Budget breakdown

We sat down with Jose Cano, chief financial officer for Clovis Municipal School District, and asked him to explain the district's $90 million fiscal year 2012-2013 budget in layman's terms. One of the highlight's of the budget is a 2.5 percent pay increase for all school employees next year, the first in nearly four years. […]

Xcel officials say customers won’t suffer blackouts

Xcel Energy officials are confident their Texas and New Mexico customers will be all right, even with the possibiilty of rolling blackouts in the Texas energy grid, but noted that conservation is always helpful in the heat of May through August. "It's a little bit down from where we were last year," Xcel spokesman Wes […]

Education digest – May 31

Texico student awarded scholarship Texico High School student Claudia Campos received a $2,500 college scholarship from Yucca Telecom and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association's Foundation for Rural Service, according to a Yucca Telecom news release. According to the news release: The Foundation for Rural Service scholarship program awarded more than $95,000 in scholarships to rural […]

Police blotter – May 31

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday 12:49 a.m.: Caller reported two males knocked on her door then stood in the driveway for a time, 1900 block of Fairfield Avenue. 1:30 a.m.: Caller reported loud music in the area, 1000 block of North MLK Boulevard. 8:29 a.m.: Caller reported a […]

Curry County sample ballot

2012 New Mexico primary election Tuesday Polls open 7 a .m. to 7 p.m. Curry County ballot All precincts unless otherwise indicated U.S president Democrat Barack Obama Republican Ron Paul Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney Rick Santorum U.S. senate Democrat Martin T. Heinrich Hector Balderas Republican Heather A. Wilson Greg Sowards U.S. representative, District 3 Democrat […]

Texas primary election results (statewide)

Texas primary results Tuesday Republican President Mitt Romney — 995, 949 Ron Paul — 172, 459 John Davis — 4,684 Charles "Buddy" Roemer — 4, 704 Rick Santorum — 114, 973 Newt Gingrich — 67, 888 Michele Bachmann — 12, 327 Jon Huntsman — 9, 507 Uncommitted — 61, 290 U.S. senator David Dewhurst — […]

Voters should look past attacks

First, let me be clear: I do not believe it is right for political party officers and elected officials to take sides in a contested primary. I have represented New Mexico as a state representative for nearly 18 years and I am both honored and blessed to serve the best constituents in our great state. […]

Editorial: Labor rules would stifle future farmers

W hen talk turns to regulations, it's all too frequently only the extremists — those braying for more or those bellowing against any — whose voices are heard. But occasionally it's the common sense of those in the middle that advances or slows the rule-making, as was the case with the U.S. Department of Labor's […]

Editorial: Public officials make puzzling statements

Three eyebrow raisers from this election season: Gov. Susana Martinez's aggressiveness in promoting Republican Angie Spears over Republican Pat Woods in the state Senate race has surprised and frustrated GOP leaders on the east side of the state. As best we can tell, Woods and Spears have the same views on the issues and neither […]

Team loyalty should have rewards

Things are good for me as a baseball fan. The Texas Rangers are leading the American League West, and until Monday night Josh Hamilton had more homers than the San Diego Padres. My Rangers have not always been good. I accept this as the ebb and flow of sports, and enjoy my team during both […]