State legislature adjourns

What passed (Bills already signed by Gov. Bill Richardson have been noted.): * Death penalty: HB285 repeals the death penalty and establishes life in prison without parole as the state’s maximum sentence. It was signed into law by the governor. * Open conference committees: HB393 opens to the public conference committees — meetings in which […]

We are accountable for our actions

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist In many crimes, the perpetrators are portrayed as victims. We become incensed and hurt by the senseless taking of human lives. The excuse? They had an unhappy childhood. They were deprived. They lost their job. They were passed over for a promotion. The marriage fell apart. The list is endless. […]

Proposed bill exempts seniors from jury duty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The saying age has its privileges may find new meaning in New Mexico law. A bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday gives senior citizens 70 and older an automatic pass on jury duty. Introduced by Sen. Stuart Ingle, SB 112 gives citizens 70 and older a choice to […]

Rep. Lujan introduces backup to Ute bill

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer While Clovis mayor and eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Chairwoman Gayla Brumfield says an omnibus bill authorizing funding for the Ute Water Project will be passed, there’s nothing wrong with having a backup plan. Enter U.S. Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M. Thursday, Lujan introduced a string of bills including […]

Authorization for Ute Water Project passes Senate

Freedom New Mexico The Ute Water Project is halfway to Barack Obama’s desk. By a 73-21 vote, Senate Bill 22 passed Thursday afternoon, and similar legislation will head to the House of Representatives. The bill is expected to be in the House for a week or two before it lands on the desk of the […]

Ute bill makes progres in Senate

Freedom New Mexico A package of bills, including a measure to authorize the Ute Water Project, passed the first of two procedural votes in the Senate on Sunday. Jude McCartin, a spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the first vote was a cloture vote to bring the bill to the floor, which passed […]

Every breath is precious for Eagles’ Hank Baskett

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By Marcus Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News Hank Baskett would always push it. He would feel his breath laboring, and know his lips were turning blue, and he would fight through, and he would collapse. These days, he better appreciates every breath he takes. Baskett, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, easily recalls the last time he […]

Congress approves defense bill

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The Senate passed a defense bill Wednesday that includes $26 million in funding for construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base. The bill cleared the Senate 88-8 despite Republican objections to billions of dollars in special projects lawmakers had added. The measure would permit $612.5 billion in spending for […]

Fed meddling may do more harm in foreclosure mess

Editorial Most of what Congress does is ill-advised. But when Congress is in a hurry to appear especially active and responsive to a perceived crisis, it is likely to go beyond ill-advised to downright boneheaded. It is becoming increasingly obvious that several aspects of the bill passed in response to the decline in housing prices […]

Rules relaxed for combat-related disability

By Tom New groups of disabled retirees will be able this year to draw Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) or higher amounts of Concurrent Retired Disability Payments (CRDP) under legislation passed in January. Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials explained in an interview how they are implementing the changes. Again it will involve DFAS and the […]

Political compromise possible, even likely on surveillance issues

The House of Representatives last week thumbed its nose at President Bush by going on vacation after declining to make a surveillance law permanent — and by issuing contempt citations to former White House counsel Harriet Miers and chief of staff Josh Bolten for not cooperating in a legislative inquiry into the firings of U.S. […]

Richardson will talk to citizens Thursday

The Associated Press SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson is inviting the public to talk with him about bills recently passed by the Legislature. Richardson is reviewing nearly 100 bills from the 30-day legislative session that ended last week. That includes a capital outlay package that would finance nearly 2,000 projects across New Mexico. […]

Farm bill passes Senate again

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The long and winding road to a new farm bill got a leg up Friday as the Senate passed its own $286 billion version. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

Congress much too generous with NSA’s powers

Freedom Newspapers The National Security Agency surveillance authorization law passed in the frantic final hours before Congress took its August recess turns out to be much more expansive in its grant of power to spy on Americans without warrants or judicial oversight than had been widely understood at the time of its passage. House Speaker […]

Officials reorganize office

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Reorganization was the task of the day at the regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. The board accomplished it quickly, approving budget changes in the sheriff’s office and electing Paul Grider as chairman. The commission passed without discussion a resolution adjusting the budget for the sheriff’s office by […]

City plans to buy downtown property

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave approval Tuesday to a proposal allowing Portales MainStreet to purchase several properties downtown to aid in redevelopment of the historic Yam Theater. Council gave the OK for MainStreet to use $100,000 to purchase five properties on South Main in Portales. The properties include the two […]

Burch females span five generations, almost 100 years

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers A dash of self-worth and a healthy portion of respect, blended with strong faith, are the Burch women’s recipe for motherhood. The Burch family boasts five generations of females whose ages span almost 100 years. They share the same family values, a love of collecting and dark, uniquely shaped eyes. […]

Lawmakers fail to give governor some key items

By Deborah Baker The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers wrapped up 30 days of work Thursday without delivering on several of Gov. Bill Richardson’s key priorities. He called the session “disappointing” and said he would decide next week whether to call them back for a special session. Among the casualties: a minimum wage increase, […]

Feb. 7, 2006 Legislative Roundup

Compiled by Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Legislative round-up: • The house approved a bill to fund a new judge in the 9th Judicial District. House Bill 337 allocates $2.2 million for judges, equipment and staff in selected areas throughout the state; and over $1 1/2 million for the offices of district attorneys and public defenders. […]

Governor feeling shortchanged by state lawmakers

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is objecting to budget bills approved by the House and Senate, saying they were unacceptable because lawmakers shortchanged many of his proposals aimed at children. “So far the budget does not look like the year of the child. It looks like the year of the porkie […]