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Espinoza’s father passes

January 28, 2011 • Local NewsComments Off

The father of a local lawmaker and business owner died Thursday of health complications following a battle with cancer. Roland Basmeson, 80, was father to Nora Espinoza, a Roswell Republican serving in the state House of Representatives. “He was just a great man — very giving and very kind,” Espinoza said. “I know he’s in...

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Martinez visits elementary school

January 28, 2011 • Local NewsComments Off

Gov. Susana Martinez is greeted by the entire student body at East Grand Plains Elementary School, Thursday morning during a brief visit to Roswell. (Mark Wilson Photo) A group of Roswell kindergarten students took a break from their regular coursework...

Grass that glitters

January 27, 2011 • Local NewsComments Off

Pampas grass is back-lit by the mid afternoon sun on a crystal clear afternoon recently. (Mark Wilson Photo) [/auth...

City, museum partner to put on UFO Festival

January 27, 2011 • Local NewsComments Off

Organizers of this year’s UFO Festival say the planning to make the event a great time for all is already under way. Officials hosted a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the new partnership between the city of Roswell and the International UFO...

Espinoza seeks statewide vote to define marriage as man/woman

January 27, 2011 • Local NewsComments Off

A Roswell state House lawmaker is continuing her fight to define marriage in the state constitution as the union of one man and one woman. Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, again introduced a joint House resolution that seeks to put the issue on a ballot for...

Lawmakers push for drug testing

January 27, 2011 • Local NewsComments (2)

Two local lawmakers are seeking to make some recipients of certain forms of government assistance submit to drug testing in order to get a check from the state. Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, a top Democrat legislative leader, and Rep. Candy Spence...

Education bills in the House

January 26, 2011 • Local News, NewsComments Off

Lawmakers across the state introduced about 40 education-related bills after the Legislature convened in Santa Fe last week. Issues range from school lunch nutrition, grade promotions and moratoriums on building new schools. Here is a breakdown of House bills...

Just hanging out

January 26, 2011 • Local NewsComments Off

Taking advantage of spring-like weather siblings Liam and Dana Kennedy climb the ‘Spacenet’ at Cielo Grande playground, Saturday morning. (Mark Wilson Photo) [/auth...

Unclaimed lotto ticket worth $10K

January 26, 2011 • Local NewsComments Off

The winner of a Powerball ticket worth $10,000 has yet to claim his or her prize. New Mexico Lottery officials say they do not know who the unknown lotto player is or where he or she lives, but the ticket was purchased at the Roswell Chevron FoodMart No. 46,...

Kintigh looks to strip speakers’ committee authority

January 26, 2011 • Local NewsComments Off

A local state lawmaker hopes to start a debate on House member committee assignments and ultimately seeks to strip nearly all of Speaker Ben Lujan’s authority to craft each committee. Rep. Dennis Kintigh, RRoswell, is seeking a House rule change that...