Council approves funding for new hotel

Mike Linn If everything goes according to plan, Eastern New Mexico University’s Natatorium won’t harbor the only indoor swimming pool in Portales. The Portales City Council has agreed to spend $61,000 to help fund the construction of a new 65-room, Holiday Inn Express (prototype) hotel, complete with an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi and exercise […]

Board of Regents discuss budget, tuition

Tony Parra Santa Fe is a political hot spot right now and the Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents decided to meet there on Thursday to discuss budget-balancing and banking services for ENMU-Roswell as well as to meet with state legislators on the 135-mile rule. Colleges such as ENMU and New Mexico State University offer […]

Bush pushes tax cuts at Roswell visit

Jack King ROSWELL — President Bush on Thursday drove home points from his State of the Union address as he enjoyed a friendly southeastern New Mexico crowd. Bush spoke to an audience the Secret Service estimated at 1,800 in Roswell’s Convention and Civic Center, a talk billed as remarks on the war on terrorism, but […]

Sexual orientation discrimination bill to be debated

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A highly controversial ban approved last year will again be on the agenda for this year’s session, all because the governor signed the wrong version of the bill last year. Two local lawmakers said they will not support it. Last year, lawmakers approved a ban on discrimination based […]

Group formed to promote, tout pipeline project

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com With almost $300 million in taxpayer money sought to fund the Ute Pipeline Project, organizers say public information regarding the intricacies of an increasingly complex plan is essential. To help explain, educate and promote the project, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority formed a four-member […]

Proposed bill would help fund transporting inmates

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A bill introduced on Wednesday by a local lawmaker could provide $2 million for the transportation of parole violators. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said from his Santa Fe office that he introduced SB 90, legislation that would appropriate funds to the state’s Corrections Department to reimburse counties for […]

Local reaction to Bush’s State of the Union address

“I thought it was an excellent speech myself. I thought he covered a lot of the things the folks in the United States are concerned about and would like to hear the president’s thoughts on. That’s the best speech I’ve ever seen him give. He used to kind of pause a little bit and fidget […]

Portales couple agitated with city over land sale

Tony Parra A Portales couple denied by the Portales City Council permission to build an apartment on the southwest part of town is upset after learning the city sold land in the same area to an Albuquerque developer planning a similar project. In May, plans submitted by Victor and Linda Baca to build a multi-family […]

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. […]

ENMU supports funding formula

David Arkin While the Christmas season has already passed, the legislative season is just getting under way and officials everywhere, including at Eastern New Mexico University, have filled out their wish lists. Those officials’ version of Santa Claus — Gov. Bill Richardson and his many elves — have sifted through numerous requests for buildings, services […]