Local lawmakers wary of Richardson health care plan

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to call a special session to deal with health care — his top issue for the legislative session that ended Thursday. “We will pass health care reform,” he said. He did not specify a time for the special session. Local lawmakers, like others around the […]

Torture justification runs counter to U.S. values, practicality

So it’s out in the open now. Central Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Hayden admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that the CIA used the coercive interrogation technique known as waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, on three al-Qaida operatives in 2002 and 2003. The technique is widely viewed as torture, which is […]

2-12-08 ENMU Briefs

Faculty / Alumni • Gov. Bill Richardson has appointed ENMU grad Brian O’Neill as the new executive director of the New Mexico Sports Authority. O’Neill had been serving as the authority’s deputy director since July 2006. Before going to work for the Sports Authority, O’Neill was an assistant coach for the University of New Mexico […]

President should work inside bounds of Constitution

One of the keys to making our government work properly is the balance of powers. It’s a common mistake to think the president runs the federal government, but he doesn’t. He runs the executive branch. His official influence over the legislative and judicial branches is limited to proposing the budget and other legislation and nominating […]

Bingaman to introduce Ute water bill in February

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Continued funding for the Ute Water Project depends on decisions that will be made in February. That’s when the New Mexico Legislature is finishing a 30-day session, for which Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members hope to procure $10.5 million in capital outlay. It’s also when Sen. Jeff […]

U.S.-prompted peace talks may not be answer

Editorial Considering the discouraging history and circumstances, it was an accomplishment to get representatives from 40 countries, including most of the relevant Arab nations, to sit down for a day just to talk about the possibility of a Palestinian-Israeli settlement. And if the real point was to use the meeting to give Sunni Arab countries […]

Officials push for project authorization

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The impending retirement of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., one of the biggest supporters of the Ute Water Project, seems on the surface to be an obstacle for the project’s chances of authorization and funding. Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, and its advocates, are hoping […]

Authority discusses legislation timing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority would like to become a governmental authority during the 2008 New Mexico Legislature — 30-day session or not. During the water authority’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday at Melrose High School, members discussed the challenges in becoming a government authority. The water […]

Group moves toward becoming authority

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Following what the members called a successful field hearing for the Ute Water Project, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority discussed a roadmap toward becoming a true authority at Wednesday’s meeting. Clovis City Attorney Dave Richards, answering legal questions on request of Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA Chairman David Lansford, […]

Officials ready to proceed with project

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Local, state and federal leaders reached a similar conclusion at Tuesday’s water field hearing in Clovis: They’re ready to seek federal authorization of the Ute Water Project, with or without the Bureau of Reclamation. Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Pete Domenici, R-N.M., were generally supportive of local testimony in favor […]

Senators to hold Ute Water field hearing in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Mayor David Lansford calls the Ute Water Project the largest, and most important, operation eastern New Mexico has undertaken. The next three days could be the most important in the project’s more-than-40-year lifespan. “I think that is a good characterization of the position we’re at at this point in […]

Committee hears authority’s case

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers After waiting more than four hours for a state committee to hear its case, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority needed about 30 minutes to get a supportive response. Authority members made a short presentation during Monday’s session of the state Legislature’s water and natural resources committee meeting at […]

Authority seeks federal approval

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Referencing the recently released “Believe In Me” film partially filmed in eastern New Mexico, Ute Water Project Manager Scott Verhines used a basketball term in seeking federal authorization for the pipeline project. “I think there is a consensus it is time for a full court press,” Verhines said […]

Imprisonment without charges unconstitutional

Editorial A ruling Monday that President Bush does not have the constitutional authority to detain a legal U.S. resident indefinitely without charges in a Navy brig in South Carolina was narrowly crafted to the facts of the case and studiously avoided discussing prisoners held in similar circumstances at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But the ruling […]

Officials say next meetings are crucial

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has long held public education and federal authorization as its two biggest keys for the Ute Water Project. If the next few months go to plan, they’ll take care of both. The plan is to have two hearings related to the pipeline project, […]

Q&A: Project manager says core group moving forward

Scott Verhines is the manager of the Ute Water Project. Based in Albuquerque, Verhines and his administrative team provide administrative, technical and program responsibilities for the project. The project, at a current cost of $436 million, would supply water via pipeline from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County for the eight members of the Eastern […]

Mayor opposes further Ute Water Project studies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — All members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority stress they believe in the Ute Water Project and believe it’s a necessary destination. How they get there became the debate during Wednesday’s authority meeting. At issue was ENMRWA Vice Chairman and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega’s decision not […]

Water authority gears up for next congressional session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With 2007 being touted as the year of water by Gov. Bill Richardson, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is optimistic it will get maximum support for the Ute Water Project from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. The Authority hopes for the same optimism from the 110th […]

Water members seek local support

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — The communities of eastern New Mexico took a mobilized, aggressive approach in keeping Cannon Air Force Base alive. Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority are starting to feel they’ll need a similar effort for the proposed Ute Water Project. As a bill to authorize the […]

Gaining approval for Ute water project not easy task

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members expect an uphill battle in their latest attempt to gain federal approval on the Ute Water Project. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman introduced a bill two weeks ago authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation to provide financial assistance to the Eastern New Mexico […]