Legislators optimistic over capital outlay requests

Area legislators are optimistic that capital outlay requests will be spared the fate of Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto pen, with a March 7 deadline to approve or veto pieces of the $137 million bill. Martinez said last week that vetoes were a distinct possibility for the budget and for capital outlay if it was evident […]

Entities name capital outlay requests

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico entities sent capital outlay priorities Monday at the request of local legislators. But there’s no indication there will be capital outlay available, or that every entity received that information. “We got word from Santa Fe that if we had any projects, we needed to submit them before 5 p.m. […]

SOEMS to begin semiannual inventory

27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron will conduct its semiannual 100 percent munitions inventory March 3-5. All issues for custody assets must be complied with by Feb. 26. During the inventory only emergency requests will be processed. These requests must be submitted in writing and approved by the maintenance group […]

ENMU faculty, students seeking volunteer work

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and staff are taking requests for free work from Portales residents as a way to give back to the community. The focus of the Eastern in Action program is doing things for people they cannot do for themselves, such as cleaning windows, painting and pulling weeds. There […]

Maguire will accept new post at ENMU

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Mike Maguire will step down effective July 1 after eight years to take a new position in the athletic department. Maguire will be responsible for athletic fundraising and special events in his new post, according to a release from the university. He is […]

Udall requests aircraft for Cannon

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has requested five CV-22 Ospreys and four MC-130J be designated for Air Force Special Operations Command in order to speed up Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operation’s wing. Udall requested the funding be included in a supplemental funding bill currently being drafted by […]

Officials take new approach

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County governmental entities and area state legislators took a new approach toward capital outlay requests this year as they brought the various entities together for the first time at the Memorial Building in Portales Tuesday to present their requests all in one day. In previous years each entitity […]

ENMU: Fingers crossed over apparent shortfall in higher ed money

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University president Steven Gamble weighed in on ongoing legislation which would affect the university, such as capital outlay requests and expansion of the lottery scholarship eligibility. The New Mexico Higher Education Department is recommending $121 million for capital outlay requests throughout the state of New Mexico for higher education […]

State officials listen to local concerns for capital outlay

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Senators and representatives are seeing an increase in money requests from cities and counties they serve and on Thursday they listened to what Portales city officials wanted. Mayor Orlando Ortega informed Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, Rep. Joe Campos, D-Santa Rosa and Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell about […]

County, city leaders finalizing money requests for 2006

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Street, road repairs and building improvements top the wish lists for city and county representatives for the upcoming 2006 New Mexico legislative session Jan. 17. The Roosevelt County commissioners have settled on six capital outlay requests. Roosevelt County has seen rainy conditions this year which has required county road crews […]

Commission opts against horse racing ban

By Tony Parra Rick Short, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant, said the department has been busy working on drug bust operations and answering calls to disturbances from horse races on private property. “We’ve been very busy in the month of March,” Short said. “We (Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department) were involved in […]

Analysis: Lawmakers feeling the pressure

David Arkin Lawmakers last week crossed into the second half of their short legislative session — one that’s supposed to be focused on budget matters — with little accomplished. Hundreds and hundreds of bills still face lawmakers and special committees. There’s no doubt lawmakers are starting to feel the pressure of the shortened session, which […]

Detainees accuse jailer of sex-crimes

Ryan Lengerich l Check of one alleged victim’s past shows no history of false allegations By Ryan Lengerich Freedom Newspapers Ryan_Lengerich@link.freedom.com TUCUMCARI — A Quay County Juvenile Detention Center officer was arrested Monday and charged with sex-related crimes against three juvenile detainees, police said. Robert Gonzales, 27, of Tucumcari was arrested and charged with two […]