Project completion to be marked with ceremony

Freedom New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks will celebrate the completion of a project to improve visitor facilities at Blackwater Draw near Portales with a public ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to an ENMU press release.

Using funds requested by Gov. Bill Richardson and appropriated by the New Mexico State Legislature, State Parks funded an $80,000 project to install a large group shelter and new interpretive/educational signs throughout the site.

Blackwater Draw is owned by ENMU. The site is located seven miles northeast of Portales on N.M. 467 and one mile from Oasis State Park.

Blackwater was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961.

For information about Blackwater Draw, contact Joanne Dickenson, site manager, at 356-5235 or visit: