Governor’s tax proposal pleases local residents

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A proposal by Gov. Bill Richardson that would offer income tax breaks to military members and retirees is good news to some area residents. Active-duty military personnel who are New Mexico residents, under the proposal, would not be required to pay state income tax on their federal salaries, and retirees […]

School soccer supporters go before board

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Soccer moms and dads and children in soccer uniforms filled the Portales Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday in a show of support for adding a school soccer program. The proposal was launched in the spring and backers of the sport submitted a formal proposal to the school board […]

Portales Municipal School board votes down proposed charter school

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Organizers of the proposed Horace Mann School were dealt a blow Wednesday as the Portales Municipal School board voted down its application to become the district’s first charter school. “It’s not a huge surprise,” Joan Brown, one of the school’s organizers, said following the meeting. “We will be appealing […]

School board set to make decision on proposed charter school

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a grueling public hearing Monday during its regular board meeting, Portales Municipal Schools board members are set to make a decision on a proposed charter school in Portales at a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. “I want to encourage you to vote for the charter school,” […]

Charter school sought

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some Portales residents are proposing a charter school for the 2007-08 school year to focus on math, science, technology, and college preparation. Joan Brown, one of the organizers, submitted a proposal Thursday afternoon to the Portales school district for the Horace Mann charter school. The school would be an […]

Lawmakers fail to give governor some key items

By Deborah Baker The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers wrapped up 30 days of work Thursday without delivering on several of Gov. Bill Richardson’s key priorities. He called the session “disappointing” and said he would decide next week whether to call them back for a special session. Among the casualties: a minimum wage increase, […]

Senate panel OKs proposal for minimum wage

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson opposes a proposal heading to the Senate that would boost the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6 in 2007 and then phase in additional increases for some experienced workers. Under a measure approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee, a worker who had […]

Budget proposal tightens things for Cannon mission search

By Marlena Hartz The 2007 military budget proposal sent Monday to Congress by the Pentagon calls for increased investments in technology, but scales back personnel and aging inventory. The Air Force has been urged by New Mexico senators to cork the void that will likely be left by a proposal to retire F-117s at Holloman […]

Medical marijuana gets Senate nod

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The state Senate overwhelmingly approved a proposal Tuesday to allow patients seriously ill with cancer, AIDS and some other illnesses to use marijuana for medical purposes. Supporters say marijuana can help people suffering from the pain of certain debilitating illnesses or nausea caused by treatments for cancer. “I just […]

Senate floor leader proposes tax break to soften minimum wage increase

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A top Democratic leader in the Senate is proposing a tax credit to help small businesses cope with the costs of paying their workers a higher minimum wage. Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, introduced a measure Wednesday to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 an hour […]

House speaker pushes minimum wage ahead

The Associated Press SANTA FE — House Speaker Ben Lujan pledged Thursday to push ahead with a proposal to boost the state’s minimum wage to $7.50 an hour starting next year rather than phasing in the increase over three years as recommended by Gov. Bill Richardson. Lujan, D-Santa Fe, was joined by chairmen of key […]

Questions remain on rebuilding city of New Orleans

Freedom Newspapers The hurricanes that lashed Louisiana and parts of Texas unleashed not only misery but an outpouring of generosity and tangible help from people all over the country. There is little question that most of what has been destroyed will be rebuilt, including New Orleans. The question is: Who will do the rebuilding, and […]

Military wants share of lottery profits

Tom Philpott Over 178,000 retail outlets across 41 states and the District of Columbia sell state lottery tickets. Last year they earned over $3 billion in commissions on ticket sales of almost $49 billion. Military exchanges want a piece of that action. Congress is weighing a proposal from the Department of Defense to amend current […]

Rollercoaster of emotions comes with vote process

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The day before the Defense Base Closure and Realignment hearings opened in Washington, Gov. Bill Richardson was exchanging high fives and feeling confident Cannon Air Force Base could be spared from closure. One day later, that optimism gave way to uncertainty and concern, and Cannon backers said they weren’t sure […]

New law would limit alcohol purchase for convicted drunken drivers

By Kevin Wilson New Mexicans convicted of drunken driving could not buy beer, wine, whiskey or other liquor for five years under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. “I think this is something that will have a real effect on DWI in New Mexico,” Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, said Tuesday at a news conference. The […]

Cannon Timeline

Freedom Newspapers Timeline 2003 — Idea for airspace expansion and initial gathering of information. January 2004 — Air Force officials present airspace expansion proposal to public. Four public meetings held in areas affected by proposed expansion. Spring 2004 — Air Force gathers information from public meetings, begins analysis of proposal’s impact to environment. Summer of […]

ENMU officials plan campus improvements

Tony Parra Fixing a leaky roof and conducting constructional upgrades to another building at Eastern New Mexico University were the topics of discussion at the ENMU Board of Regents meeting on Monday. Recent rainstorms are the reason for one building experiencing leaks. The Board of Regents made two approvals on bids. The Board of Regents […]

Student leaders against lottery proposal

David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University’s student body president, along with student leaders from across the state are opposed to a change to the state’s lottery scholarship that won approval this week from the Commission on Higher Education. The commission this week, during a meeting in Santa Fe, approved a move that would take $2 […]

Proposal won’t hurt Lottery Scholarship

David Arkin The Lottery Scholarship may be saved after all.  The Commission on Higher Education on Wednesday approved taking some of the excess balance from the lottery fund to commit it to need-based financial aid for students.  Eastern New Mexico University President Steve Gamble said the commission agreed during a meeting Wednesday to supply $2 […]

NMAA may drop five-class format

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Realignment proposals ranged creating unbalanced districts to eliminating Class 5A expect for football to dropping the five-class format altogether during Wednesday’s meeting of the New Mexico Activities Association realignment committee, according to an NMAA press release. Scott Evans, Albuquerque Public Schools athletic director and alignment committee member, proposed two of the […]