Volunteers begin to unearth Blacktower Cemetery

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Stepping into the shoes of archeologists, volunteers from Cannon Air Force Base and the community carefully removed several feet of blown sand, inch by inch from historic Blacktower Cemetery. Capt. Glen Smith, who is leading the project, said the two-day clean-up was going well, but that it was just […]

Plenty of work ahead on Ute water project

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By Kevin Wilson The Ute Water Project’s been approved. But there are plenty of details left to pour over. The dry facts: The Ute Water Project would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to the eight member entities of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. Those members are Clovis, Portales, Melrose, […]

Portales officials wary of proposed water authority legislation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Orlando Ortega remembers his early days on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, when he felt entities in Quay County were holding back production of the Ute Water Project. Now, it’s years since those entities left, and the pipeline project has been approved by Congress and President Obama,

Water authority meeting focused on funding

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meets from 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library Ingram Room. This is the first meeting for the authority since the Ute Water Project was authorized and funded by Congress. The authority will oversee the construction and maintenance of a pipeline to deliver water […]

Lujan fields questions on health care, water project during ENMU visit

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Health care and a major water improvement project dominated questions Congressman Ben Ray Lujan fielded from Eastern New Mexico University students. Lujan said he was a little surprised to see a large turnout of students for his visit. “Students have a lot of responsibilities,” Lujan said. “Typically when you’re […]

President signs bill authorizing Ute Water Project

Freedom New Mexico Chase Gentry hopes he won’t have to knock on wood as much anymore when he tells businesses about eastern New Mexico’s long-term water outlook. That’s based on Monday’s news that President Barack Obama signed a public lands omnibus bill Monday containing authorization for the Ute Water Project. The project, which would bring […]

Ute pipeline legislation headed to president

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Ute Water Pipeline project has cleared Congress. Senate Bill 22, commonly known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects, including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The bill passed the House on a 285-140 vote Wednesday, and now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk. Sen. Jeff […]

Public meeting on Hotel Clovis project rescheduled

The City of Clovis is preparing to abate the Hotel Clovis to remove asbestos, pigeon guano and lead based paint.

Proposed algae plant to create 100 jobs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Portales will become home to an algae farm that produces biofuel and an estimated 100 new jobs for the region if the U.S. Senate passes a proposed budget bill. Nearly $1 million in funding for the project is included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill expected to […]

Hard to part with square’s old look

By Karl Terry: PNT Columnist The sight of heavy equipment ripping out the trees, pavement and lawn of the Roosevelt County Courthouse the last few weeks was harder to stomach than I had imagined. The project was the result of a collaborative effort kicked off by

Moments of weakness plague us all

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connection columnist I met a man. Business brought us together. I contacted him about an upcoming project and we started talking. I do a lot of work over the Internet, so informality is pretty common — no “Dear Sir:” and somber punctuation, but lots of first names and exclamation points. He […]

Moments of weakness plague us all

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I met a man. Business brought us together. I contacted him about an upcoming project and we started talking. I do a lot of work over the Internet, so informality is pretty common — no “Dear Sir:” and somber punctuation, but lots of first names and exclamation points. He invited […]

Commission to consider new Legislature policy

PNT Staff Report At their meeting today, Roosevelt County Commissioners are scheduled to consider a policy requiring capital outlay requests to the Legislature to come before the commission in advance if the county might need to act as fiscal agent in the project. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse […]

Authorization for Ute Water Project passes Senate

Freedom New Mexico The Ute Water Project is halfway to Barack Obama’s desk. By a 73-21 vote, Senate Bill 22 passed Thursday afternoon, and similar legislation will head to the House of Representatives. The bill is expected to be in the House for a week or two before it lands on the desk of the […]

Dec. 6, 1935

The Portales Daily News reported that a confrontation between the Portales City Council and Works Progress Administration officials had come to a head when a meeting between the groups was held over who would supervise public works. The council demanded that people they designated supervise them. The latest controversy was over the flood control project […]

Ute Water Project reaches delay

Some delays are inevitable for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, such as in Washington, D.C. Some delays it would like to avoid, such as in Santa Fe. Authority members found out an omnibus bill that included authorization for the Ute Water Project will not be introduced in a lame duck session for the […]

Council votes to move forward with grant application

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council sped through its business Tuesday, finishing in 30 minutes. Councilors quickly approved most agenda items and tabled two business items. Among the items approved was a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance that will allow the city to receive funding from the New Mexico […]

Commission declines to apply for project

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners declined to apply for a state highway improvement project. The commissioners motioned and voted against applying for the New Mexico Department of Transportation Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for N.M. 88. To fix N.M. 88 properly, the entire road would have to be torn apart and widened, […]

Oct. 10, 1971

District Judge Dee C. Blythe formally announced the formation of a Ninth Judicial Public Defender Project. The purpose of the project was to provide legal representation for adults and juveniles accused of crimes who could not afford private legal help.

Sept. 26, 2008 Cannon Community

Cannon reclamation project — As work is being done on much of the base housing, many items being replaced, such as appliances and cabinets, are donated to local charities. Volunteers are needed to unload the from the contractors’ trucks at the Curry County Fairgrounds. For information, contact Marge Rhode at 575-359-1344. Enrichment program — The […]