Candidate profiles: District 63 representative

Kevin Wilson An open seat in the New Mexico Legislature is between a Santa Rosa business owner and a former House of Representatives page and Senate employee. The District 63 seat, currently held by Democrat Joe Campos, is open following Campos’ unsuccessful lieutenant governor bid. Democrat George Dodge Jr. of Santa Rosa and Republican Melinda […]

Texico graduate takes stand against smoking

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico graduate Jennifer Campos worked in tobacco prevention during the last three years by giving bilingual presentations about the harms of smoking cigarettes. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Texico 2010 graduate Jennifer Campos looks back on her freshman year of high school and feels regret. “I’ve always like the […]

Education digest: Texico student wins anti-tobacco award

Texico student wins anti-tobacco award Texico High School student Jennifer Campos won second place in the “Youth Kicking Tobacco’s Butt Youth Advocate of the Year Award” according to a news release. Twenty students were nominated. The teens are all part of the Youth Advocacy Empowerment Heroes! Coalition through the anti-tobacco groups in their schools or […]

Campaign money bill hits snag

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With time running out for this Legislature, a bill that would prohibit campaign contributions from lobbyists and state contractors hit a bump Monday in the House of Representatives. After debating House Bill 118 for more than an hour, sponsor Rep. Joe Campos, D-Santa Rosa, asked to “roll […]

Press Release: Dodge announces for Campos seat

On Nov. 24 businessman, retired educator and veteran George Dodge Jr. announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for New Mexico House of Representatives District 63. The seat is currently held by Representative Jose Campos, who is seeking the Democratic nomination of Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico. As owner of two businesses in Santa […]

Campos announced bid for lieutenant governor

CNJ staff New Mexico State Rep. Jose Campos II announced a bid for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor Tuesday during a ceremony at the Rudolfo Anaya/Ultima monument in Santa Rosa. Campos, 48, also mayor of Santa Rosa, has served as state representative for District 63 for more than five years. District 63 includes Curry […]

Campos elected to lead region

CNJ staff Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, has been elected to lead the Western region of the Council of State Governments, according to a release.The region is made up of Republican and Democratic legislators in 13 states. CSG-WEST is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., with sister organizations in New York, Chicago and Atlanta.

Campos, Crook and Roch win state seats

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the race for local state representative seats, incumbents Jose Campos and Anna Crook held onto their positions in the House, while newcomer Dennis Roch defeated his opponent to claim the third seat. Roch, the assistant superintendent of Tucumcari schools, was elated Tuesday night at news of his victory. […]

Campos to enter House race

CNJ staff State Democratic Rep. Joe Campos of Santa Rosa said Tuesday he will run for Congress from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. Campos, who represents Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca counties, hopes to fill the seat being vacated by Steve Pearce, who is running for the U.S. Senate. He plans a formal announcement of […]

Kids go on shopping spree

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A huge bone-in ham topped the Christmas list for one local youngster. The 12-year-old boy was one of 102 local children who were treated to an early morning Christmas shopping spree by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The large group — made up of Eagles members, adult volunteers and […]

Lawmakers consider renewable energy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Advertisement Rep. Jose Campos thinks the winds of eastern New Mexico could fuel economic growth and the state’s energy options. Windmills would be advantageous to farmers and ranchers, and 200 windmills already spin in Quay and De Baca counties, Campos said. “Some (ranchers and farmers) are making more (money) […]

Lawmakers consider renewable energy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Rep. Jose Campos thinks the winds of eastern New Mexico could fuel economic growth and the state’s energy options. Windmills would be advantageous to farmers and ranchers, and 200 windmills already spin in Quay and De Baca counties, Campos said. “Some (ranchers and farmers) are making more (money) on […]

Wage hike support split on party line

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the […]

Clovis High junior dies in crash

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New Mexico State Police Lt. Gary Ross, left, and Curry County Deputy Larry Garrison investigate the scene of a fatal vehicle crash Thursday at the intersection of Wilhite Road and County Road G. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis High School junior was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle accident […]

Memorial Day service celebrates uniqueness of America’s armed forces

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Hundreds of American flags were placed at the graves sites of fallen servicemen and women over the weekend by veterans groups for Monday’s Memorial Day service at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The sky broke open over Clovis and Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens on Monday morning […]

Campos addresses Democrats

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Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, talks with local Democrats Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, reviewed a long list of legislative accomplishments at Monday’s Curry Democratic Party Town Hall Meeting, which included funding for Pre-K and tax cuts for low-income […]

Citizens push for overpass site change

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor While campaigning in south Clovis in the fall, Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, kept hearing the same complaint. Residents south of the railroad tracks felt cut off from city amenities since the Wheaton Street railroad crossing was closed in May 2003. A proposal to build an overpass about two […]

Campos keeps District 63 seat

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newpapers Jose Campos kept his spot as a state representative in District 63 on Tuesday, trouncing Republican challenger Russell Grider by almost 1,000 votes. Campos, D-Santa Rosa, garnered 57 percent of the votes. Grider, R-Clovis, did well in Curry and Roosevelt counties but did poorly in De Baca and Guadalupe counties. […]

District 63 debate touches on broad range of subjects

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Russell Grider, left, and Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, took part in a candidate forum Wednesday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Both are candidates for the District 63 office.(Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer State Rep. Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, and Republican challenger Russell Grider of Clovis sparred for two hours […]

Melrose may face $500,000 in sewage repair

By Darrell Todd Maurina MELROSE — The village of Melrose faces a possible $500,000 cost for emergency repairs on its sewage lagoon due to environmental hazards, but an engineering consultant told the village council Thursday night that the community may be able to obtain a grant to pay for the expense. “I don’t believe they […]