Bill tracker 2013

The New Mexico state Legislature started Jan. 15. As of Friday, 25 bills have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing is Feb. 14. Legislation introduced by Curry and Roosevelt County legislators in the 2013 session, as of Jan. 25, includes the following: Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Texico) HB17: Licenses dental therapists to be […]

Good roper relishes the opportunity to rope a big target

Todd's neighbor has raised good Hereford cattle as long as he has known him. As years went by Mr. Gerald, the neighbor, let his herd dwindle in numbers. Then last winter he fell and injured his knee. Todd offered to help and was called upon. Just a word about Todd, he is an east river […]

Local representatives concerned with keeping programs

The fiscal cliff that had threatened the nation with possible recession became a speed bump at the last minute on New Year's Day, but the law that averted the cliff consisted mostly of date changes. Many of the same issues still confront Washington leaders and the public's collective bank accounts. In the wake of the […]

Private funded PRC invites more problems

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is proposing the state Public Regulation Commission get its funding off the industries it regulates. There may be precedent, but this is a bad idea given the PRC's history of conflicts of interest and propensity for shenanigans. The PRC is entrusted with striking a balance between utility […]

Victim advocates play vital role

Victim advocates often respond with law enforcement and medical providers to violent crime. As a first responder, a victim advocate's role is to tend to any and all emotional needs of the victim and provide any crisis intervention needed. Often, the presence of a victim advocate can soften a victim's hesitation to cooperate. As sexual […]

USDA program update meetings scheduled

The Department of Agriculture will host two public meetings to provide program updates and the Hispanic and women farmers and rancher claims process will be discussed, according to a USDA press release. The meetings will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 26. The Feb. 14 meeting will take place at the Historic […]

Area Road Construction – Jan. 27

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Curry County Curry County continues to patch potholes on roads throughout the county. Grading and renovation will start on Curry Road AI from Curry Road 12 and Curry Road 13 in Melrose this week. State and Federal Constructors Inc. has suspended all work on First and […]

Events Calendar – Jan. 27

Today English Chamber Music Recital — 7 p.m. Featuring special guest Gerald Walker. Eastern New Mexico University's Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. Information: 562-2377. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m. $5 per class. Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Zumba — 5:15 p.m. $5 per class. Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m. […]

Armed school staff being explored in Dora

One Roosevelt County school district is considering the possibility of arming staff members in their schools in light of last month's school shooting in Connecticut. CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Portales High School students walk the hallways of their gun-free zone school Friday after the last bell of the day. Portales schools Superintendent Randy Fowler […]

My Turn – Forlorn farmer can’t compete with bikinis

In honor of the passing of Pauline Phillips, the original Dear Abby — whose late twin, Eppie Lederer, wrote the competing Ann Landers column — my cousins Chef Juandel, The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy, Bootlegger Sloan and I are starting "Dear Cuzins." It's a local advice column. Our first letter is from a High Plains peanut […]

Lady Buffs hand Zias 70-43 setback

CANYON, Texas — Junior forward Devin Griffin scored 14 points and West Texas A&M pulled away in the second half for 70-43 Lone Star Conference women's basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico on Saturday. Chontiquah White and reserve Danielle Logan added 10 points each for the Lady Buffs (11-9, 7-4 LSC), who won for the […]

ENMU teams picked for last in LSC polls

RICHARDSON, Texas — Angelo State is favored to repeat Lone Star Conference championships this spring in baseball and softball. Meantime, there's only one way to go for Eastern New Mexico University's squads. ASU was a near-unanimous selection to take the baseball title, earning 20 of 21 first-place votes in poll results released on Thursday by […]

Friday area prep summaries – Jan. 25

Boys Dora 58, Estancia 50 Dora (14-4) — Lane Carrasco 17, Jestin Watson 11, Dalton Privett 8, Dylan Privett 20, Armando Arzate 2. Totals 20 17-25 58. Estancia (5-8) — Caleb Ortiz 2, Joseph Luna 4, Josh Jaquez 14, Gabe Sedillo 20, Joey Durant 4, Herman Ortiz 4, Cesar Quintana 2. Totals 19 7-15 50. […]

Rams pull sweep at Texico with late heroics

TEXICO — This is starting to become a habit for the Portales boys basketball team. Last year, the Rams won in Texico 35-34 when guard David Rodriguez made a free throw with no time on the clock. Friday night, senior forward Reyes Calbert nailed a 3-pointer as time expired to give PHS a 66-63 win […]

Lady Cats cruise by sixth-ranked Eagles

Friday showed that even when the Clovis girls basketball team isn't running on a full tank, and doesn't play all that well, it's still one of the top five teams in Class 5A. As it stood, the top-ranked Lady Cats had little trouble dispatching No. 6 Eldorado 53-36 in a game they led for the […]

Grand jury indicts pair for robberies

A Clovis grand jury indicted a pair of men Friday on charges connected to two armed robberies earlier this month. One of the victims died days after the attack. According to a release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office: Daniel Murrell, 24, faces two counts of second-degree armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, […]

Clovis chamber honors its own

Erinn Burch admitted receiving the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award was a huge surprise minutes after being honored in front of the audience gathered Friday for the chamber's annual banquet. "I just feel like I do my job and I'm glad for what I get to do everyday," said Burch, […]

Dora’s Barron honored for dyslexia work

Dora schools superintendent Steve Barron uses his leadership skills to push awareness for a cause that his dear to him. His work with dyslexia awareness over the years has earned him an administrative award from The International Dyslexia Association this year, which will be awarded to him in Albuquerque on Feb 1. Barron is the […]

In Search of Ponies: Fashion over function

High steppin', he is all that and then some. Like an emperor in a new suit, he has no idea that from a distance he looks a lot like a toy poodle, and from up close, a lot like a 3-year-old discovered the scissors. Winter is that time of year in which the scruff is […]

Raintree Apartments in Clovis holds groundbreaking

The sounds of Mariachi music culminated groundbreaking ceremonies Friday of the new Raintree apartment complex. "The construction of complex will help to fulfill the local need for housing," said Luis Ybarra, development coordinator. The two-story, 192-unit complex with units from one to three bedrooms will be built on Llano Estacado east of Faith Christian Family […]