Bill tracker: A look at area lawmakers’ legislation

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Tonjia Rolan The second session of the New Mexico state legislature opened Jan.17. To date, 15 bills, including two emergency measures, have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing legislation is Feb.1.

Portales police upgrades communications

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Travis Hardin, of Yucca Telecom, sets up the computer system in what will soon be the new dispatch center at the Portales Police Department. Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger said the new system will allow dispatchers to do their job more quickly and efficiently. Alisa Boswell Big changes are in […]

Conservation program policies modified

CNJ staff The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, according […]

Roosevelt County allotted federal money

CNJ staff Roosevelt County has been allotted $5,335 in Federal Emergency Management Agency money for non-disaster-related emergency food and shelter programs, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. The state government and 24 counties are to receive a total of $544,745 for the programs, according to the release. […]

Emergency grazing authorized

CNJ Staff reports

Press release: USDA authorizes 90 days CRP emergency grazing

Emergency Grazing for CRP approved for Curry County Albuquerque, NM, May 26, 2011 – Salomon E. Ramirez, State Executive Director of the New Mexico Farm Service Agency announced that Emergency Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage has been authorized for Curry County in New Mexico. “This authorization provides relief for many livestock producers in […]

Freezing temperatures cause flooding in Tucumcari hospital

Freedom New Mexico Freezing temperatures were blamed for a wet mess at Tucumcari’s Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital Thursday. A sprinkling system burst and flooded the emergency room. Hospital Administrator Lance Labine said there were no injuries and no one was in the emergency room when the sprinkler broke. “We had a lot of folks […]

Positions open on emergency planning committee

CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry County Local Emergency Planning Committee Executive Council has two available positions. The committee meets 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each odd-numbered month at Clovis City Hall. For information, contact the city manager’s office at 769-7828.

Letter to the editor: Responders reacted with diligence

Responders reacted with diligence A recent Internet piece named New Mexico as one of the least favored states for good medical care. I have lived in Clovis since 1967 and have heard many conversations about the lack of quality medical care in Clovis. No doubt, some of the complaints have merit. However, I was the […]

Homeland Security conducting training

CNJ staff New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is conducting a national incident management system training 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at Clovis Community College. The training is open to members of the emergency management system, which includes law enforcement, fire service, hazardous material, public health, public works, emergency management, […]