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Senate group OKs wage hike

February 20, 2013 • Local NewsComments (0)

The state Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 5-3 Tuesday to pass a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50. Senate Bill 416, sponsored by Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Espanola, would raise minimum wage effective Jan. 1 of next year. Martinez said he knows people who are struggling under the current wage [&hellip...

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Deputy found guilty of criminal sexual penetration

February 18, 2013 • Local NewsComments (0)

Former Lea County Sheriff Deputy Danny Surratt, 62, was found guilty by a Lovington jury on charges of first-degree criminal sexual penetration of a 9-year-old girl. In September 2010, Surratt was arrested following reports of sexual assault on the 9-year-old...

Licensing is made easier for veterans

February 18, 2013 • Local NewsComments (0)

The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday to pass Senate Bill 258, sponsored by Sen. Bill Burt, R-Alamogordo, to expedite occupational and professional licensing for members of the military and their spouses who have already been granted licensing in...

County Commision to meet Thursday

February 18, 2013 • Local NewsComments (0)

The Chaves County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing regarding whether the county should issue a special use permit for a cell tower during its monthly meeting Thursday, 9 a.m. at the County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place. The...

One of Roswell’s Most Wanted now serving time for attempted murder

February 18, 2013 • Local NewsComments (0)

On Jan. 29, Jimmy Aragon pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon filed on April 18, 2011, and on separate charges of attempted murder that were filed on July 11, 2011. Aragon, 30, was among the first people listed as...

Boomer Expo delights

February 17, 2013 • Local NewsComments (0)

Lunch is served at Mel’s Diner, aka Frontier Medical, as Michael Chavez (Mel) and Tami Holt (Flo) serve up fun during the 4th Annual Baby Boomer Conference & Business Expo at the Roswell Convention Center, Saturday. (Mark Wilson Photo) People of all...

Prom dress fashion show delivers sparkle and shimmer

February 17, 2013 • Local NewsComments (0)

Young models await their turn to walk the runway during a prom dress fashion show hosted by Crystal Gowns at the Roswell Mall, Saturday. (Mark Wilson Photo) Formal dress shop Crystal Gowns presented a prom dress fashion show Saturday at the Roswell Mall,...

Legislators aim to bring state tax system ‘back to the basics’

February 17, 2013 • Local NewsComments (0)

Two state legislators have introduced legislation in an effort to reboot New Mexico’s tax system. Senate Bill 368, sponsored by Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, and House Bill 369, sponsored by Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Farmington, both propose the repeal of state...

Job Corps students prep for Pentatholon

February 16, 2013 • Local NewsComments (0)

Roswell Job Corps students try their hand at shooting a Steyr LP2 target pistol that fires a laser at its target during a training and orientation session with Mistic, Friday morning. Twenty students recommended by their superiors and 11 instructors will be...

Once lost, Jerry Beaver now lives to light a path for others

February 16, 2013 • Local NewsComments (0)

Jerry Beaver When Jerry Beaver, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, preaches about the transformative power of Christ, he speaks from personal experience. Born in a small town in Virginia, Beaver, 38, wasn’t raised in the church. As a young man, he wore...