Governor signs water authority bill

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cleared the way for the next step in the Ute Water Project, signing new legislation Saturday in Clovis. House Bill 15, signed into law in a ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority into a utility authority. The authority […]

Press release: Bill passed to allow voters to consider four G.O. bonds

Freedom New Mexico State Representative Dennis Roch (R-Tucumcari) announced that the House of Representatives has passed Senate Bill 1, legislation which would allow voters to consider four General Obligation (G.O.) bonds in the November election. “In this tough economic climate, capital outlay funding is simply unavailable,” Roch said. “My colleagues and I therefore felt it […]

Press Release: 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.

Workforce leader retires

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The man behind the scenes of Quay, Guadalupe, Harding and Union counties Workforce Development Centers is retiring after 11 years. Bill Griffin’s last day as coordinator and sole staffer of the four-county WDC region was Friday. The WDC provides employment and unemployment services in the four county area. Griffin was honored Wednesday by regional director […]

Ute pipeline legislation headed to president

Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The Ute Water Pipeline project has cleared Congress. Senate Bill 22, commonly known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects, including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System.The bill passed the House on a 285-140 vote Wednesday, and now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, chairman of […]

Counties wait on capital outlay bill

Thomas Garcia Several area counties are waiting on the signature by Gov. Bill Richardson on Senate Bill 443, which passed with a 65-0 vote Saturday in the House. The bill will reauthorize and extend the time for several of the counties’ existing capital outlay projects, said Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros, D-Questa.Officials in Quay County are […]

Death penalty repeal heads to governor

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Friday’s decisive state Senate vote to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico was a direct result of November’s election of several new lawmakers. That’s the opinion expressed both by a leading supporter and by a leading opponent of House Bill 285, which would replace the death […]

Hopes dashed for green job training

Thomas Garcia College officials advised Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees that Mesalands will miss out on $250,000 in state funds from the New Mexico Legislature because a House committee tabled House Bill 622. District 3 Rep. Ben Lujan introduced House Bill 622 in the 2009 sate Legislature House, which is also known as “The […]

Bill to abolish death penatly gets go-ahead

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With shaking hands and a quivering voice, a Las Vegas, N.M., woman whose son was executed by the state of Texas asked the New Mexico House of Representatives on Thursday to end capital punishment in this state. Though committee members’ minds probably were made up before Muina […]

Governor pledges support of $4.2 million for Tucumcari projects

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Gov. Bill Richardson said he would work for and support $4.2 million from capital outlay funds for Tucumcari’s Main Street program and Mesalands Community College in the upcoming legislative session. Richardson voiced his support for the projects Thursday during a visit to Tucumcari at a rally for the groundbreaking of a new Tucumcari High School. […]