Bonds passing throughout state

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico

Local college and university leaders are pleased with the unofficial results of votes for bonds C and D.

Roosevelt and Curry County voters clearly favored the bonds, which will provide Clovis Community College with $4 million toward construction of the Allied Health Center and Eastern New Mexico University with $12 million for building improvements.

Statewide, with about 94 percent of precincts reporting, the bonds were passing late Tuesday — Bond D by 58-42 percent and Bond C by 65-35 percent.

“I’d like to thank the citizens of the state, and especially Roosevelt and Curry counties, for voting in favor of Bond D,” said ENMU President Steven Gamble said. “This bond will provide $12 million to the students and faculty of ENMU to improve our facilities.

“This money is really needed and we pledge to be good stewards of its use.”

John Neibling, president of CCC, said passage of Bond C will allow expansion.

“It will allow us to actually finish that building over the next couple of years,” he said. “It will allow us to move the nursing program completely to the new building and allow radiological tech to expand to where nursing currently is.”

Roosevelt County voted 3,612 to 2,191 in favor of Bond C, and 3,787 to 2,213 in favor of Bond D.

Curry County had voted 6,175 to 4,046 in favor of Bond C, and 5,798 to 4,484 in favor of Bond D with about 2,000 votes still out at 11:45 p.m.

Statewide, all bonds seemed to be passing.

Bond A, for a total of $14.7 million for senior citizen facilities, including $45,700 for Curry County senior centers and $28,200 for Roosevelt County senior center equipment and meals equipment, had 59 percent of statewide votes in favor, with 94 percent of precincts reporting.

The majority of Roosevelt and Curry county voters supported Bond A.

Bond B, for $11 million dollars, provides funds for libraries, including schools and public libraries in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Statewide, with 94 percent of precincts reporting, 52 percent of voters were in favor of Bond B.