Roadwork projects expected to begin

Freedom New Mexico Roadwork on two Portales projects is scheduled to begin this week. The first project involves drainage improvements and additions of gutters, curbs and sidewalks on East First Street from Elgin Avenue to Knoxville Avenue, East Amazon Street from Elgin to Globe Avenue, and East Brazos Street from Elgin to Globe. It is […]

ENMU Music Building near the end of its remodel

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer With a revamped theater, energy efficiency and lots more, the Eastern New Mexico University Music Building is near the end of its remodel. David Burks, superintendent of Bradbury Stamm contracting company, said his crews are finishing the project that started a year ago. ENMU Director of Media Relations […]

Science captures students’ minds

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By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer Project Green House, volcano research, painting the globe, and paper transformer are four programs taking on special significance for science students at Elida Schools. The green house project helps students learn to plant and care of plants. Vigo Torske, a science teacher at Elida, said they started the green […]

Students use music to draw out artwork

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Paint intertwines with the sound of a wind symphony in a collaboration between Eastern New Mexico University and Melrose Municipal Schools. Kate Karr, Melrose school music director and ENMU voice instructor, has instituted the Art-2-Music project. ENMU artists Christopher Calderon and Heather Hancock taught Melrose third- through sixth-graders painting […]

Richardson signs Ute Water Project legislation

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cleared the way for the next step in the Ute Water Project, signing new legislation Saturday in Clovis. House Bill 15, signed into law in a ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority into a utility authority. The authority […]

Governor will be in Clovis to sign bill

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be in Clovis on Saturday to sign legislation creating a water authority for the Ute Water Project. The ceremony is 11:30 a.m. at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The bill changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority from a joint powers agreement to a […]

Elida students’ mural to be published

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Elida Elementary School fourth-graders participated in a nation wide art project. The collaborative art project between 42 other schools in the U.S. challenged students to create a mural of their state. Joeli Cathey’s class created a 5-foot-by-6-foot replica of New Mexico that will appear with other state murals in […]

Bill OKs $1 million for Ute project

Freedom New Mexico A multi-billion dollar bill signed into law Wednesday includes $1 million for the Ute pipeline project. The $34 billion 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill was signed into law by President Obama, according to the offices of Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico. Projects receiving money include the Ute […]

ENMU officials project record enrollment

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University officials say it’s preliminary, but a projected enrollment increase this fall will set a record. ENMU is seeing an overall enrollment increase of 10.7 percent to more than 4,550 students. According to a news release from ENMU, the previous record enrollment was 4,342 in fall […]

Another gaffe in retro pay project

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As many as 39,000 disabled military retirees have been left out of the VA Retro Pay program by mistake, say officials at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) who are calculating the amount of money owed. This latest and perhaps most serious gaffe in the problem-plagued VA Retro Pay […]

Volunteers begin to unearth Blacktower Cemetery

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Stepping into the shoes of archeologists, volunteers from Cannon Air Force Base and the community carefully removed several feet of blown sand, inch by inch from historic Blacktower Cemetery. Capt. Glen Smith, who is leading the project, said the two-day clean-up was going well, but that it was just […]

Plenty of work ahead on Ute water project

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By Kevin Wilson The Ute Water Project’s been approved. But there are plenty of details left to pour over. The dry facts: The Ute Water Project would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to the eight member entities of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. Those members are Clovis, Portales, Melrose, […]

Portales officials wary of proposed water authority legislation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Orlando Ortega remembers his early days on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, when he felt entities in Quay County were holding back production of the Ute Water Project. Now, it’s years since those entities left, and the pipeline project has been approved by Congress and President Obama,

Water authority meeting focused on funding

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meets from 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library Ingram Room. This is the first meeting for the authority since the Ute Water Project was authorized and funded by Congress. The authority will oversee the construction and maintenance of a pipeline to deliver water […]

Lujan fields questions on health care, water project during ENMU visit

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Health care and a major water improvement project dominated questions Congressman Ben Ray Lujan fielded from Eastern New Mexico University students. Lujan said he was a little surprised to see a large turnout of students for his visit. “Students have a lot of responsibilities,” Lujan said. “Typically when you’re […]

President signs bill authorizing Ute Water Project

Freedom New Mexico Chase Gentry hopes he won’t have to knock on wood as much anymore when he tells businesses about eastern New Mexico’s long-term water outlook. That’s based on Monday’s news that President Barack Obama signed a public lands omnibus bill Monday containing authorization for the Ute Water Project. The project, which would bring […]

Ute pipeline legislation headed to president

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Ute Water Pipeline project has cleared Congress. Senate Bill 22, commonly known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects, including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The bill passed the House on a 285-140 vote Wednesday, and now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk. Sen. Jeff […]

Public meeting on Hotel Clovis project rescheduled

The City of Clovis is preparing to abate the Hotel Clovis to remove asbestos, pigeon guano and lead based paint.

Proposed algae plant to create 100 jobs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Portales will become home to an algae farm that produces biofuel and an estimated 100 new jobs for the region if the U.S. Senate passes a proposed budget bill. Nearly $1 million in funding for the project is included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill expected to […]

Hard to part with square’s old look

By Karl Terry: PNT Columnist The sight of heavy equipment ripping out the trees, pavement and lawn of the Roosevelt County Courthouse the last few weeks was harder to stomach than I had imagined. The project was the result of a collaborative effort kicked off by