Officials propose capital outlay projects

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Not unlike youngsters lining up for a chance to sit on Santa’s knee, local government officials took their turn Monday presenting wish lists to area legislators for capital outlay projects. “We’ve got a good idea of what county and municipality entities need now,” Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said following […]

Lawmakers happy to see capital outlay projects approved

Staff and Wire Reports Gov. Bill Richardson faces a tough obstacle as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. He managed another tough obstacle earlier this week — pleasing a majority of state legislators — by approving nearly $700 million in capital outlay projects. “I have signed this capital outlay package without any vetoes as […]

Governor signs capital outlay bill

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a $622 million capital improvement measure without rejecting any projects with his line-item veto powers. The governor’s treatment of the massive capital outlay bill was in sharp contrast to last year when he angered lawmakers by cutting more than $100 million worth of […]

Richardson signs capital outlay bill into law

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson signed into law on Thursday a bill providing $82 million for capital improvement projects, including some he vetoed last year. Included in that bill is more than $2 million in projects in the Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca county area. Among those items are: • $220,000 for […]

ENMU absent from governor’s budget recommendations

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University officials knew capital outlay funding from the 2007 Legislature might be tight this year for the university, but the news that they had been left off the governor’s capital budget recommendations came as a hard blow. Among the major capital outlay projects ENMU submitted through […]

Officials eye legislative funding

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Local governmental officials say the signals from Santa Fe indicate another flush budget like last year. They also know from experience the competition for those dollars will be fierce. “It never fails — the more money there is the more competitive everything gets,” Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin said. […]

Jaguars maul Portales boys at Stu Clark

PNT Staff Report LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Portales Ram basketball coach Mark Gallegos has always said the experience his team receives at the Stu Clark Tournament in Las Vegas is important. But sometimes the lessons are hard. The Rams (3-3) got one of those lessons here Thursday as they lost to the Santa Fe Capital […]

Head Start looks to consolidate

By Casey Peacock and Karl Terry: PNT Staff The Eastern Plains Community Action Agency’s Early Headstart program in Portales is hoping to expand and centralize its operation. Program’s officials are hoping to accomplish that by adding on to a building leased from the city of Portales on Boston and moving out of one on South […]

Waste Water ordinance ok’d by city

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Councilors adopted an ordinance Tuesday dealing with industrial wastewater that gives the city the authority to notify users when they are out of compliance and assess a fine or even shut off those businesses that don’t bring their discharges in line. City officials say the ordinance was […]

ENMU De Baca Hall, targeted for re-opening

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer De Baca Hall has long been the first impression of Eastern New Mexico University for people driving west on First Street — that’s not necessarily a good thing, according to ENMU officials. ENMU administrators have included the De Baca renovation in a capital projects list to the New Mexico […]

Roosevelt County gets $6.3 million in capital outlay

By William P. Thompson A total of 69 projects in Portales and Roosevelt County will receive a portion of $6.3 million in capital outlay funding from the state Legislature in 2006. The Legislature had approved $6.7 million in funding prior to Gov. Bill Richardson’s vetoes. Richardson vetoed just four line items of requested funding from […]

Lawmakers fail to give governor some key items

By Deborah Baker The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers wrapped up 30 days of work Thursday without delivering on several of Gov. Bill Richardson’s key priorities. He called the session “disappointing” and said he would decide next week whether to call them back for a special session. Among the casualties: a minimum wage increase, […]

Senate quickly approves nursing home bed tax repeal

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The Senate gave quick approval Thursday to a measure that will repeal a politically unpopular tax on nursing home care. House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, said the House would take up a similar proposal early next week, raising the possibility that the Legislature could reach a final agreement […]

Roosevelt County, ENMU request $5 million in capital outlay funds

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County and Eastern New Mexico University representatives have each requested more than $5 million in capital outlay funds from the 2006 New Mexico Legislative Session. The session begins on Jan. 17 and one of the focuses of Gov. Bill Richardson, senators and representatives is how the money will be […]

Richardson pledges capital outlay for Cannon

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base is poised to double in size, as Gov. Bill Richardson has pledged millions in his capital outlay plan for expansion and infrastructure improvements at the recently jeopardized military installation. Richardson announced Wednesday a pledge of $5 million in capital outlay funds to purchase land adjacent to […]

Investment firm seeking opportunities

PNT Correspondent: Eric Butler Got a thriving small business with a potential to grow? Maybe even by leaps and bounds? Then New Mexico Community Capital CEO Jarratt Applewhite is looking for you. For the third time since NMCC was formed in November, Applewhite was in the Clovis/Portales area looking for businesses to invest some of […]

Sheriff’s department adds deputy

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff Department Sergeant Rick Short announced during Tuesday’s county commission meeting that the department will be adding another deputy, leaving only one vacancy. Sheriff Tom Gossett has previously said that a fully-staffed sheriff’s department would have 10 deputies, Gossett and Short. Short said there have been times in which the […]

Q&A: Keith Gardner

Keith Gardner is halfway done with what he calls an “eye-opening” experience. Gardner, a freshman member of the state House of Representatives, represents District 66, which includes Roosevelt, Chavez, Eddy and Lea Counties. He’s proud that the House hasn’t raised taxes yet, realizes that every issue has two sides and wants the legislative branch to […]

Rams look to build on Moriarty win

By Dave Wagner A heartbreaking, last-second defeat at Los Lunas on Dec. 17 left Portales High senior Chris Kirchner and his teammates seeing red. Kirchner scored 19 points and helped the Rams pull into a tie in the final minute, only to see Los Lunas’ Alex Stein hit a desperation 3-point bank shot at the […]

Cannon youth recognized by state official at townhall meeting

Jack King Two Cannon Air Force Base youths received Congressional Award bronze medals Monday from U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, N.M., during a townhall meeting in the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. Patrick Adams and Collin Randall each completed 100 hours of volunteer service, 50 hours of personal development, 50 hours of physical fitness training and […]