Rep. Lujan Introduces Land and Water Legislation Package

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Scandals, suspicions spark legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons said Wednesday morning that he’s backing legislation that would rein in the governor’s control over the state Investment Council, which manages New Mexico’s multi-billion-dollar permanent funds. Later in the day, a trio of Democratic lawmakers from the Las Cruces area announced that they’re introducing […]

Land commissioner: Expect oil, gas revenues to fall

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Oil and gas revenues could be down next year as oil and gas companies are expected to drill less in New Mexico because of poor commodity prices and tight state regulations, according to the State Land Office. SLO Commissioner Patrick Lyons told members of the Ag 50 committee during […]

Antelope meeting set for Tuesday

CNJ staff The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will conduct a meeting to gather information and comments about proposed changes to the Antelope Private Land Use System from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Clovis-Public Library, 701 N. Main. There will also be a meeting from

Some people better suited for land

Ranch kids in the Southwest don’t see much water. We learn to swim in stock tanks and arroyos that hold some water (always muddy) after a rain. One time our family decided to go to Hawaii. We flew for hours with nothing but water under us. That Pacific Ocean is huge. The next day I […]

Some people better suited for land

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Ranch kids in the Southwest don’t see much water. We learn to swim in stock tanks and arroyos that hold some water (always muddy) after a rain. One time our family decided to go to Hawaii. We flew for hours with nothing but water under us. That Pacific Ocean is […]

Paths easy to remember with God’s help

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist My husband tells the story of his grandfather in the early days of farming in the hot and arid land near Phoenix. It was remarkable that the dry desert was turned into cotton producing fields by using ditch irrigation and row water. Many times Charlie’s grandfather and his family would […]

City approves annexation for land with hotel

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: A cumbersome explanation of a proposal to annex land west of North Prince Street led to an incorrect headline and general misinformation in Friday’s lead page 1 story. The City Commission did annex the property, which includes a Holiday Inn Express under construction. We apologize for the […]

Bombing range meeting scheduled

CNJ staff The State Land office will hold an open meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Melrose public school regarding the expansion of the Melrose Bombing Range. Retired Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott said the meeting will inform area land owners about the status of the land acquisition for the expansion. Cannon Air Force Base […]

Early settlers clashed over land

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Illustration Courtesy Don McAlavy Reproduced from a historic newspaper clipping. This photograph made in 1897 by S.E. Moore at Portales Springs depicts the legend of the shootout between Doak Good and Gabe Henson in the 1880s at the Springs. By Ruth Burns: FNM correspondent Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles about two […]

Committee passes nuisance ordinance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Some county residents said they welcomed a countywide nuisance ordinance. Others said they would fight it to the end. After weighing the comments, the Curry County Land Use Committee unanimously passed a nuisance ordinance during a Friday meeting. County Manager Lance Pyle said the County Commission will consider a […]

No PILT dollars for Curry

New Mexico traditionally receives more federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) dollars than any other state. This year, 32 New Mexico counties will share more than $22.4 million. The federal government owns at least 33 percent of the land in New Mexico, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. PILT […]

Feds open grasslands for haying and grazing

Staff and wire reports The federal government is making it cheaper for ranchers to use about 209,000 acres of protected land in Curry County for grazing and haying this year. Federal Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said Tuesday that high crop prices and tight food supplies have increased the demand for farm land. The livestock industry […]

County farmers proposing wind farm

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MCT photo A group of Curry County farmers have formed a company in hopes of attracting investors for a proposed wind farm. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hoyt Pattison has been raising wheat, milo and pastured grass on his land in Curry County for more than a half century. Now he and more than […]

Committee to present draft of nuisance ordinance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Land Use Committee decided Thursday to work on a county-wide nuisance ordinance rather than delve into zoning the entrances into the city. The committee will present a draft nuisance ordinance and present it to the county commission. The commission meeting room at the courthouse was packed […]

County passes open flames ban

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer County commissioners unanimously approved an open flames ban Tuesday in a regular meeting. The commission will vote on keeping the countywide ban in place on a monthly basis. “I believe about 18 counties around Amarillo have enacted burn bans,” Commissioner Robert Sandoval said. “And we know fires are not […]

Officials to explore land-use ordinances

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer County officials said they will explore the possibility of creating land-use ordinances aimed at unkempt and unsafe property in residential areas. Chief Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman told fellow Land Use Committee members Thursday that several county residents have called her office with complaints about a neighboring property […]

Officials consider repair of Hull Street bridge

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City officials are looking into a more permanent solution for the Hull Street bridge. Public Works Committee members discussed Wednesday a plan of action to repair the bridge, which was built in the late 1950s. Members also agreed to recommend to the City Commission the extension of Axtell Road […]

Acreage proposed for biogas facility

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city will give 20 acres of county land it plans to purchase to a New Jersey energy company for its biogas facility under a plan proposed to the City Commission. During a special meeting Tuesday, the Commission approved the introduction of an ordinance to purchase the land for […]

Land OK’d for plant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A heated debate between economic growth and water usage at Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting ended decisively. Jobs won. Commissioners OK’d the contribution of up to 25 acres of land at the Clovis Industrial Park for American Renewable Fuels to construct an $80 million biodiesel plant. The motion passed […]