Meetings watch: Eastern Plains Council of Governments

The Eastern Plains Council of Governments met Wednesday morning at the Tucumcari Convention Center. During the meeting: • EPCOG Director Sandy Chancey discussed several items with the board including news of an audit update being awarded to Hinkle and Landers of Albuquerque, and the intent to hire workforce development administrative entity and fiscal agent. An […]

EPCOG to discuss policies

Eastern Plains Council of Governments’ executive committee is set to meet at 10 a.m. today at 418 Main. Agenda items include a review of personnel policy and discussion of revisions to financial management policies. An executive session is also on the agenda to “discuss threatened or pending litigation, and disposal or acquisition of real property […]

Three communities rejoin EPCOG

CNJ staff Three communities that once declined to be members of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments have opted to rejoin the regional planning agency. Newly-appointed EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey said members of the agency’s executive committee, who met Wednesday, learned the villages of Logan, Mosquero and San Jon are members once again. Chancey […]

EPCOG hosting ‘day of discovery’

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is sponsoring “A Day of Discovery” to teach participants how to “tap into the richness that people with disabilities bring to our communities, workplaces and organizations,” according to information from EPCOG. The program aims to help people with disabilities find opportunities to work. “A Day of Discovery” […]

EPCOG executive director named

CNJ staff Sandy Chancey has been named executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. The decision came by a vote of the EPCOG board of directors during the agency’s annual meeting Wednesday in Tucumcari. Chancey, who has served as interim director since December, has worked with EPCOG since 2009. “Sandy has been an asset […]

Letters to the editor: Elected should represent, not direct

Elected should represent, not direct It seems to me the same attitude portrayed by our federal and state governments permeates our city and county commissions; that their constituents aren’t competent to know what is best for themselves or their tax dollars. The county commission, regardless of a resounding vote against the judicial complex building plan, […]

Meetings watch: Eastern Plains Council of Governments

During a Wednesday meeting, the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board of directors: • Heard a presentation on USDA rural development programs. There are a variety of loan and grant programs available to rural communities which can help finance everything from water, waste water and solid waste to needed community facilities such as day care […]

Size, scope of governments must be reduced

Freedom New Mexico We’re at a crossroads, having elected four consecutive presidents with almost indecipherable agendas to grow government’s size and scope. Today, public employees demonstrate because the government-stifled economy cannot afford them. Congress wields meat ax because the country is broke. Businesses grapple with government health insurance mandates that they cannot afford. These are […]

EPCOG approves budget, cuts staff

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Interim Director Richard Arguello of Union County, center, directs the Eastern Plains Council of Governments meeting Wednesday at Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurant. The board adopted a reduced budget that will eliminate almost a third of its staff. By Robin Fornoff: Content editor The Eastern Plains Council of Governments cut almost […]

EPCOG chair says no vote needed in firing of former director

By Robin Fornoff: Content editor The chairman of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board says he exercised “executive privilege” when he fired EPCOG’s former director last fall. Richard Arguello also acknowledges there was never a vote to name Arguello as EPCOG’s interim director but said board members did not object. Details of how Arguello […]

Director says EPCOG will follow state open meetings laws

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Eastern Plains Council of Governments’ Interim Director Richard Arguello says a meeting held Wednesday without proper public notice was an oversight that won’t happen again. Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Eastern Plains Council of Governments Interim Director Richard Arguello said Thursday the organization’s failure to notify the public of an […]

EPCOG fires executive director

Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Eastern Plains Council of Governments has dismissed Executive Director Nick Brady. Executive Board member Isidro Garcia confirmed Brady was dismissed Wednesday. “This is a personnel matter and we really can’t elaborate on it,” he said. “With personnel matters, we’ve got to be very careful.” Garcia said the position will be […]

Money agency decisions aren’t governments

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration and the Federal Reserve Board have begun a full-court press to get Congress to expand the federal government’s power to be able to seize nonbank financial institutions — insurance companies, hedge funds, investment banks, private equity firms — that run into trouble. This is such a bad idea it’s […]

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Housing aid fails, despite best intentions

Freedom New Mexico Most of what Congress does is ill-advised. But when Congress is in a hurry to appear especially active and responsive to a perceived crisis, it is likely to go beyond ill-advised to downright boneheaded. It is becoming increasingly obvious that several aspects of the bill passed in response to the decline in […]

Investigation under way of EPCOG-managed funds

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A federal investigation is under way into the embezzlement of funds being managed through the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. EPCOG Deputy Executive Director Nick Brady said concerns surfaced in March over possibly embezzled funds from a federal rental assistance program managed by EPCOG. As a result, an employee […]

Local agency assists city development

The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is one of seven associations of counties that assist local governments in economic development and planning. MembersThe Eastern Plains Council of governments is made up of seven counties in eastern New Mexico and the local governments in those counties. The council helps with infrastructure planning and economic development.Counties in […]

Fireworks can lead to trouble

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether local governments should outlaw the sale, use and/or purchase of fireworks in our hot, dry conditions. Responses: • “Every year we hear of fires set by fireworks. Some are of little consequence, while others are tragic.

Are you ready for some fireworks?

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether local governments should outlaw the sale, use and/or purchase of fireworks in our hot, dry conditions. Responses: • “Yes fireworks should be banned except for the professional show like the one at Green Acres Park. It is frightening around my neighborhood every Fourth because it is dry […]

Governor signs changed wage law

The Associated Press SANTA FE —A new law is taking effect to resolve an overtime pay problem for state and local governments. Gov. Bill Richardson signed the overtime measure into law Friday. It took effect immediately. Police, firemen and corrections officers will be able to work flexible shifts without incurring overtime. Local and state governments […]