Lansford resigns county position

CNJ staff Curry County Finance Director Mark Lansford has confirmed he resigned his position on Monday. County Manager Lance Pyle said he received a copy of Lansford’s letter of resignation on Tuesday. Pyle said Lansford leaves the county in good shape financially and Pyle wished him the best in his future endeavors. Lansford filed a […]

Press release: Udall talks ‘bill shock,’ campaign finance

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about the recent agreement between the FCC and the wireless association, CTIA, to reduce cell phone “bill shock”, and the inclusion of guidelines proposed by Udall. He also discussed the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on concussions and sports equipment marketing practices, featuring a witness […]

Our people: Like mother, like daughter

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Liliana Castillo: FNM Correspondent Clovis resident Kay Berry’s most prized possession is this wind-up Victrola, which was in the farm home she grew up in. Her aunt shipped the Victrola to her 35 years later. Clovis resident Kay Berry has helped seniors and other with their taxes through the AARP Tax Aide program for 18 […]

Water authority approves finance plan

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Consultants, lawyers and board members prepare for the Eastern New Mexico Water Authority meeting Thursday at the Texico Fire Department. The board approved a finance plan for the $500 million Ute Lake water project. Jared Tucker The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority approved a finance plan Thursday required to […]

Senator discusses the president’s budget proposal and the future of campaign finance reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about key components of President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011 including the outlook for the National Nuclear Security Administration which oversees New Mexico’s labs, the Department of Veterans Affairs, USDA and the Indian Health Services. He also […]

Pressuring banks to lend more initial problem

Freedom New Mexico Those of us who had anticipated the possibility of a de facto nationalization of the banking and finance sector of the economy after the meltdown last fall and the government’s bailout reaction, may have to rethink our scenarios and happily so. With the announcement that Citigroup will pay back $20 billion in […]

Bingaman talks about the health proposal that was approved by Senate Finance Committee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio about a health care reform bill that was approved by the Senate Finance Committee yesterday. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman101409m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman says he is pleased the health care reform […]

County moves forward on events center contract

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File photo Global Spectrum was awarded a two-year contract Sept. 1 to manage the new events center and the fairgrounds. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Event management specialists Global Spectrum will save Curry County about $150,000 a year operating the special events center and fairgrounds, County Finance Manager Mark Lansford told commissioners Tuesday. Lansford’s […]

Woman right to act on suspicions

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist reader sent me a few emails asking for advice for a problem she was having with her finance. To protect her identity, I will call her, “undecided military fiance”. Below you will see her question and how I put my Italian no-nonsense approach to good use in trying to […]

Legislative Finance Committee discuss stimulus money

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Legislative Finance Committee summed up a long second day of meetings in Clovis with a short update on stimulus money. A committee staff update at the conclusion of Thursday’s session at the Clovis Civic Center updated members on fiscal stabilization funds of about $318.3 million. Of that total, […]

Clovis hosts Legislative Finance Committee meeting

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With the Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Clovis this week, local officials hope that updates on the local uses of government appropriations will encourage the Legislature to earmark more money for the area. The Clovis Civic Center will host the three-day meeting, which begins with an 8:30 a.m. Wednesday […]

Bingaman to take part in finance committee round table on health care coverage

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday will take part in a Finance Committee roundtable to discuss expanding health care coverage. Also on Tuesday, Bingaman will chair an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on pending nominations, including that of New Mexican Michael Connor to be Commissioner of Reclamation (BOR) in the Department of Interior.

Film official admits meddling with bill

By Robert Nott: The New Mexican A doctored version of an official Legislative Finance Committee document introduced in a House Committee session last week may cause more confusion and controversy about the merit of the state’s popular film incentive program. Jon Hendry, business agent of the local film technicians union, the International Alliance of Theatrical […]

Finance program coming to Pleasant Hill

Freedom New Mexico Financial Peace University’s 13-week finance program is coming to Pleasant Hill. FPU has helped more than 650,000 families positively change their financial future, according to a news release. The program teaches families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principles and small group accountability. Each class participant needs a kit. […]

Campaign finance needs true reform

Freedom New Mexico Republican presidential candidate John McCain has suggested Democrat Barack Obama’s eye-popping prowess at fundraising may signal the end of the practice, established after Watergate, of having presidential campaigns funded by the taxpayers. Sen. McCain thinks that’s a shame. We think it would be cause for celebration. Sen. Obama announced on Sunday that […]

Local finance experts: Think longterm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Remember to have a long-term view. That’s the advice area financial advisors are giving their clients as daily news coverage highlights financial woes in the U.S. markets. This week, the nation watched unprecedented upheaval in the markets, marked by several hundred-point gains and losses in the Dow Jones industrials, […]

Finance manager says Curry County fiscally sound

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Finance Manager Mark Lansford told county commissioners Friday the county is in good financial shape. The told the commission the county has built up its cash reserves to $5.7 million in the last three years, which consists of $3.3 million in surplus and $2.4 million — a […]

Bingaman participates in economic stimulus hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today participated in a Senate Finance Committee hearing to discuss what actions should be taken to stimulate the economy.             Bingaman is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which will write the Senate’s version of a stimulus package.  At the hearing, Senators discussed the need to pass a […]

Legislator priorities

Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales District 27 — Chaves, Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties Senator since 1985 Occupation: Farmer Capitol office: (505) 986-4702 Home: 356-3088 e-mail: stuartingle@nmlegis.gov Committee membership • Capital Outlay Subcommittee, advisory (interim) • Capitol Buildings Planning Commission, (interim) • Committees’ Committee • Corporations and Transportation • Economic and Rural Development, advisory (interim) […]

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, […]