Police investigating possible drive-by shooting

CMI staff At least seven shots were apparently fired at a house in the 1100 block of West 12th Street about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in what police are calling a drive-by shooting. No one was injured in the shooting and no suspects have been arrested, according to police reports. Reports indicate no one was in […]

Incumbent Crook seeking re-election

CNJ staff Republican Anna Crook of Clovis says she will seek re-election in District 64 of the state House of Representatives. District 64 covers Curry County. She has held the position since 1995. Crook and Larry A. Larranaga of Albuquerque are the senior Republican members of the house. “I have really wonderful constituents,” Crook said. […]

Friday morning briefing: A house raising and our prehistoric history

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. House help Construction skills are needed Saturday at the Habitat for Humanity work day. It’s 8 a.m. at 2100 W. Manana in Clovis. Volunteers need to help pour concrete, caulk and install floors. Lunch will be provided. Information: 359-1344. Step back in history You can learn about […]

Roosevelt arena to house Ag Expo

Alisa Boswell The main cause of excitement for the 20th annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo is the new Roosevelt County Event Arena, which will house all of this year’s vendor booths at the event. Roosevelt County Ag Agent Patrick Kircher said the new facility puts all vendors under one roof. “I think it will allow […]

Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment […]

Press release: Roch bill gives tax break to retired military

Military retirees in living in New Mexico may see their state income tax burden reduced under a bill introduced this week in the State House by Representative Dennis Roch (R-Texico). House Bill 162 proposes to exempt twenty-five percent of a retiree’s military pension income from the state’s personal income tax, with that percentage increasing to […]

McGee: Listening skills could use work

The Lady of the House says I don’t listen. I disagree. I hear every word she says. Just like the other day we were driving through Portales on our way to Roswell and I noticed the “Welcome to Portales” sign was gone. You know, the one that reads “WELCOME TO PORTALES…HOME OF 17,000 FRIENDLY FOLKS […]

Redistricting shuffles local representatives

Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line, but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost […]

McGee: Christmas gatherings can get weird

It looks like The Lady of the House and I will be spending Christmas Day without family. So we’ll just be hanging around the house in our “Watchin’-TV-and-eatin’” clothes. I love seeing the kinfolk, but sometimes it’s good to just have a quiet Christmas. Because you know, sometimes when family shows up things can get […]

McGee: What about my cat?

Grant McGee It was a lazy Sunday. The Lady of the House and I both in our recliners reading different sections of the Sunday newspaper. “Oh this is a guy with a sense of humor,” I said, talking about a story on the front page. “He died last August and now all of his friends […]

Turkey, tofurkey, and no pardon for the White House turkey

After much deliberation and serious soul-searching, I’ve come to a conclusion. If I’m ever elected President of these United States and Thanksgiving rolls around, I’m not pardoning the turkey. I’m sorry if that flies in the face of tradition, but if it’s ever up to me, that bird’s a goner. If you disagree, fine. Pray […]

Double blessing

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Heath Rutherford, left, plays with son Rocklyn, 18 months, at the dinner table Friday at the family’s house in Clovis. Rocklyn was adopted by the family with his paperwork clearing just days after his little sister Camden was born in Amarillo. Kevin Wilson A few weeks ago, the Rutherford house […]

Children’s home more than house

My newest buddy is a 4-year-old from the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home — eight miles from Portales on Highway 236. Gary Cox, a house parent, brings the little ball of energy when he joins us for noon-time hoops in Portales. The boy, whose parents are incarcerated, and I visit when I get benched for […]

White House should release loan documents

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has subpoenaed White House communications concerning the half-billion-dollar federal loan guarantee for failed California solar company Solyndra, which also is under criminal investigation and has ties to a major campaign donor to President Barack Obama. We have yet to hear a good reason for the White House’s reluctance to […]

McGee: Fake blue heron moves on

The Lady of the House and I spend our Saturday mornings riding around town going to yard sales. We call it “Date Night.” You know about date night, that private time when you and your significant other have the chance to do things you both enjoy doing. Some folks don’t understand “Date Night” on a […]

Cannon displays airpower during open house

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Cannon Connections correspondent: Liliana Castillo Tripp Aragon, 4, sits in the cockpit of a UH-1N Huey during the open house. Benna Sayyed By An estimated 4,000 civilians poured in to Cannon Air Force Base Saturday to get an up-close look at the 27th Special Operations Wing’s airpower and learn about air force operations. Civilians mingled […]

Legislature adjourns after House OKs capital bill

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Deeply divided Democrats and Republicans headed home Saturday from a special legislative session dominated by partisan conflict over plans to draw new boundaries of districts for elected offices. The session ended after the House approved an $86 million package of capital improvements that supporters say will help create […]

Cannon Air Force Base open house set for Saturday

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USAF courtesy photo MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft. A system made up of several air vehicles, a ground control station, communication equipment/links, spares, and support people. Mission: medium-to-high altitude long endurance unmanned aircraft system built to provide the joint force commander a persistent hunter-killer able to strike up-and-coming targets. Benna Sayyed Cannon Air Force Base […]

Cannon set for open house

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File photo Cannon Air Force Base will open its doors to the public this Saturday to give residents a look at what a highly trained specialized military force does. Benna Sayyed Cannon Air Force Base will open its doors to the public this Saturday to give residents a look at what a highly trained specialized […]

Grant McGee: Don’t bet on winning big

I got busted the other day. The Lady of the House found out I’ve been spending money on lottery tickets. Actually it wasn’t so much that I got busted as I told her. “Oh well we didn’t win the $20 million last night,” I said. “I didn’t know we were buying lottery tickets,” she said […]