Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in […]

Horse recycling makes horse sense

Baxter Black As we horse owners and lovers struggle to find some middle ground in the tragic abandoned horse issue, maybe we need to look “outside the box.” Most horse owners, horse associations, equine veterinarians, and those of us forced to take the responsibility for dealing with the mess, are still optimistic that the new […]

Local officials hope for, expect extension of water fees

Thomas Garcia Continuing reservation fees for Ute Lake water rights is an issue which affects the 12 entities in the Ute Reservoir Water Commission, said Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Project Manager Scott Verhines.

Immigration debate not first divisive issue

It’s nothing short of civil war, according to Al Kreiger. The Yuma, Ariz., mayor told a forum on immigration last week that the issue of immigration enforcement authority has torn this country in two. Kreiger noted that such wars occur when state and federal governments are at odds. “We basically have an undeclared civil war […]

City looking into money for Sands Dorsey

Thomas Garcia City Commissioners want City Manager Bobbye Rose to find a way to resolve issues at the Sands Dorsey Building. “The city commission has instructed me to move forward with the abatement of this health and safety issue associated with this building,” Rose said after Thursday night’s meeting. More than two years have passed […]

Officials: Accountability top issue

Thomas Garcia Immediate consequences and strict accountability are needed in the fight against underage drinking in eastern New Mexico, say law enforcement officials across eastern New Mexico. “Teenage drinking is a issue that is very close to home,” said Jimmy Glascock, District 9 commander for the New Mexico State Police. District 9 is based out […]

Biologist: Feral hogs growing issue

Thomas Garcia The feral hog is rapidly becoming the new coyote, or new pest, of the state’s Ag agency, said a New Mexico Ag official at the 41st annual Agricultural and Home Economics Seminar in Tucumcari. Feral hogs can cause damage to irrigated land and crops and carry 37 parasites that can affect people, pets, […]

Weigh all sides of issue to determine financial rescue

This is to address your recent editorial “Fed May Not Be Able To ‘Manage An Economic Rescue.”

Four-day school week survey to be studied

By William Thompson:Quay County Sun Survey leads school officials to continue research on issue. Tucumcari wants a four-day school week. At least that’s the overwhelming viewpoint of more than 200 residents who’ve returned surveys on the topic. Tucumcari school officials sent out 736 surveys earlier this year asking students’ families and school staff how they […]

State Senate will reconsider smoking ban through House bill

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun The New Mexico House of Representatives recently voted 49-12 to institute the Clean Air Act, a bill designed to prohibit smoking in all public places including restaurants but excluding bars. The bill is now being debated in the senate; however the senate voted Thursday on a similar bill that […]