Legislature approves two capital outlay funding bills

CNJ staff State lawmakers passed a pair of capital outlay financing bills Saturday during the last day of the 60-day session. One bill allocates almost $140 million for more than 70 projects across the state, while another bill reallocates funding from previously approved projects to new ones. Both bills go to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk […]

Overview: Capital punishment in New Mexico

The New Mexican Here’s a list of all legal executions performed by the New Mexico Department of Corrections (between 1913 and 1929 all executions there were the responsibilities of individual county sheriffs): • July 21, 1933: Two men die in the state’s new electric chair. The first was Thomas Johnson, a black man convicted of […]

Overpass, events center among projects on wait list for capital outlay money

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CNJ file photo Curry County officials are hoping to get money for finishing touches to the special events center. County Manager Lance Pyle has asked for $7 million between five priorities, including $1.5 million for the special events center. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There was never a good time for the Hull Street […]

Clovis schools to get $2 million for renovations

Clovis Municipal School District will get $2 million in state funds for the design costs of renovating Marshall Junior High and James Bickley, Lockwood and Bella Vista elementary schools, Senator Ingle, along with Representatives Campos and Crook announced today. The Public School Capital Outlay Council voted to award the funds to the school district after […]

District to receive renovation monies

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal School District will get $2 million in state funds for the design costs of renovating Marshall Junior High and James Bickley, Lockwood and Bella Vista elementary schools, according to a release from area legislators. The Public School Capital Outlay Council voted to award the funds to the school district after finding […]

Neighborhood watch program unnecessary

Freedom New Mexico The capital city is facing a wave of violence that calls for drastic measures. The government has proposed a radical change in tactics, a “surge” if you will, to control it: Entire neighborhoods will be sealed off and designated as “Neighborhood Safety Zones,” patrolled by armed officers who will have the authority […]

Lack of capital dooms businesses

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Businesses open and close daily. The closures can have a ripple effect on the economy. However, business closures are not all bad. Sometimes it is for the benefit of the owner’s health, retirement or family issues. The following is an anthology of reasons why businesses fail. It also serves as a checklist […]

Richardson signs $341 million capital outlay

CNJ staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill this morning allocating $341 million for capital improvements statewide, including more than $7.3 million in funding to the region. He also vetoed $580,000 in regional project requests, including a $350,000 request for a Clovis communications/administration building. The vetoes account for around 8 percent of […]

Legislature adjourns — for now

Staff and wire reports The Legislature adjourned Thursday after approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson, but a special session loomed large as lawmakers headed home. Capital outlay projects include $3.1 million for Curry County. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson blasted lawmakers for what he described as “the […]

Legislature approves capital improvement bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature moved toward adjournment Thursday by approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson, but the threat of a special session loomed large as lawmakers looked homeward. Richardson was empty-handed on his top legislative priority with time running out on the […]

Baseball’s back

Roger Clemens, his former trainer and steroids are dominating the sports-page headlines today. Here’s a news flash: Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training. Baseball spring training update • • • We’re beginning to compile content related to the one-year anniversary of the March 23 tornadoes that caused major damage in Curry, Roosevelt and […]

Politics as usual

Wondering why Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed the Senate’s capital outlay bill on Wednesday night? State Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, is convinced it’s because he wants lawmakers to approve his health-care package, despite the governor’s denial. “What he’s doing is he’s sending us a message,” she said in a telephone interview. “He has certain things he’d […]

Governor vetoes capital outlay

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a $348 million capital outlay package on Wednesday and used his line-item veto powers to reject some legislator-backed projects in a $21 million budget measure. The governor took his action before a deadline in a dispute with the Legislature over the deadline for signing […]

Lawmakers hand out $500 million for projects

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — More than a half-billion dollars in capital improvements will be financed across New Mexico under measures approved by the Legislature on Saturday and sent to Gov. Bill Richardson. “I don’t think there is a corner of the state that we don’t touch with this,” Rep. Roberto […]

Community officials present capital outlay requests

By Gabriel Monte City, county and other community organization representatives presented state legislators with a $20 million capital outlay wish list Friday at the Legislative Breakfast. About 100 people attended the breakfast held at the Norman & Vi Petty Rock n’ Roll Museum at the Chamber of Commerce building. State Sens. Clint Harden, Gay Kernan […]

Business start-up help available

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Ruth Sena opened Simply Salads in the Hilltop Plaza earlier this month, but had planned on opening the doors to the all-you-can-eat salad restaurant nearly one month before. The problem was, she custom ordered the salad bar tables, and when you’re opening one small business and not a chain, […]

County commissioners ask state for $24 million

CNJ Staff Curry County Commissioners will ask the state for about $24 million for infrastructure and capital improvement projects. County commissioners approved in a special meeting Wednesday the capital improvement plan for 2009 to 2013 fiscal years. Commissioners met in a work session Monday to prioritize items on the plan, according to county finance director […]

Capital outlay pleases lawmakers

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson faces a tough obstacle as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. He managed another tough obstacle earlier this week — pleasing a majority of state legislators — by approving $700 million in capital outlay projects. “I have signed this capital outlay package without any vetoes as a […]

Governor signs capital outlay bill

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a $622 million capital improvement measure without rejecting any projects with his line-item veto powers. The governor’s treatment of the massive capital outlay bill was in sharp contrast to last year when he angered lawmakers by cutting more than $100 million worth of […]

Clovis Schools repair tag: $106 million

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Gene Bieker, director of operations for Clovis Schools, said the air-conditioner units at Lockwood Elementary School are more than 30 years old. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A forward-looking assessment shows the Clovis Municipal Schools district needs approximately $106 million in capital improvements. The Facilities Master Plan draft report […]