Ute water project may receive more money

CNJ staff Some more dollars may be flowing toward the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, with a $1.978 million federal allocation in President Obama’s 2013 budget. That money makes $2.978 million in commitments to the pipeline project, which would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to entities that make up the […]

Rural refinance program to launch

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a single family housing guaranteed rural refinance pilot program in New Mexico to help rural borrowers refinance their mortgages, according to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. To be eligible under this pilot, borrowers must have made timely mortgage payments for 12 consecutive months. Rural residents can […]

Udall: USDA Pilot Program to Help Rural N.M. Homeowners

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a new Single Family Housing Guaranteed Rural Refinance Pilot Program in New Mexico to help rural borrowers refinance their mortgages. Currently, approximately 2,000 New Mexico families are enrolled in the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Program. They are now eligible […]

Udall Protects Rural N.M. Roads in Transportation Markup

WASHINGTON – Today the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously reported the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) transportation bill out of committee including three amendments offered by U.S. Senator Tom Udall to protect rural roads in New Mexico. The bipartisan MAP-21 bill will provide funding for surface transportation programs within […]

Popular vote proposal buries rural America

Freedom New Mexico California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to sign legislation promoting a concept known as the National Popular Vote will give impetus to a troubling national movement that seeks to undermine the nation’s Electoral College and replace it with a system at odds with what the founders envisioned. Americans were reminded of the inner […]

Officials to break ground on Ute water project

Kevin Wilson Nearly half a century after the idea was conceived, eastern New Mexico entities have planned a Thursday groundbreaking on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System — also known as the Ute Water Project. An 11:30 a.m. groundbreaking is set for Ute Reservoir, on N.M. 522 about two-and-a-half miles west of Tucumcari. Many […]

Rural area post offices in danger of closure

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Due to financial struggles, the U.S. Postal Service has produced a list of about 3,700 post offices it will study for closure nationwide. Argen Duncan Five rural post offices in Roosevelt County, two in De Baca County and one in Parmer County, Texas, are in danger of being closed. Due […]

Not all rural deliveries welcome

Where we lived when I was a kid gave Rural Free Delivery (RFD) a whole new dimension. It was two miles to the mailbox, dirt road of course, and the mailman only drove the 25 miles from town twice a week. My brother and I ordered stuff through the mail. I sent in a boxtop […]

Ag training sessions available

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is conducting free training sessions for its Rural Energy for America Program and Value Added Producer Grant program. Eligible applicants for REAP include agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Eligible applicants for VAPG include independent producers, farmers or rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups and majority-controlled producer-based […]

In tribute: Pastor remembered for loving nature

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Courtesy photo Longtime Texas and New Mexico pastor Roy Roach died Sept., 8 at 85 of congestive heart failure. Kevin Wilson Roy Roach trusted people enough to not need a contract, and he trusted his congregation enough to show up without any outreach beyond his personality and love. They did. The longtime Texas and New […]