Roch running for re-election

CNJ staff Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has announced he is running for re-election in District 67 of the state House of Representatives. The district includes all or parts of Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, Harding Union, San Miguel and Colfax counties. Roch, 38, is the only candidate who has announced candidacy for the position. He is assistant superintendent […]

Press release: Roch bill gives tax break to retired military

Military retirees in living in New Mexico may see their state income tax burden reduced under a bill introduced this week in the State House by Representative Dennis Roch (R-Texico). House Bill 162 proposes to exempt twenty-five percent of a retiree’s military pension income from the state’s personal income tax, with that percentage increasing to […]

Roch appointed to task force

CNJ staff Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has been appointed to the New Mexico Effective Teaching Task Force, according to a release from Gov. Susana Martinez. Roch, the assistant superintendent at Texico Schools, serves on the House Education Committee. The 12-member task force was created through an executive order by Martinez to develop and propose policies […]

Roch visits Tucumcari to discuss legislative session

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Dennis Roch addresses a crowd Sunday at Tucumcari City Hall. Freedom New Mexico State Rep. Dennis Roch, a Republican from Texico, met with 50 Tucumcari residents on Sunday to answer questions about the 90-day legislative session, which ended on Saturday. Roch said the budget, which passed on a 35-34 vote […]

Legislator to compete in charity basketball game

CNJ staff Rep. Dennis Roch will compete in the University of New Mexico Cancer Center’s Hoops for Hope 2011 Annual Legislative Basketball Game on Thursday, according to a news release. Players on the House of Representatives team will be representing the New Mexico State University Aggies and players on the New Mexico Senate team will […]

Press release: Curry native joins Roch’s staff

SANTA FE, NM—When the State House of Representatives convened yesterday (Thursday), Curry County native Stephanie Bailey also reported for duty. Bailey, an honors graduate of Texico High School, serves as the legislative assistant for Representative Dennis Roch (R-Texico) “I’m delighted to have Stephanie on board,” said Roch. “She is not only a capable assistant, but […]

Mesalands dedicates new wind center

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Jose Gallegos, left, a second-year Mesalands wind energy student from Moriarti, speaks with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Mesalands president Phillip Barry Thursday. Russell Anglin Mesalands Community College dedicated its new North American Wind Research and Training Center with a closed ceremony Thursday morning. The ceremony included speeches from Mesalands president Phillip Barry, U.S. […]

Tucumcari schools assistant superintendent accepts position in Texico

CNJ staff Tucumcari schools Assistant Superintendent Dennis Roch has accepted a similar position at Texico. Roch said he begins work at Texico, where he previously spent 8 1/2 years as a teacher and coach, on July 1. “I am looking forward to returning to Texico, though my wife and I will certainly miss the many […]

Dennis Roch to visit area

CNJ staff District 67 State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Tucumcari, plans to visit eastern New Mexico this week. His itinerary Thursday includes a 10 a.m. stop at Portales High School to visit students in the “Prep Me” program; a noon speaking engagement at the High Plains Patriots’ Tea Party event in front of the Curry County […]

Tucumcari High principal placed on leave

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari High School principal David Castillo has been put on paid administrative leave as of 3 p.m. Wednesday according to Assistant Superintendent Dennis Roch. Roch said steps have been taken to ensure the administrative services continue at the high school. “It is still business as usual at Tucumcari High School,” Roch said. […]

Rep. Roch to Appear on PBS Show “Report from Santa Fe”

(Santa Fe, NM) – Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Curry, Harding, Quay, Roosevelt, and San Miguel & Union-67) will appear on the PBS show “Report from Santa Fe,” which will air statewide this weekend. Rep. Roch, the current Assistant Superintendent for Tucumcari Public Schools, will discuss the Education Funding Formula along with other topics relating to education. […]

Legislators brace for budget cutbacks

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CNJ file photo The Hull Street Overpass, which was pulled down in November, will require $8.5 million to replace, according to Clovis city officials. It’s one of many projects that may not get many funds with a projected budget shortfall of $384 million. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Legislature starts Tuesday, […]

Roch goes distance for vote

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Dennis Roch won more than one race this election season. Roch, who will represent Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties as the new District 67 representative, was challenged to a foot race while campaigning in Portales. Roch was knocking on voters doors on East Amazon Street in Portales. “I introduced […]

Campos, Crook and Roch win state seats

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the race for local state representative seats, incumbents Jose Campos and Anna Crook held onto their positions in the House, while newcomer Dennis Roch defeated his opponent to claim the third seat. Roch, the assistant superintendent of Tucumcari schools, was elated Tuesday night at news of his victory. […]

Candidate applauds gun ruling

Tucumcari’s Dennis Roch, Republican candidate for state representative, is praising the U.S. Supreme Court for its 5-4 ruling that an individual right to gun ownership exists.

Quay school official announces candidacy

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Dennis J. Roch, assistant superintendent for Tucumcari schools, has announced his candidacy for the District 67 state representative position. Roch’s announcement Friday was made jointly with District 67 incumbent, Republican Brian Moore of Clayton, who said he would not seek re-election. Moore’s term expires December 2008. “I think he’s […]

NMHSCA all-star tilts under way

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Coaches Richard Luscombe and Dennis Roch and player Theo Marez represented Texico on the South squad in the Class 1A-2A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star baseball series over the weekend, played at Sandia Prep. The South went 1-2 in the two-day event, winning the finale 17-2 after losing the […]

Q&A: Education commission chair backs charter schools

Editor’s note: The following interview was conducted by the Clovis News Journal with Dennis Roch, chairman of New Mexico’s Public Education Commission. Roch’s district encompasses five counties in eastern New Mexico, including Curry and Roosevelt. Q: What is the commission doing while the Legislature is in session? A: Right now, we are advocating for the […]

Texico teacher announces candidacy for education commission

CNJ STAFF A high school teacher from Texico, Dennis J. Roch, has announced his candidacy for the District 9 seat on the Public Education Commission. The new board replaces what was previously known as the State Board of Education. The Public Education Commission was formed in September after voters approved Constitutional Amendment 1 in a […]