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    County Commission passes adult biz law

    December 20, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    After months of re-drafting and tweaking, the Chaves County Commissioners adopted an ordinance Thursday that regulates adult businesses in the county. The commissioners reiterated there are no known plans for anyone to establish a sexually oriented business...

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    Commission sheds courthouse dress code; Courthouse is battleground in power struggle

    December 19, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    While weapons remain prohibited, the Chaves County commissioners adopted a resolution Thursday lifting a ban on cellphones in the courthouse that was put in place by district court judges several years ago. (Jeff Tucker Photo)   Visitors and tourists of...

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    Judge Riggs shares philosophies on life

    December 18, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Fifth Judicial District Judge Kea Riggs speaks at Wednesday’s Christmas Luncheon of the Chaves County Republican Women at the Elks Lodge. (Jeff Tucker Photo)   Chaves County’s first female district court judge said the woman who would become the...

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    Several candidates file for school boards

    December 17, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Thirteen candidates filed Tuesday for 11 school district board positions up for election in February, while five candidates filed for three positions on the College Community Board of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. All the candidates filed...

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    Supreme Court picks Roswell for dairy hearings

    December 15, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    The New Mexico State Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court decision that will keep the upcoming Dairy Rule hearings in Roswell, thwarting a legal move by an environmental group to have the rule-making hearings held in Santa Fe instead of Roswell. The...

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    Several jury trials delayed

    December 15, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Several high-profile jury trials that had been scheduled to take place this month in Chaves County have been continued until next year. The jury trial of Kenneth “Ray Ray” Whiteside was scheduled to take place today in Fifth Judicial District court in...

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    Cadets involved in NMMI attack no longer enrolled

    December 13, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Three recent cadets at New Mexico Military Institute implicated or involved in a ninja-style attack on the campus last month are no longer on the roster of cadets. Ejiroghene Sipho Michael Adjekuko, 19, of Atlanta, and Chance Butler, 16, of Pampa, Texas, were...

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    Seventh DUI lands Roswell man 3-year prison sentence

    December 12, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Lucero   A Roswell man involved in a motorcycle crash in March has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of his seventh offense of driving under the influence. Mark Lucero, 49, was also sentenced Dec. 1 by 5th Judicial District...

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    Second NMMI cadet charged in masked assault; Expert: NMMI stonewalling was contrary to open records law

    December 11, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Adjekuko   A second cadet at New Mexico Military Institute, a quarterback for the junior college football team, has been charged with a felony in connection to a ninja-style attack on another cadet on the Roswell campus last month. Ejiroghene Sipho...

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    Commission raises GRTs, lowers property taxes

    December 10, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    The Chaves County Commissioners voted Tuesday to raise gross receipt taxes while also voting to decrease property taxes to their lowest levels since 1995. Some of the five Republican commissioners had said they would never vote for a tax increase, although...