Defense secretary announcing military cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire. The plan is aimed at staving off potentially deeper cuts by the White House or Congress by […]

Area educators discuss budget concerns

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State budget concerns had eastern New Mexico educators huddled in Portales on Saturday to try and come up with a game plan to avoid job cuts and unpaid furloughs for teachers. Over 50 district superintendents and school board members — the Eastern New Mexico Educational Research Council — gathered at Portales High School to discuss […]

Their view: Tax cuts should be for all or none

Tax cuts should be for all or none Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin reflected on the meaning of Tuesday’s elections in a recent report. Here’s a sampling of what she had to say:

USPS not making necessary cuts

It’s no secret the nation has been riding out a deep recession for a couple of years now. At the Las Vegas Optic, where I have been publisher for nearly six years, we have faced these hard times by making tough decisions. Last year, for example, we made the move from carrier delivery of our […]

Revenues weaken, more state budget cuts loom

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration said Wednesday it will cut spending on state programs and services, including public schools, by about 3 percent to help erase a budget shortfall caused by lower-than-expected revenues in the newly started fiscal year. Katherine Miller, secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration, said […]

Education still top priority

By Steven Gamble: Guest columnist As president of Eastern New Mexico University, it is my responsibility to keep the public informed concerning the financial well-being of our institution. We at Eastern fully understand the condition of the New Mexico economy and the necessity for funding cuts in virtually all areas of state government. We agree […]

Education cuts have dire consequences

By Dennis Roch: Guest columnist As the state Legislature deliberates over New Mexico’s budget shortfall, I have frequently heard the statement, “Every program must take its share of cuts.” This statement assumes every program is of equal value, and has an equal return for our future benefit, an idea which is far from the truth. […]

Budget cuts, tax hikes on horizon

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The New Mexican There’s a mountain of need in New Mexico. The problem is, there’s only a molehill of money to meet those needs. The state faces a projected budget deficit of $600 million or more next year. This is what the Legislature is up against when New Mexico’s […]

County road funding likely will be slashed

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Roosevelt County is facing state funding cuts that will limited it to repairing about half as many road surfaces as in past years. The issue came before the Roosevelt County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. In the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the county received about $432,000 from three Local […]

Melrose Bombing Range spared from legislative cuts

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The $5 million for expansion at the Melrose Bombing Range has escaped cuts in the Legislature. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-District 27, said the money is there for now, although he doesn’t know what the governor will propose. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the project has been around since the […]

Melrose Bombing Range spared from cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The $5 million for expansion at the Melrose Bombing Range has escaped cuts in the Legislature. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said the money is there for now, although he doesn’t know what the governor will propose. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the project has been around since the […]

Offcials: State bombing range money safe for now

By Argen Buncan: PNT senior writer The $5 million for expansion at the Melrose Bombing Range has escaped cuts in the Legislature. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-District 27, said the money is there for now, although he doesn’t know what the governor will propose. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the project has been around since […]

Jobs safe amid proposed Clovis schools budget cuts

Freedom New Mexico No jobs will be lost at Clovis Municipal Schools if budget cuts proposed by the superintendent are approved by the school board. The board has scheduled a special meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss budget cuts and get public feedback. In a press release issued Friday by Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, proposed budget […]

Schools preparing for budget cuts

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Area schools are waiting for Gov. Bill Richardson to sign a package of measures that gives a less than 1 percent budget cut to public education. Portales Municipal Schools officials have been preparing for the budgets cuts since last summer. The cut for Portales would be between $350,000 to […]

Senate OK’s budget cuts; bill goes back to House

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate has approved a budget-cutting bill that is the central piece in a deficit reduction package being considered in a special legislative session. The Senate approved slightly less in spending cuts than the $257 million previously approved by the House. Now the bill must go back […]

Commission considers charge for utility cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County is proposing fees for road cuts to access utility lines, but utility service providers are concerned about the costs. County Road Supervisor Ricky Lovato on Tuesday presented commissioners with a proposal that the county require a permit and payment to cut into county roads or easements to […]

Road cuts, easements on county commission agenda

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission will consider an application and rate structure for road cuts and easements 9 a.m. Tuesday in the county courthouse. The commission agenda also includes a Regional Planning Organization presentation from Eastern Plains Council of Governments planners Steve Hawthorn and Sandy Chancey.

Social security cuts worry local seniors

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Thursday’s announcement by the Social Security Administration that there will be no cost of living adjustment for 2010 had seniors at Clovis’ three centers buzzing. Staff at the senior centers said it was the topic of conversation all day Friday. Ann Howe, 80, said not getting a raise hurts. […]

Meetings will address possible state budget cuts

Freedom New Mexico The prospect of looming budget cuts by the Legislature has prompted Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to schedule a series of meetings with local and state officials. Penny Bailey, communication specialist for the school district, said Seidenwurm will be meeting with government officials, business leaders and members of the ministerial alliance beginning […]

ENMU braces for state funding cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said he expects substantial cuts in legislative funding for the school during a special session in October. At Friday’s ENMU Board of Regents meeting in the university Administration building, Gamble predicted ENMU would receive between a $1.2 million and $1.5 million less […]