Kernan rolls in District 42 primary

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Gay Kernan’s hard work is done. The Hobbs school teacher defeated William Palmer, a Lovington oil man, on Tuesday in the state’s primary by a 60-40 percent margin to seal the Senate District 42 seat. It was Kernan’s first election victory. She was appointed to her current seat by former […]

Clovis senior recovers from car accident

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Clovis senior Jessica Wymore was in a coma at the beginning of the school year after an auto accident. She graduated Saturday with honors. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A few months ago, Jessica Wymore never thought she’d be able to graduate with her Clovis High School class […]

Area lawmaker: Gorham situation ‘disappointing’

David Arkin An eastern New Mexico lawmaker said in-party GOP fighting that led to the resignation of the party’s leader is disappointing. State Sen. Ramsay Gorham on Wednesday resigned as chairwoman of the state Republican Party. She doesn’t plan to seek re-election to her Senate seat. Gorham has been under fire from some party members […]

Texas candidates seek city offices

By Michelle Seeber The deadline to file for candidacy in Texas city elections was 5 p.m. Monday. Elections for city positions will be held in May. Muleshoe, Friona and Farwell all have three city offices each for which candidates are seeking election. In Muleshoe, Daniel Guzman, Richard Orozco and Freddy Santos have all filed for […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Firefighters ride to the rescue

By Darrell Todd Maurina After Lynn Madera and her husband worked all evening March 2 to help another person pack a trailer they were moving to Arizona, she put her 33-month-old daughter in their car seat with the engine running — and then found the doors were locked with no spare key available. “So here […]

Portales mayor not running for state office

By Mike Linn PORTALES — The only office Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega plans to hold in the next two years will be in his hometown. The Democrat recently said he was considering a run at the New Mexico House seat in District 66. But on Tuesday, Ortega announced he would not seek that position until his […]

Urban legend sad example of society

By Walter Williams Literally hundreds of readers informed me that in last week’s column I fell victim to an urban legend. My reference to a Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City — who set his 32-foot Winnebago on cruise control, left the driver’s seat to brew a cup of coffee, crashed, then sued Winnebago for not […]

State Police urge caution during summer travels

With the advent of summer in June, families and individuals will be packing their cars and hitting the road for vacation paradise. The New Mexico State Police asks drivers to drive safely and soberly during the summer travel season. Officers remind drivers and passengers that everyone in a motor vehicle is required by law to […]