Ute pipeline bill moves forward in Washington

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Legislation authorizing the Ute Water Project cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, can now be considered by the full Senate, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the committee’s chair. The would authorize the U.S. Bureau […]

N.M. Senators: Eastern New Mexico pipeline bill moves ahead in Senate

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — A key Senate committee approved a bill today authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to a press release from New Mexico’s Congressional delegation. The legislation, called the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, […]

Mayor testifies about need for Ute Water Project

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to […]

Residents lucky to have Ingle

Many, many kudos to Senate Minority Floor Leader Stuart Ingle, who co-sponsored Senate Bill 364, the lottery-reform bill that was recently signed into law. SB 364 requires the New Mexico Lottery Authority to cut its relatively high administrative and operating costs and reallocate those savings to more full-tuition college scholarships for deserving high school students. […]

Senate bill seeks to justify ed co-ops

Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico A Senate Memorial sponsored by Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, promises to help small school districts in New Mexico. Senate Memorial 41 authorizes a study to verify the standing of Regional Education Cooperatives as “local educational agencies,” said Patti Harrelson, director of REC 6. The legal standing would help the regional […]

Stuart Ingle announces he will seek re-election

PNT Staff Report Veteran state senator Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, announced he will seek re-election to his District 27 Senate seat, according to a press release. “It is very rewarding to serve the rural character of the people of Chaves, Curry, Roosevelt and DeBaca counties. It is a tremendous honor and privilege,” Ingle said. “I hope […]

ENMU students quiz Wilson on politics, policies

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty got the opportunity to quiz U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., on her positions at a Q & A session sponsored by the student senate Monday. Wilson listed for the crowd of close to 100 that packed the Pecos Room at […]

Legislators: Session on schedule

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Area legislators say the current session is on track to finish as scheduled. The budget has moved from the House to the Senate and was being reviewed Saturday by the Finance Committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales. “It looks pretty decent,” he said. “There may be some changes.” The […]

Farm bill passes Senate again

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The long and winding road to a new farm bill got a leg up Friday as the Senate passed its own $286 billion version. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

Senate passes $286 billion farm bill

Staff and Wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday approved a $286 billion farm bill with an election-year expansion of subsidies for growers and food stamps for the poor. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oat, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

U.S. Senate has right to review Iraq agreement

Editorial Almost beneath the radar, with Congress in recess, President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki have signed an agreement for a long-term U.S. occupation of Iraq that commits at least 50,000 U.S. troops to remain in Iraq indefinitely. And these troops will not simply be called on in rare emergencies, but are charged with, […]

Udall stumps in Clovis

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he would make sure Cannon Air Force Base keeps its new mission if he is elected to the Senate. He said the Special Operations mission will help fight new conflicts and would make sure Cannon has all the facilities needed to support it. […]

Udall formally enters race for Senate

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Rep. Tom Udall formally announced Thursday he will seek the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Pete Domenici. “I have not been aiming for this job, but I am aiming for a better New Mexico and a better America,” he said. After Domenici announced he […]

Aide: Udall’s in race for Senate

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — U.S. Rep. Tom Udall has decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Pete Domenici, according to an aide. “He’s definitely running,” Tom Nagle, Udall’s chief of staff told The Associated Press. The congressman will make a formal announcement when he’s back […]

Campos plans run for Congress

Freedom New Mexico State Rep. Joe Campos of Santa Rosa said Tuesday he will run for Congress from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. Campos, who represents Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca counties, hopes to fill the seat being vacated by Steve Pearce, who is running for the U.S. Senate. He plans a formal announcement of […]

Pearce officially announces candidacy

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Representative Steve Pearce, R-N.M., said Saturday during a stump speech to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate that he plans to take conservative New Mexico values to Washington. Pearce spoke to a crowd of supporters at the Clovis Municipal Airport, where he announced his candidacy for Sen. […]

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 […]

Law of the Sea Treaty won’t fix problems

Editorial On May 15, President Bush offered further evidence that he has strayed far from traditional Reaganite Republican principles by urging the Senate to ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty. With a Democratic majority, ratification has become a possibility. It would be a mistake. The Law of the Sea Treaty […]

Heather Wilson to seek senate seat

By the Associated PressRep. Heather Wilson intends to seek the Senate seat being vacated in New Mexico by fellow Republican Pete Rep. Heather Wilson intends to seek the Senate seat being vacated in New Mexico by fellow Republican Pete Domenici, the Associated Press has learned. Wilson made the decision Thursday after meeting with her family […]

Senate endorses raise for military

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An endorsement from a Senate panel Tuesday could mean a 3.5 percent pay raise for military members and civilian Department of Defense employees. The pay raise exceeds the 3 percent recommended by President Bush. “It’s a very good pay raise considering the circumstances and what’s happening right now,” military spouse […]