State Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Drought Subcommittee
The State Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Drought Subcommittee will meet Wednesday through Friday at the Clovis Civic Center to discuss the following:
Wednesday (noon 12-5 p.m.)
• Meteorologist Chuck Jones will present a drought update that includes a historical perspective on the drought as well as a short and long term outlook.
• Planning for the projected impacts of drought and effects of climate change.
• Legislation addressing drought management from the 2000s
• Update on the Pecos River priority call. A Pecos River priority call would cut off groundwater users in the Roswell-Artesia areas to protect farmers’ water rights in the Carlsbad district.
Thursday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
• Use of recoverable water
• Eastern New Mexico rural water supply project
• Right to farm legislation will be discussed. Right-to-farm laws protect agricultural entities from lawsuits stemming from agricultural nuisances such as odor and noise.
Friday (noon-5 p.m.)
• Thermal energy from forest biomass and renewable energy portfolio standards
• Federal state and local cooperation in forest watershed and fire management
— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Kevin Baird
Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents
The Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents approved the following Research and Public Service Projects funding requests for the 2015 fiscal year Monday. The requests need the approval of the Higher Education Department and state Legislature.
• Athletics: $3.62 million
Supports athletes in 13 sports, providing grants-in-aid, training and competition equipment, and funding for travel to competition venues.
• Blackwater Draw: $104,000
Preserves, protects and interprets the Blackwater Draw National Landmark.
• KENW: $2.47 million
Partially funds full service public television, educational programming, and hands-on training for students.
• Nursing program expansion: $198,000
Funds incentive scholarships for nurses pursuing a master’s degree and provides funding for instructional materials and salary stipends for doctorate-prepared nursing faculty.
• Student success: $501,400
Funds several campus initiatives, including academic advising (face-to-face, online, via telephone and Skype) for freshmen and transfers, intervention to conditionally admitted students, freshmen learning communities and Freshmen Seminar, and support for several professional development opportunities for pre-service, in-service and practicing teachers.
• At-risk students: $215,050
Supports supplemental instruction in courses that are “barrier” classes for students (high percentages of D, F, and W’s earned) and the offering of workshops in career selection, preparation and campus services relating to career exploration to freshman students.
• Allied Health: $171,200
Support the ENMU clinic outreach and rehabilitation services as well as social work program’s outreach to students.
• The also board approved changes to the faculty handbook.
Revisions included reordering and clarifying information regarding faculty appointments, assignments and overloads.
Also included were the critical processes of faculty review for retention, promotion, and tenure. These processes were reviewed and the steps were more clearly defined.
A section was added to the handbook that clarified the processes for reduction in force based on financial exigency, as well as the due process afforded to departments or faculty who may be subject to this process.
All revisions were reviewed by the vice president for Academic Affairs and the college deans for accuracy beforehand.
— Compiled by PNT staff writer Eric Norwood Jr.