Legislative roundup — Feb. 1

Days remaining in session: 19 Here’s to you, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson: Nike founder and owner Phil Knight visited the New Mexico House of Representatives on Friday to honor Charles and Mara Robinson of Santa Fe. A memorial in the House sponsored by Speaker Kenny Martinez, D-Grants, recognized the Robinsons “as New Mexico living treasures” [...]

Locals appointed to state positions

Stacey Martin of Clovis and Donald Elder III of Portales were recently appointed by the governor to state positions. Martin has been appointed to the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. Martin has served as the president of Western States Insurance Group, Inc. since 1987, and he has served on the Committee of Fifty since [...]

NMMI-Portales basketball capsules — Feb. 1

Boys New Mexico Military (7-10) at PHS (10-9) • When: 7 p.m. today at the RAC • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 • Last meeting: Dec. 14, Portales handed the Colts a 64-44 loss at Roswell. • Last time out: NMMI lost at Class 1A No. 3 Hagerman 59-45 on Tuesday. The Rams absorbed a 69-59 home [...]

ENMU basketball capsules — Feb. 1

MEN ENMU (10-8, 3-3 Lone Star Conference) at West Texas A&M (9-9, 1-5) • When: 3 p.m. (MST) today at Canyon, Texas • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9, KGNC-AM 710. • Last time out: Both teams defeated South Dakota School of Mines & Technology at home this week, WT winning 70-60 on Wednesday night and ENMU posting [...]

Senators who broke the system should fix it

Call Harry Reid a stranglehold of one. Senate Democrats in a supposed effort to end partisan gridlock — with strong support from New Mexico’s own Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich — pushed through a change in Senate rules, the so-called nuclear option, that stopped filibusters for most presidential nominations by allowing a simple majority [...]

Ranch owners’ views deserve respect — Letter to the editor

Regarding the letter headlined “Prairie dogs erode, don’t restore,” in Tuesday’s CNJ: Jim Riding took the time to point out his experience with prairie dogs causing erosion, claiming my inexperience on the subject. First, I’d like to say that I was misquoted in the original article, my actual statement being “… a demand for people [...]

Mystery unraveled

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Margaret Hinchee and her staff at Clovis-Carver Public Library lived out a true mystery novel in the past week. In the mystery, there were police, stakeouts, traps, and surveillance cameras. All for a cat. “We think he snuck in sometime last week. He was here about five [...]

Knee-jerk reaction not a solution

Kent McManigal

People frequently do the wrong thing for the right reasons. It is right to care about people who hurt themselves or others through substance abuse. It is wrong to impose prohibition in an attempt to save people from themselves or others. It is right to care about innocent victims of random violence. It is wrong [...]

Letters to the editor policy

Letters to the editor should be on topics of public interest and no more than 300 words. Private disputes are not acceptable topics for letters. A few other guidelines: • Letters must be original, previously unpublished and written by the person whose name appears with the letter. The writer’s name must be included with the [...]

Farm bill boon for cattle producers

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As the much-anticipated farm bill moves to the Senate, agricultural producers across the eastern side of the state are optimistic the programs they need will finally be secure, according to a state Farm Bureau official. The bill, which failed to make Congress’ floor the past two years, had [...]