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Portales News-Tribune (Newspaper) - January 18, 2006, Portales, New Mexico Tribune a 1 it ill .1 a 1 �?�18 a 06 50< daily a $1 sunday Freedom newspaper go to ask for $1.1 million intensive care unit by Tony Parra put staff writer tuesday was the Start of the 2006 legislative session and Hospital officials want a portion of the excess amount of capital outlay Revenue for an intensive care unit. Monday was the first Day of the 30-Day session which with the help of Oil and Gas revenues has created the largest surplus in new Mexico history with More than $500 million according to associated press reports. The Roosevelt general Hospital Board of trustee members during tuesday s Board meeting gave approval for James d Agostino Hospital administrator to request $1.1 million from the 47th new Mexico legislature for a four bed intensive care unit at the Hospital. The request has been sent out to Eastern new Mexico legislators. The $1.1 million would pay for the planning designing constructing and furnishing of a four bed ice. D Agostino said if approved for funding More than Likely the 3,700 Square foot ice portion would be built to the South of Roosevelt general Hospital. In his request d Agostino said the project is a priority to meet patient needs As requested by newly recruited physicians. Quot we Are getting critical patients cardiology is increasing we need ice Quot d Agostino said. # Eva Stevens chief financial officer reported a net income loss of $33,392 for the month of december for the Hospital. The total operational revenues and other income were $1.383 million and the total expenses were $1.416 million for the month of december. The budget news is More positive than in previous months. According to the ugh income statement the Hospital had a net income loss of $74,574 for november and a monthly average net income loss of $99,689 for the last six months. A Tawny a Burton registered nurse and director of the Roosevelt count downtown Street lights on the Way first Day Back by Tony Parra put staff writer Tony Parra link. Freedom. Com new Street lights Down the sidewalk off of first Street in front of Portales City Hall and extending past the Doerr and Knudson attorney offices Are in the near future for Portales. Jeremy Sturm economic development director for the City said during tuesday s City Council meeting that Light posts have been ordered and will be placed along first Street As part of an $85,000 Street scape Grant. During the meeting City councillors approved sen Dirig a reimbursement request of $20,000 to the new Mexico department of transportation for the work completed so far in the project. Through the Street scape project construction workers have made curb Gutter Aad sidewalk improvements in the downtown area on first Street from Abilene to Avenue b. # City councillors approved a Resolution supporting a planning Grant application for funding to use Aerial photography along with equipment software and training to support geographic information systems mapping. Sturm said City administrators Are working on a Community development Block Grant application for planning and zoning and want to submit it to the Southeastern new Mexico Community development Council for $50,000. Quot there is a need for mapping and to create an inventory of vacant properties Quot City manager Debi Lee said. Quot the base maps Are old and out City Page 2 sexual assault nurse examiners said that medical staff saw 785 patients in the emergency room for december and 74 were admitted. Burton said Home health care currently has 13 patients. She also said the sexual assault nurse examiners had 24 victims in 2005, 22 were females and two were males. According to the statistics 10 were less than the age of five 10 were Between the Ages of 11 and 19 and four were in ugh Page 2 put photo Kavlin Whon Sodero food aet does employee Shari Robinson scans student id cards for people entering the Eastern new Mexico University cafeteria for dinner tuesday night. Tuesday was the first Day of the Spring semester for the University. Students from Pohs in bus crash # team unhurt Freedom newspaper a bus carrying seventh and eighth Grade Portales basketball players collided with another vehicle on tvs essay causing a three vehicle Accident Clovis police it. James Schoeffel said. None of the students were injured in the Accident but three people in the vehicle struck directly by the bus were transported to Plains regional medical Center Schoeffel said. He said their condition was unknown. The students were on their Way to a basketball game at Clovis Gattis Junior High school when the Accident occurred near the Comer of Stinoe and grand Smos in cams. Clovis police officer Chris Lopez at the scene of the Accident said two vehicles were stopped at the intersection and the bus Driver did t see them until too the bus Driver was cited for following too closely behind the other vehicles Schoeffel said this is the second Accident involving an area school bus in the last week. A Clovis school bus and a car collided on Norris Street last thursday. Police also reported no students were injured in that Accident gov. Richardson talks up minimum wage plan and keeping Cannon by Deborah Baker and Barry Manaay the associated press Santa few gov. Bill Richardson on tuesday called on lawmakers to increase the state s minimum hourly wage to $7.50 Over three years and repeal a tax on nursing Home Beds. The proposals were highlights of his state of the state speech at the opening of the legislature s 30-Day session. Richardson outlined what he called an Quot Agenda of relentless action Quot touching on themes that will resurface later this year As he runs for re election. Quot at the end of four years i want the people of new Mexico to Kimny a without a doubt a that i delivered on my Promise to move our state Forward Quot the democratic governor told a packed House of representatives chamber. Quot it can t help but be inflationary a and some people Are going to lose their a minority Leader Stuart Ingle a portals the governor had previously outlined most of his Agenda including a tax credit targeting the working poor Money for a needs based College scholarship program and expansion of a newly implemented Pilot program of pre kindergarten. He also had said he was on Board for some minimum wage hike but waited until tuesday to announce the details raise the current $5.15 to $6.50 an hour As of Jan. 1, 2007, $7 in 2008, and $7.50 in 2009. Richardson called it Quot a meaningful increase that is also sensitive to new Mexico s business under the proposal communities would be barred for five years from enacting any higher wage except for Santa be which would remain untouched. The capital City s ordinance requires $9.50 an hour currently for the largest businesses and $10.50 in 2008 if the City Council gives the go ahead. Advocates of a higher minimum wage want an immediate $7.50, and they Don t want communities preempted from raising it even further. Quot we see $7.50 As a floor not a ceiling Quot said Ruth Hoffman of new mexicans for a fair wage. House speaker Ben Lujan a Santa be said he will proceed with his plans to introduce that legislation he said businesses can afford it. That puts him at Odds with the governor whose initiatives he typically supports but the two men downplayed any rift Over the Issue. Business lobbyists were pleased with the phase in and the Preemption provisions and the fact that the mandated wage would not Rise with inflation. But they still Don t like the Bottom line. Quot we were hopeful that the number would be lower than $7.50,&Quot said John Carey president of the association of Commerce and Industry. Legislature Page 2 818 a i i my ism a my. Cafe excerpt from state of the state it Ltd a i fit a Mumm Quot a Soso a a s a a of a a a a a a a a pm Sim no a Quot Quot Al Ftp in Lato wimp of Shauf i a m a r a it Quot v it 1a a a to a a a. A a in it a a a a my a a it Vitti a a Molta to local fetal a u i a Vav of Tab that Toile 1� tile ofkkttott0i< s a Aby a my a Wpm i v it local weather a mostly sunny Windy and warmer. For extended forecast see Page 6. 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