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 […]

City names new MainStreet manager

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Georgia Gonzales has a new job and title. The City of Portales recently named Gonzales the Capital Projects/MainStreet Manager. The position replaces the Community Development Director position held by Jeremy Sturm who is leaving the post. As the new Capital Projects/MainStreet Manager, Gonzales will be in charge of managing […]

ENMU makes capital choices

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With a power grid that they fear could blow and leave the university in the dark at any time, along with other projects on their minds, Eastern New Mexico University administration officials discussed capital infrastructure needs with regents Friday during their regular meeting. ENMU President Steven Gamble and Vice […]

Holiday showcase held in Portales

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Festooned with Christmas decorations, intermingled with family photographs and items from her home, Roosevelt County Home Economist Connie Moyers set the stage for her program, “A Christmas to Remember”, held on Monday at the Memorial Building. Showcasing projects that utilize unique ways to use family photos and preserve memories, […]

Bond B is worth voter support

Edtorial We seldom recommend voting for a tax initiative. We prefer our government servants to achieve goals by cutting waste and looking to private enterprise, which often is more efficient and effective. That said, a proposal on Tuesday’s New Mexico ballot is worth supporting. It is Bond B, the semiannual General Obligation Bond for Education, […]

ENMU adopts mascot to oversee major construction project

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor There’s a new dog on campus at Eastern New Mexico University, and indications are he’s going to be one busy pooch. With more than $37 million in construction and improvements planned over the next three years at ENMU, a faculty group decided a mascot image to oversee the construction […]

Ute plan included in water initiative

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 legislative agenda for the “Year of Water” includes $5 million for the Ute Water Project that will serve communities throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties. The governor included the investment in a $103.5 million spending plan he outlined Wednesday for projects and programs he says would move the […]

City Council reviews projects

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council got a rundown from staff at Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s capital project needs that total roughly $6.2 million, with the lion’s share coming in street improvements. “We’re looking tonight to get a finalized listing of what you want us to get bids on,” City Manager […]

Student housing gets regents’ final approval

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University regents gave final approval on two student housing projects Thursday during their regular meeting. The projects would provide student housing complexes at the Portales and Roswell campuses that are to be privately owned and financed through the sale of bonds that would be repaid from […]

ENMU football players lend hand

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer It has been head coach Mark Ribaudo’s mission to strengthen ties between Eastern New Mexico University football players and the community. During the spring semester, ENMU players totaled more than 5,000 hours of community service in the Portales/Clovis area. Community projects included helping kindergartners at Brown Elementary in Portales […]