Proposed amendment to give lawmakers a salary clears House committee

By Milan Simonich The Associated Press New Mexico is America’s last holdout, the only state that doesn’t pay its legislators a base salary. A proposed constitutional amendment to change that made it through its first legislative committee Saturday, advancing without a recommendation for approval. Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces, is sponsoring the bill. A surgeon, […]

Senate may slow progress of governor’s pet bills

By Steve Terrell The New Mexican With the 30-day session of the New Mexico Legislature nearing the halfway mark, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed many of the high-profile bills pushed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, such as a proposal to stop allowing undocumented residents to get driver’s licenses. However, the second half of […]

Roundhouse operator has helped keep sessions running for 32 years

By Bruce Krasnow The New Mexican One caller needed to talk with his lawmaker, but didn’t know who that was. Another was calling about a bill, but didn’t have the number. The two inquiries that came to the telephone switchboard were just a sampling of the 500 or so answered every day by Martha Canon […]

Saturday area prep basketball summaries — Jan. 30

BOYS Non-district Melrose 68, Mora 62 Mora (13-5) — Travis Romero 9, Santiago Laumbach 9, Emmerick Martinez 7, Sidney Sena 4, Ryan Duran 1, Casimiro Fresquez 32. Totals 23 13-22 62. Melrose (15-3) — Cade Barnard 23, Chris Fisher 3, Wyatt Williams 18, Rowdy Allen 3, Jordan Jasso 5, Braden Hemminger 13, Jared Lee 3. […]

Ex-CHS star Blackmon reviving career at junior college

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com D.J. Blackmon’s college basketball career was grounded at Fort Lewis before it even got a chance to take off. Two years later, the Clovis High graduate is hoping to be part of a second regional championship and possibly get another chance at a four-year school. Blackmon, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound […]

ENMU collects four providsional qualifiers at Pittsburg St. meet

Staff report PITTSBURG, Kansas — Eastern New Mexico University’s indoor track and field team got four provisional qualifications for NCAA Division II national competition in Friday’s Pittsburg State Invitational. The women’s distance medley team, including Amber Saiz, Kiana Covington, Klaudia Szych and Sabrina Huelga finished first with a time of 12 minutes, 8.8 seconds, more […]

Buffs thump Hounds

Staff report CANYON, Texas — After junior forward Chaunce Hill scored the game’s first four points, there wasn’t much else for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team to write home about on Saturday. Rival West Texas A&M went on a 25-4 run at that point and the Buffaloes were in complete charge en […]

People for strict construction ’til it’s inconvenient

Presidential candidates should not have to fret about where their parents were born. Imagine President Ted Cruz moving into the White House with First Lady Heidi Cruz and their two daughters under a cloud of doubt about the legitimacy of his election. A new Monmouth University poll finds one-third of Republican voters and voters who […]

Sloan: Just in case you were wondering…

My book-of-the-month summary for January is “How Did They Do That” (Quill, 1984, 332 pages) by Caroline Sutton. The book’s topics range from movies to parachutes to lollipops to hot dogs to hangovers. Samples: • “Heaven’s Gate,” the 1980 box office disaster by Michael Cimino, was budgeted at $11.6 million but would have had to […]

Wilson: Final spot on Generals job for me

The great news Wednesday? The Harlem Globetrotters called our office. The bad news? It wasn’t for me. An otherwise boring afternoon found me speaking to a very pleasant representative of the team that finished just ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers as the funniest basketball team in the world. The Globetrotters win out because they’re trying […]

No. 7 Lady Buffs hand ENMU 67-45 loss

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Suffice it to say, it was a long day for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team on Saturday. The Greyhounds fell behind 7-0 in just over 2 1/2 minutes, and had only 16 points nearly midway through the third quarter. Their leading scorer for the game, senior guard […]

Pages past — Jan. 31

On this date … 2006: Portales’ Lady Rams clobbered Lovington, 64-20, to run their high school basketball winning streak to four games. Ashleah Richards scored 18 points to lead all scorers as Portales improved to 16-6 for the season, 3-0 in District 4-3A play. 1976: The Clovis High School drill team took first place in […]

What’s happening — Jan. 31

Today St. Ann’s Catholic Church Dinner — 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (CST) Donations: $12 adults, $5 children 6 and under. St. Ann’s Parish Hall, 409 S. Third St., Bovina. Monday 50th Annual St. James Dinner— 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. $10 a ticket. Dine in or take out. St. James Episcopal Church, 1117 N. Main […]

Police blotter — Jan. 31

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 9:58 a.m.: Battery on a household member, location unknown. • 11:15 a.m.: Theft of identity, 1300 block of Hinkle Street. • 11:54 a.m.: Failure to appear (misdemeanor), 200 block of West Fourth Street. • […]

Legislature: Real ID props to be heard Tuesday

By Uriel J. Garcia The New Mexican A state Senate panel will hear four proposals Tuesday that aim to make New Mexico driver’s licenses compliant with the federal Real ID Act — including a version by Albuquerque Republican Rep. Paul Pacheco that would only allow driving privilege cards for undocumented immigrants. After making a swift […]

Hobbs holds off Lady Cats

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s girls found themselves in a nine-point hole by the end of the first quarter on Friday night, and it proved to be a deficit from which they couldn’t recover. Sophomore guard Amaya Lewis scored 21 points and Hobbs rode the early advantage to a 48-37 District 4-6A […]

Hobbs upends Clovis boys

STAFF REPORT HOBBS — The Clovis Wildcats made strides Friday night in their last regular-season district game at Ralph Tasker Arena, at least for now, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with Hobbs in a 72-46 loss. Jordaan Gonzales scored 19 points to lead three players  in double figures for the Eagles (12-7, 2-0 […]

ENMU named top football program in state

Staff report Eastern New Mexico is the best college football team in the Land of Enchantment, so says online site HERO Sports. The website released a list of the top college football team for each state, regardless of classification, with the Greyhounds making the cut for New Mexico. The summary notes “Eastern New Mexico is […]

Portales teams top Ruidoso in 4-4A openers

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com RUIDOSO — The beginning of District 4-4A play couldn’t have gone any better for Portales, as the Ram teams left Ruidoso Friday night with a sweep. The Lady Rams had a blowout 68-25 win and the Rams outlasted the Warriors 90-71. The Rams (11-8, 1-0) built up a 44-27 […]

Floyd posts sweep over Clovis Christian

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com FLOYD — For the second time in 10 days the Floyd Broncos and Lady Broncos swept the Clovis Christian Eagles. The Lady Broncos won the opening contest 52-17 and the boys defeated the Eagles 75-41 to close out the Friday night homecoming games. The Lady Broncos (7-11, 3-2) lead […]