Clovis school board to announce superintendent finalists Tuesday

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education finished two days of interviews Friday with the final four candidates for superintendent. President Mark Lansford said the board is going to reflect on the four interviews over the weekend. He said the board may narrow the candidates down to two finalists and make an […]

Former Clovis mayor plans public address

Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis Mayor David Lansford will address the community 10 a.m. Satuday at the south entrance of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Lansford said he plans to discuss local, state and federal policy, and ask for support from local citizens on matters related to Constitutional rights and desired actions by elected officials. He […]

Lansford leaves water authority, likely to return

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With his mayoral term set to expire next week, members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority said goodbye to Chairman David Lansford. That goodbye probably won’t last long. In Lansford’s final meeting of the authority as Clovis mayor, the authority discussed upcoming hearings and acquiring funding for […]

Reception slated for Clovis mayor

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis is hosting a reception Wednesday honoring Mayor David Lansford, according to a city news release. The event will be held 4 p.m. at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, according to the release. Lansford, who has served as mayor since 1996, announced in November he would […]

Mayor honored at banquet

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A crowd of more than 400 people stood and applauded after Mayor David Lansford spoke about the successes of the last year. He attributed successes of the past year and his 12 years as mayor to community involvement and to the support of his family. The Clovis/Curry County Chamber […]

Attorney looking into fair funds

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr has taken the lead in the investigation into possible missing county funds, County Manager Lance Pyle said Friday. Pyle said he would not comment on any other aspect of the investigation, including whether or not there is money missing. He referred all inquiries to Doerr, who did […]

Authority discusses legislation timing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority would like to become a governmental authority during the 2008 New Mexico Legislature — 30-day session or not. During the water authority’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday at Melrose High School, members discussed the challenges in becoming a government authority. The water […]

Group moves toward becoming authority

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Following what the members called a successful field hearing for the Ute Water Project, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority discussed a roadmap toward becoming a true authority at Wednesday’s meeting. Clovis City Attorney Dave Richards, answering legal questions on request of Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA Chairman David Lansford, […]

Senators to hold Ute Water field hearing in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Mayor David Lansford calls the Ute Water Project the largest, and most important, operation eastern New Mexico has undertaken. The next three days could be the most important in the project’s more-than-40-year lifespan. “I think that is a good characterization of the position we’re at at this point in […]

Local Growth Committee OKs consultant search

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Local Growth Management Committee members say they’re impressed with the efficiency of their sister organization, the Local Growth Management Organization. They say planning for the transition at Cannon Air Force Base to Special Operations is falling in place right on cue. “It’s amazing the people they have surrounded themselves […]

Rusty memories: Time capsule unearthed

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The star of the show was a rusty metal cylinder. An audience gathered in an arc around the aged tube and watched as men slammed it with a sledgehammer, slid it into a vice and pried open its top. Inside, hugged by cardboard that crumbled when touched, were mementos from […]

Water board considers funding

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Consideration of just how much project funding is likely this year topped discussions of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Clovis. ENMRWA requested $5 million in Ute Water Project funding from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature thinking the timing was right for their request […]

General added to growth team

Freedom Newspapers Retired Gen. Hanson Scott of Albuquerque has been appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to a subcommittee formed to explore growth issues that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a city of Clovis press release. Hanson will serve as one of two state representatives on the Local […]

Officials say next meetings are crucial

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has long held public education and federal authorization as its two biggest keys for the Ute Water Project. If the next few months go to plan, they’ll take care of both. The plan is to have two hearings related to the pipeline project, […]

Mayor opposes further Ute Water Project studies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — All members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority stress they believe in the Ute Water Project and believe it’s a necessary destination. How they get there became the debate during Wednesday’s authority meeting. At issue was ENMRWA Vice Chairman and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega’s decision not […]

Denish visits region

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Lt. Gov. Diane Denish visited Clovis Friday to tour local facilities and meet with Air Force officials. Denish is seeking re-election in the Nov. 7 general election on the Democratic ticket with Gov. Bill Richardson. They are running against Republicans John Dendahl for governor and Sue Wilson Beffort for lieutenant […]

Water members seek local support

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — The communities of eastern New Mexico took a mobilized, aggressive approach in keeping Cannon Air Force Base alive. Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority are starting to feel they’ll need a similar effort for the proposed Ute Water Project. As a bill to authorize the […]

Group forming to tackle Cannon growth issues

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The framework will soon be laid for a volunteer group that will consider growth challenges that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to officials. As Cannon transitions into the home of the 16th Air Force Special Operations Wing, issues of infrastructure will likely […]

Local officials fail to strike water in Washington, D.C.

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Money is on the mind of Clovis Mayor David Lansford, who believes a 90-mile pipeline could end woes cast on eastern New Mexico by reoccurring droughts and dwindling groundwater supplies. But the proposed project, which would siphon water from the Ute Reservoir near Logan and pipe it to eastern […]

Local leaders in Washington to pitch Ute Project

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Representatives of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority traveled to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to lay groundwork for the expedition of the Ute Water Project. Years in the planning, the project would pump water for residential use from Ute Reservoir, near Logan, to eastern New Mexico communities via a […]