Governor delivers State of the State address

David Arkin And … they’re off. Gov. Bill Richardson helped kick off the 30-day legislative session with his State of the State address Tuesday in Santa Fe. The governor touched on a variety of issues during his speech, including DWI legislation, an early childhood education program and cuts to taxes on food and medical services. […]

Taxes could rise on gas, cars, homes

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — A tax reform commission has recommended no change in the tax on food but proposed higher taxes and fees on gasoline, motor vehicles and homes. The Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission voted 16-7 on Tuesday to approve a package of tax change recommendations, which […]

Friends of Eastern pay tribute to alumni, Gov. Richardson

Tony Parra The Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming festivities began with the 28th Annual Friends of Eastern Foundation Breakfast honoring Gov. Bill Richardson and four ENMU alumni at the Campus Union Ballroom on Saturday. ENMU presented Judge Robert C. Brack with the Outstanding Alumni Award. Brack graduated from ENMU in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree […]

Richardson, ENMU begins Navajo tribute

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Mike Linn FORT SUMNER — Gov. Bill Richardson and other state officials broke ground on a Bosque Redondo Memorial for the Navajo and Mescalero Indian Tribes on Wednesday morning, more than a century after American military officials forced 8,500 Navajos to relocate here from their homelands. The history department at Eastern New Mexico University has […]

Governor appoints Clovis man to District Court

Gary Mitchell When Ramona Parker found out the governor appointed her husband, Joe, to fill a vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court bench, she realized she had just lost her job. Ramona Parker is her husband’s bookkeeper and business manager for his law firm, but she won’t be making the transition to the Curry […]

Two finalists left in judicial nominations

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis attorneys Robert S. Orlik and Alvin Joe Parker are finalists to fill a vacant judge’s seat in the district court that serves Curry and Roosevelt counties. The two selected from among six candidates by a special panel that met Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. The next step for Orlik and […]

Richardson heading to Portales High School

Tony Parra Bill Richardson says he is serious about education reform and he will be in Portales on Wednesday to explain why changes should be made. Richardson will speak at the high school at 4:30 p.m., and answer questions about changes he is proposing to the state Constitution. One of Richardson’s amendments would transfer the […]

The Big Cheese

Haley Wachdorf ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis may not be the largest city in New Mexico, but it will soon be the Big Cheese. Clovis has been selected as the site of the new Glanbia southwest cheese plant, which is expected to be the largest cheddar cheese plant in North America. Select Milk Producers, the New Mexico […]

$200 million cheese plant to bring jobs to Clovis/Portales microplex

By Gary Mitchell ALBUQUERQUE — A $200 million cheese plant will be built in Curry County and it will bring about 200 jobs to the Clovis/Portales microplex, local officials said Thursday morning. Gov. Bill Richardson and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Thursday morning unveiled the news that a site five miles south of Clovis would […]

City given $1 million water funding

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Mike Linn Gov. Bill Richardson came to town Wednesday morning and announced he’s allocating $1 million to help fund the conversion of agriculture water wells to wells used to pump water to Portales homes. Conversion of the city’s 17 agriculture wells will dramatically reduce strain on wells used to provide water for city residents. Those […]

Richardson to announce city funding

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson will stop in Portales this morning to announce funding allocations for critical water and housing projects in this part of the state, according to state officials. From 9:45-10:30 a.m. today, Richardson will speak at a news conference at Portales City Hall, announcing the allocation of funding for the conversion of […]

Richardson swings through area

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By Jack King On a swing through Curry and Roosevelt counties Wednesday, Gov Bill Richardson expressed support for a Ute Lake surface water distribution system, but was peppered with questions about his education reform plan by educators in Roosevelt County. Richardson’s visits were part of a three-day, 11-city tour of eastern and southern New Mexico […]

Richardson to visit area

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to tour 11 communities — including Clovis and Portales today — during a three-day swing through southeast New Mexico, according to a news release from his office. Richardson will discuss the recent legislative session, and talk about upcoming initiatives, including the education-reform election in September […]

Lawmakers face new governor, packed agenda

Deborah Baker Santa Fe – The winds of change blowing through the state Capitol amount to welcome fresh air for some – but may give others the chills – as the annual meeting of the Legislature gets under way. Lawmakers return to Santa Fe on Jan. 21 for what promises to be a jam-packed 60-day […]