Confusion over new Medicare plan common

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By Kevin Wilson With the startup of the new Medicare prescription drug program, a nationwide problem seems to be consumer confusion. However, locals familiar with health care are optimistic that the program will eventually be an improvement over previous prescription programs. The program, which began on Jan. 1, requires people to choose from among dozens [...]

Ute Lake Ranch draws fire locally

By Tonya Garner Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. The Ute Lake Ranch project is under construction near Tucumcari and will feature 733 patio homes, a golf course, marina, equestrian center and a beach club built around Ute [...]

Nonprofit group promotes state issues

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Representatives from New Mexico First were in Clovis on Thursday to discuss their organization with local businessmen and city officials. New Mexico First is a statewide non-profit group based in Albuquerque. The 19-year-old nonpartisan organization was formed by Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in 1986 to involve more citizens [...]

Senators commit to finding mission for Cannon AFB

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Clovis Mayor David Lansford and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega met Wednesday with New Mexico’s two U.S. senators to talk about ongoing efforts to find a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission last month handed the eastern New Mexico base a reprieve of sorts. [...]

Fate of Cannon in limbo afer Thursday deliberations

Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press As suspense built with each passing hour, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base remained in limbo Thursday while residents held out anxious hope that their months-long wait would soon end in celebration. “I think everyone is pretty optimistic, but we all know Uncle Sam does things in mysterious ways,” [...]

Local entities to discuss Brac-related futures

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Representatives from Clovis, Portales, Roosevelt County and Curry County converged under one roof Wednesday and emerged with a tentative plan for action, should Cannon Air Force Base require expansion or redevelopment. The base-closing commission will send its revised list Sept. 8 to the president for approval, but whether or not Cannon [...]

Cannon redevelopment committee being explored

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Should Cannon Air Force Base close, its F-16s bequeathed to far away places, Mayor David Lansford wants to be prepared. That’s why the mayor invited the government entities of the Clovis-Portales area together for a Wednesday morning, closed-door meeting. The guest speaker is Eric Williams, the executive director of Reese Technology [...]

Tucumcari opts out of water project

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Tucumcari is the latest entity to drop out of the Ute Water pipeline project. That means the number of members has dwindled from 12 to 8 for the $300-million proposed pipeline. Tucumcari Mayor Mary Mayfield wrote a letter to Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority System Chairman David Lansford [...]

Senate bill could secure water sources

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Mayor David Lansford testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate Committee about a bill that may help rural communities secure long-term sources for drinking water. His testimony comes at a time when eastern New Mexico communities are working to secure federal and state funding for a massive pipeline project that [...]

Verhines hopes to keep position with ENMRWA

By Tony Parra The $300 million Ute Water Project for eastern New Mexico communities may have a new project manager by May. Or the job could go to the current project manager. Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members announced that Scott Verhines submitted his two-weeks notice to Louis Berger Group Inc. of Albuquerque in [...]