Martinez picks Chandler for Canadian River Commission

CMI staff Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday appointed Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler to the Canadian River Compact Commission, according to a news release from the office of the governor. Chandler, who is the chairman of the Curry County Commission, was one of 14 individuals to be appointed to a state office Friday.

Roosevelt County escapes Martinez veto

CMI staff Roosevelt County escaped Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto Wednesday of more than 190 projects across New Mexico totaling $23 million from a capital improvement measure. Roosevelt County projects included in the measure: • Elida multipurpose senior/community center $100,000 • ENMU South Avenue N improvement $100,000 • Floyd schools info tech and career tech $5,000 […]

Bloggers speculating governor wants changes

Robin Fornoff If Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has started a war within her own party as some political bloggers are speculating, few are talking about it for the record. Speculation centers on two of eastern New Mexico’s senior Republican senators: Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales and Clint Harden of Clovis. Harden announced his […]

Legislators optimistic over capital outlay requests

Area legislators are optimistic that capital outlay requests will be spared the fate of Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto pen, with a March 7 deadline to approve or veto pieces of the $137 million bill. Martinez said last week that vetoes were a distinct possibility for the budget and for capital outlay if it was evident […]

Governor signs hay transport bill

Christina Calloway 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 […]

Social promotion hinders learning

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Gov. Martinez’ initiative to end the automatic social promotion of children from the third grade to the fourth grade is a good one. Students should not be moved through school if they do not have the skills to do the work in the next grade. When this happens, they are more likely to cause classroom […]

Drivers need to put down phones

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Dear Gov. Susana Martinez, May I call you Susana? Or maybe even “Suzy?” I know we have not formally met. By “met,” I mean we have not been in the same town at the same time, ever. No problem. That’s the way I started out with your predecessor. By the end I was stalking him […]

Text of Gov. Susana Martinez’ state of the state address

SANTA FE – The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 17, 2012. Governor Martinez – 2012 State of the State Address Thank you. Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tem; Mr. Speaker; Democratic […]

Their view: Gov. Martinez calls for investing in education

Gov. Susana Martinez announced her fiscal year 2013 budget proposal in a press release Thursday. Here are a few excerpts: “I am proud to announce to New Mexicans that our fiscal house is back in order,” said Gov. Martinez. “ A year ago, we made a commitment to balancing our budget without raising taxes, while […]

Higher education proposal draws mixed reviews

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Alisa Boswell Gov. Susana Martinez’s budget proposal to change the state funding formula for colleges and universities is drawing mixed reaction at institutions in Clovis and Portales. ENMU President Steven Gamble said he thinks the university will do well under the new policy if it is approved by the Legislature. But Clovis Community College President […]

Their view: Martinez supports bill benefitting troops

Gov. Susana Martinez announced her support in a press release Dec. 21 for legislation which would expand the definition of a veteran under state law in order to include more members of the National Guard and Reserve units. “The state currently defines a veteran as someone who has served a minimum of ninety days consecutively […]

ENMU students attend border conference workshop

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Alisa Boswell Michael Martinez’ group at a student workshop, which focused on problems along the U.S./Mexico border, created a drug awareness commercial with the slogan, “When you’re chillin’, you’re killin.’” Each time the man in the commercial took a “drag” off his marijuana joint, the sounds of gunfire and explosions would go off. “What we […]

2011 special session: Governor pushes merging agencies

Trip Jennings As part of her call for the special legislative session, Gov. Susana Martinez wants state lawmakers to shrink government by merging several state agencies. Under her proposal, the cultural affairs and tourism departments would merge, the Department of Information Technology would become part of the General Services Department and the New Mexico’s Homeland […]

Portales to begin redistricting plans

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Alisa Boswell Redistricting for the city of Portales will begin soon now that the city has signed a contract with Southwest Political Services of Albuquerque. According to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the company will finish the project no later than Dec. 15. “We are asking them that they provide us with three alternate plans […]

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 […]

Mowrer selected as new district judge

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has appointed Donna Mowrer of Portales to serve as a judge for the Ninth Judicial District Court. Mowrer currently serves as Deputy District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District and has held a number of roles as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office since joining in 2001.

Clovis man claims $105,000 lottery jackpot

Freedom New Mexico Hector Martinez of Clovis claimed a $105,000 jackpot Friday for matching five numbers in Monday’s Roadrunner Cash drawing. Odds for Martinez matching five numbers in Roadrunner Cash were 1 in 435,897. The Lowe’s grocery store where Martinez purchased his ticket is eligible for a $1,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

Resolution passed in support of ending driver licenses for foreign nationals

Argen Duncan Local officials differ in their beliefs on whether illegal immigrants should receive New Mexico driver’s licenses. Former Gov. Bill Richardson instituted the issuing of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Current Gov. Susana Martinez wants the practice stopped and has asked for support from local governments. The Roosevelt County Commission adopted a resolution Tuesday […]

Legislator named to task force

PNT staff report 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 […]

Martinez appoints two local men to state agencies

Freedom New Mexico Two eastern New Mexico men, one from Clovis and one from Portales, were among four appointments announced Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez. Blake Curtis, senior vice president of management and sales at Curtis & Curtis, a wholesale and retail seed company in Clovis, was appointed to the New Mexico Finance Authority. Curtis […]