Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Gov. Lujan Grisham Visits Eastern New Mexico

photo by Payton Santillanes

The executive branch of New Mexico’s state government has been busy the past few days. On Monday and Tuesday, members of the governor’s cabinet, including Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham herself, visited various businesses across both Curry and Roosevelt county, with the visit ending in a surprise town hall at Eastern New Mexico University.

Members of the cabinet visited small businesses in Clovis, Texico, and Portales and met with various volunteers for Curry and Roosevelt counties. Gov. Grisham herself toured Roosevelt General Hospital and met with caregivers at every level.

In Portales, as a part of the Cabinet in your Community event, all state services were on display, ready to help citizens with Medicaid enrollment, SNAP program benefits, and employment opportunities. New Mexico State Police, along with the Motor Vehicle Division, were also on display in the CUB ballroom.

To top off the cabinet’s run, a town hall was hosted in the university theatre, where citizens of Roosevelt county had their voices heard. All of the issues discussed were the ongoing water crisis, crime in eastern New Mexico, sanitation efforts, and educational concerns, all topics familiar to Portales and Clovis. Gov. Grisham promised more cooperation between the city and state governments on these issues, as well as promising dedicated finances to sanitation efforts for more garbage trucks and new dumpsters in Portales.

The residents of eastern New Mexico are grateful to have their voices heard by the agencies who are able to change the issues plaguing the community. Jon Barr, a concerned citizen of Portales who also raised up concerns to the cabinet, thinks the town hall was beneficial and productive. “As divided as the political parties are, we in our region seem to agree very closely about the challenges that face all of us. Many of our concerns have to do with insufficient infrastructure and resources. I feel like the Mayor, City Manager and Council were put on the hot seat somewhat unfairly because they are really just getting situated in new positions and we are feeling the consequences and actions that began years ago. I want to believe the governor at her word and I also want to trust and support our local leaders that they have our best interest in mind. I’m encouraged to know that there are resources at the state level and I truly hope we are able to do the work to access and use those resources to improve and ensure a quality of life in Eastern New Mexico.”

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