Big government leads to abuse of political funds

Freedom New Mexico The freedom to influence and support political candidates by contributing money in election campaigns is under attack. Many, including the Freedom New Mexico, are bothered, and should be, by the disproportionate influence of big money in political campaigns. The problem spans the political spectrum. But the solution isn’t to infringe on constitutional [...]

Empty stocking funds: Mrs. S

Today’s Focus: Miss S Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstance: Miss S is having a hard time paying bills because she has been under a doctor’s care and has had some big medical issues. Her holiday hope: Wants to have fun with her child. Clothing needs: Girls shirt and pants size 2-3 toddler, and [...]

Roosevelt, De Baca receive PILT funds

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases [...]

ENMU raising funds for Haiti relief efforts

Eastern New Mexico University is raising funds for Haiti earthquake relief, according to a news release from the university. The Associated Students Activities Board is accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays in the Campus Union Building through Jan. 29. After that, collected funds will be donated to one of the charities working [...]

Council to discuss funds for landscaping

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales City Council members are expected to hear Tuesday how federal stimulus funds will be used to improve landscaping for medians on U.S. Highway 70. Improvements are part of a $247,000 award through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act intended for the Highway 70 medians and other landscape work [...]

Texico, Fort Sumner schools receive capital outlay money

Freedom New Mexico Texico and Fort Sumner Municipal School districts were awarded money from the Public School Capital Outlay Council Thursday, according to a news release. Texico will get $3.8 million in state funds to renovate its schools and Fort Sumner will receive $5.6 million in state funds to renovate the middle and elementary schools. [...]

Press release: New Mexico receiving child care funds

Vice President Joe Biden announced today that the Obama Administration will make $18,906,235 available to New Mexico for crucial health and human services programs that help to provide care for children and prevent disease. New Mexico will receive $17,816,534 in Recovery Act funding to support child care for working families. The Administration also plans to [...]

More than $26 million in stimulus funds headed to Cannon

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s military bases will receive around $87 million from the stimulus bill for upgrades. The Department of Defense says $28.7 million is headed to Kirtland Air Force Base for 59 projects. Cannon Air Force Base will receive $26.4 million, including $12 million for the construction of a child development [...]

State seeks change to cover federal funds

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Clovis woman charged with embezzling tornado relief funds

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A 40-year-old Clovis woman has been charged with embezzling more than $145,000 in tornado relief funds, according to a press release Monday from the district attorney’s office. Lori Howard, a former project manager for Eastern Plains Council of Government, is charged with 34 counts of fraud, 24 counts of [...]