Governor signs state budget, vetoes $2 million

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay for educators and state workers. Although signing the measure into law, the governor trimmed about $2 million — a tiny sliver […]

Dodge announces re-election plans

CNJ staff Democrat George Dodge of Santa Rosa plans to run for re-election for District 63 in the state House of Representatives. The district includes Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Guadalupe counties. He has held the position since 2011. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve my constituents the last two years and […]

Press release: Republican senators comment as legislative session

Santa Fe — The 30 day Legislative Session ended at noon today and concluded a month full of debate, discussion and ended with a new, balanced budget to run state government starting in July. Many Republican State Senators say it is a good budget that continues to invest in public education, while meeting its financial […]

Legislature finishes politically heated session

The Associated Press Legislature finishes politically heated session SANTA FE — Lawmakers adjourned Thursday in an election-year session dominated by a clash of political wills between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats controlling the Legislature. Key parts of the first-term governor’s legislative agenda died upon adjournment, including educational initiatives and a proposal to stop New […]

Press release: Amber alert issued for Fort Worth-area 11-year old

Santa Fe — In cooperation with the Fort Worth Texas Police Department, New Mexico State Police is issuing the following Amber Alert in New Mexico based on information that the child may have been brought into New Mexico. Fort Worth Police are looking for an 11 year old white female named Jessica Smith. Jessica is […]

Governor Susana Martinez announces arrest in Mexico of alleged fugitive child killer Noe Torres

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez and District Attorney Matt Chandler stood with the family of murdered 10-year old Carlos Perez to announce that fugitive murder suspect Noe Torres has been arrested in Chihuahua, Mexico and is awaiting extradition. Torres is wanted for the September 15, 2005 murder of Perez in Clovis, New Mexico. […]

Portales may be subject to driver’s license fraud

Barry Massey SANTA FE — Dozens of the same business and residential addresses were used repeatedly by people to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico in a pattern that suggests fraud by immigrants trying to game the system, an Associated Press investigation has found. Data suggests that Portales is one of the cities in New […]

Press release: Lease to expand Melrose bombing range signed

(SANTA FE, New Mexico) – A lease signing ceremony took place today in Santa Fe, New Mexico resulting in the lease of a large parcel of state trust land – about 11,000 acres in Roosevelt County – to the U.S. Air Force. Officials present for the signing ceremony included: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, State […]

Text of Gov. Susana Martinez’ state of the state address

SANTA FE – The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 17, 2012. Governor Martinez – 2012 State of the State Address Thank you. Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tem; Mr. Speaker; Democratic […]

Local legislators share priorities

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Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Legislature begins noon Tuesday in Santa Fe. The Legislature has two different types of sessions. In odd years, the session runs 60 days and is full of legislation that encompasses nearly everything one could imagine. In even years like 2012, the session is 30 days long and is limited mostly […]