Commission balks at inmate health care price tag

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The cost of a contract for county inmate health care has the Roosevelt County Commission looking for other options. The commissioners expressed unhappiness with the $232,000 price of the contract for County Detention Center inmate health care at their meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. They voted to table […]

Commissioners to discuss inmate health care

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners plan to consider awarding a $232,000 inmate health care contract at their meeting, 9 a.m. Tuesday. County Manager Charlene Hardin said the annual contract would secure medical, pharmacuetical and mental health services. The county received one response to its request for services, from Correctional Healthcare Management Inc. of Greenwood […]

ENMU won’t renew men’s coach Scanlan

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is looking for a new men’s basketball coach. The school announced Monday that it will not renew the contract of Shawn Scanlan for the 2009-10 season. Scanlan went 102-143 in nine seasons at the helm, but was done in by a 10-44 overall record and […]

March 4, 1958

Dave Erwin, a cable man from Lovington, appeared before the Portales City Council with a suggested contract that would give him the right to use Portales alleys to run his cables. Eriwn promised that the inclusive contract would supply Portales with cable television for the next 25 years.

Curry County jail camera system being modified

F Installation of a new camera system at the Curry County jail is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. Curry County commissioners approved a $181,000 contract at Thursday’s special meeting. The new system will allow staff to pan and zoom high-resolution cameras and recordings will be backed up for 30 days, County […]

Bidding begins for air service contract

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The city’s air service provider will be bidding for another two-year contract, according to Great Lakes Airlines spokeswoman Monica Taylor. The U.S. Department of Transportation is accepting bids for a two-year contract for commercial air service to Albuquerque from Clovis and Silver City, according to a news release from […]

Mayor mulls terminating contract

By Clarence Plnk: PNT Staff Writer Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. isn’t ready to pull the city out of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments because of an embezzlement scandal at the regional planning agency. But the mayor says he does have some serious questions about what’s been going on at EPCOG and whether Portales […]

Boeing drops UAV classes in Clovis

Gabe Monte A major aircraft manufacturer ended a contract this week with Clovis Community College to conduct 10-week unmanned aerial vehicle training programs on campus. According to CCC officials, the college received about $130,000 during the two years of the contract. Boeing officials said the number of students entering the program in Clovis was not […]

Editorial: Writers’ Guild should accept contract terms

We’re writers, so we feel common bond with those who earn their living stringing words together. We’re also free-marketers, so we defend creators’ right to get a fair price for what they create. That’s why we empathize with the Writers Guild of America, whose members create programs for television, radio and movies that increasingly are […]

Cannon construction contract approved

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — A $12.1 million contract to renovate a fuel storage and loading facility at Cannon Air Force Base has been approved, according to a press release issued Friday by Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. First funded before the base was targeted by the 2005 base closure process, the project involves the renovation […]

Board votes to extend Fowler’s contract

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales School Board voted unanimously Monday to extend Superintendent Randy Fowler’s contract through the 2009-2010 school year. Fowler is in his third year as superintendent in the Portales district. He served as a teacher and administrator in the district for 19 years early in his career before becoming […]

Voting machines cause of concern

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor County clerks across the state are speaking out against the high cost of a maintenance contract for recently purchased voting machines mandated by the federal government. A Nebraska firm, ES&S sold the secretary of state machines for every county in the state last year. With the machines now a […]

Hardin’s contract renewed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Following a lengthy executive session, Roosevelt County Commissioners voted unanimously to renew County Manager Charlene Hardin’s contract for four years. “We’re all extremely satisfied with the county manager and pleased with the work she’s done,” said long-time commissioner David Sanders. As a part of the contract, Hardin’s salary will […]

Hospital working to address ER staffing problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital administrator James D’Agostino told hospital board members he is making a vigorous review of the hospital’s emergency room physician contract services after problems last week. D’Agostino said he made the decision to go on diversion (refer emergency room patients) to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis […]

Regents renew president’s contract

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University Regents rehired President Steven Gamble’s and heard a report outlining the potential for a drop in enrollment this fall at a Saturday meeting in Portales. The board of regents approved a one-year renewal of Gamble’s contract with a raise of 5.8 percent bringing his annual […]

Air service plan crashes to halt

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ air service deal with Great Lakes Aviation has been grounded. City and state officials raised concerns after the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Wyoming-based company a contract to provide air service between Clovis and Denver instead of the city’s choice — Albuquerque. The $2 million contract awarded last […]

Board of regents reorganizes

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents held their regular meeting at the Ruidoso Campus on Friday. Reorganization of the board was the main focus of the meeting with the election of officers and introduction of new student regent Charles Britton. Officers elected were: • President — Jay Gurley • Vice President — […]

Councilors address street concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As the Portales City Council’s regular meeting drew to a close Tuesday, Councilor Jake Lopez finally spoke about what had been on the minds of many — road conditions in Portales. “Our streets are terrible,” Lopez summed as he questioned what could be done. Lopez said he was referring […]

Superintendent’s contract extended

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools superintendent Randy Fowler got the school board’s stamp of approval at Tuesday’s regular board meeting with an extension of his contract through the 2008-2009 school year. The board also learned high school athletic director Don Gomez announced his retirement in a letter to the superintendent dated […]

Verhines hopes to keep position with ENMRWA

By Tony Parra The $300 million Ute Water Project for eastern New Mexico communities may have a new project manager by May. Or the job could go to the current project manager. Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members announced that Scott Verhines submitted his two-weeks notice to Louis Berger Group Inc. of Albuquerque in […]