Officials break ground on Ute pipeline project amid protests

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Kevin Wilson As a light rain sprinkled over the Ute Reservoir, the sounds of protest drowned out officials’ optimistic vision of progress and a long-term solution for eastern New Mexico’s water supply. Hundreds attended Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, commonly known as the Ute Water [...]

Local schools ready for students

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Alisa Boswell With school starting for the Clovis and Portales districts this month, local school officials are saying students can fill their backpacks and file in because the two districts are ready for them. From re-paved parking lots and new computers for some schools to complete makeovers for others, a lot of changes are awaiting [...]

Drought could extend fire season

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Alisa Boswell Usually, August and September would mean the end of fire season is approaching for Roosevelt County. But according to state and local fire officials, that may not be the case this year. “This fire season is very comparable to the fire season in 2006,” said Dan Ware, spokesperson for the New Mexico Forestry [...]

Counties report rise in sexually transmitted diseases

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Alisa Boswell The number of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) being reported in young people in Curry and Roosevelt is above the state average and that has public health officials concerned. Specifically, Curry and Roosevelt counties rate above the state average with chlamydia, HPV and Gonorrhea, according to officials at the New Mexico Department of Health [...]

Roosevelt County sheriff selected to attend FBI National Academy

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker is to be one of two New Mexico law enforcement officials to attend a 10-week training course at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., in October. The course is geared towards higher-ranking law enforcement officials at the city, county, state and national levels. “I’m very excited for [...]

Officials: Drought may affect fair entries

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Alisa Boswell The drought could change the competition in plant and livestock entries this year at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairs. According to county agriculture officials and local residents who will compete in the annual events, the eastern New Mexico dry weather has definitely had an impact on their plant and animal life. Roosevelt [...]

Officials: Water restrictions could last through summer

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Argen Duncan Portales has two new wells, but mandatory water restrictions may last the rest of the summer, according to city officials. To keep water storage levels high enough, city water users were banned from outdoor watering in late June and early July, and restrictions limiting which days users can water their yards have been [...]

Bill eases GI Bill shortfall for vets

As Congress moves closer to protecting veterans at private colleges in seven states from a sharp drop in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs has softened its warning that the relief move will cause significant payment delays for many thousands of GI Bill users this fall. VA officials still see payment challenges [...]

Fire officials dissuade use of fireworks

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Alisa Boswell With extreme drought conditions in New Mexico, local fire officials are saying it’s probably best for Clovis and Portales residents to not set off fireworks at home. Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols and Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman both agreed that while fireworks are banned in the county and only certain ground fireworks [...]

Officials address fireworks, water issues

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Argen Duncan City officials have reiterated that they can’t ban firework sales or use, and said water demand exceeding supply has led to the recent water restrictions. The statements came at a town hall meeting on questions and concerns about fireworks and water Tuesday in the Memorial Building. Officials and citizens have expressed concerns about [...]