Ute Water bill in trouble

By Jack King The commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation told members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee Thursday the Bush administration does not support authorization legislation for the Ute Water Project as it is written. And in a press release Thursday, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said he also would not support the bill as […]

Water board hires help for financial studies

Jack King 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 company personnel will visit […]

Commissioners finalize repair decisions for detention center

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commissioners decided on Tuesday to go with Kold King to repair the roof at the Roosevelt County Detention Center for a cost of $48,500. Mike Tucker of Kold King will repair the roof and he said he will use fully, self-contained chopped fiber-glass, which is a clay-based material, over the […]

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 […]

Portales has options for beer-wine license

By Tony Parra Portales has two windows in which it could hold an election related to beer and wine licenses in 2004. City officials plan to meet to talk about their options at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at City Hall. The earliest an election could be held regarding the beer-wine issue is mid-April. It […]

Being cheap can pay off in a big way

Helena Rodriguez You’ve heard the phrase, “A penny for your thoughts?” Well, cheapskates like me don’t even want to pay that much. We’d rather wait to see the printed version, assuming it’s free. I’m so cheap, I refused to buy an office planner late in the year because I couldn’t get 12-months use out of […]

County to spend big bucks upgrading courthouse computers

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved to spend $200,000 to upgrade computer hardware and software at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The upgrade will allow employees to work faster with a more secure, less complicated network of technology. The current hardware and software provider, TRIDAC will be replaced by a combination of […]

Look out behind!

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Tony Parra Coffins, ghosts, goblins and mummies are waiting for adults and children at the three haunted houses this Halloween in Portales. These are just some of surprises in store for those who go to the Portales Recreation Center for the second annual “Spooktacular” is held inside the center with different themes. Halloween enthusiasts will […]

State to fund health program at La Casa

Tony Parra Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The Women, Infants and Children Program will be handled by the New Mexico Department of Health instead of La Casa de Buena Salud in an effort to reduce costs. The county commission decided on the change at Tuesday’s meeting and opted not to compensate La Casa de Buena Salud for the change. […]

Ute water officials plan funding

Jack King SAN JON — The state Interstate Stream Commission has begun briefing New Mexico Congressional representatives on the Ute Water Project in preparation for asking for federal funds. Doug Murray, the ISC’s liaison to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, told ENMRWA’s board at a meeting in San Jon on Wednesday he has […]