Water group receives funds for Ute Pipeline

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Ute Water Pipeline Project was awarded $4.52 million in the 2008 Water Trust Board funding cycle Wednesday in Santa Fe, according to a press release from the city of Clovis. The funding is a 20 percent loan, and 80 percent grant agreement, and is repayable […]

Area representatives: Health care plan not ready

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Area representatives and senators say Gov. Bill Richardson’s universal health care plan is a good idea, but it’s not ready for implementation and cost remains a question. Richardson wants to extend health coverage to uninsured New Mexicans. A summary of the plan states that the goal of insurance reform […]

Authority learns about water changes

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico TEXICO —All of southeastern New Mexico will soon fall under a critical management area that could impose metering on ground water, according to State Engineer John D’Antonio. D’Antonio spoke Wednesday at the New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting about how the state’s newly created Water Cabinet will change application […]

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 […]

Board approves $4.5 million bond sale

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools Board members briefly celebrated a successful bond election at Tuesday’s regular meeting, then took action to put the wheels of that victory in motion. The board gave unanimous approval to canvassed results of the election, then approved issuance and sale of $4.5 million in general obligation […]

Bovine TB outbreak funding OK’d

The Associated Press After pushing the Bush administration to release millions of dollars to address the latest cattle tuberc ulosis outbreak in eastern New Mexico, the state’s two U.S. senators announced Tuesday that federal officials will make $37 million available. The funding will be provided through the Commodity Credit Corporation and would allow the U.S. […]

ENMU sees less-than-rosy immediate future

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University administration and regents participated in a little crystal-ball gazing at Friday’s regular meeting and saw tougher times ahead for their budget. Officials from all three campuses presented their preliminary 2008-2009 budgets that have to be submitted to the state’s Higher Education Department. “We have no […]

Politicians using smoke screen against public

Editorial If lawmakers are worried about border security, they sure aren’t putting their money where their mouths are. Congress recently allocated $747 million to some 50 U.S. cities in its latest round of anti-terrorism funding, and just like previous allocations the money isn’t addressing what many say is their primary concern — keeping terrorists out […]

Senators fight for Cannon funding

Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Wednesday they continue to seek up to $68 million in funding for military construction at Cannon Air Force Base to support the new Air Force Special Operations Command mission. The senators offered three amendments to a defense policy bill on Wednesday intended to […]

Water board short of funding goal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor SANTA FE — Even with $2.271 million in state money the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board picked up Wednesday, the group remained short of its two-year goal for funding a portion of the design work on the Ute Water Project. “I think it was a good news-bad […]

Peanut funding bill thrown out

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The future of peanut storage funding is still up in the air after it was thrown out of an emergency supplemental bill attached to the Iraq funding measure being considered on Capitol Hill. New Mexico Peanut Growers representatives were in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to meet with congressional members […]

Water board considers funding

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Consideration of just how much project funding is likely this year topped discussions of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Clovis. ENMRWA requested $5 million in Ute Water Project funding from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature thinking the timing was right for their request […]

Cannon funding legislation introduced

Freedom Newspapers Sens. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D.-N.M., Monday introduced legislation to promote funding for two military construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. The legislation to authorize $9.2 million for work at Cannon was offered in advance of FY2008 defense authorization and appropriations bills to highlight the […]

Schools search for clinic solution

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools is facing the challenge of re-establishing a desperately needed school-based health clinic, according to the school administrator. Portales schools have been without a clinic since late last month when La Casa Family Health Center discontinued its contract service with the New Mexico Department of Health. Now […]

Lawmakers optimistic about Cannon funding

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegates are optimistic about the $9.2 million in military construction funding for Cannon Air Force Base included in the Bush administration’s budget proposal. The budget plan for the Department of Defense recommends two separate military construction projects for Cannon: • $7.5 million for an MC-130 Flight Simulator facility […]

Lawmakers review military spending measure

Freedom Newspapers Sen. Pete Domenici has asked the Air Force to determine if a military spending measure that the House passed Wednesday could adversely impact New Mexico Air Force installations, according to his spokesperson, Chris Gallegos. The House spending measure — to be considered by the Senate in coming weeks — provides extra money for […]

ENMU receives grant

PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University has finally received funding on a grant that will provide $613,800 in new science equipment. According to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office, the funding, which he secured last year from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used to buy molecular and […]

Politicians must let scientists handle scientific research

Editorial The recent finding that stem cells drawn from amniotic fluid rather than from human embryos might have induced a “timeout” from the ongoing politicization of the emerging field of stem-cell research. After all, the potential of stem cells to provide cures or treatments for a variety of diseases is still very much in the […]

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. […]

Water authority gears up for next congressional session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With 2007 being touted as the year of water by Gov. Bill Richardson, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is optimistic it will get maximum support for the Ute Water Project from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. The Authority hopes for the same optimism from the 110th […]