Entities name capital outlay requests

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico entities sent capital outlay priorities Monday at the request of local legislators. But there’s no indication there will be capital outlay available, or that every entity received that information. “We got word from Santa Fe that if we had any projects, we needed to submit them before 5 p.m. […]

Friday morning briefing: Scholarships and snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Free money The state Higher Education Department is seeking applications for the No Child Left Behind Title II Improving Teacher Quality grants. The program aims to help shape state and local activities to improve teacher quality and to increase the number of highly qualified […]

Curry commissioners back training request

Sharna Johnson Assuring property owners’ rights would not be encumbered and the future of wind energy in the region will not be jeopardized, Curry County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting low altitude training efforts by Cannon Air Force Base on Tuesday. Commissioner Caleb Chandler proposed the resolution in support of a Low Altitude Tactical […]

Xcel asks for customers’ conservation help

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas electricity customers to conserve energy this week, especially today. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said a unit at a power plant went off line for unplanned maintenance and is expected to be running again today, maybe later in the day. He said the request […]

Commission to hear request for signs

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Commission is set to hear a request from Karen McCaslin to install signs on South Roosevelt Road AG. Her requests are part of the commission meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the County Courthouse. McCaslin wants speed limit, cattle and children playing signs installed. The agenda also includes an […]

Xcel delays submitting rate revision

Freedom New Mexico An Xcel Energy spokesman said Wednesday the company has postponed filing its revised rate increase request. Spokesman Wes Reeves said the revised request will be significantly lower than the 6.2 percent increase orginally sought last December. Reeves said the new filing could be presented Friday to the state Public Regulatory Commission.

Council OKs public hearing on zoning change

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales City Council is set to consider a request that would allow a barbecue restaurant to open in a residential area near Portales High School. At their meeting Tuesday, councilors voted to schedule a public hearing on a request to change the zoning at 1309 E. Amazon St. […]

Commissioners will meet Tuesday

Roosevelt County Commissioners meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the county courthouse. The agenda includes a request by Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. to locate a “Salute to the State of New Mexico” Memorial. There is also a request by Capt. Rick Short to approve an Alcohol Literacy Challenge Grant. Commissioners will consider a resolution authorizing […]

Judge denies plea agreement change

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Teddy Hartley on Friday denied a request to change the terms of a recent plea agreement, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Cody Banister, 28, of Roosevelt County, in January agreed to a 15-year prison sentence following allegations he manufactured methamphetamine. On Friday, Bannister asked to spend the last two years […]

Portales to request $15M in stimulus money

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The City of Portales and Roosevelt County want a piece of the proposed $838 billion federal stimulus bill pie. According to Portales City Manager Debi Lee, the city will request approximately $15 million for six projects — the biggest of which is a new waste water plant, with an […]