Hounds picked for fourth place in LSC North

Freedom New Mexico RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s football team received two first-place votes and was pegged for fourth place in the seven-team Lone Star Conference North Division this fall in a preseason poll released on Tuesday by the LSC. The ENMU volleyball squad, meantime, was chosen for last place in the 15-team […]

Incarnate Word joins Lone Star Conference

RICHARDSON, Texas — Incarnate Word has joined the Lone Star Conference in time for the San Antonio university’s second football season. The 129-year-old liberal arts school that was a women’s college until 1970 officially joined the Division II league Thursday. The 2010 grid season opener for the Cardinals will be Aug. 28 at home against […]

Six Hounds earn LSC baseball honors

Freedom New Mexico RICHARDSON, Texas — Pitchers Jerry Manning and Anthony Smith and right fielder Ethan Wagner led six Eastern New Mexico University players in All-Lone Star Conference baseball selections for the 2010 season. All three were selected to the second team. Meantime, freshman center fielder Luis Quinones, senior infielder Sean Cruce and senior second […]

Press release: ENMU trio earns weekly LSC track and field honors

RICHARDSON, TEXAS — Daniel Draper (Jr., T, Moriarty, N.M./Moriarty HS), Nicole Reid (So., D, Pueblo, Colo./East HS) and Kassie Daugherty (So., T, Bridgeport, Texas/Bridgeport HS) from the Eastern New Mexico University track and field teams earned Lone Star Conference weekly honors for their performance at the Arizona State University Sun Devil Open, last Saturday. The […]

Their View: Jennings says tough times ahead

State Sen. Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, is not pleased with Gov. Bill Richardson’s veto of the state gross receipts tax on food. Here’s a snippet from a recent editorial he sent to newspapers around the state: “The already wobbly balance of income to expense in the state budget for the 2010-2011 budget year became more precarious […]

Portales Past: April 13, 1960

April 13, 1960: Charles Hood, a junior journalism major at Eastern New Mexico University, had been named vice president of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Press Association. Hood was also a football letterman on Coach Carl Richardson’s Greyhound team.

Richardson signs Ute Water Project legislation

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cleared the way for the next step in the Ute Water Project, signing new legislation Saturday in Clovis. House Bill 15, signed into law in a ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority into a utility authority. The authority […]

Richardson downplays setbacks

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican It was supposed to be his “legacy session,” but in some ways Gov. Bill Richardson got kicked in the teeth during his last regular legislative session. Senators blocked one of his appointments to a state board — the first time since Gary Johnson’s first administration. The Senate overwhelmingly voted […]

House panel derails veto override

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday saved Gov. Bill Richardson the embarrassment of a veto override. The committee tabled a bill that Richardson had vetoed last year — a veto that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly to override. The bill would have forced state agencies to provide […]

Water authority bill heads to governor’s desk

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A bill to revamp the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority got to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk without springing any leaks. House Bill 15 passed the House and Senate on unanimous votes, and will move the authority from a joint powers agreement to a utility authority in June. Gov. […]

Government needs Sunshine Portal

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Information is power, and right now the public has none. Legislators and the public are rightfully outraged at Gov. Bill Richardson’s ongoing refusal to release information about his exempt state employees, including 59 positions that were supposedly cut last month. What little information has emerged isn’t good — employees who […]

Senate votes to override second Richardson veto

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican

Text of Gov. Richardson’s state of the state speech

A link to Gov. Bill Richardson’s state of the state address delivered today at the start of the state Legislative session.

Governor to deliver State of the State address

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Gov. Bill Richardson delivers his eighth and final State of the State address today, shortly after the second regular session of the 49th Legislature convenes in Santa Fe. Richardson, who by law can’t seek a third consecutive term, promises his speech will be short, […]

Governor optimistic about cooperation during session

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Many legislative sessions in recent years have been known for the stormy, sometimes rancorous relationship between Gov. Bill Richardson and lawmakers, mainly those in the state Senate. On the threshold of Richardson’s last regular session — his second term expires on Dec. 31 and he legally can’t seek re-election […]

Local officials laud land gift for Melrose bombing range expansion

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico News that the Melrose Bombing Range is a go for expansion was hailed Tuesday by local officials as a positive for Cannon Air Force Base and eastern New Mexico. Gov. Bill Richardson announced a waiver from Defense officials late Monday which approved the state’s gift of $5 million in […]

Roosevelt County men fined for poaching

Freedom New Mexico Two men were fined and one sentenced to jail after pleading guilty Oct. 21 to poaching charges. Jacob Gaines, 21, of Roosevelt County was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,255 for poaching a deer and antelope. Wade Richardson, 23, of Portales pleaded guilty to unlawful killing of an antelope […]

Monday morning briefing: Richardson wants input

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing Governor wants your opinion Gov. Bill Richardson wants public input before deciding whether to sign, veto or partially veto bills aimed at addressing a $650 million budget shortfall The Associated Press reported lawmakers wrapped up a special session Friday and sent the bills to the […]

Lawmakers finalize deficit fix, adjourn session

The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Friday wrapped up their special legislative session, sending Gov. Bill Richardson a package of measures to repair a $650 million budget shortfall this year. “It isn’t pretty. It doesn’t solve the problem; we know that. But it’s a step forward,” Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, […]

Special session: Richardson proposes education cut

SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson on Saturday proposed a 1.5 percent cut in education spending as New Mexico lawmakers during a special legislative session decide how to backfill a $650 million hole in this year’s state budget. The proposal to cut public schools and colleges by at least $40 million was a turnabout […]