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, […]