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 […]

Portales couple agitated with city over land sale

Tony Parra A Portales couple denied by the Portales City Council permission to build an apartment on the southwest part of town is upset after learning the city sold land in the same area to an Albuquerque developer planning a similar project. In May, plans submitted by Victor and Linda Baca to build a multi-family […]

School officials discuss expanding L.L. Brown

Mike Linn An architect firm in Albuquerque will begin negotiating with Portales school officials on an expansion project at Brown Early Childhood Center. The project is slated to do away with Brown’s five portable classrooms in favor of 12 additional classrooms with an additional wing to the kindergarten school. In addition, the project will include […]

Three out of four council members to run unopposed

Tony Parra The stage is set for the 2004 Portales city council elections and five candidates will be running for four positions on March 2. Three candidates can breathe a sigh of relief because they will be running uncontested. Alfred Bachicha of Ward A, Gary Watkins of Ward B and D.K. Shafer of Ward C […]

Four city councilmen seeking reelection

Mike Linn Four Portales city councilmen whose terms end in 2004 plan on running for another term, and will file next Tuesday to be placed on a March ballot for reelection. The four councilmen — Mike Miller of Ward D, D.K. Shafer of Ward C, Gary Watkins of Ward B and Alfred Bachicha of Ward […]

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 […]

Ute Water Project making progress

Ryan Lengerich LOGAN — Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members said Wednesday they were encouraged by a recent trip to Washington. Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA board president David Lansford, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and ENMRWA program manager Scott Verhines met with both New Mexico senators Nov. 13 to discuss federal funding for the […]

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 […]

Mayors ask state for water funding

Jack King The mayors of Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari faced tough questioning from state Water Trust Board members when they went before the board in Santa Fe on Monday to request money for the Ute Water Project, said Clovis Mayor David Lansford. Lansford, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Tucumcari Mayor Calvin Litchfield, representing the Eastern […]

Officials: Federal funding a necessity for Ute project

Jack King TEXICO — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is continuing to make preparations to request federal funding for the Ute Water Project early next year, a process known as “seeking authorization.” Cost of the project is estimated at $250 million and the board is seeking 80 percent of that from […]