Franchise agreement up to county commission vote

Freedom New Mexico During their meeting 9 a.m. Tuesday, the Roosevelt County Commission is expected to vote on a notice of intent to adopt a franchise agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company. The agenda also includes a budget adjustment to allocate traffic grant money and a year-to-date report from Ricky Lovato, Road Department chief.

Jobs safe amid proposed Clovis schools budget cuts

Freedom New Mexico No jobs will be lost at Clovis Municipal Schools if budget cuts proposed by the superintendent are approved by the school board. The board has scheduled a special meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss budget cuts and get public feedback. In a press release issued Friday by Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, proposed budget […]

Schools preparing for budget cuts

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Area schools are waiting for Gov. Bill Richardson to sign a package of measures that gives a less than 1 percent budget cut to public education. Portales Municipal Schools officials have been preparing for the budgets cuts since last summer. The cut for Portales would be between $350,000 to […]

Senate OK’s budget cuts; bill goes back to House

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate has approved a budget-cutting bill that is the central piece in a deficit reduction package being considered in a special legislative session. The Senate approved slightly less in spending cuts than the $257 million previously approved by the House. Now the bill must go back […]

House OKs bill cutting education funding

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in recession-wracked New Mexico who are trying to wrap up a special legislative session gave final approval to several deficit reduction bills and moved closer to deciding how much to cut schools and state agencies. They’re trying to fill a $650 million hole […]

First budget fix bill goes to NM governor

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers have sent Gov. Bill Richardson the first bill in a package of measures to fix a $650 million budget shortfall. The legislation frees up $117 million, largely by raiding the cash balances of state agencies and taking $68 million from a college scholarship […]

Prospects dim for tax hikes to plug N.M. budget hole

The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prospects for tax hikes during New Mexico’s special legislative session dimmed even further as a House panel rejected several tax bills. The House rules committee decided Monday that tax increases could not be considered because Gov. Bill Richardson did not put them on the agenda for the […]

Local legislators brace for special session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There are plenty of budget questions when the New Mexico Legislature goes into a special session Oct. 17. But there aren’t easy answers, local legislators say. “No agency wants to be cut, no department wants to be cut,” Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said, “but we’re close to […]

Meetings will address possible state budget cuts

Freedom New Mexico The prospect of looming budget cuts by the Legislature has prompted Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to schedule a series of meetings with local and state officials. Penny Bailey, communication specialist for the school district, said Seidenwurm will be meeting with government officials, business leaders and members of the ministerial alliance beginning […]

Hospital board meeting rescheduled

The Roosevelt County Hospital Board was unable to hold a meeting on Tuesday due to not having a quorum. The board plans to reschedule the meeting for another day or next week, as schedules permit. At that time, the board will hear the budget report, final budget for the fiscal year of 2009-10, staff report […]

Wedding planning featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on planning weddings and decorating on a budget will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Certified wedding specialist Melissa Widner will talk about traditional wedding attire for the bride and groom, and explain how picking a theme can carry over […]

Hospital sees profits

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer By Argen Duncan Roosevelt General Hospital finished the last fiscal year with a profit of more than $115,000, in spite of seeing losses in June, the chief financial officer has said. At the hospital board meeting Tuesday at RGH, hospital CFO Eva Stevens reported on the past fiscal year […]

School board to meet

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is set to have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. The agenda includes a technology plan addendum, the personnel report and budget adjustment and cash transfer requests.

Editorial: Proposed laws threat to growth of Internet

Thousands of revenue-hungry, budget-poor taxing agencies are turning their appetites to the Internet, where new business models generate big bucks, much of it beyond tax collectors’ reach. A host of proposals in statehouses and Congress to tax and regulate the Internet threaten to unleash a multitude of unintended, unpleasant consequences. These government intrusions, ranging from […]

School budget $2 million less than 2008-09

PNT staff The operating budget for Portales Municipal Schools for the next fiscal year, part of a final budget the Board of Education approved Monday night, is more than $2 million less than the ‘08-’09 operational budget.

Final budget approval on school board agenda

PNT Staff Report The final budget for the next fiscal year is expected to be approved at a meeting Monday of the Portales Municipal School Board.

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 […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

Joint powers agreement, budget top city agenda

PNT staff report The city of Portales is expected to renew a Joint Powers Agreement with Portales Municipal Schools — part of a general agreement to share athletic facilities — at today’s Portales City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The Portales High School baseball and softball fields, as […]

ENMU regents approve $51.9 million budget

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Board of Regents approved a $51.9 million budget on Friday, about $5,000 less than the budget for the 2008-2009 school year. ENMU President Steven Gamble warned the budget will be