Volunteer profile: Glen McCoy

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Name: Glen McCoy Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Eastern New Mexico University professor Volunteers with: Habitat for Humanity, Portales Meals on Wheels, Council of Professors Emeritus, Planning and Zoning Committee, American Heart Association, Babe Ruth League Baseball, Portales Kiwanis Club. Why he does it: “Throughout my life, other people have helped my family and I in […]

EPCOG holds special meeting about personnel

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments spent nearly two hours in an executive session Wednesday to discuss personnel matters. Richard Arguello, interim EPCOG director and chairman of the executive committee, did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday following the meeting. Committee member Gary Watkins declined to comment on […]

Committee encourages schools to watch costs

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Think leaner, think greener. Those were some of the perspectives offered by the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority at Monday’s meeting of Region V of the New Mexico School Board Association. Superintendents and school board representatives from the 13 school districts in the region met at Clovis High […]

Select committees have openings

Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales is looking for people to serve on its committees: Public Safety Committee; Recreational Advisory Board; Cultural Affairs Committee; Finance/Administration Committee; Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board; Public Works Committee; and Economic Development Finance Review Committee. Submit letters of interest by April 6 to Mayor Sharon King, City Hall, 100 W. […]

Meetings watch: Local Growth Management Committee

The Local Growth Management Committee met Tuesday at the Clovis Police Department. • The committee approved the usage of a $133,030 grant from the Office of Economic adjustment, on behalf of the Department of Defense. The money will be used for a regional growth planner position, with up to $90,000 budgeted. Portales Community Affairs Coordinator […]

House panel derails veto override

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday saved Gov. Bill Richardson the embarrassment of a veto override. The committee tabled a bill that Richardson had vetoed last year — a veto that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly to override. The bill would have forced state agencies to provide […]

Legislation seeks protection for farmers

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican A group of New Mexico farmers and heritage seed advocates are lobbying hard to get a bill through the Legislature that would protect them from liability if their fields are cross-pollinated by patented, genetically engineered seeds. It is the third time farmers have tried to get a similar bill […]

Bill would allow firearms in restaurants

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican People with licenses to carry concealed guns could take their firearms into restaurants that serve beer and wine under a bill that zipped through a Senate committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, cleared the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee by a 7-1 vote. […]

State accused of covering up bribery, kickbacks

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash The New Mexican A man who is at the center of an ongoing whistle-blower lawsuit involving millions of dollars in lost state investments told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the state is spending millions of dollars to […]

Government only drives up reform costs

Freedom New Mexico Finally ending what has been one of the more excruciating legislative episodes in recent history, the Senate Finance Committee has approved the Baucus bill. It happened after months of debate and negotiation on health care legislation. Now the real battles can begin. The Baucus bill, named for committee chairman Max Baucus of […]