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 […]

County approves RGH sole provider funds

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday in their regular meeting, to approve the supplemental sole community fund request for Roosevelt General Hospital. Over $96,000 was approved, and with a federal match, the hospital will receive nearly $335,000 in mid-October to help with Medicaid, Medicare and indigent patients. “The federal […]

Prosecution witness rebutts defense’s alternative death theory

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed […]

Democrats announce caucus schedule

Registered Democrats in New Mexico can now request absentee ballots for the Feb. 5, 2008, presidential preference caucus, according to a news release. The request form is available by mail, fax, e-mail or download at: DPNM Headquarters, Attn.: Absentee Ballot Request Form, 1301 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110; (505)830-3650 (phone); (505)830-3645 (fax); or www.nmdemocrats.org. […]

ENMU natatorium renovation costs surpass regent-approved funding

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PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University Regents learned Monday that the cost of renovating the natatorium will likely cost more than what was OK’d at an October regents meeting. Meeting in a special session with the natatorium as the only business item on the agenda, regents gave the OK for the administration to request […]

10-25 Local Briefs

Senate passes funding request The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill, which includes a request from Sen. Pete Domenici, R.M., for $1 million in funding for Eastern New Mexico University. The bill will now be sent to a conference committee to reconcile differences between it and […]

Head Start looks to consolidate

By Casey Peacock and Karl Terry: PNT Staff The Eastern Plains Community Action Agency’s Early Headstart program in Portales is hoping to expand and centralize its operation. Program’s officials are hoping to accomplish that by adding on to a building leased from the city of Portales on Boston and moving out of one on South […]

Family of man charged with homicide requests change of attorney

Tony Parra: PNT Staff writer Family members of a Portales man feel he has not been represented well by his attorney in a trial in which he is being charged for the homicide of a 19-year-old Portales girl. Richard Baca, 19, is being charged with the homicide of Amber Robinson. Communication between Baca’s family members […]

First beer and wine license sought

By Tony Parra The first beer and wine license for the City of Portales needs only approval from the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Commission to be granted. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors held a public hearing in regards to the beer and wine license during Tuesday night’s city meeting. There was no opposition […]

Land dispute settled at city council meeting

By Tony Parra More than a year-and-a-half after their initial request for a zoning change was denied, Victor and Linda Baca were able to get approval for the Seal Addition Subdivision Development property in Tuesday’s city council meeting. The Bacas’ property is located off of University Drive, across for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball […]

Curry County officials release salary info to newspaper

Jack King Curry County officials on Friday supplied employee salary and benefits information as requested by the Clovis News Journal — but the paper’s officials said Monday their dispute is not over. The newspaper last week sued the county for release of the salary information, contending it is public record. County Attorney Stephen Doerr twice […]