Press release: Republican senators comment as legislative session

Santa Fe — The 30 day Legislative Session ended at noon today and concluded a month full of debate, discussion and ended with a new, balanced budget to run state government starting in July. Many Republican State Senators say it is a good budget that continues to invest in public education, while meeting its financial […]

Legislature finishes politically heated session

The Associated Press Legislature finishes politically heated session SANTA FE — Lawmakers adjourned Thursday in an election-year session dominated by a clash of political wills between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats controlling the Legislature. Key parts of the first-term governor’s legislative agenda died upon adjournment, including educational initiatives and a proposal to stop New […]

Bill tracker: A look at area lawmakers’ legislation

Tonjia Rolan The second session of the New Mexico state legislature opened Jan.17. To date, 15 bills, including two emergency measures, have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing legislation is Feb.1.

Legislative session to focus on budget

The Santa Fe New Mexican The 30-day session starting Tuesday focuses primarily on the state budget. The governor can also put other issues on the agenda. Among issues lawmakers are expected to consider when they gather in Santa Fe:

Local legislators share priorities

Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Legislature begins noon Tuesday in Santa Fe. The Legislature has two different types of sessions. In odd years, the session runs 60 days and is full of legislation that encompasses nearly everything one could imagine. In even years like 2012, the session is 30 days long and is limited mostly […]

Lawmakers paint brighter Legislature picture

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor What a difference a year makes. This time around the tone from lawmakers is radically different than it was just a year ago, as they tune up for a January budgeting session of the Legislature. “Last year we started at $240 million in the hole and were in some […]

Commissioners hold last study session on districts

Kevin Wilson With six weeks of minimal feedback, and an empty meeting room Thursday evening, Clovis city commissioners reached a conclusion that residents would be fine with whatever they did regarding redrawing city commission districts for the next decade. Six weeks after Research and Polling of Albuquerque presented the commission with four plans for new […]

Proposal would split Quay County into four districts

Thomas Garcia A bill introduced by House Democrats Friday during the a special session of Legislature proposes splitting Quay County into four legislative districts. “This bill will remove me from representing Quay, Union and Harding County,” said Rep. Dennis Roch. Roch said HB 39 was introduced by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia and would split Tucumcari’s […]

Districts focus of special session

Robin Fornoff There seems little question eastern New Mexico will lose a seat in both the House and Senate during a special session of the Legislature set to start Tuesday. The challenge will be to minimize the damage, according to several area lawmakers. The special session was set primarily to deal with the Legislature’s every-decade […]

Curry County plans special meeting

Freedom New Mexico Curry County commissioners have scheduled an executive session for 5 p.m. Monday at the county courthouse. The meeting was announced late Friday. The only item on the agenda is a closed session to discuss limited personnel matters. Commissioners will reconvene in open session immediately after the closed meeting.

Citizen’s Police Academy set for August

CNJ staff The 16th session of the Citizen’s Police Academy is set to begin in August. Hosted through the joint efforts of the Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police, the academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding of the “rigors a police officer must endure,” according to […]

Monday morning briefing: Traffic reports and The Babe’s debut

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Traffic reports The New Mexico Department of Transportation weekly traffic report is available online or by telephone. Notifications are posted as they reported to the NMDOT which can be found on their road advisory www.nmroads.com or by calling 511. Meetings watch The Portales Municipal […]

Religion calendar — July 1

Saturday Matt’s Coffee House Interdenominational Jam Session Concert — 7 p.m., second Saturday of the month, First United Methodist Church, open to the public to perform and watch, free refreshments provided. To perform, contact Vyanne Bradley at 760-4071 or 742-3389 or Matt Carter at 799-2696. Forgiveness Clinic— 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., June 11, 917 E. 10th […]

Support group reaches out to sexual assault survivors

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Liz Wooley, left, and Amber Hamilton of Sexual Assault Services look over new curriculum for their sexual abuse support group which meets regularly in Clovis. Wooley said giving sexual assault survivors a structured environment helps them to feel safe along with imagery exercises to help develop a safe place in […]

Religion calendar — June 24

Saturday Matt’s Coffee House Interdenominational Jam Session Concert — 7 p.m., second Saturday of the month, First United Methodist Church, open to the public to perform and watch, free refreshments provided. To perform, contact Vyanne Bradley at 760-4071 or 742-3389 or Matt Carter at 799-2696. Forgiveness Clinic— 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., June 11, 917 E. 10th […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

The Portales City Council met in executive session Friday afternoon to discuss possible litigation. No action was taken when the council convened in open session. — Compiled by Alisa Boswell

Religion calendar — June 17

Saturday Matt’s Coffee House Interdenominational Jam Session Concert — 7 p.m., second Saturday of the month, First United Methodist Church, open to the public to perform and watch, free refreshments provided. Forgiveness Clinic— 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., June 11, 917 E. 10th St. Information: Sherri Wilson, 763-5215 or www.freeinpower.com/healing.html Sunday Worship service and Sunday school — […]

Religion calendar — June 10

Saturday Matt’s Coffee House Interdenominational Jam Session Concert — 7 p.m., second Saturday of the month, First United Methodist Church, open to the public to perform and watch, free refreshments provided. To perform, contact Vyanne Bradley at 760-4071 or 742-3389 or Matt Carter at 799-2696. The Right to Life Committee of New Mexico’s 34th Educational […]

Religion calendar — June 3

Saturday Matt’s Coffee House Interdenominational Jam Session Concert — 7 p.m., second Saturday of the month, First United Methodist Church, open to the public to perform and watch, free refreshments provided. To perform, contact Vyanne Bradley at 760-4071 or 742-3389 or Matt Carter at 799-2696. The Right to Life Committee of New Mexico’s 34th Educational […]

Monday morning briefing: Memorial Day, school budget and the big race

Good morning and happy Memorial Day. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. This holiday Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army […]