Business digest — March 13

Finance authority accepting applications The New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) is accepting applications through March 30 for awarding low-interest loans for businesses in qualified low-income areas throughout New Mexico. New Markets Tax Credits can provide low cost gap financing to fund projects and business expansions that are more than $5 million. Benefits include lower cost […]

Pipeline should satisfy everyone

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I am writing on behalf of the village of Logan to explain to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties our position concerning the proposed pipeline that the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is planning to build to pump water out of Ute Lake. To begin with, I am sure it will come as […]

Press release: Ute Water Pipeline Project receives federal dollars

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA) would like to applaud the Obama Administration and our New Mexico Congressional Delegation for their efforts to allocate approximately $3 million towards the construction of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Project.

New Ute water project program manager in place

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Former Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project Manager Scott Verhines, left, applies a ceremonial water project pin to new Project Manager Paul van Gulick during the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Tuesday in Melrose. Van Gulick will serve until at least June 30 to fill the place […]

Politicians feel pressure to act

Politically minded people are starting to anticipate election season. This means many of them will be asking the wrong questions of the candidates; who will be all-too willing to answer them. We are already hearing politicians detailing what they would do about things that no government, nor any politician, has any authority to be involved […]

Pyle elected to third term on insurance board

CNJ staff Curry County Manager Lance Pyle was elected Wednesday to serve a third term on the New Mexico Insurance Authority Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors. The board is comprised of eight members representing 31 of the state’s 33 counties. On the board since 2007, Pyle represents Curry, Eddy, Grant, San Miguel and Valencia Counties, […]

Supreme Court chipping away at freedoms

The next time police knock at your door, be careful what you do next. Any sound you make inside could grant police the authority to search your home without a warrant. That’s the result of last week’s misguided Supreme Court decision expanding the definition of an exigent circumstance under which police can conduct a warrantless […]

Concerns raised over Ute Lake intake structure

Thomas Garcia Concerns over the size of an intake structure at Ute Lake for an eastern New Mexico pipeline project dominated discussion Thursday at an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting in Logan. Members of the ENMWUA met there to discuss details of the $500 million pipeline project that will pump water from the […]

County manager granted authority to purchase properties near courthouse

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners granted County Manager Lance Pyle authority to purchase three properties near the courthouse for a total of for $209,000 following an almost one-hour executive session Tuesday. The properties — located at 810 Main Street for $56,000, 905 and 913 Mitchell Street for $85,000 and $68,000 — are three of five […]

Officials: Water pipeline groundbreaking to take place soon

Kevin Wilson Members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority had planned Thursday to announce a groundbreaking date for the first piece of the Ute Water Project, and announce it would take place soon. But the definition of a groundbreaking changed. At the authority’s meeting in Melrose, federal consultant John Ryan said he received […]

Water utility officials hoping for leftover federal money

Argen Duncan The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives hope to get federal money left over from other projects at the end of the year since the Ute pipeline project wasn’t included in the president’s proposed budget. The utility authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. Regarding federal money, pipeline project manager Scott […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Thursday in Portales City Hall, authority representatives: • agreed to allow lobbyist John Ryan to plan a local Nov. 4 event in which stakeholders in the Ute Water Pipeline would give testimony about themselves and the need for the pipeline and the $25 million the authority […]

Nobel goes to deserving recipient

Freedom New Mexico The Nobel Prize for Literature has of late been awarded all too often to obscure novelists whose purported resistance to authority and mere fashion consisted of embracing a safe and fashionable brand of academically approved leftism combined with a modest talent. In the process, what Washington Post literary critic Marie Arana called […]

Home weatherization programs available

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Greg Fisher of Portales points to weather stripping workers from Star Efficiency contracting company of Roswell added to a door as part of an Xcel Energy program. New Mexico Xcel customers who have refrigerated air conditioning have access to a program that weatherizes their homes for energy efficiency. Argen Duncan […]

Meetings watch: Water authority expects $2 million in federal funds

The Eastern New Mexico Utility Water Authority met Thursday morning at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. • Federal consultant John Ryan said a trip in July to Washington, D.C., with Ute Water Project Manager Scott Verhines, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and Portales Mayor Sharon King was a success. King, who made her […]

Ute water authority to meet, discuss selling shares

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Utility Authority is set to meet at 10 a.m Aug. 19 at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Included in the meeting will be an inquiry to see if anybody is interested in selling shares of water in the Ute Reservoir until the Ute Pipeline project is in service. Officials have […]

Hiring authority expanded to certain cybersecurity jobs

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force managers hiring civilian federal employees for certain cybersecurity positions have been authorized to use the streamlined Schedule A hiring authority to help expeditiously fill more than 680 positions. The Department of Defense grants the use of Schedule A in specific […]

Water authority approves finance plan

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Consultants, lawyers and board members prepare for the Eastern New Mexico Water Authority meeting Thursday at the Texico Fire Department. The board approved a finance plan for the $500 million Ute Lake water project. Jared Tucker The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority approved a finance plan Thursday required to […]

Portales officials concerned water utility’s authority

Jared Tucker Two Portales city councilors are concerned about how much power the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will have and why there’s only one elected official representing the city. The authority meets 10 a.m. Thursday in Texico. Councilor Mike Miller said Tuesday he thinks the utility will take important decisions about water issues […]

Connecting with animals natural

Karl Terry My authority makes my wife jealous. To clarify, I have little or no authority over her but the fact that our dogs actually listen to me and occasionally do what I say makes her mad. They don’t usually listen to her and rarely do what she asks. The best example is making the […]