Three candidates file in De Baca

CNJ staff Three candidates filed to run for three De Baca County offices Tuesday, the state’s filing day. • Incumbent De Baca County Commissioner George Gonzales filed for re-election to his seat in District 3. Gonzales is a Democrat and is completing his first four-year term. • Democrat Rosalie Gonzales-Joiner filed for county clerk. Gonzales-Joiner […]

Area will have four state races

Robin Fornoff Eastern New Mexico voters will have a quartet of primary elections for the New Mexico Legislature, but only one contested race once the general election comes around. Tuesday was the lone day to file for elections at the Secretary of State’s Office in Santa Fe and at county courthouses — only for legislators […]

Candidates to file for state races

Kevin Wilson Primary voters in eastern New Mexico should have some choices in June to see who moves on to the general election. With pre-primary conventions concluded for New Mexico Republicans on Saturday, and the Democratic pre-primaries completed a week ago, candidates are lined up to succeed the retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and possibly […]

Zias drop twin bill to Adams State

CMI correspndent: Joshua Lucero ENMU freshman shortstop Melissa Reynosa waits for the throw on Adams State sophomore Carly DeLorenzo’s steal of second base during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s second game at Zia Softball field. CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team had chances late but came up short in both ends […]

Officials urge caution following rabies outbreak

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CNJ staff photo: Tonjia Rolan Veterinarian Jack Murphy soothes Buttercup after giving her a rabies vaccination at his office on Prince Street. Tonjia Rolan A rabies outbreak in Eddy County has state and local health officials across eastern New Mexico urging caution. While there are no confirmed cases in Curry or Roosevelt counties so far […]

Governor signs state budget, vetoes $2 million

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay for educators and state workers. Although signing the measure into law, the governor trimmed about $2 million — a tiny sliver […]

State of the City address text

Editor’s note: The following is Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield’s State of the City address, provided in advance by city staff: 2011 was a great year for our community as we continued to grow and thrive despite the continued national and global economic climate. The Clovis community is blessed with hardworking municipal employees who continue to […]

Curry County resident announces candidacy for District 7

CNJ staff Republican and Curry County resident Mark W. Myers will seek election for state senate in District 7, which encompasses Curry, Quay and Union counties. Myers attended New Mexico State University and Texas Tech with a focus on agriculture and law. He has more than 20 years business experience in agricultural commodities and transportation. […]

Woods running for state senate

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John Patrick “Pat” Woods is running for state senate in District 7, which includes Curry, Quay and Union counties. CNJ staff Republican John Patrick “Pat” Woods will run for state senate in District 7, which includes Curry, Quay and Union counties. Woods is a fourth-generation farmer in the Grady and Broadview area, encompassing parts of […]

Tucumcari officer charged with breaking and entering

CMI staff An off-duty Tucumcari police officer charged with breaking and entering and criminal damage to property surrendered Monday to New Mexico State Police in Tucumcari, said State Police Lt. Lance Bateman. Bateman said Pete Vargas, 32, was taken into custody at 1:30 p.m. at the Quay County Magistrate Court. Bateman said Vargas was processed […]

ENMU-Midwestern State basketball preview

CMI staff Men ENMU (14-12, 7-10 Lone Star Conference) at Midwestern State (22-3, 14-3) • When: 6 p.m. (MST) Saturday at Wichita Falls, Texas. • Radio: KSEL-AM 105.9. • Last time out: The Greyhounds won at home over Cameron 67-65 on Wednesday night. The Mustangs, ranked fifth in NCAA Division II, lost at West Texas […]

Land commissioner says he hopes to help make better use of state trust land

Tonjia Rolan State Land Commissioner Ray Powell hopes to partner with local officials to make better use of state trust land in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Curry County has 45,640 acres of state trust land, and Roosevelt county has 181,691 acres, according to Land office District Manager Erik Nelson. Cannon Air Force Base leased 11,000 […]

Sen. Clint Harden announces plans to retire

Kevin Wilson State Senator Clint Harden, R-Clovis, has announced he will not seek a fourth term and plans to retire following 10 years in the state Legislature. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about during the interim, basically since last session,” said Harden, who was appointed to the position in 2002 by then-Gov. Gary Johnson. His […]

Press release: Sen. Harden announces retirement

(From the office of State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis) State Senator Clint Harden District 7 announced today that he would retire at the end of this term:

Republican Angie Spears running for state senate

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Spears CMI staff Republican Angie Spears will run for state senate in District 7, which includes Curry, Quay and Union counties. She pledged to revoke legislation that grants driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and that opposes tax increases to promote private sector job growth. Spears said she will prioritize education reform and ending social promotion […]

Fifth-ranked Tarleton State rallies over ENMU

CNJ staff TARLETON, Texas — Despite being shorthanded by a combination of injuries and suspensions, Eastern New Mexico University looked early on like it might pull off one of the biggest upsets of the Lone Star Conference season. But Tarleton State, ranked fifth in the nation, responded with a 41-20 second half and held off […]

TexAnns cruise past Zias

CNJ staff Conference-leading Tarleton State ended any hopes of an Eastern New Mexico University upset early, racing to a 24-point halftime lead en route to a 73-48 win Wednesday in a Lone Star Conference game. Senior forward Precious Herrin had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Zias (8-15, 6-11 LSC), who are in the […]

Man sought for health condition turns self in

CNJ staff A Clovis man who New Mexico state health officials were trying to locate because of a contagious medical condition turned himself in Wednesday morning to Plains Regional Medical Center, according a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. The New Mexico Department of Health was granted a temporary order of protection Jan. […]

ENMU basketball capsules — Feb. 15

CNJ staff Men ENMU (13-10, 6-8 Lone Star Conference) at Tarleton State (21-3, 12-2) • When: 7 p.m. (MST) today at Stephenville, Texas. • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. • Last time out: The Greyhounds lost on Saturday at Abilene Christian 79-68. The fifth-ranked Texans lost at No. 9 Midwestern State 80-75 in three overtimes on Monday, […]

Governor signs hay transport bill

Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Tuesday evening at the agricultural feed in the senate roundhouse that will allow the transportation of oversized hay loads on state roads. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will help livestock owners deal with ongoing drought conditions in the state that have placed an enormous strain […]