Loan concerns authority member

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Money has been tight and it’s going to be tighter in the short term for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. At its monthly meeting Wednesday in Portales, the authority voted to rescind acceptance of two grant-loan agreements with New Mexico’s Water Trust Board, totaling $3.52 million. The […]

Ute water project awarded $4.52 million

By CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Ute Water Pipeline Project was awarded $4.52 million in the 2008 Water Trust Board funding cycle Wednesday in Santa Fe, according to a press release from the city of Clovis. The funding is a 20 percent loan, and 80 percent grant agreement, and is repayable […]

Water authority agrees on grant proposals

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority took steps to secure funding before an April trip to Washington, D.C., to seek authorization for its primary purpose

Authority looks towards April hearing in D.C.

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer With his mayoral term set to expire next week, members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority said goodbye to Chairman David Lansford. That goodbye probably won’t last long. In Lansford’s final meeting of the authority as Clovis mayor, the authority discussed upcoming hearings and acquiring funding for […]

Special session looming

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

America needs to eliminate its use of torture

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

House committee guts governor’s bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — With the 30-day legislative session at its midpoint, the governor’s health coverage bill started moving — but only after a House committee gutted it. The House Health and Government Affairs Committee on Wednesday removed key provisions of Gov. Bill Richardson’s universal coverage plan: requiring New Mexicans to have health […]

Fighting terror doesn’t give Bush universal power

By Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Region IV Housing Authority

The Region IV Housing Authority has an opening for a resident to serve on its Resident Advisory Board. The opening is for a resident directly assisted by a public housing agency. The resident’s name must appear on a lease, and he or she must be at least 18 years old. Resident Advisory Board members serve […]

Ute water bill in works

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

Clear boundaries not slavery but freedom

By Judy Brandon I must be very naïve. If most of the people live like the dysfunctional guests on daytime televisions talk shows, then I am really not in touch with how most of America thinks and lives. The strange is has become the norm on these shows. The live audiences on these various shows […]

Water authority counting on senator

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — 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, […]

Oct. 28, 1978

At a meeting of Clovis city commissioners, a new city ordinance gave the municipal judge authority to require litterbugs to pick up litter. … Sirloin Stockade, 2018 Mabry Drive, guaranteed a lunch in 10 minutes or it was free. … Clovis High School basketball coach Jimmy Joe Robinson was one of five guest speakers at […]

Legislature timing key in water project

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer 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 authority explores legalization

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 aim to take Ute project to federal level

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., addresses a witness during Tuesday’s hearing at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Local, state and federal leaders reached a similar conclusion at Tuesday’s water field hearing: They’re ready to seek federal authorization of the Ute Water Project, with or without the Bureau […]

Senators coming to town for Ute water meeting

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

Ute water presentation well-received

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 favorable response. Authority members made a short presentation during Monday’s session of the state Legislature’s water and natural resources committee meeting at […]

Ute water authority focusing on feds

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 un-American

By Freedom Newspapers 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 […]