HUD releases ENMU communications funding

The Department of Housing and Urban Development released funding on a $496,000 Economic Development Initiative grant that will allow Eastern New Mexico University to purchase equipment for its new communications center. The announcement came through press releases from both U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s offices Friday. Domenici, a member of the […]

Clovis teen indicted in death of infant son

By Andy Jackson Prosecutors are petitioning the court to try a Clovis teen father as an adult for the death of his infant son, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Benito Valdez, 16, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of child abuse resulting in the death of […]

New MainStreet Web site pushes tourism in Clovis/ Portales area

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis may be off the beaten path as far as tourism, but a new Web site’s goal is to attract more tourists to cities such as Portales and Clovis. The new Web site is http://offtheroad.NM.com and it gives viewers a feel for what attractions there are in places in New […]

Committee shelves bill to speed up tax cuts

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to speed up the phase-in of personal income tax cuts was derailed Thursday by a House committee on a party-line vote. The measure by Rep. Justine Fox-Young, R-Albuquerque, would lower the top marginal tax rate to 4.9 percent this year rather than waiting until 2008 under the […]

Committee approves bed tax repeal, shelves tax rebate proposals

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — A House committee endorsed a proposal Thursday to repeal a tax on nursing home care, but it shelved Republican-backed measures that would refund to New Mexicans the money paid because of the tax. The Consumer and Public Affairs Committee gave unanimous approval to a measure that would eliminate the […]

Minimum wage bill moving through Legislature

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — A minimum wage hike to $7.50 an hour easily passed a House committee on Thursday and even its opponents acknowledged some increase appears inevitable this year. The House Labor and Human Resources Committee voted 5-2 along party lines — Democrats for and Republicans against — for a bill that […]

Claims totalling $160,000 paid so far after Floyd fire

By Tony Parra Payments have been dispersed for $160,000 in claims to landowners, according to Cannon Air Force Base officials, in connection with the Nov. 30 Floyd fire that wiped out more than 27,000 acres. The cause of the fire, which began on the Melrose Bombing Range, still has not been determined, according to CAFB […]

PHS exchange students setting sights down under

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By Helena Rodriguez Two Portales High School students want to go to the Land Down Under this summer as part of a People to People Student Ambassador Program exchange and they have four months to raise more than $10,000. Cory Baca and Alycia Leal are among 36 area students who have been gathering at regional […]

Arrest made in Clovis shooting

By Rick White A 30-year-old Clovis man already in custody in connection with a Christmas shooting was charged Thursday with an open count of murder for the Jan. 15 slaying of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr., according to the district attorney’s office. Police say Robert Macias fired multiple shots from the front yard of a residence […]