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 [...]

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 [...]