Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members on Monday approved the issuance of state bonds to purchase equipment and furniture among other items for ENMU buildings.
The $1.35 million for Eastern New Mexico Universities in Roswell, Portales and Ruidoso was allocated by legislators from state financing through severance tax revenue bonds. One of the higher allocations is $650,000 for the new broadcast center. Scott Smart, vice-president of business affairs for ENMU said the $650,000 will be used to purchase and install equipment and furniture for the new KENW-TV broadcast center.
There is also another additional $75,000 to equip the mobile unit of the KENW-TV broadcasting station with audio/video equipment.
The new ENMU communications building will house the broadcast center. The new broadcast center and mobile unit will be going through a transition from analog to digital technology.
Broadcast workers said the new studios will be better sound-proofed and the new digital technology will make editing video faster and easier, among other advantages.
State legislators set aside money for New Mexico universities and colleges. Smart said the university does not have to pay back the bonds or supply matching funds. According to Smart, the projects will begin within six months and completion of the projects will be within three years.