Funding bill comes out of committee

Freedom Newspapers A spending measure that passed the committee level Thursday contains funding for Eastern New Mexico University and an economic development project in Portales. Tthe Senate Appropriations Committee that Thursday passed the FY2006 Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary and Housing and Urban Development (TTHUD) Appropriations Bill. The measure, which provides $620,000 for science and technology [...]

State gets funding to help job transitions

Staff and Wire Reports The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to award the state $1 million in job transition funds since it could be affected by the Pentagon’s plans to close Cannon Air Force Base and transfer jobs from White Sands Missile Range. The funds would be used in eastern New Mexico to support [...]

Bingaman seeks funds for Cannon

PNT Staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today outlined his fiscal year 2006 spending priorities for military construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base. In a letter to top Senate appropriators, Bingaman requested $5.5 million to upgrade the Munitions Storage Area at Cannon Air Force Base. The current munitions maintenance facility, which provide for [...]

Colleges to receive funds

Freedom Newspapers Thirteen New Mexico colleges and universities, including Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, have been awarded federal funds to support low-income students, according to a press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. CCC will receive $235,689 and ENMU will receive $336,121, the release said. The funds, which come through the U.S. [...]

Sustaining budget a big priority

By David Irvin Sustaining the state budget will be a central topic when the New Mexico Legislature convenes for its 60-day session Tuesday. Local legislators said inflating health care costs and problems with financing Medicaid have become an increased burden to the state and its budget. The question of whether the budget and future budgets [...]

County could profit from proposed bill

David Arkin If the House’s support is any indication, Roosevelt County’s wallet will be a little greener. A bill that amends part of the Small County’s Assistant Act passed the House late last week. If the bill holds up in the Senate and the governor approves it, Roosevelt County will see a benefit in the [...]

Committee to lobby for fairground funds

Mike Linn County officials and residents have formed a committee to lobby for federal funding to revamp the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Ag. Extension Agent Floyd McAlister presented a case for pursuing funds to the Roosevelt County Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting, stating increased capacity would make the Fairgrounds more attractive to exhibitors at the [...]

County makes deal to ease crowded jail

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission approved a temporary solution to jail overcrowding during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The commission approved a joint agreement with the Dickens County detention center east of Lubbock to house some the Roosevelt County prisoners. The cost to Roosevelt County $38 per day, according to Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator Jesse [...]

County tries to recoup detention center costs

By Mike LInn County officials are taking parents of Roosevelt County juvenile offenders to court to retrieve the costs of transporting and housing the inmates to area detention centers. Roosevelt County Attorney Eric Dixon filed 53 civil summons seeking roughly $50,000 the county paid to Curry and Quay counties for housing the juvenile inmates because [...]

City threatens to cut off nursing home’s water

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By Mike Linn The city of Portales may soon cut off the water to a nursing home unless an overdue bill totaling more than $10,000 is paid. Portales City Attorney Stephen Doerr sent a letter dated June 5 to Heartland Continuing Care Center explaining that the water debt is $10,760.87. The letter said if the [...]