Area lawmakers plan budget priorities

New Mexicans can’t expect smart budget building without smart prioritization. With that in mind, Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis asked, what’s our No. 1 priority? Education, one voice said. Job creation, a few seconds later. Don’t raise taxes on small businesses. Health care, too. With that, the last 20 seconds of Thursday’s legislative breakfast summed up […]

Honors — Oct. 24

Eppler Tate Eppler, an eighth- grader at Yucca Junior High, was the winner of the statewide junior high division at the 2010 New Mexico Youth Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition held during the Governors Entrepreneurial Summit in Albuquerque Oct. 14-15. His sponsor was Silvia Montano of ENLACE. His parents are Terry and Kym Moore of Clovis […]

ENMU students stay up for charity

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University students plan to be up all night writing, with no homework involved. The college’s student government and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital out of Memphis, Tenn. have teamed up for a fundraising event called “Up ‘Til Dawn,” to be held at the Campus Union Building. From 8 p.m. Friday […]

Higher education master plan up for discussion at town hall meetings

Members of the public have a chance to tell state officials what they want in higher education in New Mexico. Higher Education Department Secretary Viola Florez and members of her staff are scheduled to hold town hall meetings Monday in Clovis and Portales to collect input about their state higher education master plan. “We don’t […]

Press release: City requires mandatory water rationing

Due to recent elevated watering demands, the City of Portales has entered mandatory water rationing for the entire Portales community. This will be in effect until water tank levels rise back to acceptable levels of twenty (20) feet. Residents are requested to not water at all until further notice to allow tank levels to reach […]

Water authority OKs finance plan

Jared Tucker The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority approved a finance plan Thursday required to obtain federal money for the $500 million Ute Water Project. The 7-member board representing communities across eastern New Mexico also decided to buy excess water from private landowners. The finance plan calls for issuing $15 million in water authority […]

Their view: Denish touts rural economic development plan

Diane Denish, Democratic candidate for governor, has rolled out a small business and rural economic development plan aimed at creating jobs, according to her website, www.dianedenish.com Her plan is aimed at increasing access to capital, cutting administrative red tape and using technology to help small, rural businesses connect with helpful resources, she said. From her […]

Judge approves Freedom reorganization plan

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware has approved the Chapter 11 reorganization plan of Freedom Communications. Freedom Communications is the corporate owner of Freedom New Mexico, including the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Under the plan approved Tuesday, Freedom’s secured lenders including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of […]

State orders dairy to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The New Mexico Environment Department has ordered a second dairy in Roosevelt County to come up with a plan for cleaning up contaminated groundwater. According to a news release from the department, La Jolla Dairy northwest of Portales has submitted a Stage 1 Abatement plan to address soil and […]

Meetings watch: Portales city council approves recreation plan

During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, councilors: • Acknowledged the service of outgoing Councilors Robert De Los Santos and Shawn Watson and outgoing Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. • Heard a proclamation from Ortega naming March 13 as “Great American Clean Up Day.” The local cleanup is scheduled to begin at 9 […]

Businesses, community plan for annual Christmas festivities

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is expecting 20 floats in Friday’s Christmas Jubilee Lights Parade, which adds to the list of different events planned for the square. Twelve different business on the square are slated to stay open later with special sales and entertainment. “We’ve got quite a […]

Medicaid meeting planned in Roswell

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Human Services Department has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the proposed Medicaid Coverage Concept developed to improve the current Medicaid program, according to a news release. Discussion will cover proposed changes to Medicaid, a proposed buy-in to the State Coverage Plan and adding more benefits to the current […]

Freedom creditors can solicit alternative plan

By Randall Chase: The Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The creditors committee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Freedom Communications will be allowed to seek an alternative to the company’s reorganization plan, a Delaware judge has ruled. Following a hearing Wednesday, Judge Brendan Shannon granted the committee’s request to allow its investment bankers to […]

Dairy submits plan to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer New Mexico Environment Department representatives have said they’ve found groundwater pollution at a local dairy, but the owner said he has decreased existing contamination since taking over the property. NMED environmental scientist Bart Faris, reading from the abatement plan the dairy has turned in to address the situation, said […]

Survivor plan not being utilized

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist A typical officer retiring today who declines to enroll in the Survivor Benefit Plan lets the government off the hook for a subsidy worth $50,100 in “net present value,” say Department of Defense actuaries. The typical enlisted retiree who chooses not to enroll in SBP is turning down a subsidy […]

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, […]

National health plan won’t hit TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist President Obama says his push to reform the nation’s health care system will not diminish health benefits for service families or retirees who use TRICARE, or for veterans who rely on VA hospitals and clinics. In fact, he suggested, as health reform takes hold across the country, veterans who, for […]

No tolerance for opponents of health reform

Freedom New Mexico The ongoing debate over the White House health-care plan has revealed the ugly dark side of this administration. We now see that behind President Barack Obama’s soothing words and talk about ameliorating differences is a man and his allies who disdain their opponents and have little tolerance for freewheeling public debate. We’re […]

No money to pay survivor benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military update It can be a frustrating time of year for 54,000 military widows who see their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments wiped out or reduced by the monthly amount they receive in Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. As it has done routinely in recent years, […]

School board to meet

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is set to have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. The agenda includes a technology plan addendum, the personnel report and budget adjustment and cash transfer requests.