ENMU looking to conservation for savings

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University students will see some changes in the way they shower, drink water and flush their toilets resulting in thousands of dollars saved next year. ENMU officials received approval from the ENMU Board of Regents to get bids for construction work to implement a cost saving program involving water […]

Dairies impact area school enrollment

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Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers At least three school districts in eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas expect enrollment increases this fall, largely due to the growing dairy industry as well as requirements for the No Child Left Behind Act. Muleshoe, Grady and the Clovis Christian all expect slight enrollment increases, with Muleshoe installing eight […]

Commissioners to vote on gross receipts tax increase

By Kent Graves: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Commissioners will vote June 21 on an ordinance that, if approved, will increase the county gross receipts tax and raise county revenues by an estimated $115,000 a year. A public hearing was held on Ordinance 05-03 yesterday in the Commissioner’s meeting room at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. […]

ENMU regents approve course fees increase

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved an increase in course fees on Friday for art classes to help in the expense of Macintosh computers and software. The regents approved the hike in course fees for ENMU’s Macintosh computer labs during Friday’s Board of Regents meeting. The computer lab is […]

ENMU announces tuition increase for 2005-06

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble met with members of the Board of Regents in Ruidoso, which resulted in an increase in tuition and board expenses along with pay increases for ENMU staff. The transition from instructional center to campus status was approved by the 2005 New Mexico […]

Background on expansion

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base seeks to expand its military airspace to allow pilots to fly lower and faster. If approved, the airspace would increase by 700 square miles to 3,300 square miles. Changes proposed in the expanded areas include lowering the altitude pilots can fly from 1,000 feet above ground to 500 feet […]

ENMU enrollment holds mix of good, bad news

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University president Steven Gamble went into more detail over enrollment numbers for the regents during the Board of Regents’ meeting on Friday morning and gave the regents a mix of good and bad news. First, Gamble spoke about the good news. The good news is that the fall enrollment […]

Deputies receive pay increase

By Tony Parra Despite a budget crunch, Roosevelt County Commissioners relented on Tuesday and agreed to a hourly pay increase of $2 for certified Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department deputies. The starting pay of $10.82 for deputies will increase to $12.82, effective as of the start of the next pay period on Oct. 12. Non-certified deputy […]

Sheriff’s department asks for salary increases

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department officials presented county commissioners with a cost analysis on Tuesday for an increase in pay, but county commissioners stressed that it’s not in the budget. Currently the starting hourly rate for a non-certified Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy is $9.62 and $10.82 for a certified candidate. In comparison, Portales […]

ENMU enrollment on the rise

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University continues the trend of rise in enrollment with 3,959 students for the fall semester, the biggest enrollment number since 1993 when there were 3,973 students and the second highest number in the last 20 years, according to an ENMU press release. ENMU’s enrollment had dipped from 3,973 students […]

Prudence is needed in robust housing market

By Randy Johnson Double, double, toil and trouble: Is there really a bubble? With apologies to Shakespeare, this is a good question. A bubble traditionally has been defined as a situation where the price of an object rises because of an expectation that it will keep rising, not because the rise is based upon fundamental […]

ENMU enrollment rises 8 percent for summer session

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment for the last two years has been bucking a downward trend and the same held true for the summer session. University President Steven Gamble said enrollment for the summer session this year is at 1,240, up 8 percent from last year’s total of 1,143, an increase of […]

Three-tiered plan causes concerns for school board

By Tony Parra Portales Schools Finance Director Murphy Quick presented a rough draft of the 2004-05 budget to the school board members on Wednesday and all of the talk was regarding what effect a three-tier licensure will cause to the budget. The New Mexico Legislature approved House Bill 212 to implement a three-tier plan to […]

State reports 11 percent rise in child abuse

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Child abuse reports in New Mexico increased by about 11 percent from 2002 to 2003, the state Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed. Figures released by the department show CYFD received 27,525 abuse reports last year, an increase of 2,708 from the year before. The number of cases […]

ENMU regents announce tuition hike

Tony Parra@link.freedom.com Eastern New Mexico University officials announced a 6 percent tuition increase during the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday in Ruidoso. ENMU president Steven Gamble said an increase of 6 percent to the tuition rate was approved by the Board of Regents members. Gamble said the rate is low compared to other universities, such […]

Budget proposal seeks tuition hike

David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University would have a few things to look forward to and a list of items that aren’t so favorable if a senate committee’s budget proposal holds up. The Senate Finance Committee’s budget, which was approved on Tuesday and now is headed for the Senate, requires universities to increase tuition by […]

Legislature focuses on education

David Arkin New Mexico has always had a particular love for education. A peek into the doors of the Legislature in Santa Fe this session would indicate to one just how energized the education arena has become. Around every corner there seem to be more and more bills addressing a variety of education issues, everything […]

Richardson heading to Portales High School

Tony Parra Bill Richardson says he is serious about education reform and he will be in Portales on Wednesday to explain why changes should be made. Richardson will speak at the high school at 4:30 p.m., and answer questions about changes he is proposing to the state Constitution. One of Richardson’s amendments would transfer the […]

Ute pipeline may cause water rates to double

Jack King TUCUMCARI — Monthly water rates in some area communities could double or triple once the Ute water pipeline is in place, a financial study says. The rates of all communities participating in the project would rise and beyond some communities’ capacities to pay without various types of support, Clovis Public Works Director Harry […]

ENMU milking publicity

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Mike Linn Milk has a reputation of promoting healthy teeth and bones. The dairy product will also promote Eastern New Mexico University in the near future. About 100 new milk trucks to arrive at Milk Transport Services in Portales are slated to bear a large green decal that reads: “Got College? Eastern New Mexico University.” […]