Bi-Partisan Royalties Legislation in D.C.

Democratic New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall and Republican Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi introduced legislation this week that would allow states to collect their own mineral royalties, protecting money that is rightfully owed to the state. The bill would effectively eliminate a collection fees charged by the federal government, which amounts to approximately $40 million per year. The bipartisan State Mineral Revenue Protection Act is co-sponsored by Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Orrin Hatch of Utah.
Currently, the federal government charges states a 2 percent fee, ostensibly to cover collection and disbursement costs. This legislation would ensure that states can continue to receive their 50 percent share of mineral royalties by giving them the option to administer their own programs, as opposed to relying on Washington.
Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney recently introduced identical legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

22nd Annual Hike It and Spike It Flag Football Tournament Coming Up

THE 22nd ANNUAL HIKE IT AND SPIKE IT 4-on-4 CHARITY FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT IS COMING UP LABOR DAY WEEKEND AT THE CIELO GRANDE RECREATION AREA IN ROSWELL. ORGANIZER CLA AVERY SAYS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS SATURDAY…
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THE MONEY RAISED BY THE TOURNAMENT GOES TO THE UNITED WAY OF CHAVES COUNTY. TO SIGN UP…GO TO ROSWELLGRIDIRON.COM.

NM State Police Increasing Anti-DUI Efforts in May

NEW MEXICO STATE POLICE WILL BE CONDUCTING SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS, SATURATION PATROLS AND REGISTRATION, INSURANCE AND DRIVERS’ LICENSE CHECKPOINTS DURING THE MONTH OF MAY. THE GOAL OF THE ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN IS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ALCOHOL RELATED FATALITIES.

Motorcycle Crash Sends Man to Hospital

WE’RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT AN ACCIDENT ON NORTH MAIN STREET IN ROSWELL. PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER TODD WILDERMUTH…
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WILDERMUTH SAYS THE CRASH INVOLVED A MOTORCYCLE AND AN SUV…
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WILDERMUTH SAYS THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

Economic Feasibility Study Suggests Creating Airport Authority in Roswell

WE’RE GETTING A LOOK AT AN ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY STUDY AND ACTION PLAN FOR THE ROSWELL INTERNATIONAL AIR CENTER. JOHN MULCAHY IS PRESIDENT OF THE ROSWELL CHAVES COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION…
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MULCAHY SAYS HE’S ALREADY PRESENTED THE REPORT TO THE ROSWELL CITY COUNCIL…BUT HE ALSO PLANS TO MEET ONE ON ONE…TO TALK ABOUT CREATING A TASK FORCE TO EXPLORE ESTABLISHING AN AIRPORT AUTHORITY.

Chaves County Commission Meeting Set for Next Week

WE’RE GETTING A LOOK AT THE AGENDA FOR NEXT WEEK’S CHAVES COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING. THERE ARE TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS ON SPECIAL AGRICULTURAL USE PERMITS AND THE ANNUAL ROAD HEARING. COMMISSIONERS WILL DISCUSS AN AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE CHILDREN YOUTH AND FAMILIES DEPARTMENT AND REPORTING CERTIFIED ROAD MILEAGE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THEY’RE ALSO GOING TO HEAR A REQUEST FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL, FIRE PROTECTION FUNDS APPLICATIONS AND APPLICATION FOR THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROTECTION FUND. THE MEETING IS THURSDAY MORNING AT NINE.

Sen Tom Udall to Visit Southern New Mexico Next Week

SENATOR TOM UDALL WILL BE IN SOUTH NEW MEXICO MONDAY AND TUESDAY…HOSTING A PAIR OF TOWN HALLS AND HEADLINING A PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT ECONOMIC ISSUES ALONG THE US BORDER WITH MEXICO. UDALL WILL BE IN COLUMBUS MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR A GROUNDBREAKING AT THE PORT OF ENTRY. IN THE EVENING, HE’LL HOLD A TOWN HALL MEETING AT THE LAS CRUCES CONVENTION CENTER. TUESDAY MORNING, UDALL IS SLATED TO HOLD A PANEL DISCUSSION COVERING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, IMMIGRATION, BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. FINALLY, TUESDAY EVENING, UDALL WILL HOLD A SECOND TOWN HALL IN LAS CRUCES…FOCUSED ON REDUCING NATURAL GAS WASTE IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION.

According to a new survey from SmartRecruiters, black is the best color to wear for a job interview

(JOHNSON CITY) — According to a new survey from SmartRecruiters, black is the best color to wear for a job interview. Livewire’s Darrell Moody is talking to a local staffing professional…

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SUZY ZAMORA IS WITH EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS IN JOHNSON CITY…
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ACCORDING TO SMART-RECRUITERS, 70-PERCENT OF HIRED CANDIDATES IN THEIR SURVEY REPORTED WEARING MOSTLY BLACK TO THEIR INTERIVEW.

State Auditor to Host Panel Discussion with IT Experts

THE NEW MEXICO TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL AND STATE AUDITOR TIM KELLER ARE PRESENTING A PANEL DISCUSSION TOMORROW MORNING IN ALBUQUERQUE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF OUT OF STATE SPENDING. A PANEL OF EXPERTS WILL DISCUSS A RECENT STATE AUDITOR’S REPORT THAT SHOWS THE I-T INDUSTRY HAS THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS THAT ARE AWARDED TO OUT OF STATE FIRMS. IN 2016, 40-MILLION DOLLARS OUT OF 48-MILLION DOLLARS IN I-T SERVICE CONTRACTS WENT TO COMPANIES BASED OUTSIDE OF NEW MEXICO.

Roswell City Council to Meet Thursday

THE ROSWELL CITY COUNCIL MEETS THURSDAY NIGHT. ON THE AGENDA…A PRESENTATION ON STAFFING LEVELS AT THE DEPARTMENT BY POLICE CHIEF PHIL SMITH. THERE WILL ALSO BE AN UPDATE ON THE MAINSTREET ROSWELL PROGRAM. PUBLIC HEARINGS ARE SET FOR TWO BEER AND WINE LICENSE REQUESTS AND TWO PROPOSED ORDINANCES…ONE ON A MILLION DOLLAR PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT WITH THE NEW MEXICO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. THE OTHER WOULD AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF THE CITY’S CONVENTION CENTER REVENUE BOND PRIVATE PLACEMENT WITH THE NEW MEXICO FINANCE AUTHORITY. THERE WILL ALSO BE AN APPEAL HEARING TO CONDEMN A PROPERTY ON SOUTH MULBERRY AVENUE.