South Clovis residents lose power temporarily

CNJ staff About 2,000 Xcel Energy customers in South Clovis lost power for more than three hours after winds knocked down utility poles on Brady Avenue between Prince and South Main streets late Sunday, officials said. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said about 14 customers were still without power as of morning, but their power […]

Gross receipts tax election set for Tuesday

Kevin Wilson The city is holding a special election Tuesday for a gross receipts tax increase. Here are some of the basics about the election: What is being voted on? Ordinance 1953-2011 would impose a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase (25 cents per $100 spent on taxable items) for 10 years, to be dedicated […]

Officials: Water pipeline groundbreaking to take place soon

Kevin Wilson Members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority had planned Thursday to announce a groundbreaking date for the first piece of the Ute Water Project, and announce it would take place soon. But the definition of a groundbreaking changed. At the authority’s meeting in Melrose, federal consultant John Ryan said he received […]

Industrial park seeking tenants

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Renewable Energy Group, which has a biodiesel plant, is the lone tenant in Clovis’ industrial park. Clovis Industrial Development Corporation officials said a bad economy has been a factor in the vacancy of the 25-lot park. Kevin Wilson Hundreds of acres to pick from. Railroad and utility access available. It’s […]

Water utility officials hoping for leftover federal money

Argen Duncan The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives hope to get federal money left over from other projects at the end of the year since the Ute pipeline project wasn’t included in the president’s proposed budget. The utility authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. Regarding federal money, pipeline project manager Scott […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Thursday in Portales City Hall, authority representatives: • agreed to allow lobbyist John Ryan to plan a local Nov. 4 event in which stakeholders in the Ute Water Pipeline would give testimony about themselves and the need for the pipeline and the $25 million the authority […]

Meetings watch: Water authority expects $2 million in federal funds

The Eastern New Mexico Utility Water Authority met Thursday morning at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. • Federal consultant John Ryan said a trip in July to Washington, D.C., with Ute Water Project Manager Scott Verhines, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and Portales Mayor Sharon King was a success. King, who made her […]

Portales officials concerned water utility’s authority

Jared Tucker Two Portales city councilors are concerned about how much power the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will have and why there’s only one elected official representing the city. The authority meets 10 a.m. Thursday in Texico. Councilor Mike Miller said Tuesday he thinks the utility will take important decisions about water issues […]

Utility Shareholders meeting planned

CNJ staff The New Mexico Utility Shareholders Alliance has scheduled its annual meeting and luncheon for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel at 2910 Yale Blvd. in Albuquerque. People planning to attend must RSVP by Sept. 30. RSVP and information: (505) 836-4223.

Ute water agreement updated

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Contracted employees of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority updated the Clovis City Commission Thursday on its plans to move into utility authority status. Following a 15-minute regular meeting, Project Manager Scott Verhines and two others held the floor for about an hour. Creating a utility authority, Kevin […]

Water utility asks city to withdraw water rights protest

CNJ Staff The New Mexico American Water company is asking the Clovis City Commission to withdraw a protest against a request the water utility made to combine its water rights in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The commission will decide during today’s meeting whether to comply with that request. City commissioner and Mayor Pro tem Randy […]

PRESS RELEASE – Eastern NM Water Utility Authority Legislation

Dear Stakeholders, I am writing to thank you for your past support of the Eastern NM Rural Water System (Ute Pipeline Project).

July 21, 1924

More than 4,000 rabbit scalps were turned in by contestants in the rabbit killing contest sponsored by Barry Hardware Co. Jack Eller, rural route carrier of Clovis, won first prize with 1,954 scalps. … Blackwell-Buck Chevrolet advertised a two-passenger utility coupe for $640. … Chief of Police R.M. Hall was driving a new six-cylinder sport […]

Utility rates aren’t answer to poverty

The state Legislature is considering three Senate bills that allow or require a utility to provide lower gas and electric utility rates for certain classes of rate payers. Some state the Public Regulation Commission “shall establish a program of assistance by public utilities to low-income electric and gas customers. … Energy expenditures may be reduced […]

Couple uses wind to cut costs

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A couple who live on the outskirts of Bovina have more than one reason for installing a wind turbine in their back yard. Tony Neal and his wife, Dottie, installed the 41-foot wind generator in January. The trailblazing couple hope it will cut their energy costs in half, help the […]

Ignoring nuclear energy shows lack of brain power

What if the United States rolled out the welcome mat for the construction of new nuclear power plants . . . and no one showed up to build them? For the no-nukes crowd, that would be a victory. But it would be a hollow victory for the rest of Americans, who get 20 percent of […]

Date set to oppose

CNJ staff The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has set the proceedings schedule for the rate increase requested by New Mexico-American Water Co. Interventions objecting to the proposed increases must be filed on or before Sept. 20, according to the PRC hearing notice. They should be sent to PRC’s offices at 224 E. Palace Ave., […]