Candidates file for state offices

Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 […]

State academic achievement gap long-running problem

The Albuquerque Journal Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera is once again the target of criticism, this time by Hispanics who are rightly concerned about the large achievement gap in New Mexico between Anglo and minority students, which has remained static for years. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Skandera shortly after the 2010 election to reform the state’s […]

Tarleton hammers Hounds twice

CMI staff If Tarleton State’s hitters were struggling coming into this weekend’s four-game Lone Star Conference series with Eastern New Mexico University, the Greyhounds have certainly provided a tonic. The Texans carried a .230 team batting average into the series and had only two players above .300. But they’ve scored 40 runs and piled up […]

County seats up for grabs

Alisa Boswell Two county commission seats and the offices of treasurer, county clerk and probate judge are up grabs in the June 5 state primary. County and state officials have from County offices have from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file for election. Up for grabs on the commission is the District 1 […]

Spring signals start of tornado season

Tonjia Rolan Spring is a near and so is the start of tornado season on the High Plains. Eastern New Mexico spawns 75 percent of the state’s thunderstorms that produce tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. The state sees about 10 twisters a year and thunderstorm and tornado activity usually peak […]

Zias drop twin bill to Adams State

CMI staff Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team had chances late but came up short in both ends of a doubleheader against Adams State on Wednesday at Zia Softball Field. After the Zias pulled even with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning in the opener, the Grizzlies put together a four-run seventh […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Jail explained and the deadline’s looming

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Deadline looming Tuesday is the only day for candidates to file for county or state offices in the June 5 primary election. Filing can be completed at the county clerk’s office. There is a $50 fee. Curry County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman: 763-5591 Roosevelt County Clerk E. […]

No. 3 Rambelles pound Zias twice

CMI staff The third-ranked Angelo State softball team more than lived up to its lofty spot in the NCAA Division II poll on Sunday. Sophomore Carly Peters homered in each game of the series and the Rambelles needed just 10 innings on Sunday to pound out 35 hits — 13 for extra bases — in […]

No. 3 Rambelles outslug Zias

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CMI staff Angelo State’s softball team isn’t used to getting roughed up the way it did on Saturday. Fortunately for the third-ranked Rambelles, they have a high-powered offense which allowed it to survive a bit of a scare. Designated player Carly Peters drove in four runs with a pair of homers and Angelo used two […]

Officials urge caution following rabies outbreak

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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 this year, the outbreak may be related to drought conditions, according to State Public Health Veterinarian Paul Ettestad. “Drought conditions are driving […]

Floyd student named 4-H diplomat

Floyd High School sophomore Lane Wallace was inducted as a 4-H state diplomat during the annual 4-H senior leadership retreat in Albuquerque in January. Wallace joins Sierra Baca of Santa Fe County, Kylie Butterfield of De Baca County and Shelby Herrera of Valencia County as the 2012 state diplomats. The senior 4-H members will share […]

Their view: Governor right to slow down a rush to build

This is an editorial from the Santa Fe New Mexican on a proposal to consolidate several state offices: News that state legislators have moved $4 million from a proposed super-government complex to remodel the Manuel Lujan Building instead is good for state taxpayers and Santa Fe. The decision continues the temporary reprieve from a proposal […]

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 […]

Dodge to run for re-election

CMI Staff Democrat George Dodge of Santa Rosa plans to run for re-election for District 63 in the state House of Representatives. The district includes Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Guadalupe counties. He has held the position since 2011. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve my constituents the last two years and […]

Dora news: Feb. 28

Students qualify for nationals Nineteen Dora High School Business Professional Association members and sponsor, Colleen Tollett, attended the State Leadership Conference in Albuquerque Feb. 16-18. Participants came back with top awards and 14 students qualified for the National Leadership Conference. Daniella Montanez was elected as the 2012-2013 state secretary/treasurer and will represent New Mexico at […]

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 […]

State land commissioner visits eastern New Mexico

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 […]

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:

ENMU basketball capsules — Feb. 15

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

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 […]