Ute pipeline’s fate in Senate omnibus bill

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico TEXICO — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is optimistic about an omnibus. That appears to be the fate for the potential Senate authorization for the Ute Water Project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to authority members. Federal consultant John Ryan told […]

Pearce, Wilson in close race for GOP U.S. Senate nomination

By HEATHER CLARK ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Rep. Steve Pearce held a slim lead Tuesday over rival Heather Wilson in their race to become the GOP nominee to replace retiring Sen. Pete Domenici. The race was too close to call late Tuesday. With 92 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Pearce led with about 51 percent of […]

County heads to primary polls

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County voters will decide two local primary races but a statewide senate race has everyone’s interest. District 2 Roosevelt County Commissioner David Sanders is being challenged by Richard “Rick” Leal in the Republican primary. The winner will be unopposed in the general election. The only other contested local race is the […]

Wilson, Pearce battle for Senate position

PNT Staff Report One of the most hotly contested races in this year’s primary election is the Republican face-off for Senate. Rep. Heather Wilson and Rep. Steve Pearce have targeted each other’s voting records and stands on the issues in a series of advertisements and news releases. Rep. Tom Udall is the only Democrat seeking […]

State Senate Dist. 27 candidate: Stuart Ingle

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Name: Stuart Ingle Age: 60 Occupation: Farmer and rancher Office: Senate District 27 Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: Current District 27 Senator and Senate Minority Leader. What type of economic development suits eastern New Mexico, and how could you as a legislator facilitate it?Economic development for eastern New Mexico should:A. Be able to train […]

Senate committee passes CAFB funding

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON – A supplemental spending package that includes funding for special operations aircraft tied to Cannon Air Force Base was approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill, which is primarily designed to support U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, also incorporates FY2009 supplemental “bridge” funding for combat operations. The […]

Senate resolution designates Thursday as "Military Kids Day"

Cannon Connections staff WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Senate measure cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., honors the children of military service members by designating Thursday, May 15 as “Military Kids Day,” according to a news release.

Ute pipeline bill moves forward in Washington

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Legislation authorizing the Ute Water Project cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, can now be considered by the full Senate, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the committee’s chair. The would authorize the U.S. Bureau […]

N.M. Senators: Eastern New Mexico pipeline bill moves ahead in Senate

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — A key Senate committee approved a bill today authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to a press release from New Mexico’s Congressional delegation. The legislation, called the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, […]

Mayor testifies about need for Ute Water Project

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to […]

Residents lucky to have Ingle

Many, many kudos to Senate Minority Floor Leader Stuart Ingle, who co-sponsored Senate Bill 364, the lottery-reform bill that was recently signed into law. SB 364 requires the New Mexico Lottery Authority to cut its relatively high administrative and operating costs and reallocate those savings to more full-tuition college scholarships for deserving high school students. […]

Senate bill seeks to justify ed co-ops

Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico A Senate Memorial sponsored by Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, promises to help small school districts in New Mexico. Senate Memorial 41 authorizes a study to verify the standing of Regional Education Cooperatives as “local educational agencies,” said Patti Harrelson, director of REC 6. The legal standing would help the regional […]

Stuart Ingle announces he will seek re-election

PNT Staff Report Veteran state senator Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, announced he will seek re-election to his District 27 Senate seat, according to a press release. “It is very rewarding to serve the rural character of the people of Chaves, Curry, Roosevelt and DeBaca counties. It is a tremendous honor and privilege,” Ingle said. “I hope […]

ENMU students quiz Wilson on politics, policies

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty got the opportunity to quiz U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., on her positions at a Q & A session sponsored by the student senate Monday. Wilson listed for the crowd of close to 100 that packed the Pecos Room at […]

Legislators: Session on schedule

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Area legislators say the current session is on track to finish as scheduled. The budget has moved from the House to the Senate and was being reviewed Saturday by the Finance Committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales. “It looks pretty decent,” he said. “There may be some changes.” The […]

Farm bill passes Senate again

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The long and winding road to a new farm bill got a leg up Friday as the Senate passed its own $286 billion version. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

Senate passes $286 billion farm bill

Staff and Wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday approved a $286 billion farm bill with an election-year expansion of subsidies for growers and food stamps for the poor. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oat, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

U.S. Senate has right to review Iraq agreement

Editorial Almost beneath the radar, with Congress in recess, President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki have signed an agreement for a long-term U.S. occupation of Iraq that commits at least 50,000 U.S. troops to remain in Iraq indefinitely. And these troops will not simply be called on in rare emergencies, but are charged with, […]

Udall stumps in Clovis

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he would make sure Cannon Air Force Base keeps its new mission if he is elected to the Senate. He said the Special Operations mission will help fight new conflicts and would make sure Cannon has all the facilities needed to support it. […]

Udall formally enters race for Senate

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Rep. Tom Udall formally announced Thursday he will seek the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Pete Domenici. “I have not been aiming for this job, but I am aiming for a better New Mexico and a better America,” he said. After Domenici announced he […]