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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Tyler
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/31/08
HM 42
SHORT TITLE
Lovington Centennial Celebration
SB
ANALYST Shaya
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Memorial 42 declares that the House of Representatives of the State of New Mexico join
with Lovington residents to celebrate one hundred years as a community that the state take pride
in the ongoing growth, development and contributions of this southeastern city; and that copies
of this memorial be transmitted to the governor, to each of the state's southern New Mexico
elected officials, to the mayor of Lovington and to each of the public schools in Lovington.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
No Fiscal Impact
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
House Memorial 42 makes the following statements about Lovington, New Mexico;
Lovington, a city of nearly ten thousand persons in southeastern New Mexico, was
established in 1908; and
Lovington, whose first post office was housed in the Jim B. Love grocery store and run
by the proprietor of the grocery store, offers warm summer days, cool nights and mild
sunny winters; and
From the time of its establishment, Lovington has been a center for ranching and farming
families spread across southeastern New Mexico; and
Lovington was designated as the county seat when Lea county was created from parts of
Chaves and Eddy counties in 1917; and
Oil was discovered in 1928 in Lovington, but had little impact on the economy until
1950, when the Denton pool nine miles northeast of town was discovered; and
Oil then quickly transformed Lovington, as some ninety-two flowing wells were
established soon after 1950 and people working on the wells poured into the town; and
The dairy industry has begun to take part in the growth of the city, whose population
mushroomed from four hundred eleven people in 1920 to one thousand nine hundred
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sixteen in 1940 to the current nine thousand six hundred; and
Today, Lovington boasts a public library with over forty-nine thousand items, a senior
citizen center, an activity center, five city parks, one swimming pool, eleven baseball
fields, numerous practice fields for little league, one shooting range, a museum, a
hospital, four doctors, two chiropractors, three dentists, at-home nursing services, well-
trained emergency transportation personnel and scores of civic organizations; and
Lovington is home to national football league player Brian Urlacher; and
Lovington is the former home of professional golfers Ronnie Black and Sean Murphy;
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