Domestic partner bill stalls in New Mexico state senate

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights group, issued a statement today regarding a vote in New Mexico’s state Senate on the Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act, which would allow lesbian, gay, or straight couples to enter into domestic partnerships and receive rights, benefits, and responsibilities […]

Domestic partners bill revived

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican A stalled bill that would establish domestic partnerships for unmarried couples in New Mexico got new life Monday when a senator who had opposed the idea decided to let the entire Senate consider it. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 Monday to pass Senate Bill 12, without recommendation, to […]

Domestic violence bills move forward

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Domestic violence wasn’t one of the big topics mentioned much at the start of this legislative session, but bills to crack down on offenders are already making progress. The House on Tuesday approved a measure that would prohibit anyone convicted of domestic violence offenses from becoming a police officer […]

Feb. 8, 2009 Letter to the Editor

Partnership bill about protecting rights Domestic partnership is a matter of human rights. Too many opponents are not trying to really understand the meaning of this bill being debated in the state Legislature. Kevin Haney, pastor of Word of Life Baptist Church in Rio Rancho, was quoted saying, “To me, it’s bait and switch. They’re […]

Domestic partnerships battle resumes

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Unmarried couples would get the same rights and privileges as their married counterparts under a bill recommended Wednesday by a Senate Committee. The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 5-4 to recommend passage of Senate Bill 12, also known as the Domestic Partners Rights & Responsibilities Act. While supporters say […]

County commission approves resolution opposing domestic partnership bill

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A resolution opposing legislative efforts to pass a domestic partnership act was unanimously approved Wednesday by the Curry County Commission. The resolution, read by its sponsor Commissioner Caleb Chandler, was passed with minimal discussion and no objection from attendees or commissioners. The resolution stated in part that, “The Curry […]

Jan. 18 Letters to the Editor

Say no to domestic partnerships Every New Mexico citizen should be alerted to the fact that two domestic partnership bills (SB12/HB21) have been pre-filed in the state Legislature. These bills will be introduced as soon as the Legislature convenes and the gay supporters hope to have them passed within two weeks. We oppose these bills […]

Domestic violence calls suddenly increase

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s the strained economy, the holidays, population changes or something else area law enforcement leaders can’t be certain. But what they do know is they are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls in recent months. In Clovis, calls for assistance in domestic disputes have risen moderately. In […]

Police officer arrested for domestic violence

CNJ staff A Clovis police officer was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic battery, according to police. Johnny Zamora was placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the criminal case, Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Jail officials said Zamora was released Monday on his own recognizance. Whitney said because of personnel issues, he was […]

Swim offers travel back in time

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist First, I need to make an update on the domestic violence bike ride. I’ve been in contact with a number of local riders and the final plan goes like this. In order to go in conjunction with Hartley House events at Clovis Community College (fun run and walk against domestic […]

March 21, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight Saturday an officer responded to a restaurant in the 800 block of 21st Street for a criminal damage report.A woman said her husband had just been released from jail and was bothering her at work.She said when she refused to […]

Domenici announces energy tax increase

DOMENICI STATEMENT ON HOUSE ENERGY TAX INCREASES             WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement regarding House passage of an $18 billion tax increase on domestic oil and natural gas production:             “Here we go again.  The House of Representatives has […]

Two votes no on domestic partners issue

New Mexico lawmakers published a questionnaire in Sunday’s newspaper asking constituents a series of questions. One asked “Do you support all the same rights for domestic partners as for husband/wife couples?” Here’s an answer, from Bob Baker: “This a pretty tough issue. Personally, I have problems with the social impacts of openly recognizing domestic partners. […]

Kudos to state’s guacamole

Argus Hamilton offers high praise for New Mexico guacamole. Check out his humor column under the “More features” link below. • • • The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is gathering memorabilia from the “Clovis Sound” era of the 1950s. The artifacts – which already include musical instruments and an extensive collection of radios — […]

In search of old diner photos

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is gathering memorabilia from the “Clovis Sound” era of the 1950s. The artifacts – which already include musical instruments and an extensive collection of radios — will be used to dress up the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum scheduled to open Sept. 3 during the annual […]

One vote yes on domestic partners issue

New Mexico lawmakers published a questionnaire in Sunday’s newspaper asking constituents a series of questions. One asked “Do you support all the same rights for domestic partners as for husband/wife couples?” Here’s an answer, from Ardyth Elms: “Yes. After many years of caring and loving for someone, you have the rights of any married couple. […]

Every vote counts … Obama carries Melrose

If it was up to Melrose voters, Barack Obama would be the Democratic choice for president. Results from Precincts 4 and 16 (Melrose) in Tuesday’s Curry County Democratic caucus: • Obama, 21 • Hillary Clinton, 19 • John Edwards, 5 • Bill Richardson, 2 • Uncommitted, 2 • • • Tuesday’s prep basketball results Girls […]

One vote no on domestic partner issue

New Mexico lawmakers published a questionnaire in Sunday’s newspaper asking constituents a series of questions. One asked “Do you support all the same rights for domestic partners as for husband/wife couples?” Here’s an answer, from Clovis’ Carolyn Spence: ‘“Husband and wife’ is not just a couple. There is to be a depth of commitment and […]

Domestic partnership clears N.M. House

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer A domestic partnership bill passed Tuesday by the House is a positive step, according to the leader of a Clovis church that openly accepts gay people. The bill would allow gay and heterosexual couples to form domestic partnerships and enjoy the same rights and benefits as married couples. “It […]

Domestic partnership passes committee

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Miriam Rand and her partner have been together 20 years. They’ve worked in the community and at home, raising three children and now a grandchild. Through it all, they’ve lugged around a batch of legal documents that give one another the rights they would have if they were married. […]