Senate passes bill that would fund Cannon child care center

Freedom New Mexico A supplemental spending package that would help to purchase 30 special operations aircraft and fund a construction project at Cannon Air Force Base cleared another hurdle, according to a news release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The Senate passed a bill Thursday that includes the Air Force’s request for $8 million to […]

House committee considers Ute water legislation

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Rep. Tom Udall said while he remains positive Congress will pass a bill authorizing the Ute Water Project, he has concerns the president might veto it. The bill would authorize federal funding for a $476 million water project proposing to bring water from Ute Lake reservoir to communities in […]

Comcast to hold service day

Approximately 30 local Comcast employees and their families and friends will volunteer Saturday to clean up the Girl Scouts, Service Unit 53 in Portales. The Portales project stems from Comcast’s seventh annual Comcast Cares Day. Local Comcast volunteers, along with Girl Scout leaders, Girls Scouts and their parents will team up to replace the fence, […]

Environmental awareness, economics slowly driving local ‘green’ efforts

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Although Earth Day was observed Tuesday, folks in Portales intend to keep on going green all year long. Eastern New Mexico University is preparing to go green on a much larger scale. The university is working on a project design to construct the campus’ first LEED (Leadership in Energy […]

Mayor testifies about need for Ute Water Project

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to […]

Councilors accept housing money

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave quick approval to a grant agreement that officials hope to use for a project that will construct affordable housing downtown. The $250,000 grant agreement comes from state severance tax bonds that were approved in the 2007 Legislature. Another $200,000 was approved in this year’s Legislature […]

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 […]

Sending love along

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By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Third-graders at Mesa Elementary School had their hands full of scissors, glue, pens and colored construction paper and their hearts full of caring Friday afternoon as they worked with Cannon Air Force Base airmen to create “Valentines for Vets.” The handmade Valentine cards will go to military members deployed […]

Cannon construction contract approved

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — A $12.1 million contract to renovate a fuel storage and loading facility at Cannon Air Force Base has been approved, according to a press release issued Friday by Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. First funded before the base was targeted by the 2005 base closure process, the project involves the renovation […]

Under construction

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The $8.5 million remodel at the Eastern New Mexico University Science Building is more than halfway complete and on schedule, according to university officials. ENMU staff and administrators toured the building Tuesday, including the remodeled portions of the original building, which was gutted, and the new wing on the […]

Bingaman to introduce Ute water bill in February

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Continued funding for the Ute Water Project depends on decisions that will be made in February. That’s when the New Mexico Legislature is finishing a 30-day session, for which Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members hope to procure $10.5 million in capital outlay. It’s also when Sen. Jeff […]

Authority learns about water changes

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico TEXICO —All of southeastern New Mexico will soon fall under a critical management area that could impose metering on ground water, according to State Engineer John D’Antonio. D’Antonio spoke Wednesday at the New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting about how the state’s newly created Water Cabinet will change application […]

Road to Dora will be repaved

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twelve miles of N.M. 206 between Portales and Dora will be repaved from a failed paving preservation project completed earlier this year. New Mexico Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday the project would get under way early next summer. The project will affect the section nearest Portales from mile […]

Regents adjust project budgets

By Karl Terry In a time of rapidly changing construction costs, Eastern New Mexico University Regents are learning that estimating project budgets for renovation of older buildings is far from an exact science. The Regents met in a special meeting Monday specifically to go over capital projects in Portales. They OK’d two new projects and […]

Project completion to be marked with ceremony

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks will celebrate the completion of a project to improve visitor facilities at Blackwater Draw near Portales with a public ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to an ENMU press release. Using funds requested by Gov. Bill Richardson and appropriated by the New Mexico […]

Officials push for project authorization

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The impending retirement of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., one of the biggest supporters of the Ute Water Project, seems on the surface to be an obstacle for the project’s chances of authorization and funding. Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, and its advocates, are hoping […]

Regents OK Natatorium renovation plans

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A $1.5 million renovation of Eastern New Mexico University’s natatorium received formal approval Friday from the board of regents at their regular meeting. Scott Smart, vice president for Business Affairs at ENMU, told regents an inadequate heating and cooling system installed when it was built in 1958 has resulted […]

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 […]

Councilors OK project expansion

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Portales City Councilors gave the OK at Tuesday’s regular meeting to expand a street project currently under way in northeast Portales to include areas cut out in the project’s grant process. City officials say engineer Chad Lydick is estimating the extra work — on First Street near Mental Health […]

Regents approve water project

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A $651,520 project to upgrade Eastern New Mexico University campus water facilities and equipment with more efficient equipment would pay for itself in seven years, according to school officials. Regents gave approval to a 10-year water and utilities conservation project by Tour Andover Controls of Carrollton, Texas at their […]