ENMU students lobby to legislators

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University students are on a crusade to convince legislators to spend $130,000 on a pair of projects at the school. Part of the lobbying effort is being done through ENMU students, who are in Santa Fe lobbying for two separate bills requesting money from capital outlay. They are lobbying […]

Farmers’ water usage a concern

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Ute Water project wasn’t the only local water issue to come before last week’s meeting of a legislative interim committee. On Thursday morning, two state representatives spoke to the Water and Natural Resources Committee at Clovis Community College to explain the concerns of local residents over the consequences of unregulated […]

Officials discuss water supplies

By Darrell Todd Maurina Responding to drought conditions that have reached emergency levels in some parts of New Mexico, an interim committee of the State Legislature is holding two days of meetings in Clovis to discuss water supply concerns. Tuesday’s first session of the Water and Natural Resources Committee met at Clovis Community College and […]

Committee approves funds for CSC

By Tony Parra Portales finance committee members approved applications from the Community Services Center for two new 15-passenger vans at the finance committee meeting on Tuesday. City Manager Debi Lee said she spoke with Community Services Center Executive Director Pamela O’Malley on trying to fit the funds needed to match the federal grants from the […]

Committee makes budget cuts

By Tony Parra Finance Committee members were in limbo as to the status of funding for the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce and the Community Services Center, but eventually made cuts during Wednesday’s meeting. Finance committee members decided to make a 6.8 percent cut to the contracted services of Community Development coordinator Kim Huffman’s salary and […]

Committee confident it is on right track

By Tony Parra Portales finance committee members said they agreed on one thing after they approved the budget to be presented to city council members on Thursday. They’re heading in the right direction. In previous meetings, members have talked about the $1.2 million-dollar budget deficit and the high percentage of cost in the personnel category […]

More than 350 set to graduate from ENMU

PNT Staff More than 350 students will graduate from Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday. Graduation ceremonies are set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Greyhound Arena. According to Amy Holt, associate director of Institutional Research/Planning Services at ENMU, 352 students will graduate this year. Last year, 346 students graduated. University officials said 297 undergraduate […]

City officials look to reduce personnel costs

By Tony Parra City Manager Debi Lee stressed the importance of cutting costs in personnel and the first move was made in her budget proposal in Thursday’s finance committee meeting. In the previous budget meeting, Lee said normally the personnel portion for city budgets should be 50 to 55 percent, but the portion for Portales’ […]

Lee tells commission to reduce expenditures

By Tony Parra Portales city finance committee members were seeing red in this year’s first 2004-05 budget hearing. Red ink, that is. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said changes need to be made to the city’s budget to offset the $1.2 million-dollar budget deficit. “Financially in the big picture, we’re going to have to reduce […]

Portales to pick up its trash

MIchelle Seeber Clean and Beautiful. That’s how organizers of the Clean and Beautiful Committee want Portales to look by the end of the day Saturday. Veda Urioste, Clean and Beautiful coordinator and the city’s administrative assistant, said she is calling on volunteers from throughout Portales to participate in the city-wide trash cleanup that day. Groups […]