Governor signs state budget, vetoes $2 million

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay for educators and state workers. Although signing the measure into law, the governor trimmed about $2 million — a tiny sliver […]

Ute water project receives $1 million

WASHINGTON — The Ute Water pipeline project has received $1 million from the Department of Interior, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. The money will go toward

DoD awards Cannon contract

Cannon Connections staff A leading engineering and technical services company has received a $75 million contract to support intelligence at Cannon Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to a Monday news release from GlobeNewswire. According to the news release, the United States Air Force Special Operations Command has awarded the three-year contract to […]

White House should release loan documents

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has subpoenaed White House communications concerning the half-billion-dollar federal loan guarantee for failed California solar company Solyndra, which also is under criminal investigation and has ties to a major campaign donor to President Barack Obama. We have yet to hear a good reason for the White House’s reluctance to […]

Cannon bid awarded

CNJ staff A bid was awarded for a C-130 parking apron at Cannon Air Force Base, and announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense. The $23.7 million contract was awarded to Sundt Construction of Tempe, Ariz. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Albuquerque received 11 bids through the Internet. The estimated date of completion […]

Water demands problematic

Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales officials are asking residents to watch their water use this weekend and during the summer. New Mexico American Water said Clovis residents consumed 10.8 million gallons per day on Wednesday and Thursday. That’s close to NMAW’s per day production capacity of 11.3 million gallons, […]

City officials give budget breakdown

The city of Portales 2011-2012 fiscal year budget involves about $8.12 million in expenditures and about $228,000 for a year-end balance. “Basically our budget this year was not much different than last year’s budget,” City Manager Tom Howell said. A 30-cents-an-hour pay raise for employees and increased fuel costs were the biggest increases, he said. […]

Water trust board awards $4.4 million to pipeline project

CNJ staff The New Mexico Water Trust Board voted during its meeting June 1 to award $4,371,629.75 — its maximum allowable appropriation — to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, a pipeline project that would serve municipal and county agencies in Curry and Roosevelt Counties. The board awarded a little more than $29 million […]

Fairgrounds arena near completion

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Alisa Boswell The new arena building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds is set to be finished by June 20, giving Roosevelt County a much larger space to hold agricultural and rodeo events. According to Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin, the project was initially estimated to cost $4 million when the county was going to build […]

Curry, Roosevelt counties receive more than $2 million in grants

Kevin Wilson and Sharna Johnson This week five communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties got the more than $2 million boost they need to complete important projects. State Community Development Block Grants were awarded Tuesday during an allocation council meeting. Of 11 communities in Eastern New Mexico who applied, Curry and Roosevelt counties were awarded […]

Great Lake Airlines essential air service contract renewed

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it has renewed Essential Air Service contracts with Great Lakes Airlines for Clovis, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Great Lakes will provide two round trips per day and each weekend to Albuquerque from Clovis, with a federal subsidy rate of […]

Breeding debate proves emotional

Last fall the animal rights groups put Proposition B on the ballot in Missouri. The bill was written to reduce the number of breeding kennels that produce usually purebred puppies for pet stores. The bill was opposed by the Missouri Veterinary Association, the American Kennel Club and other animal-related groups. The bill failed in 111 […]

Press release: $46 million for low income communities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Finance New Mexico will receive $46 million to support job creation and investments from the private-sector in economically distressed communities across the state. The $46 million comes through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program under the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial […]

Jury awards Clovis man $1.9 million in BNSF lawsuit

Freedom New Mexico A Texas jury found BNSF Railway negligent Friday and awarded $1.9 million to a Clovis man for back injuries sustained working for the company. James Phillips’ award came following a four-week trial held in Fort Worth, Texas, in which the 30-year railroad employee made a case that degenerative disc disease in his […]

Reader-submitted content: ENMU regents approve building demolition

Wendel Sloan The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents has approved demolishing three older, unoccupied buildings on the Portales campus, and removing asbestos-containing materials in the ceiling of Greyhound Arena and replacing the ceiling. Regents made the decision during their meeting Wednesday afternoon in Santa Fe. The estimated cost for all four projects is […]

Abengoa Bioenergy restarting biofuel production

PNT STAFF REPORT Abengoa Bioenergy USA is restarting its Portales bioethanol plant today after nearly two years of inactivity, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Greg Fisher said Tuesday. The Portales plant will employ 47 people to manufacture 25 million gallons of bioethanol per year, using dryland sorghum, according to a news release from […]

Press Release: New Mexico to receive over $9 million in homeland security grants

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) today announced nine million in Homeland Security grant awards to cities and counties throughout the state. “We are pleased to help New Mexico’s communities enhance their law enforcement, fire, and emergency management agencies as they continue to protect the state and […]

Voters pass Bonds A, B, C

Liliana Castillo Voters approved three of the four bonds created by the 2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act Tuesday. Bonds A, B and C passed and Bond D was failed. Bond C will devote more than $5 million in bonds to the improvement of public school facilities. More specifically, the money will be used […]

Commission accepts $1.5 million barn contract

During the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, the commission: • accepted a contract of about $1.5 million to have contractor Basic IDIQ move a barn from Colorado to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The vote was unanimous with Commissioner Paul Grider absent. Basic IDIQ Regional Manager Lyndon Brinegar said if everything went […]

Water authority OKs finance plan

Jared Tucker The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority approved a finance plan Thursday required to obtain federal money for the $500 million Ute Water Project. The 7-member board representing communities across eastern New Mexico also decided to buy excess water from private landowners. The finance plan calls for issuing $15 million in water authority […]