Four from Clovis appointed to Military Base Commission

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced several appointments to the state’s Public Safety Advisory Commission and two other commissions. Martinez appointed four Clovis residents to the Military Base Commission. They are Lee Malloy, Tom Phelps, Richard Render and Michael Connolly, a former commander of Cannon Air Force Base. Those appointed […]

Bills impacting schools await governor’s signature

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Liliana Castillo There are more than 15 bills waiting for the Governor Susana Martinez’ signature that will affect local schools. Many will touch schools in a small way, such as changing a way something is reported or requiring schools to begin recycling. Others will have much bigger impact. Rep. Dennis Roch, also Texico assistant principal, […]

Governor nominates Clovis woman to commission

CNJ staff Gov. Susanna Martinez has nominated a Clovis woman to serve on the state’s Construction Industries Commission. Lisa Fickling is one of eight nominated from around the state, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The commission is responsible for developing regulations for the state’s construction industry. Fickling serves as controller at […]

ENMU board appointments announced

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has announced two new appointments to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents. Brett Leach of Roswell will replace Pauline Ponce, also from Roswell. The new student regent is Santana Chavez of Dora, replacing Robert Wachter from Portales. “Although we at the university hate to lose Pauline Ponce […]

Press Release: Gov. Martinez orders state offices closed Friday, Feb. 4.

SANTA FE – This evening, Governor Susana Martinez continued to work closely with leaders across the state to provide emergency assistance to New Mexicans impacted by interruptions in natural gas and power services caused by record low temperatures. To hasten the supply recovery, Governor Martinez ordered state operations not providing critical services to close tomorrow […]

KENW to broadcast governor speech live

CNJ staff Gov. Susana Martinez’ “State of the State” address will be broadcast live on KENW-TV and KENW-KMTH-FM. There is no set start time, according to a release from the public broadcast station in Portales. The Legislature begins noon Tuesday, and the governor is invited to give the address one both houses meet in joint […]

Martinez names Bob Wooley as District 66 representative

Alisa Boswell Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday appointed Bob Wooley of Roswell to represent District 66, which covers Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties. Gardner, a Roswell Republican, vacated the position to become Martinez’ chief of staff. Commissions for every county within the district were allowed to send Martinez a nomination to replace Gardner. Martinez […]

Gardner selected as Martinez chief of staff

Freedom New Mexico A state legislator who represents Roosevelt County and a former representative for both Curry and Roosevelt counties are among appointed members to the executive leadership team for Gov.-Elect Susana Martinez. Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, the Dist. 66 representative, was named chief of staff for the seven-member team. Former Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, […]

Martinez taps Clovis commissioner for search committee

CNJ staff Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder is one of nine members for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez’ general services and information technology search committee. The committee will work with former Rep. Heather Wilson, Martinez’ transition committee chair, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders who will reflect the governor’s policy aims. The committee is […]

Father, son named to search committees for governor-elect

CNJ staff Father and son Caleb and Matt Chandler of Clovis have both been named to search committees for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez, according to releases from Martinez. Matt Chandler, the current 9th Judicial District Attorney, is one of five selected for a transition committee charged with finding candidates for state public safety director and director […]

Martinez has won rewarding job

I want to offer my congratulations to governor-elect Susana Martinez. As she will soon find out, being governor of New Mexico is one of the most demanding jobs anyone can have. But it is, by far, the most rewarding job for anyone wanting to serve the people of this great state. Eight years ago, I […]

Martinez elected first female governor

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez won the election Tuesday as governor of New Mexico, making history as the first Hispanic woman to become a state’s chief executive. Martinez, 51, defeated Democrat Diane Denish to also be elected New Mexico’s first female governor. There was no incumbent in the race, […]

Martinez speaks at ENMU for Hispanic Heritage Month

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Susana Martinez, Dona Ana County District Attorney and gubernatorial candidate, speaks as part of Hispanic Heritage Month at Eastern New Mexico University on Monday. She talked about her roots in El Paso and her career. Argen Duncan An earned education can never be taken away, Dona Ana County District Attorney […]

Student group protesting candidate visit

Argen Duncan A disagreement has arisen among two groups at Eastern New Mexico University as to whether gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez should have been invited to speak as a role model for Hispanic people. Hispanic Heritage Month activities organizers invited Martinez to speak as a role model to encourage students, but a Hispanic advocacy group […]

Monday morning briefing: Farewells and cash for CCC

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Party time Mark your calendars for a couple of special events. Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., a farewell reception for Christina Martinez-Guajardo as she leaves United Way of Eastern New Mexico to take a position with La Casa. It’s at 1200 Thornton, […]

Our People: Easy rider

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Courtesy photo Martinez-Terry’s husband Ray Terry taught her to ride motorcycles when she was 42. Bio Name: Joan Martinez-Terry Birthday: Dec. 19, 1948 Hometown: Portales Profession: Portales city clerk Family: Two stepchildren, Joe Terry and Gail Terry, and one son, Manuel Terry Joan Martinez-Terry has been the clerk in Portales for nearly 29 years. She […]

Martinez wins GOP gubernatorial primary

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez became the nation’s first Hispanic woman nominated for governor Tuesday night and will face Democrat Diane Denish in the general election to decide who becomes New Mexico’s first female governor. It will be the third time in U.S. history that two women will run […]

Gubernatorial hopeful talks jobs, education

Freedom New Mexico While on a swing through eastern New Mexico last week, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Susana Martinez stopped by the Freedom New Mexico offices to discuss her candidacy. Martinez, 50, was elected as the district attorney in New Mexico’s 3rd Judicial District in Dona Ana County in 1997, a position in which she still […]

Detention officer, wife facing felony drug charges

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker says a county detention center officer was fired Friday after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from the jail to sell on the street. Hooker said Larry Martinez, 36, and his wife, Jesseka Martinez, 35, are facing assorted felony drug […]

Governor hopeful sets sights on economy, education, safety

Freedom New Mexico If elected governor, candidate Susana Martinez said she would focus on strengthening the economy, improving education and increasing the safety of citizens and would eliminate corruption. Martinez, district attorney of Dona Ana County, was in Clovis Wednesday meeting with business people and elected officials about her campaign for governor. “I think New […]