Candidates rush to file for open seats

CNJ staff photo: Robin Fornoff Democrat candidate for County Commission District 4 Donald Harrell of Melrose draws his number Tuesday for position on the June 5 primary election ballot. Harrell is taking on incumbent Commissioner Wendell Bostwick. Robin Fornoff Retirements sparked a rush of candidates Tuesday to register for three key Curry County offices in […]

Feral swine running wild in eastern New Mexico

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Courtesy photo: Alan May, State Director USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services. The Department of Game and Fish does not regulate or manage the hunting of feral swine, therefore no permit is required and hogs may be hunted year round. Tonjia Rolan Prolific feral swine populations are ravaging eastern New Mexico range and farmland and creating an ecological nightmare, […]

Roosevelt County farmer appointed to State Fair Commission

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Roosevelt County farmer Matthew Rush to the State Fair Commission. Rush is the executive vice president of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, overseeing day-to-day operations of a 16,000-member farm and livestock organization. He also owns and operates Rush Cattle Company, a family business that specializes […]

Martinez adds Portales man to land protection committee

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Matthew Rush of Portales to the Natural Lands Protection Committee. Rush was among 11 appointments announced Friday by the governor. Rush is executive vice president, secretary and treasurer of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. With his father, he owns and operates Rush Cattle Co. Rush serves on the […]

Melrose student selected as County Manager for day

CNJ staff A Melrose high school senior will be following the Curry County Manager to work today. Richard R. Rush was selected to shadow Lance Pyle as part of the County Manager for the Day program the second year it has been done. The program is part of National County Government Month. Rush lives on […]

Former land commissioner returning to office

Freedom New Mexico Former Land Commissioner Ray Powell will be going back to the State Land Office. The seasoned Democrat edged out Republican challenger Matt Rush to take back his old job. Unofficial returns Tuesday night showed Powell with 52 percent of the vote to Rush’s 48 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting. Rush […]

Rush scores hat trick in Zias’ 7-1 win

Freedom New Mexico HOBBS — Senior midfielder Calie Rush of Clovis scored the fourth hat trick in the history of the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer program — in a span of just under 19 minutes, no less — and the Zias tied their school record for goals in a match with a 7-1 […]

Stores bracing for tax-free weekend rush

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Megan Neighoff, Brown’s Shoe Fit sales associate, prepares a sandal display Tuesday at the store on Main Street in preparation for the tax-free holiday this weekend. Liliana Castillo New Mexico’s annual tax-free holiday is this weekend and local and corporate businesses in Clovis and Portales are stocking up to deal […]

Matt Rush wins Republican land commissioner nomination

Roosevelt County farmer and cattle rancher Matthew Rush on Tuesday won the nomination in the Republican primary for land commissioner — a position among the most powerful in New Mexico state government. Rush defeated former Bernalillo County GOP executive director Bob Cornelius. Unofficial returns showed Rush with nearly 66 percent of the votes with 65 […]

Candidates log thousands of miles on road to state office

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Since Roosevelt County rancher Matt Rush filed for the state land office race, he’s logged 30,000 miles on his truck, with only one trip to Lubbock and the rest across New Mexico. “My one piece of advice to anyone who’s considering running for a statewide office,” Rush said, while […]