Area mayors defend water project

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A swimmer cliff-dives off the rocks at Ute Lake near Logan. Area water troubles could be lessened by a pipeline to Ute lake, water officials say. CNJ file photo. By Jack King The mayors of Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari faced tough questioning from state Water Trust Board members when they went before the board in […]

Gross receipts for growth

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Clovis Mayor David Lansford addresses members of the Clovis community about the city’s need for a 0.25 percent gross receipts tax during Wednesday’s “Gearing Up For Growth” press conference at city hall. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King A one-quarter of a percent gross receipts tax increase would help pay for the cost […]

Water authority looks ahead to funds

By Jack King TEXICO — Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s board on Wednesday approved two proposals aimed at helping secure federal funding. Officials have said the Ute Water project will cost about $250 million and the board hopes 80 percent of funds will come from the federal government. A request is expected to go before […]

Tony Evans challenges community leaders

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Dr. Tony Evans speaks about overcoming hopelessness Thursday at Marshall Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Gary Mitchell Dallas evangelist Tony Evans told a Thursday crusade audience of 350 to 400 people he had a theme verse for the proposed Matt. 25 Project to renovate the old Memorial Hospital — Jeremiah 29:11. […]

Old hospital may become resource center

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Matt. 25 project members Gary Bender, David Petty, Sid Strebeck and Tammy Willard look at the old Memorial Hospital building Thursday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Builder David Petty shook his head at the massiveness of the project. Petty has been involved in the building of large churches, a school gym […]

Water project in search of federal funds

Jack King SAN JON — The state Interstate Stream Commission has begun briefing New Mexico Congressional representatives on the Ute Water Project in preparation for asking for federal funds. Doug Murray, the ISC’s liaison to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, told ENMRWA’s board at a meeting in San Jon he has briefed staff […]

Ute project: Small towns need Clovis

Jack King Curry County representatives to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority said Wednesday smaller communities in the county cannot afford the Ute Lake water project without financial help from Clovis. The project involves building an 87-mile-long pipeline from Ute Lake near Logan to Portales. Five county representatives — Clovis Mayor David Lansford, Curry […]

Company plants seeds for wind turbine farm

By Angela Peacock Taking advantage of New Mexico’s most abundant natural resource — the wind — Caprock Wind, LP announced its plans Tuesday to install up to 80 wind-driven turbine generators near Tucumcari. The wind farm, which will be located about 20 miles southeast of Tucumcari, is the second of its kind for Quay County. […]

Ute Water Project tops meeting agenda

By Jack King Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will discuss the ability of each community to pay its share of the Ute Water Project at Wednesday’s monthly board meeting in Tucumcari. The board, which has been moving its meetings around the region, will meet at 2 p.m. in the Tucumcari Civic […]

Readers not dry when it comes to water-saving tips

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com New Mexico-American Water Company officials have asked customers to reduce water use for the next several weeks. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked […]

Project Reader Reaction — Actors

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants which actor might best portray them in a movie. Some responses: “Tom Hanks. According to Phyllis […]

Board to seek fed money

By Jack King The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will prepare an authorization request for Congress seeking federal money for the project by Aug. 13, even though a financial study showing how its members will pay for the project has not been completed. The board of the water authority, which is planning a Ute […]

City plans drainage projects on First Street

By Jack King City and county commissioners received an update on some recent and upcoming local government projects at a joint luncheon Tuesday. Among the projects discussed: • City Airport Director Steve Summers said his personnel have just finished upgrading and replacing runway edge lights, regulators and runway end identification lights at the airport. The […]

Two events centers one too many?

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if the city of Clovis needs to build a civic center now that county officials seem to have decided on an events center for the fairgrounds. Some responses: “Both the city and county have researched the economics of an events center. Most will remember concerns about the centers […]

Q&A with Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright serves as vice-president and manager of New Mexico-American Water Co. Q: How long have you been in this position with New Mexico-American Water Co.? A: Since October 1999. I was here in Clovis working with the company. I’ve been with the company for 16 years. Q: At a recent Clovis City Commission meeting, […]

Project Reader Reaction — Billy the Kid

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about New Mexico’s recent efforts to take an objective look at the life and times of Billy […]

Water group begins personnel search

By Jack King The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has begun the process of hiring a director for the Ute Reservoir pipeline project. A search committe will publish a request for proposals for the job next week with a deadline to receive applications of Aug. 1. The committee will make recommendations […]

Pipeline funding questioned

By Jack King Federal and state officials raised questions Wednesday about some eastern New Mexico communities’ ability to pay for their share of the renewable water delivery system proposed by the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The authority has been created to develop a pipeline project to distribute water from Ute Reservoir to communities […]

Handmade gift can project Clovis charm

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for suggestions of gifts that epitomize Clovis. This idea came from Glenda Horner: “I would give something handmade — a very flat piece of plain brown wood with a lovely gold figurine glued on it. Engraved on the wood would be the words: “Clovis, N.M.: A mesa full […]

Elida is painting the town

Darrell Todd Maurina As one of Roosevelt County’s oldest communities, Elida has had a long time to build a rich history. It’s also had a long time to accumulate dust and dirt. Beginning this weekend, Elida residents are starting to spruce up their town by painting older buildings, removing junk, and otherwise getting the town […]