Officials: Federal funding a necessity for Ute project

Jack King TEXICO — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is continuing to make preparations to request federal funding for the Ute Water Project early next year, a process known as “seeking authorization.” Cost of the project is estimated at $250 million and the board is seeking 80 percent of that from […]

Portales police get pay raises

Mike Linn Citing problems keeping police officers working for the city, Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill successfully lobbied to attain a pay increase for certified police officers at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting. The increase raises the minimum salary of certified police officers with at least six months training on the job to $24,000 from […]

One-liners at least get you an extra dessert

Bob Huber It’s a freaky thing, I’ll admit, but I’m absorbed with gags. I pick them up at funerals, on bar stools, in church pews, the Internet, and even in the first class section of airliners, and the truth is I pilfer them with utter disregard for origins. Many of them sprout from scholars like […]

Officials seek funds for Ute water plan

Jack King The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will prepare an authorization request for Congress seeking federal money for the project by Aug. 13, even though a financial study showing how its members will pay for the project has not been completed. The board of the water authority, which is planning a Ute Reservoir […]

Public Record June 22

Here are dispositions of court cases recorded recently in Magistrate Court: •Benjamin Pacheco, 39, guilty of aggravated driving while intoxicated (first); and no insurance and driver’s license. He will serve two days in jail and 90 days of supervised probation. •Christy Martinez, 27, guilty of issuance of worthless checks and is ordered to pay restitution […]

Schlenker has a kind heart for kids

This is the first in a series of profiles on 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. J.R. “Chick” Schlenker’s daughter, Patsy Neely, described her father as a true example of what a good person should be. “He is a man of high integrity and high moral standards of living and helps mankind,” Neely explained. Schlenker […]

Officials concerned about cities’ finances for proposed water plan

Jack King Federal and state officials raised questions Wednesday about some eastern New Mexico communities’ ability to pay for their share of the renewable water delivery system proposed by the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The authority has been created to develop a pipeline project to distribute water from Ute Reservoir to communities in […]