Bill tracker 2013

The New Mexico state Legislature started Jan. 15. As of Friday, 25 bills have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing is Feb. 14. Legislation introduced by Curry and Roosevelt County legislators in the 2013 session, as of Jan. 25, includes the following: Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Texico) HB17: Licenses dental therapists to be […]

Good roper relishes the opportunity to rope a big target

Todd's neighbor has raised good Hereford cattle as long as he has known him. As years went by Mr. Gerald, the neighbor, let his herd dwindle in numbers. Then last winter he fell and injured his knee. Todd offered to help and was called upon. Just a word about Todd, he is an east river […]

Local representatives concerned with keeping programs

The fiscal cliff that had threatened the nation with possible recession became a speed bump at the last minute on New Year's Day, but the law that averted the cliff consisted mostly of date changes. Many of the same issues still confront Washington leaders and the public's collective bank accounts. In the wake of the […]

Private funded PRC invites more problems

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is proposing the state Public Regulation Commission get its funding off the industries it regulates. There may be precedent, but this is a bad idea given the PRC's history of conflicts of interest and propensity for shenanigans. The PRC is entrusted with striking a balance between utility […]

Victim advocates play vital role

Victim advocates often respond with law enforcement and medical providers to violent crime. As a first responder, a victim advocate's role is to tend to any and all emotional needs of the victim and provide any crisis intervention needed. Often, the presence of a victim advocate can soften a victim's hesitation to cooperate. As sexual […]

USDA program update meetings scheduled

The Department of Agriculture will host two public meetings to provide program updates and the Hispanic and women farmers and rancher claims process will be discussed, according to a USDA press release. The meetings will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 26. The Feb. 14 meeting will take place at the Historic […]

Area Road Construction – Jan. 27

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Curry County Curry County continues to patch potholes on roads throughout the county. Grading and renovation will start on Curry Road AI from Curry Road 12 and Curry Road 13 in Melrose this week. State and Federal Constructors Inc. has suspended all work on First and […]

Events Calendar – Jan. 27

Today English Chamber Music Recital — 7 p.m. Featuring special guest Gerald Walker. Eastern New Mexico University's Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. Information: 562-2377. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m. $5 per class. Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Zumba — 5:15 p.m. $5 per class. Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m. […]

Armed school staff being explored in Dora

One Roosevelt County school district is considering the possibility of arming staff members in their schools in light of last month's school shooting in Connecticut. CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Portales High School students walk the hallways of their gun-free zone school Friday after the last bell of the day. Portales schools Superintendent Randy Fowler […]

My Turn – Forlorn farmer can’t compete with bikinis

In honor of the passing of Pauline Phillips, the original Dear Abby — whose late twin, Eppie Lederer, wrote the competing Ann Landers column — my cousins Chef Juandel, The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy, Bootlegger Sloan and I are starting "Dear Cuzins." It's a local advice column. Our first letter is from a High Plains peanut […]