How rural communities can seek stimulus funds

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Chelle Delaney In addition to $1.8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for New Mexico, an additional $78 billion in grant funds is available to the states for programs from health care to weatherization, said Lt. Governor Diane Denish. Denish and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan spoke to community and government leaders on […]

City watching its dollars, tabs clean up as priority

Chelle Delaney Tucumcari should be closely watching its dollars because funds from the state and federal government are being squeezed in the economic downturn, said several city commissioners at a regular meeting Thursday and a goal-setting work session on Friday. Other cities are having tough times and Tucumcari should watch its finances, Mayor Antonio Apodaca […]

City gets loans, grants to update sewer system

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici announced Friday that the city of Tucumcari has been awarded a $2.17 million federal loan and grant package to support upgrades to its aging wastewater system, according to a press release. “I’m thrilled,” said city manager John Sutherland Friday when he heard of the award. […]

Roch tapped for national panel

By QCS Staff Roch will be on a national panel for No Child Left Behind Act reforms The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) announced that Dennis Roch, a member of the New Mexico Public Education Commission, has been named to serve on the association’s Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC), according to a press […]

Southern states need to supplement federal reservoirs

Freedom New Mexico Did you ever think a time would come when people in this country’s Southeast would be praying for a few more hurricanes? Unfortunately, the normally soggy Southeast is suffering from a very real two-year rainwater drought that could threaten drinking water supplies for metropolitan Atlanta and other cities, and has stirred up […]

Housing market will correct itself sans government help

Freedom New Mexico No one can now deny the obvious: The housing bubble, especially in high-priced real estate markets, has popped. New home sales are projected to fall nationwide to 805,000 this year, down 23 percent from 1.05 million last year, the National Association of Realtors has reported. If that happens, it would be the […]

FEMA gets president’s okay to assist tornado victims, how you can apply

By Staff and wires President Bush declared a major disaster in Curry and Quay counties Monday because of tornado damage, making residents in those regions eligible for federal funds. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners […]

2/4 Editorial

President Bush played Jekyll and Hyde in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. For each small-government conservative idea — making tax cuts permanent, for example — he offered at least one awful statist proposal — new subsidies for alternative-energy research. The pattern was no more apparent than in what he called his American Competitive […]

1/28 Editorial

When the Founding Fathers set up our system of government, they didn’t intend for states to be the poor cousins of the federal government. Rather, they were to be independent entities, with the federal government acting as their agent when dealing with other nations or as the arbiter of disputes between states. The attraction of […]

1/21 Editorial

Another year, another stab at re-writing the Endangered Species Act. Last year, the House of Representatives actually managed to pass a bill containing some promising provisions, including one requiring that compensation be paid to people whose property values are diminished by a federal listing. Now the action moves to the U.S. Senate — the graveyard […]