Georgia mother gave children strong spiritual foundation

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I know about this story first hand. In this year 2006, there is much to be learned from this seemingly obscure incident. It was 1910 and “Decoration Day” at the old Salem Methodist Church in rural Georgia. The congregation had gathered for this special event and had planned for noon […]

House passes price-gouging bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The House approved a bill — prompted by Hurricane Katrina — that would outlaw price gouging after natural disasters or other states of emergency. The House passed the measure Sunday on a 39-24 vote, sending it to the Senate. During a special session in October, Gov. Bill Richardson had […]

Senate panel OKs wage measure

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A House-passed proposal to increase the state minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 an hour over the next two years cleared a Senate panel on Saturday. The Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee endorsed the measure on a party-line 5-4 vote, with Republicans opposing the bill sponsored by House Speaker […]

House committee shelves medical marijuana bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A House panel has shelved a Senate-passed bill that would have allowed patients suffering from illnesses like cancer or AIDS to use marijuana prescribed by a doctor to alleviate their pain. With the end of the legislative session set for Thursday, the move likely kills the bill for this […]

Officials putting water on agenda

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Record gas and oil revenues left the state with a bloated budget and some area officials agree this is the year to fund a solution to New Mexico’s water woes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega visited the state capitol Saturday and lobbied for a permanent water trust fund, alongside other […]

One man arrested in connection with robbery

CNJ staff Clovis police reported two robberies and two reports of counterfeit money being passed at businesses over the weekend. One man was arrested. No injuries were reported in connection with the incidents. According to news releases from Clovis police: About 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, officers were dispatched to the Allsups at 700 S. Prince […]

Petition seeks alcohol sales on Sunday

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A petition to allow the sale of alcohol at restaurants and bars on Sundays is circulating around Clovis. Petitioners believe alcohol sales on Sunday would benefit the city economy by offering area residents more dining and drinking options. The petition needs 733 signatures (10 percent of the voters in […]

Legislature needs to keep promises made

By Brian Moore: Guest Columnist Earlier this month, the New Mexico Legislature finished a seven-day special session trying to deal with helping New Mexico residents get through this energy crunch. There were several proposals bandied about, dozens of bills, numerous amendments and lots of vigorous discussion. In the end, we figured out a way to […]

New law adds crime victim protection

Steve Chapman When Florida passed a law in 1987 making it easier for citizens to get licenses to carry concealed firearms, opponents predicted that blood would run in the streets. “When you have 10 times as many people carrying guns as you do now, and they get into an argument and tempers flash, you’re going […]

City approves meth law

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer After three hours of debate, the City Commission passed a methamphetamine ordinance with a 6-2 vote at Thursday’s meeting. The ordinance was previously approved by the Portales City Commission, Roosevelt County Commission and Curry County Commission. Commissioners Randy Crowder and Isidro Garcia voted against the ordinance, which will restrict […]