ENMU regents OK revise for technology building proposal

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PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University Regents have approved revised language in a previously passed proposal for a $9 million renovation to the university’s Technology Building. Regent Marshall Stinnett was at the regular meeting Tuesday in person, while Regents Pauline Ponce and Chad Lydick were on the phone to constitute a quorum to vote [...]

Council approves preliminary budget

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer At a regular meeting of the Portales City Council Tuesday night, a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2009-10 was approved unanimously. The final budget, which will be preceded by a public meeting, won’t need to be passed until July. The projected revenue for the city is expected to be [...]

Lee to accept Ruidoso position

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Ruidoso Village Council has approved a contract to hire Portales City Manager Debi Lee, who said she will take the job. The Ruidoso Village Council unanimously approved the contract Tuesday, said Barbara Fleming, deputy village manager. According to the contract, she said, Lee’s salary is $95,000 a year [...]

ENMU regents approve room and board rate increase

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved a 3-percent increase Tuesday in room and board rates for the next school year. The rate increase was approved on a 3-1 vote, with Student Regent Robert Wachter the lone dissenter. Vice President of Student Affairs Judith Haislett said the [...]

March 19, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: two Media literacy: Under a bill approved by both the House and Senate, public schools could offer media literacy as an elective class. The measure (HB342) calls for the electives to be offered to 6th through 12th graders starting in the 2010-2011 school year. Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, is carrying [...]

Bill seeks transparency on state spending

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican State expenditures would be displayed online and searchable under a measure the Senate approved Tuesday, one of a few moves that would increase transparency in the Roundhouse this year. Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, who is carrying the measure (SB159), said it would make it easy for people to follow [...]

School district state funding decrease

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales Municipal Schools has $211,000 less in its operational fund than expected, but the director of finance said the district has a financial cushion to prevent problems. The board of education approved a number of budget adjustments, including two decreases to the operational fund, at its meeting Monday in [...]

March 5, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 16 Webcasting progress: The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved SR3, which would allow webcasting from the Senate floor. The measure now goes to the Senate floor for debate. Meanwhile, another lawmaker is webcasting from House committee meetings. Rep. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, is sending out video of meetings at www.nmgov.tv Fresh [...]

Law reducing paperwork approved

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 21 Penalizing paperwork: The House has approved a measure (HB367) that would reduce the amount of paperwork that state agencies can send to lawmakers. It puts some teeth into a current law that puts a five-page limit on what agencies can send to lawmakers, with a few exceptions.

Hospital board policy change approved

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board has approved a policy prohibiting employees from serving on the board of directors. The policy was adopted on a 3-1 vote Tuesday. Board members Fred Anthony, Terry Cone and Dr. Lonnie Alexander voted for the policy. Peggy Davis was the lone vote against. The [...]