United Way merger draws optimism, concerns

Mike Linn Roosevelt County United Way board members will meet at noon today to discuss joining forces with the Curry County United Way. Many RCUW officials are enthusiastic about the merger. Others are concerned. Board member Leo Lovett of the RCUW said he is for the merger and hopes the board will make a decision […]

Board approves security system for schools

Mike Linn School officials believe a security system for all public schools will be in place by the beginning of next school year. The Portales School Board accepted a security evaluation summary by Energy Control Inc. (ECI), a Rio Rancho-based company, pending approval from the state of New Mexico. The $115,000 project will cost Portales […]

ENMU officials plan campus improvements

Tony Parra Fixing a leaky roof and conducting constructional upgrades to another building at Eastern New Mexico University were the topics of discussion at the ENMU Board of Regents meeting on Monday. Recent rainstorms are the reason for one building experiencing leaks. The Board of Regents made two approvals on bids. The Board of Regents […]

Regents OK branch status for Ruidoso

Tony Parra The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved a resolution supporting branch campus status for the Ruidoso Instructional Center on Monday during the Board of Regents meeting. For Ruidoso to become a branch campus, the New Mexico Commission for Higher Education and the Legislature must approve the request. Eastern officials hope the […]

Big Brother, Big Sister program closes Clovis office

Ryan Lengerich Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Curry and Roosevelt counties has lost its central office in Clovis. The result of an organizational restructuring leaves four staff members and dozens of children at least temporarily in limbo. The Clovis-based agency may face a merger with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pecos Valley in […]

Officials want to raise minimum water level for Ute

Jack King Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members voted Wednesday to recommend raising the minimum water level to which Ute Lake will be allowed to fall. Officials said raising the level — called the “minimum pool level” — will give additional protection to recreation and tourism in Ute Lake, but will slightly reduce […]

Board of Regents discuss budget, tuition

Tony Parra Santa Fe is a political hot spot right now and the Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents decided to meet there on Thursday to discuss budget-balancing and banking services for ENMU-Roswell as well as to meet with state legislators on the 135-mile rule. Colleges such as ENMU and New Mexico State University offer […]

NMAA hoping to change image

Rick White The state’s governing body for high school athletics has an image problem, according to the organization’s newly elected board president. Clovis Schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall said financial problems, an unpopular realignment plan and an uncompromising attitude by the previous administration has alienated members of the New Mexico Activities Association. Nuttall, elected president of […]

Water officials raise cost of pipeline project by 20 percent

Jack King By Jack King Freedom Newspapers Jack_King@link.freedom.com The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to raise the official cost of the Ute Pipeline Project by $52 million. A peer review of the conceptual design of the project estimated that its total capital cost should be estimated at […]

Ute Water Project making progress

Ryan Lengerich LOGAN — Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members said Wednesday they were encouraged by a recent trip to Washington. Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA board president David Lansford, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and ENMRWA program manager Scott Verhines met with both New Mexico senators Nov. 13 to discuss federal funding for the […]