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 […]

Municipal league meets on legislative session

Argen Duncan City officials from four counties met for a legislative update Monday in Portales. The New Mexico Municipal League held a district meeting at the Memorial Building. District 4 encompasses municipalities in Roosevelt, Curry, Quay and De Baca counties, and Portales City Manager Tom Howell estimated 50 people attended from all four counties. Portales […]

Udall discusses situation in Libya, legislative efforts to roll back EPA regulation of carbon emissions and apps that assist drunk drivers in avoiding checkpoints

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about the situation in Libya in response to the President’s address to the nation.

Roch visits Tucumcari to discuss legislative session

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Dennis Roch addresses a crowd Sunday at Tucumcari City Hall. Freedom New Mexico State Rep. Dennis Roch, a Republican from Texico, met with 50 Tucumcari residents on Sunday to answer questions about the 90-day legislative session, which ended on Saturday. Roch said the budget, which passed on a 35-34 vote […]

Legislative session ends with some gains, some setbacks

Kevin Wilson New Mexico legislators left Santa Fe this weekend, and they are assuming they’ll be gone until September. “But we never know,” said Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. The 60-day session closed Saturday, with some legislators touting local gains and bemoaning statewide disappointments. Legislators did send a $5.4 billion budget with more than $150 million […]

Lawmakers make ready for upcoming bills

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Kevin Wilson New legislators for eastern New Mexico report a steep learning curve in their first state legislative session. But, as sessions go, this year’s 60-day affair is the best one to learn from, as budget woes mean there’s little extraneous legislation coming. “All sessions are defined by how many dollars there are and where […]

Castleberry appointed to state judge board

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Magistrate Judge Duane Castleberry was recently appointed to serve on the board of directors for the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association. The board of directors works with the administrative offices of the courts, advising the courts on legislative and policy matters, according to a press release from the courts.

Entities prep for legislative session, play defense

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, speaks during Thursday morning’s legislative breakfast as Wells Fargo Bank. The meeting brings together state legislators from the area with entities looking for funding. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer New Mexicans can’t expect smart budget building without smart prioritization. With that in mind, Sen. Clint […]

State lawmakers invited to Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce annual legislative breakfast is 7 a.m. Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank, 223 Main St. The breakfast is the presentation of legislative positions for the City of Clovis, Curry County, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, Clovis Community College, Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis MainStreet. All state […]

Legislative Q&As

Area legislators on the recent 30-day session: Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs Q: What was the most important thing that happened? A: From my perspective the most important thing that happened was regretfully the fact that we’re going to have to go back — basically we prevented tax increases and we are still negotiating, trying to […]