ENMU student body president may want to sit this battle out

By Mike Linn Good ole Bob Cornelius has taken aim at Gov. Bill Richardson. The Eastern New Mexico University student body president and director of Associated Students of New Mexico is a little perturbed by Richardson’s recent vetoes affecting ENMU and other state universities. A little advice from the bleachers: Look out Bob. Bill is […]

Water officials add more to Ute project

Jack King MELROSE — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to add three more construction efforts to the Ute Water Project, raising the cost of the project by $10 million. The additions bring the total construction cost of the project to $263 million, said ENMRWA Project Manager Scott Verhines. […]

City officials pleased with Legislature session

David Arkin While Portales officials didn’t get all the money they wanted for street repairs, they did walk away from the Legislative session pleased with funds they received for their Main Street program and equipment. And the city won’t be the only group in town to feel the benefits from the session that ended on […]

Budget proposal seeks tuition hike

David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University would have a few things to look forward to and a list of items that aren’t so favorable if a senate committee’s budget proposal holds up. The Senate Finance Committee’s budget, which was approved on Tuesday and now is headed for the Senate, requires universities to increase tuition by […]

N.M. could become the big cheese

Jack King With construction begun on a 54-acre, $190 million cheese plant, Curry County is poised to become a power in the cheese-making world, Gov. Bill Richardson told an audience Friday at the plant’s groundbreaking. Approximately 200 people from Curry and Roosevelt counties attended the ceremony at the plant site, five miles south of Clovis, […]

Cheese plant breaks ground

Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson, city and county officials and company officers will attend a groundbreaking ceremony at 2:30 p.m. today at the site of the Southwest Cheese Plant at 1141 County Road 4. The Clovis High School drum line also will be present to play for those attending the ceremony. Chamber of Commerce executive […]

House helps curb 135-mile rule cuts

David Arkin Things are looking up — by about $70,000 — for one of Eastern New Mexico University’s most important programs. The House’s budget package, which was approved earlier this week, restores about $400,000 for the 135-mile program. That money would be dispersed among schools that utilize the program. ENMU’s share of that pie would […]

ENMU offers paralegal class

Tony Parra The paralegal profession is in high demand, legal experts say, and Eastern New Mexico University is helping supply the profession with more qualified individuals. ENMU is offering a paralegal course through the Office of Extended Learning beginning Feb. 17. Scott Hatch of The Center for Legal Studies in Golden, Colo., started the program […]

Group formed to promote, tout pipeline project

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com With almost $300 million in taxpayer money sought to fund the Ute Pipeline Project, organizers say public information regarding the intricacies of an increasingly complex plan is essential. To help explain, educate and promote the project, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority formed a four-member […]

City seeks state funds

Mike Linn Community leaders are seeking financial assistance from the State Legislature for a variety of projects including implementation of a 1 1/2-mile access road to the cheese plant and a proposed $7 million new science center at Eastern New Mexico University. County, city, ENMU and economic development officials met with Sen. Gay Kernan on […]