Ute Water Project going to Senate floor

Federal authorization legislation for the Ute Water Project will be submitted to the U.S. Senate in June, a spokeswoman for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Thursday. Officials have said authorization legislation is required before the project can be eligible for federal funds. Jude McCartin, Bingaman’s Washington press representative, said authorization legislation will not appropriate funding […]

Lawmaker: Gorham situation ‘disappointing’

David Arkin An eastern New Mexico lawmaker said in-party GOP fighting that led to the resignation of the party’s leader is disappointing. State Sen. Ramsay Gorham on Wednesday resigned as chairwoman of the state Republican Party. She doesn’t plan to seek re-election to her Senate seat. Gorham has been under fire from some party members […]

Officials worried about gross receipts tax

David Arkin A controversial vote by the Senate on Tuesday night is sending shockwaves of fear among city officials statewide. The Senate approved a measure that would remove tax from food and medical practitioners, but would put local governments in harm of losing millions of dollars. Officials in eastern New Mexico said the move would […]

Lottery bill hopes fade

David Arkin With less than two days to go in the Legislative session, the future of a controversial Lottery Scholarship bill doesn’t look good for its supporters. The bill, submitted by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, would allow students who graduate from a New Mexico high school to wait a year before going to college and […]

Cannon bill moves to Senate

David Arkin Several Eastern New Mexico lawmakers have said funding for Cannon Air Force Base is among their top priorities this Legislative session. The goal is almost accomplished. Money has been approved for a variety of projects at the base, including funds for a special commission. The fate of funding for an overpass leading to […]

Controversial bill would require ignition locks on all vehicles

David Arkin A bill packed with controversy and expense is headed to the Senate for consideration. The House on Monday approved a bill that would require ignition locks to be put on all new vehicles starting in 2008. Used vehicles would have to have the devices on cars for sale by 2009. The House approved […]

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 […]

ENMU community has varied Thanksgiving plans

By Tony Parra The Thanksgiving break means time with family and friends, but for some members of the Eastern New Mexico University family, one of the elements will be missing for this year’s Thanksgiving break. ENMU had 138 incoming first-year college students from the Clovis/Portales area and for them and the upperclassmen from the area. […]

Student senators elected, ready for issues

Tony Parra The votes are tallied and the Eastern New Mexico University students selected 23 members for the student government to serve the 2003-2004 year. There was a tie in one of the senate positions between Thomas Wortman and Lia Romero in the College of Education Department. There will be a voting session today between […]

Senate confirms Brack as federal judge in New Mexico

Darrell Todd Maurina Robert Brack said he never planned to be an attorney. He never planned to become a state district court judge. And he certainly never planned to become a federal judge. So Brack, 50, said he could hardly believe the U.S. Senate voted Monday afternoon to confirm him for a new federal district […]