Press release: Bingaman says FAA bill invests in aviation infrastructure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman said he is pleased a bill that clears the Senate today will invest in New Mexico’s airport infrastructure and in the state’s economy. The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act continues funding for a number of programs that are important to New Mexico and the nation. Among […]

Their view: Congressman delighted by progress in district

This letter to the editor comes from U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M.: I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for welcoming me to your community this past weekend. Speaking with New Mexicans from Portales, Clovis, Melrose, San Jon and Tucumcari, I was honored that you welcomed me into your communities and […]

City council to update improvement plan

Freedom New Mexico The Portales City Council will take public comments and also plans to vote on what to include in its Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. It’s part of the council’s agenda for a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday — a day earlier in the week than normal. The plan designates which improvements in roads, […]

Bill would change infrastructure development authority

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 25 Development bill: The House Taxation and Revenue Committee has approved a measure (HB552) that would allow infrastructure development zones to be set up with local government approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow newly developed areas to pay for their own infrastructure […]

Water infrastructure getting a closer look

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor No matter what happens in Washington with the Ute Pipeline bill later this year, Portales officials say their focus is going to stay on supplying well water for a growing community. “I’m trying to stay positive that we’ll get the federal dollars we need to build the pipeline,” said […]

ENMU regents consider further infrastructure improvement

Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Reporter Eastern New Mexico University’s Board of Regents voted Friday to seek general obligation bonds to complete $11 million in infrastructure repairs. Scott Smart, ENMU vice president for business affairs, described the repairs as “very urgent projects” as he reported the university’s five-year capital projects list. “Each of these infrastructure needs […]

Rapidly growing population not biggest problem

Editorial America hit a milestone this week: 300 million residents. So many of the discussions about this growth make the assumption that a rapidly growing population is necessarily a bad thing. Regional discussions of growth tend to focus on increasing congestion, crowding and other problems. There is another side of this debate. Granted, more people […]

ENMU raises tuition for 2006-2007

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By William P. Thompson Tuition increases at universities throughout the nation have become an annual rite of passage for college students, and Eastern New Mexico University offers no exception. The university’s board of regents approved a measure Monday to raise undergraduate tuition by $72, graduate tuition by $81 and fees by $18 for the 2006-2007 […]

Richardson pledges capital outlay for Cannon

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base is poised to double in size, as Gov. Bill Richardson has pledged millions in his capital outlay plan for expansion and infrastructure improvements at the recently jeopardized military installation. Richardson announced Wednesday a pledge of $5 million in capital outlay funds to purchase land adjacent to […]

Committee to promote ENMU bond issue

By Tony Parra The General Obligation Bond Proposition B steering committee met on Wednesday to discuss acquiring support for a bond that would provide more than $9.5 million dollars for higher education in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Eastern New Mexico University would receive $8.913 million for buildings and infrastructure on campus. The total bond is […]