Responsible spending urged for Legislature

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Area lawmakers are urging responsible spending during the 2006 state Legislature even after record oil and gas receipts pumped the state coffers full of extra money. The state’s revenue from oil and gas leases jumped by $92 million in 2005 compared to 2004, according to state figures. Sen. Stuart Ingle, […]

Legislators grade the governor

Freedom Newspapers Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in […]

Portales residents pleased with hearing

By Tony Parra Portales residents wearing canary-yellow shirts stepped off the school buses at Greyhound Arena about midday Friday with a feeling of optimism. They had been to the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing in Clovis to show support for Cannon Air Force Base and mostly felt good about their efforts. “There was never […]

City may receive thousands for roads

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Most of the $700,000 the city is scheduled to receive from the 2005 capital outlay budget is earmarked for road repairs. The budget is subject to approval by Gov. Bill Richardson. The city is scheduled to receive roughly one third of the $725,000 it requested for road improvements. Of […]

Cockfighting ban passes in House

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — A proposed ban on cockfighting remains alive in the New Mexico Legislature, where the House on Tuesday voted for it overwhelmingly. The bill went to the Senate on a vote of 50-15 after brief debate. “We are as game as the gamecocks to stay […]

House budget wouldn’t severly impact Medicaid

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent The Medicaid crisis may not be as bad as officials once anticipated. That’s thanks to the state’s oil and gas revenues. Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, whose district includes Quay County, said after all, Medicaid won’t be the financial nightmare that officials once imagined it would be. Moore said […]

Governor delivers State of the State address

David Arkin And … they’re off. Gov. Bill Richardson helped kick off the 30-day legislative session with his State of the State address Tuesday in Santa Fe. The governor touched on a variety of issues during his speech, including DWI legislation, an early childhood education program and cuts to taxes on food and medical services. […]