Further delays could drive up pipeline price

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local officials told an interim committee of the State Legislature on Wednesday morning that any further delays in building the Ute Water pipeline will hike costs by about $3 million per year. Total capital and enhancement costs for the proposed Ute Water system are now estimated at $310.2 million, according to […]

Schools dealing with less money than expected

Staff and Wire Reports School districts across New Mexico say they are making do with less state money than expected this year by cutting positions and dipping into reserves, according to a survey conducted by the Albuquerque Journal. Those cost-cutting measures come during a year in which the state increased its draw from a state […]

Water project may seek other funding

By Mike Linn A member of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority believes there is a 50 percent chance the funding formula for the estimated $307 million Ute Water Project will change. ENMRWA board member Catherine Haynes, who was in Washington, D.C., last week lobbying for federal funding of the project at 80 percent, […]

County unemployment rates drop

By Mike Linn The parking lot of the state labor department’s Clovis branch was virtually empty Thursday afternoon. Inside the building, Bethany Hanner — a 20-year-old who lost her job on Tuesday — searched the labor department’s online database for work. “This place has been helpful,” she said. She was the only one there looking […]

Ute Water bill in trouble

By Jack King The commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation told members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee Thursday the Bush administration does not support authorization legislation for the Ute Water Project as it is written. And in a press release Thursday, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said he also would not support the bill as […]

Students focus on careers

By Mike Linn Lori Noland feels lucky she’s on the verge of landing a job in her field, just three weeks after graduating college. The 2004 Eastern New Mexico University graduate said she has been through the interviews, and if she gets security clearance, she’ll work as a contracting specialist for the National Security Agency, […]

Kernan holds off Palmer

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent While lawmakers across the state will be fretting on Election Day in early November, worrying if they will get enough support to win their races, Gay Kernan will probably have her feet up. Kernan’s hard work is already done. The Hobbs school teacher defeated William Palmer, a Lovington oil man, […]

Kernan maintains lead over Palmer

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Hobbs lawmaker Gay Kernan late Tuesday looked as if she may hold onto her Senate seat. Kernan held a 59-41 percent lead over opponent William Palmer for the Senate District 42 Republican seat, according to Palmer and the Secretary of State’s Web site. Kernan had received 1,136 votes and Palmer […]

Regents approve 2004-05 budget

By Tony Parra In the midst of budget season for public entities, the Board of Regents members met to approve the fiscal year 2004-05 operating budget. The total budgeted revenues of $45,273,400 are comprised of: state funding (57 percent), tuition and fees (19 percent), sales/services (13 percent), state grants (5 percent) and other (6 percent). […]

City officials look to reduce personnel costs

By Tony Parra City Manager Debi Lee stressed the importance of cutting costs in personnel and the first move was made in her budget proposal in Thursday’s finance committee meeting. In the previous budget meeting, Lee said normally the personnel portion for city budgets should be 50 to 55 percent, but the portion for Portales’ […]

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 […]

Lee tells commission to reduce expenditures

By Tony Parra Portales city finance committee members were seeing red in this year’s first 2004-05 budget hearing. Red ink, that is. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said changes need to be made to the city’s budget to offset the $1.2 million-dollar budget deficit. “Financially in the big picture, we’re going to have to reduce […]

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 […]

County officials plan budget, hear requests

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission officials went through a budget hearing Tuesday afternoon during a special session, to review each department’s request and the Sheriff’s Department and the Detention Center stressed their need for some of the highest budget increases. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said Tuesday’s special session was the first of three […]

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 […]

ENMU student body president may want to sit this battle out

By Mike Linn Good ole Bob Cornelius has taken aim at Gov. Bill Richardson. The Eastern New Mexico University student body president and director of Associated Students of New Mexico is a little perturbed by Richardson’s recent vetoes affecting ENMU and other state universities. A little advice from the bleachers: Look out Bob. Bill is […]

ENMU student competes for Miss New Mexico

Tony Parra Aleiha Applegarth is not your typical Miss New Mexico contestant. When she was in elementary school, competing in the Miss America Pageant was the furthest thing from her mind. “Growing up, I thought it wasn’t much but standing on stage and looking beautiful,” Applegarth said. “I had no idea how much more there […]

Burglary arrests down in city, county

Mike Linn Burglary is becoming less and less popular in Roosevelt County and Portales, something police say is attributed to aggressive patrolling and information sharing between law enforcement officials. Arrests for the crime in 2003 are the lowest in at least six years in both the county and city. And burglary arrests in the city […]

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 […]

Area democrats like Kerry; Elida, Floyd pass mill levy

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Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Roosevelt County democrats on Tuesday selected Sen. John Kerry as the guy they hope to dethrone President Bush, while Floyd and Elida residents voted to tax themselves to help keep their schools in tip-top shape. In the first New Mexico caucus in more than 30 years, […]