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 […]

Governor, others to meet with BRAC commissioners

CNJ staff Gov. Bill Richardson will complete his mission to meet with all nine Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners on Thursday when he meets with Chairman Anthony Principi and Commissioner Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton in Washington, a press release from Richardson’s office said. “I have made a commitment to meet face-to-face with all the commissioners […]

Education tops legislative chat

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Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, speaks at the monthly Clovis Chamber of Commerce breakfast Friday at Clovis Community College. (CNJ correspondent: Robert Standridge) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Much of Clovis’ leadership at the city and county level turned out Friday to hear legislators talk about the sometimes hectic 47th legislative session. The Association of […]

Taser bill stalled in House

CNJ staff A proposed bill that would classify tasers as deadly weapons stalled Wednesday in the House Judiciary committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, the bill’s sponsor. In a telephone interview Thursday from the Senate floor, he said an amendment proposed for Senate bill 818 to limit liability for law enforcement officers drew sharp criticism […]

Legislative measure to reclassify tasers concerns law enforcement

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Roger Hatcher is concerned about a bill moving through the state Legislature that would certify a taser as a deadly weapon, meaning that deputies could only use the device to counter deadly force by a subject. If passed, Hatcher said Tuesday, his department would have to go back […]

Local lawmakers head for Legislature

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CNJ photo illustration: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Sustaining the state budget will be a central topic when the New Mexico Legislature convenes for its 60-day session Tuesday. Local legislators said inflating health care costs and problems with financing Medicaid have become an increased burden to the state and its budget. The […]

Ingle retains Senate GOP position

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — State Senate Republicans have re-elected their leaders, leaving Minority Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales and Minority Whip Leonard Lee Rawson in those posts. “It’s nice to know folks have confidence in you,” said Ingle, who ran unopposed for the post. “I’ve had the job for the last four […]

Ingle, Mildred

Mildred Ingle Services: Have been held. Mrs. Mildred Nymeyer Ingle, 92, of Reno, Nev., died Monday, May 17, 2004, in Reno. She was born on July 30, 1911, in Loving, to Bernice and Ora Nymeyer. She was a resident of Clovis for almost 60 years. She was a member of Central Baptist Church, worked for […]

New electric cars met with concern, applause

By David Arkin A bill signed by the governor that will allow electric cars to be driven on city streets and highways is receiving mixed reviews. The bill, which was crafted by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed into law by Richardson last week, would allow “neighborhood electric cars,” which are four-wheeled electric motor vehicles […]

Teachers’ retirement fund $2.3 billion short

By Michelle Seeber New Mexico lawmakers on Monday told retired educators they’ll have to fix their retirement fund themselves. The fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the last three years, with assets totaling $6.1 billion instead of $9.3 billion, according to information provided at the forum, […]

Local officials not impressed with special session

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local elected officials praised the recent decision to increase sex-offender penalties, but didn’t have much else good to say about the special session of the state legislature. “I think the timing was poor; everything we accomplished I think we could have done in January,” said Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. Sen. Stuart […]

Preliminary list for education secretary formed

By Jack King A committee charged with picking “approximately five” candidates for the state Secretary of Education has prepared a preliminary list, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Richardson said on Thursday. Catherine Miller, Richardson’s deputy chief of staff, said the committee has not yet presented the five names to the governor because it is still […]

658 students graduate

By Janet Bresenham Friday night saw the 17th commencement convocation ceremony for Clovis Community College, where 253 graduates were presented with associates’ degrees or certificates of completion. Beth DeFoor, CCC director of marketing and public relations, said that since the college now includes fall and spring graduates in one ceremony each May, the group of […]