Jan. 31 Legislative Tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 49

State sees increase in lobbyists

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 51 A swarm of lobbyists More than 500 lobbyists have registered with the Secretary of State’s Office this session, with another 500 expected. There also are 600 organizations represented by lobbyists. That’s a ratio of 4.46 lobbyists to each of the 112 lawmakers. It’s also a decent amount […]

Bolo ties gain acceptance under proposal

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 52 Bolo me over: New Mexico’s official state neckwear may finally find acceptance in the House of Representatives. Under current rules, House members can’t wear a bolo tie during legislative proceedings in the House chambers. They must wear regular ties. However, that would change under a proposal approved […]

Legislative roundup: Feed bill passes house

The New Mexican Legislative Roundup Days remaining in session: 58 Feed bill passes House The Legislature’s 60-day session will cost taxpayers $138,778 a day. A bill to pay for operations of the session was approved on Wednesday by the House. There was no debate or questions about the spending measure before it passed unanimously and […]

Police chief candidate resum

The finalists being considered for Clovis police chief are a former Dona Ana County sheriff, the current interim chief and a decorated police commander with a background in emergency medical services.City Manager Joe Thomas said last week he will conduct a final round of interviews with the remaining three candidates for Clovis’ police chief.Interim Police […]

TV auction extended

Freedom New Mexico The annual KENW-TV auction will be extended through Saturday, according to Sheryl Borden, KENW-TV director of marketing. The online auction was scheduled to end Monday, but was extended because there were 92 items remaining, Borden said.

Lady Rams hold on

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Bethany Self had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists, leading Portales to a 41-34 victory over Ruidoso on Tuesday in the girls Class 3A quarterfinals. The Rams (19-8) seized control early. Ruidoso (17-12) got within 38-34 with 57 seconds remaining after a 3-pointer by Tonee Montoya. But with the […]

Some Portales officials concerned about cost of Ute water project

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Some Portales city officials are concerned the rising costs of the Ute Water Project could force other communities to drop out. D.K. Shafer of the Portales Finance Committee recommends city officials meet with officials from the remaining eight entities to see if they want to continue with the […]

Clovis residents express shock over theft

Project reader reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question focused on the Indian-head monument stolen from atop Hotel Clovis. Should the city haul the six remaining monuments down and store them away for safekeeping? Some responses: “THE THEFT IS TRULY tragic. What it says about our community is sad. As for removing the (remaining) heads […]