Bill tracker: A look at area lawmakers’ legislation

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Tonjia Rolan The second session of the New Mexico state legislature opened Jan.17. To date, 15 bills, including two emergency measures, have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing legislation is Feb.1.

FSA extending grazing period

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, […]

County receives emergency grant money

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County has been allotted $5,335 in Federal Emergency Management Agency money for non-disaster-related emergency food and shelter programs, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. The state government and 24 counties are to receive a total of $544,745 for the programs, according to the […]

Outdoor watering allowed July 4

PNT Reports The City of Portales has canceled emergency water rationing effective today, as the water tanks have recharged enough to return to mandatory alternating-day outdoor watering, according to a city news release. Monday, anyone can water to prevent possible fire from fireworks, City Manager Tom Howell said. Tuesday, he said, the alternating-day watering schedule […]

City officials at wait and see in water emergency

Although the critical water restrictions placed on Portales residents were not lifted by Thursday morning as city officials anticpated they would be, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said officials are hopeful the restrictions will be lifted by the end of the day. “Typically, we can get a better feel for where water is at after […]

Emergency grazing approved for five more counties

CNJ staff Emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage, approved May 26 in Curry County, has now been approved for Harding, Lea, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties. “This authorization provides relief for many livestock producers in these five counties who have suffered through severe drought conditions,” said Salomon E. Ramirez, state executive director for the […]

Emergency grazing authorized

Emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acreage has been authorized for Curry County through Sept. 30 because of drought conditions, according to a news release from the U.S. Farm Service Agency. Participants must leave at least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP fields ungrazed for wildlife. According to the release, CRP participants in […]

Emergency responders budgeting for rising fuel costs

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Argen Duncan With rising fuel prices, local emergency response agencies are working to be efficient without cutting services. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker, Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill and Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said they are budgeting more for fuel in the upcoming fiscal year, but cutting patrols or emergency response is […]

Sheriff agrees to emergency proposal

Alisa Boswell A new agreement allows the state Department of Health to store emergency medical relief and disaster supplies at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. A memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health and Roosevelt County was signed last week. It also allows the department to use portions of the sheriff’s office as an […]

County implementing emergency mass notification system

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Alisa Boswell Whether it’s the weather, or something else, law enforcement wants citizens to know about danger more quickly. The city of Portales and Roosevelt County have joined forces to purchase the Code Red and Code Red Weather Warning systems from the Emergency Communications Network. According to Portales Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger, the county […]