Proposed amendment to give lawmakers a salary clears House committee

By Milan Simonich The Associated Press New Mexico is America’s last holdout, the only state that doesn’t pay its legislators a base salary. A proposed constitutional amendment to change that made it through its first legislative committee Saturday, advancing without a recommendation for approval. Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces, is sponsoring the bill. A surgeon, […]

Senate may slow progress of governor’s pet bills

By Steve Terrell The New Mexican With the 30-day session of the New Mexico Legislature nearing the halfway mark, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed many of the high-profile bills pushed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, such as a proposal to stop allowing undocumented residents to get driver’s licenses. However, the second half of […]

Roundhouse operator has helped keep sessions running for 32 years

By Bruce Krasnow The New Mexican One caller needed to talk with his lawmaker, but didn’t know who that was. Another was calling about a bill, but didn’t have the number. The two inquiries that came to the telephone switchboard were just a sampling of the 500 or so answered every day by Martha Canon […]

Pages past — Jan. 31

On this date … 2006: Portales’ Lady Rams clobbered Lovington, 64-20, to run their high school basketball winning streak to four games. Ashleah Richards scored 18 points to lead all scorers as Portales improved to 16-6 for the season, 3-0 in District 4-3A play. 1976: The Clovis High School drill team took first place in […]

What’s happening — Jan. 31

Today St. Ann’s Catholic Church Dinner — 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (CST) Donations: $12 adults, $5 children 6 and under. St. Ann’s Parish Hall, 409 S. Third St., Bovina. Monday 50th Annual St. James Dinner— 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. $10 a ticket. Dine in or take out. St. James Episcopal Church, 1117 N. Main […]

Police blotter — Jan. 31

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 9:58 a.m.: Battery on a household member, location unknown. • 11:15 a.m.: Theft of identity, 1300 block of Hinkle Street. • 11:54 a.m.: Failure to appear (misdemeanor), 200 block of West Fourth Street. • […]

Legislature: Real ID props to be heard Tuesday

By Uriel J. Garcia The New Mexican A state Senate panel will hear four proposals Tuesday that aim to make New Mexico driver’s licenses compliant with the federal Real ID Act — including a version by Albuquerque Republican Rep. Paul Pacheco that would only allow driving privilege cards for undocumented immigrants. After making a swift […]

Still having a ball

Staff report The weather may have taken away from many in the dairy industry, but the 11th annual Milk Lover’s Ball shows there’s still a desire to give to those less fortunate. Tickets have been sold out for the entire week leading up to the annual ball, scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the Clovis […]

Pages past — Jan. 30

On this date … 1956: A Tucumcari grocery store sustained $70,000 in damage from a fire. Officials said the blaze started between the roof and ceiling, possibly because of defective wires. Dee Taylor, the market’s owner, had also been “burned out of another location” in Tucumcari seven years earlier, United Press reported. 1956: Safeway, located […]

Johnson: Study: Dogs interpret facial expressions

Those two little orbs on either side of the nose not only help people find their way around and to interpret information, they also send messages of their own. The eyes communicate things such as attentive listening, humor, frustration, anger or disbelief and add a layer to communication that enriches interactions, often beyond what words […]

Berry: Some nicknames stick

In a rerun of MASH a few nights ago, Hawkeye and Radar were playing basketball late at night. Hawkeye called Radar by the nickname of “stinky.” Radar told Hawkeye that was the kind of nickname that seemed to stick to a guy. My grandfather liked to give his grandkids nicknames. I think it was because […]

Legislative tidbits — Jan. 30

Days remaining in session: 19 Third-grade retention The House on Friday approved one of Gov. Susana Martinez’s longtime top priorities Friday when it passed House Bill 67, which calls for holding back some third-grade students who don’t show proficiency in reading at their grade level. The vote was 36-27, mostly along party lines, with Republicans […]

Milk Lover’s Ball sold out for Saturday

Staff report The weather may have taken away from many in the dairy industry, but the 11th annual Milk Lover’s Ball shows there’s still a desire to give to those less fortunate. Tickets have been sold out for the entire week leading up to the annual ball, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis […]

GOP license bill clears House; faces Senate opposition

By Uriel J. Garcia The Santa Fe New Mexican Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at making New Mexico driver’s license laws compliant with the federal Real ID Act, despite strong opposition from Democrats to certain provisions and protests from immigrant rights advocates. After a three-hour debate, House Bill 99, […]

Legislative roundup — Jan. 29

Days remaining in session: 20 DWI bills Three bills aimed at making drunken-driving laws tougher passed the House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee on Thursday. HB 83, sponsored by Reps. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Albuquerque, and Rod Montoya, R-Farmington, would increase by a year the penalty for an offender convicted of a fourth through seventh drunken-driving […]

Q&A: ENMU grad playing roles in Hollywood since 2001

Courtesy photo: Landall Goolsby
Portales’ own Landall Golsby, center, acts in an episode of the HBO series “Getting On.”

Landall Goolsby, a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and current career actor out of Hollywood, California, has played over forty roles in television and film since 2001. His two most recent roles will be on the shows “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” and “Love.” What has been your favorite experience acting in Hollywood? […]

High winds bringing warm weather for weekend

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico is out of the deep freeze that kept us mostly indoors from Christmas to the new year. Now it’s time for the breezy portion of our winter program. Forecasters said the Clovis-Portales area can expect sustained winds in the 25-mph range much of the weekend, with potential […]

Pages past — Jan. 29

On this date … 1966: Former Gov. John Burroughs of Portales was among early contenders in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Burroughs, Gene Lusk of Carlsbad, Bruce King of Santa Fe and Roy Walker of Clovis were among others expected to contend for the job. Lusk won the Dems’ nomination, but was defeated […]

Police blotter — Jan. 29

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 12:37 a.m.: Shoplifting, 2000 block of North Prince Street. • 5:18 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 1100 block of Merriwether Street. • 6:59 a.m.: Careless driving, 2100 block of West 21st Street. • 8:45 a.m.: […]

Opinion: Have your cake and feed it, too

By Audra Brown Local columnist Have your cake and feed it, too. Once again it’s time to delve into the lexicon of the agriculture business. Today’s word is ‘cake.’ It is a noun, a verb, and has nothing to do with sweet, spongy dessert or what Lucifer likes to eat. An example of its use […]