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 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 […]

Freedom Communication announces pay cuts

Freedom New Mexico IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications, Inc. announced a five percent across-the-board

Cummins Natural Gas Engines cuts workforce

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Cummins Natural Gas Engine laid off approximately 30 percent of its workforce last week. Sixteen employees — a dozen hourly workers assigned to the shop floor and four office workers —were let go, according to a company spokesman. The reduction brings the plant’s workforce to 39 employees. Cummins […]

ENMU president expects funding cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Eastern New Mexico University’s president predicts the school will be able to weather legislative funding cuts this year, but will have problems if decreases continue in subsequent years. At Monday’s board of regents meeting, President Steven Gamble said he anticipates a 5 percent funding cut all around in the […]

Proposed tax increase could mean trouble for those in all brackets

Editorial Democrats say it will restore equity and fairness while Republicans say it’s the biggest tax increase in history, $3.5 trillion over 10 years. The brainchild of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., would juggle $1 trillion in tax cuts and tax increases to shift burdens and relief. The so-called tax “reform” […]

Clovis hospital cuts staff

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A financial squeeze has spurred staff cuts and organizational changes at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, according to PRMC officials. Hospital officials said 40 clinical, non-clinical, support services and management positions will be cut effective Nov. 18. “Our revenues cannot sustain our current staff levels,” reads a statement […]

Crisis overtakes Bush’s agenda, rearranging second-term landscape

Tom Raum: Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Hurricane Katrina swamped President Bush’s second-term domestic agenda, reordering his priorities and changing the political landscape. His open-ended commitment to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has become his No. 1 domestic imperative. Swept away was Bush’s pledge to cut the budget deficit in half. His centerpiece […]

Medicare on minds of many in Portales

By Tony Parra The push has already begun to try to stop New Mexico legislators from making more cuts to Medicaid funding in the 2005 legislation, which begins in January. Some of the push is coming from Portales. Delores Penrod, a retired Community Services Center worker for almost 35 years, presented a resolution to Mayor […]