Governor signs hay transport bill

Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Tuesday evening at the agricultural feed in the senate roundhouse that will allow the transportation of oversized hay loads on state roads. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will help livestock owners deal with ongoing drought conditions in the state that have placed an enormous strain […]

Nixing state income tax boosts opportunity

If the classic 1940 movie “Grapes of Wrath” were remade for 2012, the Joad family would be trekking, instead, from California to Oklahoma. Based on the 1939 novel by Californian John Steinbeck, the movie showed the Joads suffering through the 1930s Great Depression and Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, then striking out for the Golden State […]

McGee: Much better to be right than happy

A left turn on a red light is when you turn left from a one-way street on to another one-way street flowing in the direction of your turn. Recently, in another state, I did one. “What are you doing?” yelled The Lady of the House. “You just ran a red light.” “No,” I said in […]

Angelo State turns back Hounds

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Keenan Coleman scored 20 points and Angelo State held Eastern New Mexico University without a field goal over a 10-minute stretch spanning both halves Wednesday night en route to a 70-62 Lone Star Conference men’s victory. Coleman struggled from the field, going 4-for-15, but he went 10-for-10 […]

Drought may break over summer

Tonjia Rolan Relief from the state’s extended drought may come this summer, weather experts say. The La Nina weather pattern, responsible for the hot, dry conditions, developed in 2010 and intensified in 2011. National Weather Service meteorologist Deirdre Kann said the dry weather is expected to continue through the spring but as La Nina weakens […]

ENMU/Angelo State basketball capsules – Feb. 8

CNJ staff Men ENMU (13-8, 6-6 Lone Star Conference) at Angelo State (9-13, 2-10) • When: 6:30 p.m. (MST) today at San Angelo, Texas. • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. • Last time out: The Greyhounds have been idle since beating Incarnate Word 75-57 on Jan. 28, completing a 3-0 homestand. The Rams are coming off a […]

Man sought for illness may have been spotted

CNJ staff A Clovis man sought in a statewide manhunt may have been spotted Monday near West Seventh and Thornton streets. Clovis police and Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller confirmed responding to a report of someone spotting Robert J. Gutierrez, 45, who officials say has active pulmonary tuberculosis and is considered infectious. Both departments responded […]

Business feature: Signman Signs selected for award

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Signman Signs employees Aubrey Sparks, left, and Dustin Vigil construct a sign Monday morning in the business’ work room. The business was chosen as the 2012 Success Client by the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College. Kevin Wilson The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College considered […]

Church, state will never separate

Much is made of the separation of Church and state, but the truth is that while Church and state sometimes temporarily separate, on the insistence of those who get caught in the middle, they will never divorce. They were made for each another. Church is possibly a little older than her partner, but she hides […]

D.A. hopes to transfer Torres to state prison

CNJ staff Captured fugitive Noe Torres will be sent to Curry County’s troubled jail once he is on U.S. soil but District Attorney Matt Chandler doesn’t anticipate he will be there long. Chandler said Thursday that accused child-killer Torres will be booked into the jail but he plans to immediately file a motion in court […]

Celebrate centennial by exploring state

Sitting at this particular computer, I am faced with a map of the northern New Mexico Mountains; the southwestern point is Albuquerque, and the northern border is about ten miles over the Colorado state line. As the map is topographical, it provides a great opportunity for placing oneself into the experience, with an imaginary journey […]

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 […]

Pension reform needs discussion

Recently there was good news on the government efficiency front in this country. The glimmer of hope comes from Rhode Island, the smallest state in the nation and a state controlled by relatively liberal Democrats at the legislative level and a moderate governor who labels himself “Independent.” Politically, we’re not talking about Texas here. Nor […]

Officials hope measure will keep Tres Amigas headquarters in state

Alisa Boswell State officials are pushing a new legislative bill that would change tax laws because they believe it will encourage Tres Amigas to build their headquarters in eastern New Mexico rather than west Texas. Tres Amigas is planning to build a power grid near Clovis that will connect North America’s two major power grids […]

Press release: Roch bill gives tax break to retired military

Military retirees in living in New Mexico may see their state income tax burden reduced under a bill introduced this week in the State House by Representative Dennis Roch (R-Texico). House Bill 162 proposes to exempt twenty-five percent of a retiree’s military pension income from the state’s personal income tax, with that percentage increasing to […]

State needs to put down phones

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Dear Gov. Susana Martinez, May I call you Susana? Or maybe even “Suzy?” I know we have not formally met. By “met,” I mean we have not been in the same town at the same time, ever. No problem. That’s the way I started out with your predecessor. By the end I was stalking him […]

Capital outlay wish list cut

Robin Fornoff It was back to the drawing board Saturday for Curry County Commissioners, who said they were told by state legislators to trim their wish list or face possibly getting no money from the state. Commissioners had submitted a $21 million capital outlay request to the state in September. The request was trimmed to […]

Sen. Gay Kernan to appear on KENW

CNJ staff Dist. 42 state Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, will be discussing education reform and the state Legislature at 6 p.m. Saturday on KENW-TV, Channel 3 public television’s “Report from Santa Fe” series. Kernan will offer insights on social promotion, the state’s new A-F grading system and a plan to evaluate teachers as well as […]

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 […]

Legislators expected to debate PRC reform

Trip Jennings Two years from now, will the state Public Regulation Commission look the same? New Mexico’s 112 state lawmakers will likely answer that question in this year’s 30-day legislative session, which starts Tuesday. While an extensive makeover of the commission is not a sure bet, it is a distinct possibility as legislators grapple with […]