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

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 [...]