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Health exchange's goal to get uninsured health coverage

Roosevelt General Hospital CEO Larry Leaming says the ultimate goal of a state-run health exchange is to get uninsured people in New Mexico health coverage. But with that goal in mind, Leaming says it's not clear how the state... Full story


Credit score can hurt in job hunt

David Hemley said if employers are using a candidate's credit score as an initial screening tool for hiring, they probably shouldn't because it's not indicative of that person's job performance. Hemley, a professor of economics at...


Incidental take rule for lesser prairie chicken draws ire

Environmentalists are concerned a new rule under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed lesser prairie chicken listing will weaken protections for the bird if it's listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The... Full story


Former Portales police officer sentenced to 25 years

The mother of a Portales High School student at the center of charges against former city police officer Victor Castillo told the court her daughter dreamed of becoming a police... Full story


Citizens group argues for halt to water project

A meeting to discuss the $500 million Ute Water Pipeline Project escalated into a screaming match Friday in Portales between residents who oppose the project and local officials addressing their concerns. At one point police ... Full story


Sunland test production pushed back

Test production runs of Sunland Inc.'s facilities have been pushed back a couple of weeks to mid-April, according to Vice President Katalin Coburn. She attributes the setback to the continuing installations of equipment and delays...


Hunting season

Utter chaos will erupt when the announcer yells "go" as children dash out into the field to find the brightest of eggs and what takes days to prepare for will all be gone in a matte...


Legislators call corporate tax cut good first step

[email protected] Sen. Stuart Ingle says legislation passed to attract and retain businesses to New Mexico may not fix all of the state's problems but it's a step in the right direction. Ingle, R-Portales, hopes that...


Art show draws young and old alike

Ryan Willoughby ran into the Commons Area of Clovis Community College Friday on his way to take a test when he saw a photo that reminded him of home. CMI staff photo: Christina... Full story


Portales man killed in two-vehicle accident

A Portales man was killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning on N.M. 267. The accident also resulted in minor injuries for the driver of the other vehicle and a 45-minute power outage in Roosevelt County, according to New... Full story


Clerks: Law says no on same-sex marriage

Clerks in Curry and Roosevelt counties aren't budging on their position against same-sex marriage licenses. Clerks in both counties said Wednesday they are following state law when...


Landowners rebuffed on barring utility's access to land

Rebecca Eminger compares her consenting to allow Southwestern Public Service Company to survey her land east of town on New Mexico 88 to opening a floodgate of problems. Eminger,...


Local fighting eminent domain claim

Rebecca Lynn Eminger figures it's a David vs. Goliath type fight, but she's not going to give up a parcel of her land without a fight. In a court filing, Southwestern Public Service Company contends they need less than 6 acres of E...


Legislator defends privacy bill

A new bill that would exempt some economic development information from public viewing is supposed to protect local development corporations from losing out on deals and possible litigation, according to Chase Gentry, executive dir...


Area leadership grateful for their share of capital outlay money

Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk said his village has a water system that was installed in the 1920s that desperately needs repairs, so he was pleased that the Senate approved funding for...


Views differ on wage increase

Earning an extra dollar an hour could mean loosening the pinch in a person's budget but it still no way to live, says Michael Hatch of Portales who's tired of living the paycheck-to...


Inmate files notice he may sue over alleged sexual assault at jail

A 20-year-old male inmate has given Roosevelt and Curry counties notice he may sue, alleging he was sexually assaulted by a Roosevelt County detention officer in December. In the tort claims notice, the man's attorney, Jennifer... Full story


Legislator pursues cloud seeding

Desperate times call for desperate measures, which is why Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said funding is needed to reinstitute a cloud seeding program in Roosevelt and Lea counties. Ingle's bill to secure $150,000 for a weather...


Lawmakers name priorities for last 14 days of session

Local legislators are relieved the state budget has been completed as the 2013 legislative session nears an end, but they say the next 14 days will be a scramble to get legislation heard and hopefully passed. "It's a mad house up... Full story


Sunland aims for full production by end of March

Five months after being at the center of a nationwide recall that shuttered its plant for several months, Sunland Inc. is ramping up for full production by the end of March, accordi...


Blizzard hammers region

A blizzard that plowed through the South Plains, bringing the area to a standstill, was the worst the area has endured in more than a decade, according to a National Weather... Full story


Habitat dedicates new home

The Ramos family of Clovis can literally say nearly 240 pairs of hands have touched their home on North Thornton Street. Volunteers from Curry and Roosevelt counties as well as...


Expo-goers seek technology to grow farms

Rancher and farmer Lane Grau of Grady walked up and down the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Event Arena Wednesday afternoon looking for the newest technology to improve his operation....


Local cruisers seek return home

Bethany Cota said she is going to make sure her house is clean and spotless as she awaits for her parents to return to their Portales home. After what they've been through, she...


Undersheriff: Sheriff's office won't support firearms ban

Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker is not alone in his stated refusal to enforce any federal gun ban, including assault weapons. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller says Sheriff Matt Murray's office will not support or...


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