Meetings watch: ENMRWA

Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met Wednesday at Melrose City Hall. • Project Manager Scott Verhines said he was happy the authority was included as part of the joint land use study being undertaken by Cannon Air Force Base and neighboring municipalities. He said the Ute Water [...]

Their view: Denish touts rural economic development plan

Diane Denish, Democratic candidate for governor, has rolled out a small business and rural economic development plan aimed at creating jobs, according to her website, www.dianedenish.com Her plan is aimed at increasing access to capital, cutting administrative red tape and using technology to help small, rural businesses connect with helpful resources, she said. From her [...]

Meetings watch: Hospital waits on rate approval to bill Medicaid

Roosevelt General Hospital Board has been approved but have to wait a little longer before it can bill Medicaid as a rural health clinic on a cost basis. Hospital Administrator Larry Leaming said the hospital can start implementing systems to bill Medicare and Medicaid for rural health clinic visits. Leaming said he is just waiting [...]

Water authority bill heads to governor’s desk

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A bill to revamp the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority got to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk without springing any leaks. House Bill 15 passed the House and Senate on unanimous votes, and will move the authority from a joint powers agreement to a utility authority in June. Gov. [...]

Cowboy poets appreciates rural way of life

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Cowboy poet Baxter Black can’t stand spaghetti, but he greatly appreciates a rural, Western way of life for the values of its people. “That includes work ethic, independence, entrepreneurism, family, loyalty, patriotism,” he explained during a telephone interview Monday. “I could keep going and say belligerence, cantankerousness, etc. There’s [...]

Press Release: Foundation for Rural Service Offers $75,000 in College Scholarships

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) will award 30 – $2,500 scholarships to qualified rural students in May 2010 – one per geographic region of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and one to a student sponsored by an NTCA associate member. The remaining 19 awards will be distributed proportionate to the number of applications [...]

Ticket feature: CCC group performing ‘Holy Ghosts’

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico As the cast and crew hurriedly prepared for dress rehearsal, the crunch of straw under their feet drowned out the urges from director Christy Mendoza The straw set the scene of a rural meeting house of a southern Pentecostal sect, which the story of “Holy Ghosts” centers around The [...]

Rural land sales lagging

Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Much like the rest of the country, the market for agricultural land in eastern New Mexico is lagging, say local real estate agents. Charles Bennett of United Country Vista Nueva Inc. said during economic downturns, land quits selling. Bennett said when market starts coming back, sales are so scattered that [...]

RGH clinics moving closer to rural status

PNT staff The Roosevelt General Hospital Board learned Tuesday the Portales clinic is 90 days away from being able to bill as a designated rural health clinic, once Medicare and Medicaid send a billing code. The new billing number will allow the clinic to bill under the rural health clinic designation so in time they [...]

Proposed water authority draws ire from city officials

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales’ City Council invited members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to a workshop meeting on Tuesday. At issue was a proposed bill introduced at the last New Mexico Legislature, one that would create a separate utility authority in charge of distributing water from Ute Lake to [...]