Committee discusses start-up business bill

CNJ STAFF The New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee met on Friday in Clovis and discussed a proposed bill that would allow viable start-up businesses to obtain bank loans backed by state funds. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis and a member of the oversight committee, said the proposal is an effort to promote economic development in […]

Portales mayor presses for unity in water project

By TV Hagenah: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega on Wednesday urged members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to work together — not independently — in efforts to negotiate with the Interstate Streams Commission for the region’s future water suppy. Ortega criticized Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose for sending a […]

Congress should be patient when reforming security

Freedom Editorial So we now have another proposal for reforming the sprawling 15-agency “intelligence community” that missed the signs that 9/11 was in the works and didn’t exactly get it right about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It’s a welcome addition to the ongoing debate, but the very extensiveness of the proposal, coming on […]

Board’s spending capacity studied

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members voted Wednesday to let the Albuquerque securities firm Dain Rauscher do a study of the authority members’ financing capacity, while awaiting the completion of a second, related, study. Kevin Powers, a vice president of Dain Rauscher’s municipal fixed income division, said […]

Concerns about water project addressed

TV Hagenah TV Hagenah FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS tv_hagenah@link.freedom.com SAN JON — A U.S. senator’s aide had a handful of concerns about the proposed legislation concerning the Ute Lake Pipeline Project, but after hearing of them, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority on Wednesday smoothed out those concerns. And because of that, ENMRWA officials hope the […]

Iraq solution could be recipe for chaos

By Steve Chapman On Monday, after the approval of an interim constitution by the Iraqi Governing Council, one member proclaimed, “This is a great day in the history of Iraq, an unforgettable day.” Tuesday became unforgettable as well when suicide bombers at Shiite Muslim shrines killed well over 100 people, making it the deadliest day […]

Board votes $2 million to N.M. water authority

By Jack King The state Water Trust Board voted Wednesday to give $2 million to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The money is state funds earmarked by the Legislature in 2002 for the water authority’s Ute Pipeline Project, but the Water Trust Board had to vote to release the money. The New Mexico […]

Commission votes more than $62,000 for water authority

By Jack King The City Commission voted to contribute $62,476.20 to an operating fund for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority at its regular meeting Thursday night. City Finance Director Don Clifton said the money is part of matching funds water authority members are providing this year under a contract with the U.S. Bureau […]

Water authority looks ahead to funds

By Jack King TEXICO — Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s board on Wednesday approved two proposals aimed at helping secure federal funding. Officials have said the Ute Water project will cost about $250 million and the board hopes 80 percent of funds will come from the federal government. A request is expected to go before […]

Laws need moral authority, not sanctions

Tibor Machan We have far too many criminals, and that bodes ill for our reputation as a free society. In a free society the law protects our freedom. Otherwise it concerns various administrative matters but always related to this central purpose. For example, military justice concerns how to conduct oneself in the course of protecting […]

Board to seek fed money

By 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 […]

Media marching timidly into the past

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Have you heard the news? There’s good rockin’ tonight. We’re talking girls in poodle skirts and guys with DA’s. Moondoggy’s got his old man’s Buick, so maybe later we can cruise down to the soda shop for a burger and a malted. Question authority? We don’t do that anymore, Daddy-O. Haven’t […]

Water group begins personnel search

By Jack King The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has begun the process of hiring a director for the Ute Reservoir pipeline project. A search committe will publish a request for proposals for the job next week with a deadline to receive applications of Aug. 1. The committee will make recommendations […]

Water authority to discuss fiscal agent

Special to the sun The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Melrose School Building. Among the items on the agenda are: n A new agreement between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the authority. n Evaluation of proposals and selection of a fiscal agent for the authority. […]

Water authority discusses money

By Mike Linn The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met on Wednesday to once again discuss many pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the Ute water pipeline project. The meeting included the bonding of 12 entities — including the cities of Portales and Clovis — when officials from each signed on to […]

Rural Water Authority meets in Portales

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at The Roosevelt restaurant for their monthly meeting. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega praised the efforts of the authority — which includes 12 entities including Clovis and Portales — by stating that combined efforts on the Ute Water Project are gathering […]

City to consider costs of water authority

By Jack King At its regular meeting tonight, Clovis’ city commission will consider whether or not the city will provide some services in lieu of cash payments to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Library. According to commission documents, the services […]