Governor signs bill to open conference committee meetings

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a bill that would make public legislative conference committee meetings where lawmakers reconcile differences between bills passed in the House and Senate. Richardson says he thinks the public wins by opening up the process the separate chambers use to reach agreement on bills. The governor […]

Senate agrees to open doors on committee meetings

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After more than 10 years of trying to open conference committees, new members of the Senate may have made the difference. The Senate voted late Thursday night 33-8 to approve a measure to open the committee meetings, some of the last shuttered gatherings at the Roundhouse. House Bill 393 […]

Clovis schools planning growth meetings

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Municipal Schools is planning three meetings to address plans for dealing with the expected growth from Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release. Current recommendations from the Facilities Master Plan and Growth Committee include building a third middle school and moving sixth grade students into the middle schools. The […]

March 5, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 16 Webcasting progress: The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved SR3, which would allow webcasting from the Senate floor. The measure now goes to the Senate floor for debate. Meanwhile, another lawmaker is webcasting from House committee meetings. Rep. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, is sending out video of meetings at www.nmgov.tv Fresh […]

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]

PHS News

AIP meetings planned Counselors will be holding Academic Improvement Plan meetings for students (and their parents) at risk for losing credit(s) this year. Parent meetings have been scheduled Tuesday through Dec. 9.

Local Briefs July 30, 2008

Bank receives MainStreet award First Community Bank of Portales received a community award from the New Mexico MainStreet program at its annual awards program Saturday in Raton, according to a press release. First Community Bank is among 12 statewide recipients of the award. The program serves 21 affiliated communities in New Mexico. Open meetings/records seminar […]

Meetings will discuss renewable energy

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico energy, rural and economic development organizations are inviting residents to a series of town hall meetings to discuss renewable energy development in rural communities, according to a press release from New Mexico State University. The first meeting is 9 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The next meetings […]

School board OKs sale of bonds

PNT Staff Report Plans for a new elementary school in Portales, approved by voters in October, are on track according to school administration officials. School board members met on Monday in a special meeting to give their approval for notice of the sale of $4.5 million in bonds. The sale is scheduled to take place […]

Clovis city workers to take weekend off

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Employees with the city of Clovis will take a much-deserved break from tornado cleanup efforts this weekend, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. Thomas made the announcement at two town hall meetings held Friday afternoon in Clovis. “The city will not be working this weekend,” Thomas said, “because they […]

Aug. 27, 2006 Club Notes

Altrusa International, Inc. of Portales met Aug. 14, in the Sandia Room at the ENMU Campus Union Building with 23 members and six guests present. Beverly Bennett, president, presided over the business meeting and conducted the opening ceremonies. Jo Nell Brooks gave the Altrusa Accent on “The Importance of Teachers.” Vaunceil Turnbough, secretary, read the […]

New Mexico First to discuss higher education at ENMU

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Preparing New Mexicans for the future by using higher education will be the premier focus at the New Mexico First community meeting taking place Friday at Eastern New Mexico University. According to their press release, New Mexico First was founded in 1986 by Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in […]

Town hall meetings bring teen drinking to light

Freedom Newspapers A harsh light will be shone on underage drinking at two town hall meetings scheduled this week for Portales and Clovis. The meetings will examine the extent of underage drinking in the area and address ways to prevent it, said Terry Teti, a consultant with Community Resources in Portales. According to the 2004 […]

Effort under way to open conference committes to public

The Associated Press SANTA FE — An effort is under way to open up what goes on behind closed doors in legislative conference committees. “Other public bodies have done this, and they’re still able to get things done,” said Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, sponsor of a measure to make conference committees meetings public. Conference committees, […]

Sept. 25 Local Briefs

Skate park meetings start Youth and parents are invited to a meeting for the creation of a skate park at the Recreation Center. The meetings will be held 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Recreation Center. For information, contact Lorenzo Baca at 760-7562, Jimmy Shiner at 714-5603 or Mary Carvey at 218-5048.

City council celebrates new channel

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors on Tuesday celebrated a new channel on Comcast cable television that will televise community events. Comcast viewers can flip to channel 19 and view Roosevelt County events, including the city council and school board meetings. Ortega also said organization members interested in posting events can contact […]

Residents have concerns about property plat

By Tony Parra Community residents filled up the Portales city hall on Tuesday at the city council meeting to listen in to the presentation of the subdivision preliminary plat which is planned to go up off of University Drive across from the Eastern New Mexico University baseball field. Ortega said the planning commission will have […]

July 7 Floyd News

Transitions Birthdays: Toni Whitecotton. Anniversaries: Clifton and Betty Gossett (50 years), Upcoming events • Lion‘s Club will meet Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Community Building. • School Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the school. • City Council will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Community Building. From the village […]

Student Advisory Council seeks longer Thanksgiving break

Tony Parra The Eastern New Mexico University President’s Student Advisory Council will hold its second meeting of the semester, today at noon, to discuss topics concerning ENMU organizations and students. One of the topics of concern is the absence of a break in between the beginning of the semester and Thanksgiving break. The Associated Students […]

City officials eager for certification

Tony Parra With an eye toward economic growth, Portales city officials say their first step is to gain certification from the New Mexico State Department of Economic Development. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council member Jake Lopez are concerned over Portales’ failure to become certified by the NMSDED in late July. “I believe that you […]