New Ute water project program manager in place

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Kevin Wilson The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority on Tuesday cut its ties with longtime Program Manager Scott Verhines, clearing the way for him to fill the office of state engineer. He was replaced with Paul van Gulick, an engineer who worked with Verhines when he first started working on the Eastern New Mexico […]

Politicians feel pressure to act

Politically minded people are starting to anticipate election season. This means many of them will be asking the wrong questions of the candidates; who will be all-too willing to answer them. We are already hearing politicians detailing what they would do about things that no government, nor any politician, has any authority to be involved […]

Supreme Court chipping away at freedoms

The next time police knock at your door, be careful what you do next. Any sound you make inside could grant police the authority to search your home without a warrant. That’s the result of last week’s misguided Supreme Court decision expanding the definition of an exigent circumstance under which police can conduct a warrantless […]

Concerns raised over Ute Lake intake structure

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Concerns over the size of an intake structure at Ute Lake for an eastern New Mexico pipeline project dominated discussion Thursday at an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting in Logan. Members of the ENMWUA met there to discuss details of the $500 million pipeline project that will […]

City to host town hall meeting on tax hike

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis is hosting a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to answer questions and present information about a .25 percent gross receipts tax to pay for the Ute Water Project. Present will be city officials and Eastern New Mexico Water […]

Groundbreaking on Ute project nearing

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 announced it would take place soon. A likely date could be in July — or August, Ryan said, as Congress will be on break. But the […]

Water authority officials hoping for leftover funds

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 Verhines said […]

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 […]

Nobel Prize goes to deserving recipient

Freedom New Mexico The Nobel Prize for Literature has of late been awarded all too often to obscure novelists whose purported resistance to authority and mere fashion consisted of embracing a safe and fashionable brand of academically approved leftism combined with a modest talent. In the process, what Washington Post literary critic Marie Arana called […]

Home weatherization programs available

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Argen Duncan Homeowners meeting certain criteria in Roosevelt and Curry counties have opportunities to bring their houses up to code or have them weatherized with programs through Xcel Energy and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. The Mortgage Finance Authority has provided an allocation of about $586,000 to bring at least nine homes in Curry […]

True authority earns respect from everyone

Kent McManigal of Farwell writes columns for the Albuquerque Libertarian Examiner. Here’s a snippet from a recent effort:

Ute water authority to meet, discuss selling shares

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Utility Authority is set to meet at 10 a.m Aug. 19 at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Included in the meeting will be an inquiry to see if anybody is interested in selling shares of water in the Ute Reservoir until the Ute Pipeline project is in service. Officials have […]

Water authority OKs finance plan

Jared Tucker The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority approved a finance plan Thursday required to obtain federal money for the $500 million Ute Water Project. The 7-member board representing communities across eastern New Mexico also decided to buy excess water from private landowners. The finance plan calls for issuing $15 million in water authority […]

City councilors concerned about 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 […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met Wednesday at Portales City Hall. At the meeting: • Wendell Bostwick, Curry County’s representative and a county commissioner, said he has been approached by smaller communities within Curry County on how to transfer some of their reserved water rights at the Ute Reservoir. Scott […]

Meetings watch: ENMRWA

Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met Wednesday at Melrose City Hall. • Project Manager Scott Verhines said he was happy the authority was included as part of the joint land use study being undertaken by Cannon Air Force Base and neighboring municipalities. He said the Ute Water […]

Ralph Nader owes explanation

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist So we have it on the good authority of The London Times that all is well with the Obama Administration’s latest interference with the market place. Here is how The Times reported on this long-desired development, admittedly desired by but fraction of those concerned: “In a coup that achieves something […]

Committee encourages schools to watch costs

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Think leaner, think greener. Those were some of the perspectives offered by the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority at Monday’s meeting of Region V of the New Mexico School Board Association. Superintendents and school board representatives from the 13 school districts in the region met at Clovis High […]

Nothing trumps individual rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The point deserves to be made over and over: majorities have no just authority to trump individual rights. That old dependable standby of the lynch mob is a perfect illustration of this. Just because the whole town wants to hang the suspect, it doesn’t follow that it would […]

Richardson signs Ute Water Project legislation

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cleared the way for the next step in the Ute Water Project, signing new legislation Saturday in Clovis. House Bill 15, signed into law in a ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority into a utility authority. The authority […]