Governor vetoes capital outlay

SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a $348 million capital outlay package on Wednesday and used his line-item veto powers to reject some legislator-backed projects in a $21 million budget measure. The governor took his action before a deadline in a dispute with the Legislature over the deadline for signing or vetoing the […]

Portales Police Department applies for re-accreditation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When the Portales Police Department received state accreditation, it became the state’s first police department to do so. Now, the department will be another first — the first to apply for re-accreditation through the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Mexico Municipal League and the New […]

Air Force representatives talk transition

Air Force Special Operations Command spokeswoman Lt. Amy Cooper and 73rd Special Operations Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Tom Markland answered some questions last week about how Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is going. Q: How many MC-130Ws are currently at Cannon? A: There are four MC-130Ws […]

Officials propose capital outlay projects

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Not unlike youngsters lining up for a chance to sit on Santa’s knee, local government officials took their turn Monday presenting wish lists to area legislators for capital outlay projects. “We’ve got a good idea of what county and municipality entities need now,” Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said following […]

Council receives unexpected funds

PNT Staff Report Unexpected money rained down on the Portales City Council from Santa Fe during Tuesday’s regular commission meeting. It came in the form of a state legislature appropriation for $120,026 that Jim Good, director of the Portales Senior Citizens Center, had been unaware of previously. He said he was recently contacted by the […]

Healthy holiday eating featured

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living I nformation on decorating cakes and cupcakes, healthy eating, and dying large quantities of fabrics will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Nancy Siler is the vice president of consumer affairs with Wilton Industries in Woodridge, Ill., and she […]

Regents adjust project budgets

By Karl Terry In a time of rapidly changing construction costs, Eastern New Mexico University Regents are learning that estimating project budgets for renovation of older buildings is far from an exact science. The Regents met in a special meeting Monday specifically to go over capital projects in Portales. They OK’d two new projects and […]

Commissioners hear street financing options

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Public Works Director Tom Howell gave a presentation to the Portales City Council Tuesday on alternatives for stepping up the scope of street projects which councilors have recognized in previous meetings, are falling behind. His presentation outlined three possible ways of financing more street projects in an attempt to […]

Aug. 19, 2007 Local Briefs

Pioneers should register Roosevelt County Pioneer Day at the Roosevelt County Fair is Thursday. Residents who came to the county in 1956 or earlier will be honored. Pioneers can register beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Jake Lopez Building. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Those attending are asked to bring a vegetable, […]

Senators fight for Cannon funding

Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Wednesday they continue to seek up to $68 million in funding for military construction at Cannon Air Force Base to support the new Air Force Special Operations Command mission. The senators offered three amendments to a defense policy bill on Wednesday intended to […]

Meetings Watch: ENMU Board of Regents, May 11, 2007

The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met in special session Friday morning. Several action and information items were discussed during the meeting. ENMU president Steve Gamble gave the board a review of the past year’s activities, including: l Five major accreditation teams visited the campus over the past year. Gamble reported that the […]

Burn ban squeaks past county commissioners

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners narrowly passed a year-round burn ban Tuesday that can be lifted during favorable conditions. The ordinance passed by a 3-2 vote during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. Some concerns were raised during the public hearing portion of the meeting as to the effectiveness […]

Lawmakers happy to see capital outlay projects approved

Staff and Wire Reports Gov. Bill Richardson faces a tough obstacle as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. He managed another tough obstacle earlier this week — pleasing a majority of state legislators — by approving nearly $700 million in capital outlay projects. “I have signed this capital outlay package without any vetoes as […]

Governor signs capital outlay bill

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a $622 million capital improvement measure without rejecting any projects with his line-item veto powers. The governor’s treatment of the massive capital outlay bill was in sharp contrast to last year when he angered lawmakers by cutting more than $100 million worth of […]

Cannon funding legislation introduced

Freedom Newspapers Sens. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D.-N.M., Monday introduced legislation to promote funding for two military construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. The legislation to authorize $9.2 million for work at Cannon was offered in advance of FY2008 defense authorization and appropriations bills to highlight the […]

Get a GRIP

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Streets and roads are at the top of the legislative wish list for area counties and municipalities. Local officials are hoping proposed legislation called GRIP 2 will be the answer to those projects they can’t tackle on their own. A bill sponsored by Rep. Daniel Silva, D-Albuquerque, passed the […]

Delegates request funds for Cannon

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico congressional delegates Thursday called upon Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders to fund construction projects for Cannon Air Force Base’s new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, according to a delegation press release. The delegation requested that $72.5 million be provided in the fiscal year 2007 Supplemental Appropriations bill, which will […]

Richardson signs capital outlay bill into law

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson signed into law on Thursday a bill providing $82 million for capital improvement projects, including some he vetoed last year. Included in that bill is more than $2 million in projects in the Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca county area. Among those items are: • $220,000 for […]

Lawmakers optimistic about Cannon funding

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegates are optimistic about the $9.2 million in military construction funding for Cannon Air Force Base included in the Bush administration’s budget proposal. The budget plan for the Department of Defense recommends two separate military construction projects for Cannon: • $7.5 million for an MC-130 Flight Simulator facility […]

ENMU absent from governor’s budget recommendations

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University officials knew capital outlay funding from the 2007 Legislature might be tight this year for the university, but the news that they had been left off the governor’s capital budget recommendations came as a hard blow. Among the major capital outlay projects ENMU submitted through […]