Governor signs changed wage law

The Associated Press SANTA FE —A new law is taking effect to resolve an overtime pay problem for state and local governments. Gov. Bill Richardson signed the overtime measure into law Friday. It took effect immediately. Police, firemen and corrections officers will be able to work flexible shifts without incurring overtime. Local and state governments […]

Wage law passed: Waiting governor’s signature

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers moved quickly to help the state, cities and counties avoid millions of dollars in overtime pay for police, firefighters and some other workers. The Legislature is sending Gov. Bill Richardson a bill that’s to fix a problem that occurred last year when the state enacted a higher minimum […]

Lawmakers fast-track overtime pay proposal

Staff and wire reports Lawmakers are moving quickly to help cities and counties avoid millions of dollars in overtime pay for police, firefighters and some other workers. The Senate approved a bill on Wednesday to fix a problem that occurred last year when the state enacted a higher minimum wage. The bill now goes to […]

Minimum wage law affects city’s overtime pay

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An element of the new state minimum wage law could cost local governments tens of thousands of dollars in overtime pay and is drawing opposition from city officials across the state. The new law, effective Jan. 1, cements a work period as 40 hours in seven days with no […]

Angelo prevails in 2 OTs

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jason Walker can’t haul in a pass between Angelo State secondary members (from left) Brandon Eubanks, Jared Hicks and Michael McLeod on a fake field goal attempt in the third quarter of Saturday’s LSC South Division game at Greyhound Stadium. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — For […]

Angelo State beats Hounds in double overtime

Freedom New Mexico Daniel Thomas rushed for three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the second overtime, as Angelo State beat the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds 27-21 Saturday at Greyhound Stadium. ENMU senior quarterback Michael Benton scored on a 25-yard run in first overtime, but was stopped on fourth-and-two at the 5-yard line to end […]

Vixens top Elida in OT for 3-1A girls tourney crown

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — The Fort Sumner Vixens led nearly the entire game Friday night, but needed clutch free-throw shooting to beat Elida 60-58 in overtime in the District 3-1A tournament championship. “Any time you play Elida and a Dan Howard team, and you come out of an Elida gym (with a […]

Zias remain winless in LSC

CNJ staff DENTON, Texas — So close, and yet so far. Eastern New Mexico University’s women continued to struggle to get over the top in Lone Star Conference South Division play Thursday night, falling in overtime to Texas Woman’s 85-79. Freshman guard Jessica Durr sent the game into overtime with a last-second basket and the […]

Rams advance to Class 3A semis

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Bloomfield’s Austin Lutz (42) is chased down by a quarter of Portales defenders in Saturday’s Class 3A quarterfinal game. The Rams defeated Bloomfield 20-17 in double overtime. (Farmington Daily Times: Lucas Ian Coshene) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers BLOOMFIELD — Senior Ezekial (Zeke) Soto kicked the Portales Rams into the Class 3A state football semifinals […]

ENMU women go overtime for third win

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ENMU midfielder Anna Funck, right, battles for control of the ball with Texas-Permian Basin’s Cecilia Kellar in Tuesday’s women’s soccer match at the ENMU pitch. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff PORTALES — Travis McCorkle doesn’t give the Eastern New Mexico University women’s team many style points, but so far the results have been […]