Senate President Pro Tem Altamirano dies at Silver City home

SILVER CITY — Senate President Pro Tem Ben Altamirano, the longest-serving member of the New Mexico Legislature, has died at his home in Silver City. He was 77. Gov. Bill Richardson made the announcement late Thursday, saying Altamirano was a true statesman whose love for New Mexico helped him earn the respect of everyone who […]

Capital outlay pleases lawmakers

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson faces a tough obstacle as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. He managed another tough obstacle earlier this week — pleasing a majority of state legislators — by approving $700 million in capital outlay projects. “I have signed this capital outlay package without any vetoes as a […]

Senate OKs outlay funds

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — The Senate has endorsed a $384 million spending bill to finance capital improvement projects across the state, including a variety of local projects for eastern New Mexico. The measure passed late Friday provides money for statewide projects identified by legislators and Gov. Bill Richardson as well as hundreds of capital […]

McClure confirmed as higher ed secretary

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The Senate has confirmed Beverlee McClure as the state’s first secretary of higher education, but several Democrats and Republicans voted against her nomination. A 2005 law created the Higher Education department, which replaced the appointive Commission on Higher Education. McClure served as president of Clovis Community College from […]

Maxine L. “Honey” Ingle

Maxine L. “Honey” Ingle, 75, of Clovis, died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born Aug. 3, 1930, to Bee and Annie Tims Lewis in Bradley, Okla., and married Walter Ingle on Sept. 4, 1949, in Estancia. She was a homemaker and also assisted her husband in the family business, […]

Legislators review session

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Sen. Stuart Ingle of R-Portales, center, talks with Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, right, and Walter Bradley, director of government and industry relations for Dairy Farmers of America Inc’s southwest area. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz Elected officials and business leaders vented frustration with the 30-day legislative session Friday over scrambled eggs and gravy […]

Medical marijuana use gains support

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer For the sixth time in his legislative career, Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, voted in favor of medical marijuana. The bill to legalize the controlled distribution of marijuana to terminally ill patients with AIDS, cancer and some other illnesses, is something Ingle, along with the governor, other legislators and the […]

NMMI honors Ingle for service

Freedom Newspapers The Commandant of Cadets at the New Mexico Military Institute formally recognized Dist. 37 State Sen. Stuart Ingle of Portales for his service to the state of New Mexico and promoted Ingle to “Honorary Cadet Colonel” at NMMI. A special order from Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci which was read in front of […]

Who are these folks? Residents unable to name local lawmakers

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Those seeking fame and name recognition should stray from the realm of state politics. Here in eastern New Mexico, the men and women of the state Legislature are widely unknown, despite the approaching 30-day legislative session, which will send local lawmakers to Santa Fe, where they will dole out […]

Officials: McClure headed to Santa Fe

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Community College President Beverlee McClure is expected to be named the state’s new Higher Education secretary today, college regents Robert Lydick and Gayla Brumfield and state Sen. Stuart Ingle said. Officials with the governor’s office declined to confirm the appointment, but Bill Richardson scheduled a press conference for 9 […]