Press release: Ute pipeline funding missing from proposed 2012 budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased that the Obama administration is making water projects and public lands initiatives in New Mexico a priority in his 2012 budget proposal. Congress will use this budget proposal as a blueprint when it develops the spending bills that will fund the federal government next […]

Clovis backs request for water system project funding

Freedom New Mexico Clovis City Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Friday in support of funding for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project. The vote was taken during a special meeting. Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the resolution is a show of support for requesting $25 million for the project from the eastern New Mexico’s […]

Richardson touts ENMU’s broadcasting heritage

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Kevin Wilson As the claps echoed, no doubt aided by the acoustics of a new Buchanan Hall, Gov. Bill Richardson couldn’t help but note the applause he received Thursday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University. “The closer I get to leaving office,” the outgoing governor said, “the bigger hand I get.” Richardson was on his […]

Lawmakers right to refuse federal funding

Gov. Rick Perry, Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and other Texas representatives are enduring criticism to their opposition to the $26.1 billion federal education funding package passed last week that probably will leave Texas out of the mix. The state could receive up to $830 million, but requires Perry to make promises he […]

Press release: Cannon funding makes progress in Congress

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a vote of 411 to 6. The legislation provides a 7.4 percent funding increase for veterans’ health care and benefits, including funding for more than 4,000 additional permanent claims processors. The legislation strengthens the […]

Press release: Bingaman announces PILT funding for N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million this year in payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) funds. PILT, which is a program administered through the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property such as military bases and national parks, which cannot be taxed […]

Ute funding bill passes both houses

Santa Fe – Last night (Monday) HB 15 a bill to create the Eastern NM Water Utility Authority and provide the structure for distribution of water from Ute Reservoir in Quay County, passed the Senate with a vote of 35-0. On February 4 it passed the House unanimously with a vote of 49-0.

Perry correct to question school funding

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gotten plenty of grief for rejecting federal “stimulus” money in the past year. Criticism over his latest “No thank you” has been particularly harsh, as it would have brought as much as $750 million for Texas public schools. The money is part of $4.35 billion in “economic […]

Press Release: Senate approves key NM military funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported that the Senate has approved legislation to fund key construction projects at New Mexico’s military installations.

Superintendent: District taking steps to deal with funding cuts

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm is in the midst of a week of meeting with community leaders to talk about a possible 10 percent cut in state money. “I am sharing with them how much education has already been cut. No one’s felt it yet because we have […]