Legislative session to focus on budget

The Santa Fe New Mexican The 30-day session starting Tuesday focuses primarily on the state budget. The governor can also put other issues on the agenda. Among issues lawmakers are expected to consider when they gather in Santa Fe:

Commissioners to consider 400-stall horse barn

Robin Fornoff Among items coming up Tuesday at a meeting of the Curry County commissioners: An ambitious plan for a 400-stall horse barn to be built adjacent the Events Center at an estimated cost of $5 million. The commission meets at 9 a.m. at Melrose City Hall. The horse barn is a concept being offered […]

Group collecting public official pay records

Sharna Johnson Payroll records for the cities of Clovis and Portales are among 14 New Mexico cities whose data has been posted online by a private research foundation that says it’s working to better inform the public. The data — with intentions of eventually including all counties and cities in the state — is being […]

Seconds matter in team roping

Julie Bryant In team roping, seconds can mean thousands of dollars to be won, or lost, and that was the case for more than 200 team ropers who made their way on Saturday to the Curry County Event Center to compete in the United States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals. Among them was a pair […]

Press release: Clovis woman among governor’s appointments

SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has made four appointments to the New Mexico Partnership. Tom Hutchinson of Las Cruces is currently the president of La Posta Group, the vice-president of MCBE Partners, and chairman of the board for Citizens Bank of Las Cruces. He served as a commanding officer in […]

Business digest — June 14

Bank vice president appointed to nonprofit A Clovis bank vice president is among four appointments to New Mexico Partnership, according to a release from Gov. Susana Martinez’ office. Lisa Dunagan of Clovis is the vice president of First Community Bank, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank. She also served as senior vice president of Wells Fargo […]

Press release: Clovis among communities getting HUD grants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman reported today that seven New Mexico housing agencies have been awarded a total of $524,949 in grant funding though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Funding was awarded under HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency Program, which helps community housing agencies develop local strategies to help individuals and families […]

Mayor’s son among hikers rescued in California

Sharna Johnson Monday morning, Mayor Gayla Brumfield was wearing her mother’s hat as she waited for confirmation her son had been rescued from a storm that stranded his hiking group in a California forest. Derek Brumfield was among a group of 32 hikers pulled from the Los Padres National Forest Monday morning after a freak […]

Facts rarely sway people’s beliefs

This will be a futile column. Experience dictates that it will change no minds, inspire no reconsideration among those who disagree. It will sit on the computer screen or the newspaper page taking up space, affecting nothing, until another column replaces it. It will be a useless essay, written for one reason only: To protect […]

Letter to the editor: Families should have been notified

Families should have been notified We are among the residents upset over the “clean sweep” done at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens on Llano Estacado Boulevard. We were tending to my daughter’s grave Jan. 15 when a young couple asked us if we were missing anything from our grave site because someone had removed all the […]

U.S. must let Egyptians work through conflict

Freedom New Mexico Protests in Egypt aimed at regime change have resurrected longstanding questions among many Americans about the role the United States should play in other nations’ internal conflicts. Up until Tuesday, when his administration quietly advised Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak not to seek re-election, President Barack Obama walked a tightrope of diplomatic-speak attempting […]

Former newspaper carriers share recollections

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Former carrier Wiley Snyder of Clovis takes a step back in time, putting on his CNJ bag from the 1950s and tossing a folded newspaper Friday just like he used to do as a youngster on his paper route along Connelly and Thornton streets. Developer Charles Wade, 77, bills himself […]

First person: Sideline supporter

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis High junior Kelsie Schwartz first joined the cheerleading squad as a sophomore. When a group of Clovis High cheerleaders was asked Thursday who was the best representative among the group, all indications pointed to junior Kelsie Schwartz. The cheerleading crew, coached by B.J. Burnett, worked shifts throughout the holiday […]

Criminal justice complex among issues on ballot

Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com With only one member of Congress on the ballot for eastern New Mexico, there aren’t many federal changes this area can make on the ballot box. But Tuesday marks the first day voters can weigh in on several state issues, including local races, state races with […]

DeHoyos among seven entering ENMU Hall of Honors

CNJ staff PORTALES — Former Eastern New Mexico University pitcher Gabe DeHoyos is among seven people scheduled to be inducted into the ENMU Hall of Honors during a banquet set for 11 a.m. on Aug. 28 at the campus Union Building. DeHoyos currently is pitching for the Salt Lake Bees, the Triple-A affiliate for the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Sign-ups, rain and epic battles

Good Morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. E-news Pardon us for a bit of shameless self promotion but… Be among the first to get it. We’re talking the Freedom New Mexico free eNewsletter. Daily top stories, weather and breaking news alerts sent straight to your email. It all starts today and […]

Live buffalo among KENW auction items

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A live buffalo is up for bid in this year’s KENW online fundraising auction. The buffalo, a 3-year-old male pet belonging to a Portales man, is for sale along with about 820 other items — ranging from an autographed Green Bay Packers football to out-of-production Barbie dolls to couches. […]

Business digest: Locals graduate from program

Locals graduate from program Curry County Treasurer Bernice Baker and Clovis City Commissioner Dan Stoddard are among the 23 statewide professionals who recently graduated from Leadership New Mexico’s Local Government Leadership Program, according to a release from Leadership New Mexico. The program is a partnership between the New Mexico Association of Counties, the New Mexico […]

Young bucks

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Kristyl Jaure, 15, applies rosin to her rope before the junior bullriders took to the arena Friday at the Curry County Events Center. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When her dad asked her brother if he wanted to try bullriding, Kristyl Juare said she spoke up and said she wanted to. Friday night, the […]

Press Release: Clovis housing among HUD awards

ALBUQUERQUE– U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that eight public housing authorities in New Mexico will receive a total of $554,568 to provide individuals with Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers with the necessary job training to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency.