannon’s 522nd Fighter Squadron, including one piloted by base commander Col. […]

Rumsfeld orders air, land and marine forces to gulf

Associated Press WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has odered about 62,000 more US troops to head for the Persian Gulf region in coking days, doubling the size of the force now arrayed on the periphery of Iraq, two senior US officials said Saturday. The movements make clear that the Pentagon intends to have sufficient […]