Lujan to hold economic recovery district tour

Is Ben Ray Lujan the hardest working member of Congress? Maybe. For his President’s Day district work period, Lujan will be traveling throughout his district holding a series of events on what he is calling his “economic recovery district tour.” From this Saturday to next Saturday, Lujan will not have a day off, and will […]

Rep. Lujan introduces backup to Ute bill

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer While Clovis mayor and eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Chairwoman Gayla Brumfield says an omnibus bill authorizing funding for the Ute Water Project will be passed, there’s nothing wrong with having a backup plan. Enter U.S. Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M. Thursday, Lujan introduced a string of bills including […]

Rep. Lujan Introduces Land and Water Legislation Package

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Lujan appointed to Homeland Security

CNJ staff Democratic Rep. Ben Lujan’s first committee appointment will have him work closely with Cannon Air Force Base, a spokesman said Wednesday. Lujan, who won the Nov. 4 general election for the 3rd Congressional District, was appointed Monday to the Committee on Homeland Security, according to a press release from Lujan’s office. Created following […]

Lujan thanks local supporters, hears concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Representative-elect Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., talks with residents at Wednesday night’s town hall meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Lujan will serve New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional district. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

Lujan talks alternative energy

Freedom New Mexico Investing in alternative energy will not only reduce the country’s need for foreign oil, but will also provide an alternative revenue stream for farmers, according to Ben Lujan, the Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District. Lujan spoke to more than two dozen eastern New Mexico farmers and ranchers Thursday during the […]

Candidate watch: Ben Ray Lujan

Who: Ben Ray Lujan Seeking: New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District seat. Seat is held by: Tom Udall, who is leaving the seat to run for the U.S. Senate. Opponents: Republican Dan East, Independent Carol Miller. (Editor’s Note: Candidates are given a choice of three questions to answer specific to the seat and its challenges. The […]

Candidate Lujan talks war, economics

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Linda Uttaro said Saturday the country’s economic crisis has affected her daughter’s education. Uttaro, a 65-year-old retired school administrator, expressed her frustration to 3rd U.S. Congressional representative candidate Ben Ray Lujan during a town hall meeting at the Memorial Building in Portales. She said her daughter, already $90,000 in […]

Lujan hosting town halls

Ben Ray Lujan, Democratic nominee for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd District, is holding town halls on Saturday in Tucumcari and Portales. Both town halls are open to the public. Tucumcari • 11 a.m., Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Tucumcari Blvd. Portales • 2 p.m., Portales Memorial Building, 200 East 7th St.

Lujan on NM tour

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Lujan wins District 3 Democratic nod

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Ben Ray Lujan has won the Democratic nomination for Congress in northern New Mexico’s 3rd District. Unofficial results show Lujan defeating Santa Fe developer Don Wiviott in the contest for the seat held by Rep. Tom Udall. It was a hard-fought contest. Lujan’s campaign had political muscle because his father […]

Lujan tours eastern New Mexico

While campaigning through southeastern New Mexico this past week, Democratic Congressional District 3 candidate, Ben R. Lujan, sat down with the Freedom New Mexico to answer some questions regarding his positions on some major political issues.Lujan is seeking to win the Democratic primary in a congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Udall. Currently, Lujan […]

Candidate visits Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield New Mexico public regulation commissioner Ben R. Lujan (D) answers questions at a Friday night gathering at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales. Lujan is running for New Mexico’s third district United States Congress seat currently held by Tom Udall. By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Ben […]

Local Roundup: State candidate to visit Clovis

CNJ staff Ben R. Lujan, New Mexico Public Regulation commissioner, will visit Clovis on Saturday to announce his candidacy for the 3rd Congressional District. The seat currently is held by Tom Udall, D-N.M., who has said he will run for the Senate seat being vacated by Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Lujan will be at Golden Corral […]

Congressional candidate Lujan to visit region

SANTA FE, NM— New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner and Congressional District Candidate Ben R. Luján will visit Tucumcari, Portales and Clovis this weekend to meet with voters and announce his candidacy for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional Distrcit, which comprises portions of eastern New Mexico including Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari. “As we enter the New Year […]

Maintenance worker honored

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sharon Wilson of Clovis is the 2007 recipient of a Ben Lujan Award for public school maintenance. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sharon Wilson thought an Albuquerque trip last week was part of a workshop for public school maintenance workers. Instead, Wilson was surprised to learn she was the […]

More money, more problems for upcoming session

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press State government has plenty of it and lots of people are lining up to help spend it during the Legislature’s 60-day session. The Legislature convenes next week and lawmakers will have a record amount of revenue available to pay for programs and offset tax cuts in the coming fiscal […]

Wolverines advance in 2A playoffs

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Texico’s Edgardo Meza (26) is tackled low by Eunice’s Mark Newton (22) in Friday’s Class 2A playoff game at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Two big pass plays kept Eunice in the game for a while, but Texico’s power eventually took over. The Wolverines failed to […]

Panel OKs phased-in $7.50 wage

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — An increase in the minimum wage to $7.50, phased in over two years, squeaked through a House committee on Thursday over the objections of Republicans who labeled it anti-business. The legislation heads to the House floor for a vote. It’s a modified version of a measure […]

Slain woman’s mother endorses DNA bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The mother of a murdered New Mexico State University student urged lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation requiring DNA samples from everyone who is arrested for a felony. “We can’t bring our Katie back … but through this law we can save so many other lives,” Jayann Sepich of Carlsbad […]