NMFA helps fund Ute Water Project

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The New Mexico Finance Authority and the governing body of the Ute Water Project reached an agreement Wednesday for a $2 million grant to help fund the initial stages of the proposed project. Much of the money will go toward engineering services, which include rounds of public meetings at towns and […]

City officials commit to Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city officials approved a Portales commitment to the Ute Water Project during Tuesday’s city meeting. Ortega said senators and federal government officials have heard verbal commitments from eastern New Mexico communities but they do not have documentation of each community’s commitment. Ortega advised city councilors to review water […]

Village officials asked how much water they need

By Tony Parra How much water do you need? That’s the question Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Project Manager Scott Verhines asked ENMRWA members on Wednesday in Portales. Verhines said he wants the information so engineering consultants have an idea on the specifications of the pipes leading to each community involved in the Ute […]

Mayors testify regarding Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra Mayor David Lansford of Clovis and Mayor Orlando Ortega of Portales wanted to send a clear message to Congress that federal funding is vital and necessary now for the Ute Water Project. “There is no viable alternative to this project,” Lansford said. “We will not have the adequate water to sustain the […]

Q&A, Jeff Bingaman

Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was in Portales last week. He sat down with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico staff for about 30 minutes. Q: What are the chances the Ute Water Project will receive 80 percent funding from the federal government, with 10 percent from the state and 10 percent from local […]

Further delays could drive up pipeline price

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local officials told an interim committee of the State Legislature on Wednesday morning that any further delays in building the Ute Water pipeline will hike costs by about $3 million per year. Total capital and enhancement costs for the proposed Ute Water system are now estimated at $310.2 million, according to […]

Portales schools to receive Internet funds

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The federal government will pick up a portion of the tab for Portales schools’ Internet and telephone services again this year — and that could save the district tens of thousands of dollars. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., recently announced the potential award from the federal E-Rate program. The […]

The states can handle issues on their own

Freedom Editorial The Great Dissembler, former president Bill Clinton, was in Denver on Tuesday hawking his hagiography, “My Life,” and he couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a few cheap shots at the sitting president. We understand this was all part of the promotion, a way to pump up book sales by making his appearance […]

Relying too much on Social Security might tarnish golden years

It seems Americans have caught a break on Social Security. According to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, the program isn’t going broke as fast as people thought. CBO estimates the so-called trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2052. That’s a decade beyond the estimates of Social Security trustees. Unfortunately, the most likely outcome of […]

Water project may seek other funding

By Mike Linn A member of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority believes there is a 50 percent chance the funding formula for the estimated $307 million Ute Water Project will change. ENMRWA board member Catherine Haynes, who was in Washington, D.C., last week lobbying for federal funding of the project at 80 percent, […]