Roosevelt, De Baca receive PILT funds

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases […]

HUD allocates $58 million to help homeless veterans

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service

Business exchanging letters for CD

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Area residents can support troops and get an exclusive CD all in one place. Big Valley Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep is participating in a nationwide effort to collect a total of 1 million notes thanking troops for their service, said Big Valley sales representative Kurt Conard. The Zac Brown Band, a country group, is working […]

Dynasty to bankruptcy

By Mary Ann Milbourne: Freedom News Service Editor’s note: Freedom Communications announced Friday it has emerged from bankruptcy. Freedom is the owner of Freedom New Mexico, including the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun.

Farmers’ Electric receives $28.1 million USDA loan

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Farmers’ Electric Cooperative of Clovis is receiving a $28.1 million loan to upgrade its electric delivery system for seven counties in eastern New Mexico and three in Texas. The cooperative will use the money to expand service to current customers and extend service to new customers. It also will replace […]

N.M. lawmakers OK $200 million tax increase package

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Legislature approved a measure Wednesday to raise taxes by more than $200 million next year to help balance the state budget, the largest tax increase package in more two decades. Passage of the measure moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically […]

Analysis: Budget takes backseat to memorials, whistleblower bill

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican So what did taxpayers get for the $4.87 million 30-day budget session of the state Legislature? Well, one thing we didn’t get was a budget for state government. Because the state Senate and House couldn’t agree on a budget plan, Gov. Bill Richardson said he’ll call a special session […]

Golden shovels signal start of CDC addition

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Col. Stephen Clark, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, gets a helping hand from Ryienne Brown, daughter of Staff Sgt. Fabiola Brown, 27th Special Operations Wing Legal Office, during a groundbreaking for a new addition at the Child Development Center Feb. 11. The renovated building will include […]

N.M. dairies to share nearly $3 million

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Farm Service Agency says it will issue nearly $3 million in payments to dairy farmers in New Mexico. The payments will be made through the Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Program. Eligible producers will receive a one-time direct payment based on the amount of milk both produced and commercially marketed […]

School board approves sale of $1.9 million in bonds

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education has approved the issuance and sale of $1.9 million of general obligation school bonds, which are intended to finance roof repairs at Portales High School as top priority. The board voted unanimously for the measure at their meeting Tuesday in the district […]

Senate bill to include $1.5 million in road projects for Clovis

Freedom New Mexico A spending bill finalized for a Senate vote contains nearly $1.5 million for road projects in Curry County, according to a release from U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. More than $11.6 million for New Mexico is in the bill, including $500,000 for replacement of the Hull Street Overpass and $974,000 […]

ENMU regents to discuss funding cuts

Freedom New Mexico At their meeting today, the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss a process to handle possible reductions of between $2 million and $2.5 million in state appropriations for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. University President Steven Gamble said those figures are the worst-case scenario. The meeting is set […]

Elida man wins $1.1 million in lottery

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A 71-year-old Elida man has won $1.1 million in the New Mexico Lottery. Aurbra King had the nation’s only ticket matching the winning numbers in the Nov. 18 Hot Lotto jackpot drawing, beating odds of one in almost 11 million, according to a news release from the New Mexico […]

Cannon partners with communities in water project

27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Groundwater is a precious commodity in many parts of the world, including the High Plains of eastern New Mexico. The Federal government recognized the importance of this resource for the long-term sustainability of this region and earlier this year President Obama authorized the Bureau of Reclamation to spend up […]

Melrose Bombing Range spared from legislative cuts

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The $5 million for expansion at the Melrose Bombing Range has escaped cuts in the Legislature. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-District 27, said the money is there for now, although he doesn’t know what the governor will propose. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the project has been around since the […]

Press release: More than $18 million in CRP payments going to New Mexico farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Salomon Ramirez, State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico today announced that USDA has almost completed issuing over $18 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments to eligible producers in New Mexico. More than $1.7 billion in CRP payments are being made on 31 million acres across the country. […]

Bill OKs $1 million for Ute project

Freedom New Mexico A multi-billion dollar bill signed into law Wednesday includes $1 million for the Ute pipeline project. The $34 billion 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill was signed into law by President Obama, according to the offices of Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico. Projects receiving money include the Ute […]

Lawmakers disagree on distributing dairy money

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Lawmakers in Congress from eastern and western states disagreed Thursday on how to distribute $350 million in federal money designated to help dairy farmers. Under an agreement set Wednesday, $60 million would go to buy surplus dairy products, but there were no details on how to dole out the […]

Players aren’t only winners in New Mexico Lottery

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For a handful of area residents, scratching, picking and rubbing has turned out to be lucrative. Curry and Roosevelt County residents won more than $3.4 million by playing the lottery in fiscal year 2009, according to the New Mexico Lottery. The numbers show about $6.3 million spent playing to […]

Texico, Fort Sumner schools receive capital outlay money

Freedom New Mexico Texico and Fort Sumner Municipal School districts were awarded money from the Public School Capital Outlay Council Thursday, according to a news release. Texico will get $3.8 million in state funds to renovate its schools and Fort Sumner will receive $5.6 million in state funds to renovate the middle and elementary schools. […]