Their view: Governor right to slow down a rush to build

This is an editorial from the Santa Fe New Mexican on a proposal to consolidate several state offices: News that state legislators have moved $4 million from a proposed super-government complex to remodel the Manuel Lujan Building instead is good for state taxpayers and Santa Fe. The decision continues the temporary reprieve from a proposal […]

Governor signs state budget, vetoes $2 million

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay for educators and state workers. Although signing the measure into law, the governor trimmed about $2 million — a tiny sliver […]

Press release: Republican senators comment as legislative session

Press release: Republican senators comment as legislative session Santa Fe — The 30 day Legislative Session ended at noon today and concluded a month full of debate, discussion and ended with a new, balanced budget to run state government starting in July. Many Republican State Senators say it is a good budget that continues to […]

Legislature finishes politically heated session

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers adjourned Thursday in an election-year session dominated by a clash of political wills between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats controlling the Legislature. Key parts of the first-term governor’s legislative agenda died upon adjournment, including educational initiatives and a proposal to stop New Mexico from issuing driver’s licenses […]

Portales may be subject to driver’s license fraud

Barry Massey SANTA FE — Dozens of the same business and residential addresses were used repeatedly by people to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico in a pattern that suggests fraud by immigrants trying to game the system, an Associated Press investigation has found. Data suggests that Portales is one of the cities in New […]

Press Release: Sen. Kernan Co-Sponsors Get Tougher on Child Abusers Leg.

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced a major legislative proposal that will change New Mexico’s Criminal Code to help better protect New Mexico children from child abuse and predators. Her bi-partisan bill beefs up prison time for child abusers, increases penalties for drunk drivers who kill kids, and defines new crimes where certain […]

Press release: Lease to expand Melrose bombing range signed

Press release: Lease to expand Melrose bombing range signed (SANTA FE, New Mexico) – A lease signing ceremony took place today in Santa Fe, New Mexico resulting in the lease of a large parcel of state trust land – about 11,000 acres in Roosevelt County – to the U.S. Air Force. Officials present for the […]

Text of Gov. Susana Martinez’ state of the state address

SANTA FE – The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 17, 2012. Governor Martinez – 2012 State of the State Address Thank you. Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tem; Mr. Speaker; Democratic […]

Meetings watch: County commission will consider endangered species listing

PNT staff Roosevelt County commissioners will attend a special meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Hotel Santa Fe Library to discuss the following items with other county officials: • Approval of resolutions listing the lesser prairie chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered. • A resolution changing the habitat range affected by endangered […]

Local legislators share priorities

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Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Legislature begins noon Tuesday in Santa Fe. The Legislature has two different types of sessions. In odd years, the session runs 60 days and is full of legislation that encompasses nearly everything one could imagine. In even years like 2012, the session is 30 days long and is limited mostly […]

State releases school report cards

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Nearly two-thirds of New Mexico’s schools received a grade of C or better under new ratings announced Tuesday by the Public Education Department. Portales High received a C; Portales Junior High had a D. The state plans to use the A to F grades to replace a federally mandated […]

New Mexico celebrates 100 years as state

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s celebrates its 100th birthday Friday with a host of events that kick off a yearlong Centennial party. An official birthday party will be held from 11 to 1 in the Roundhouse, to be followed by Centennial Ball Friday night at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Communities around the […]

Press release: Governor changes higher education funding

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez met with a large group of regents, governing board members and post-secondary institution presidents in Socorro to discuss the state’s new higher education funding formula. The new formula will reward New Mexico’s higher learning institutions based on outcome measures that reflect student achievement and preparedness for New Mexico’s […]

Letters to Santa

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The following letters to Santa Claus are from area children given to Freedom New Mexico by teachers and the post office.

Police departments give gifts to 400 children

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Alisa Boswell and Kevin Wilson Santa sometimes dresses in blue this time of year. Police in Clovis and Portales recently played Santa to hundreds of children across eastern New Mexico. The 2011 Operation Santa Cop was a success with Portales Police Department officials saying they gave about 400 children presents on Dec. 17. “I saw […]

Prep football scoreboard — Nov. 18

Area Santa Rosa 48, Texico 13 Muleshoe 43, Goldey 27 Bovina 34, Vega 26

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 14

Area Class 3A Roswell High 51, Portales 20 Class 2A Texico 21, Santa Rosa 20 Class 1A Fort Sumner 46, Hagerman 6 8-man Melrose 56 Floyd 6 6-man Hondo 61, Elida 6 Texas Class 1A Farwell 18, Sudan 0 Springlake-Earth 42, Bovina 20 Class 2A Muleshoe 62, Friona 21 New Mexico Atrisco Heritage 35, Rio […]

Tuesday morning briefing: First Clovis train, open meetings and the law of the land

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Fast facts The first Santa Fe Railway cars arrived in Clovis from Albuquerque on Dec. 18, 1907. Engineer Jeff Roberts brought the train in at night and initially failed to see the townsite. He had to back his train into the station. Meetings watch […]

McGee: Life in the not so fast lane

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Why is it that so many drivers break the law? I mean going faster than the speed limit? This came up as The Lady of the House and I rolled over that stretch of U.S. 84 between Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner on Memorial Day. Our cruise control was set […]

Military committee to meet in Santa Fe

CNJ staff The Legislative Interim Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee will meet today in Santa Fe, according to a news release. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 3 p.m. The committee will set protocols, discuss their focus areas and develop a work plan for the interim session, the release said. The […]