Local Briefs June 12

Staff reports Community Fan Drive under way The Print Shop, High Desert Honda and United Way of Eastern New Mexico are sponsoring Community Fan Drive 2008 from June to September.Many older individuals and families with small children sit in sweltering houses during hot New Mexico summers without air conditioning or even a fan, according to [...]

Law enforcement seizes two more meth labs

PNT Staff Report Law enforcement seized ingredients and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine Sunday at two locations in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said two suspects in the case were arrested on outstanding warrants. He said investigators are pursuing warrants for the [...]

County Commission District 2 candidate: Richard Leal

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Name: Richard Leal Age: 50 Occupation: General manager of the Roosevelt County Water Cooperative Running for: County Commissioner, District 2 Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: Board of Directors for New Mexico Rural Water Association, Arch fire chief, currently assistant fire chief for Dora Why are you running for county commissioner? As a lifelong member [...]

More than $2 million in capital outlay OK’d

By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers If at first your bill gets vetoed, resubmit. And then, it just may get signed. This was the case with Eastern New Mexico University which was allocated more than half a million dollars from the New Mexico Legislature on Wednesday for the Portales campus alone. ENMU President Steven Gamble was [...]

Richardson signs $341 million capital outlay

Freedom New Mexico staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill this morning allocating $341 million for capital improvements statewide, including more than $7.3 million in funding to the region. He also vetoed $580,000 in regional project requests, including a $350,000 request for a Clovis communications/administration building. The vetoes account for around 8 [...]

Hospital adds trauma center designation

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital emergency room personnel say the hospital’s designation as a Level IV trauma center will standardize their operations and provide needed funding for equipment and training. “It’s really a feather in our cap,” said Dr. Matt Foster, trauma medical director at RGH. “We’re the only Level IV [...]

Under construction

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The $8.5 million remodel at the Eastern New Mexico University Science Building is more than halfway complete and on schedule, according to university officials. ENMU staff and administrators toured the building Tuesday, including the remodeled portions of the original building, which was gutted, and the new wing on the [...]

Veteran helps those in need

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico James Freeman calls it his “Aid to the Disabled Program.” “James originally started the program to collect medical equipment for disabled veterans,” said Keith Barker acting exalted ruler for the Elks Lodge 1244, which helps sponsor Freeman’s efforts. Freeman has been collecting, repairing and distributing medical equipment that has [...]

Business to offer variety of repair services, sell boats

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By Casey Peacock Jump River Repair will provide a variety of services when it officially opens next month. Housed at 100 S. Chicago, the business will offer equipment repairs, welding and fabrication, and sell boats, construction equipment and parts, according to owner Eddie Hiner. Hiner will be joined by son-in-law Jon Nagel, who is relocating [...]

10-25 Local Briefs

Senate passes funding request The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill, which includes a request from Sen. Pete Domenici, R.M., for $1 million in funding for Eastern New Mexico University. The bill will now be sent to a conference committee to reconcile differences between it and [...]