State auditor calls for Patrick Lyons resignation at PRC (updated)

Robin Fornoff Two key state officials spent most of Thursday accusing each other of incompetence over an audit that charges the scandal-ridden Public Regulation Commission is corrupt from top to bottom. State Auditor Hector Balderas, a Democrat, set it off in the morning, calling on PRC chairman and Clovis native Patrick Lyons, a Republican, to […]

Lyons to remain PRC chairman

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Patrick Lyons will remain chairman of the New Mexico’s scandal-tainted Public Regulation Commission (PRC). The PRC voted unanimously Tuesday to re-elect Lyons and Vice Chairman Theresa Becenti-Aguilar. “We’re looking forward to cleaning up the PRC and making it a better agency for the consumer,” Lyons said. “We want to be […]

Lyons earns District 2 PRC seat

Kevin Wilson Patrick Lyons has secured another four years in state government. The former state senator and current land commissioner handily won his race for District 2 of the Public Regulation Commission, defeating Democrat Stephanie L. DuBois of Tularosa. As of 10:22 p.m., Lyons had garnered 54,351 votes against 25,360 for DuBois. Lyons, a Republican […]

Patrick Lyons secures Public Regulation Commission position

Kevin Wilson Patrick Lyons has secured another four years in state government. The former state senator and current land commissioner handily won his race for District 2 of the Public Regulation Commission, defeating Democrat Stephanie L. DuBois of Tularosa. As of 10:22 p.m., Lyons had garnered 54,351 votes against 25,360 for DuBois. Lyons, a Republican […]

Lyons takes PRC spot for Republicans

CNJ staff Clovis native and Public Lands Commissioner Patrick Lyons prevailed Tuesday, sweeping 60 percent of the votes and gaining the Republican nomination for Public Regulations Commissioner, District 2. With a count of 15,172-9,900, Lyons had a lead of 5,272 votes over opponent Robert Corn. In the November general election, Lyons faces Stephanie L. Dubois, […]

Lyons to run for new office

CNJ staff Clovis native Patrick Lyons isn’t ready for his career in public service to end next year. Lyons, a 1972 graduate of Clovis High School, is hoping he can parlay his final year as state land commissioner into a successful run to the Public Regulation Commission. As he is term-limited, Lyons will spend 2010’s […]

Press Release: Lyons Vows to Defend the Land Grant Permanent Fund

SANTA FE – Commissioner of Public Lands Patrick Lyons says that raiding the Land Grant Permanent Fund to solve the state’s financial crisis will cripple its ability to fund public education for generations to come.

Scandals, suspicions spark legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons said Wednesday morning that he’s backing legislation that would rein in the governor’s control over the state Investment Council, which manages New Mexico’s multi-billion-dollar permanent funds. Later in the day, a trio of Democratic lawmakers from the Las Cruces area announced that they’re introducing […]

Hotel business brisk in early days of Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Clovis solicited customers in many ways. One of the best ways to entice customers was to meet the passenger trains that stopped at the Santa Fe Railroad depot where passengers got off, to stretch their legs, get a bite to eat or seek a hotel. Soliciting patrons to a hotel […]

New Mexico land commissioner visits Elida

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — New Mexico’s land commissioner visited Elida on Wednesday to speak about the incoming Padoma Wind Energy plant south of the community. “Not only is this a prime opportunity for the industry but it will provide yet another form of economic development in eastern New Mexico,” Patrick Lyons said. […]

Commissioner wants Cannon land if closed

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state’s land commissioner said Monday he would take action to regain state trust lands in eastern New Mexico if Cannon Air Force Base is closed. State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons said in a letter to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission that he will seek the return of […]

Vasquez, Refugio

Refugio Vasquez Services: Have been held. Refugio “Rufus” Vasquez, 60, of Chase, Kan., died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at his home in Chase. He was born on May 14, 1944, in Clovis, to Refugio and Candida Gallegos Vasquez. He had been a resident of Chase since 1979 and formerly of Garden City, Kan., and Clovis. […]

Former N.M. Lt. gov. still a part of politics

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — He may not be lieutenant governor anymore, but that doesn’t mean Clovis native Walter Bradley isn’t playing a key role in shaping New Mexico’s future and his political career. Believe it or not, the 57-year-old Bradley, who lost his bid for governor in the 2002 primary, is right […]

Regional officials puzzled by vote results

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local officials are still scratching their heads and trying to determine what Tuesday’s election results mean for their future. New Mexico voters passed a proposal on Tuesday reorganizing the state department of education and placing it under the authority of the governor, but the outcome of a second vote to increase […]

Stone, Howard

Dr. Howard Stone Services: Hav ebeen held. Dr. Howard Lyons Stone, 76, of Denton, Texas, a retired professor of education at Texas Woman’s University, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, in Denton. He was born on Oct. 20, 1926, in Kuling, Kiangsi Province, China, to the Rev. Albert H. and Mabel Lyons Stone. He attended Iolani […]

Commissioner pans amendment push

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Pat Lyons, commissioner of Public Lands for New Mexico (right), talks with Greg Southard of Leslie’s Candy Co. on Thursday during a Rotary Club meeting at the Holiday Inn in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina A proposed Constitutional amendment that would spend a higher percentage of New Mexico’s land grant permanent […]

Cannon troops welcomed home

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Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Capt. Christina “Thumper” Hopper beamed when she was handed a bouquet of red roses by her husband. “This is great,” said Hopper, one of 12 F-16 pilots deployed during the Iraqi war with the 524th Fighter Squadron who touched down their jets early Monday afternoon on Cannon’s runway. […]