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 […]