N.M. lawmakers OK $200 million tax increase package

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Legislature approved a measure Wednesday to raise taxes by more than $200 million next year to help balance the state budget, the largest tax increase package in more two decades. Passage of the measure moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically […]

Special session delayed until Monday

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says he has pushed the start of a special legislative session back until Monday. The governor says he had requests from House and Senate leaders for more time to negotiate spending cuts and tax increases before they resume debate over a state budget. Richardson says he […]

BNSF Railway freight cars derail in Texas

The Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas — Authorities say 22 freight cars derailed in southeast Texas and caused a brief evacuation after a nonhazardous substance leaked. No injuries were reported. Joe Faust, a spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, says it’s not immediately clear what caused the Houston-bound train to derail Thursday morning in Santa […]

Richardson announces special session for budget

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature adjourned Thursday without a plan on how to finance public schools and state government in the coming year, marking the first time in 26 years that lawmakers finished a regular session without reaching a budget deal. Shortly after lawmakers wrapped up their 30-day session, Gov. […]

Ute funding bill passes both houses

Santa Fe – Last night (Monday) HB 15 a bill to create the Eastern NM Water Utility Authority and provide the structure for distribution of water from Ute Reservoir in Quay County, passed the Senate with a vote of 35-0. On February 4 it passed the House unanimously with a vote of 49-0.

Robles files for appeals court

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Robert E. Robles filed his Declaration of Candidacy for election to the Court of Appeals, Position 1, in the Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Democratic primary. Robles, 59, was appointed to the seat by Governor Bill Richardson on October, 24, 2008. He is announcing today that […]

State hires 21 despite hiring freeze

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican State government in the past seven months has hired 21 new employees despite an ongoing hiring freeze, state personnel records show. The records obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act show that three people were added to the payroll […]

2-6 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 12 Here comes the judge A new district judge position would be created for the First Judicial District under a bill approved unanimously Friday by the Senate. The disrict includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. Senate Bill 6, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, also creates a […]

Press release: Clovis K-Bob’s fire investigation continues

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) – in concert

Press Release: State unveiling ENMU license plate

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division will issue two special license plates this week in recognition of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “This is a great opportunity to showcase two of the storied educational institutions in New Mexico,” said Taxation & Revenue Secretary […]

First person: Santa’s coming to town

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes for 11 years. Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Pharmacy and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas […]

Press Release: Dodge announces for Campos seat

On Nov. 24 businessman, retired educator and veteran George Dodge Jr. announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for New Mexico House of Representatives District 63. The seat is currently held by Representative Jose Campos, who is seeking the Democratic nomination of Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico. As owner of two businesses in Santa […]

Press Release: Richardson in Clovis for Hull Street groundbreaking

SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson will travel to Clovis and Roswell on Monday for two public events.

Press Release: State land chief says parks director refusing millions

SANTA FE – An obscure bill passed by the New Mexico Legislature in 1949 could guarantee the State Parks Division a continuous revenue stream potentially worth millions of dollars, but the division director says he doesn’t want the money, according to Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons.

Air Force gets approval for N.M. land gift

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says the Air Force has received a waiver from defense officials to proceed with a land gift associated with the Melrose Bombing Range in eastern New Mexico. The waiver from the Office of the Secretary of Defense follows Richardson’s commitment of $5 million worth of land […]

Clovis woman killed in Santa Rosa crash

Freedom New Mexico State police said hazardous road conditions played a role in the deaths of a Clovis woman and an Idaho man in two separate crashes Thursday. Jackelyn Zimmerman, 67, of Clovis died from injuries suffered in a head on-collision near Santa Rosa. George Bellinghiere, 69, of Nampa, Idaho, died after losing control of […]

Press Release: Medicaid public hearings set across the state

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department has scheduled six public meetings and one tribal consultation to discuss the proposed Medicaid Coverage Concept developed to improve the current Medicaid program and create new options for more uninsured New Mexicans.

Press Release: Free Christmas trees

SANTA FE – Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons today announced the State Land Office will issue free Christmas tree permits to New Mexico residents effective immediately through December 20th.

Letters to Santa

Hey kids … It’s time to get your letters sent to Santa if they’re going to reach the North Pole before Christmas Eve. And don’t forget to send the Clovis News Journal a copy of your letter so we can publish your requests. That’s right, we’re planning to publish the letters to Santa on Dec. […]

Wilson Rule would net improvement

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist The mantra is that rules are made to be broken. I disagree. Rules are made to be replaced by better rules. I was reminded of this while at a not-so-close volleyball match at the state tournament last weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center (rejected slogan: “We’re not the casino, […]