Bills could aid Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer House bills beneficial to the Ute Water Pipeline Project are immersed in the many bills requesting money from the New Mexico legislative session. Both Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Scott Verhines, Ute Pipeline Project manager, have been giving testimony during the legislative session in support of bills affecting the […]

Legislation has hospital board guessing

By Kevin Wilson Proposed bills in the state Legislature could leave the Roosevelt General Hospital board with a few answers to burning questions, or create more questions themselves. Items that the state legislators are working on were part of the discussion at Thursday’s board meeting, including a pair of bills which may or may not […]

Counterfeit bills making rounds

By Tony Parra Portales residents may be carrying counterfeit bills in their wallets and purses and not even know it. The Portales Police Department will conduct a seminar on how to detect counterfeit money at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Memorial Building to help those people. Portales Police Department Detective Johnny Parker said the […]

Legislation work mind-boggling

By David Irvin While state legislators battle over the many thousands of bills scheduled to be introduced in the 47th Legislature, those with an active interest in the outcome of the discussions are often left in the dark. The number of bills passing through both houses each day is mind-boggling, officials say. And those peering […]

Rams will always mean Los Angeles

By Jim Lee We’re halfway through another NFL season already. It seems like only a week or so since the first of the preseason games, wondering which team would win a Super Bowl appearance or claim first place in felony convictions. Time sure goes by quickly when we’re having fun. My wife and I enjoy […]

Nursing home tax gets mixed reviews

David Arkin A House committee’s move on Sunday that one local lawmaker called “an example of the worst kind of government” could implement an $8.82 fee per occupied bed in nursing homes across New Mexico. The move is projected to raise about $22.5 million in state money. Because of the money the state would raise […]

Analysis: Lawmakers feeling the pressure

David Arkin Lawmakers last week crossed into the second half of their short legislative session — one that’s supposed to be focused on budget matters — with little accomplished. Hundreds and hundreds of bills still face lawmakers and special committees. There’s no doubt lawmakers are starting to feel the pressure of the shortened session, which […]

Stipulation in bill could cost county $100,000

By Mike Linn A minor stipulation in a bill that unanimously cleared the legislative process may cost Roosevelt County a hardy chunk of cash. House Bill 229, drafted to increase cash allocations to small counties in the state, requires that counties with a property value over $200 million must have three general gross receipts taxes […]