By John Neibling and Steven Gamble: Guest columnists
As presidents of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, we want to share why the passage of General Obligation Bonds C and D in the Nov. 4 General Election should make sense to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties.
If Bond C passes, CCC will receive $4 million to expand its Allied Health Building and Roosevelt County will receive an estimated $1.5 million for its New Mexico Department of Health facility.
Bond D will provide $12 million for Eastern New Mexico University, including $9 million for a renovated Technology Building, $2 million for infrastructure and $1 million to complete work on a renovated Music Building.
The Allied Health Building at CCC houses nursing, radiologic technology and EMS programs that enhance health care for area citizens. It allows CCC to train and provide more health care professionals to the area, ensuring that citizens have more of the health care they need without having to travel out of the area. Enhanced health care attracts more people to the area.
Bond D would provide ENMU with an expanded and renovated Technology Building with enhanced classrooms and laboratories for ENMU’s agriculture, electrical engineering technology, art and family and consumer sciences programs. In addition to infrastructure, Bond D will allow ENMU to complete the renovated Music Building, providing advanced training for students and a state-of-the-art facility for area residents to enjoy indoor and outdoor musical events — most of them free.
According to 2006 Census estimates at www.census.gov, the population of New Mexico is estimated at 1,954,599, with 45,513 in Curry County and 18,291 in Roosevelt County. While