Reception with U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and commemoration of federal authorization

The seven city and county members of the Eastern NM Rural Water Authority (ENMRWA) cordially invite you to attend a project briefing and reception with Senator Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at the Clovis Civic Center. The purpose of the event is to update elected officials, state officials, stakeholders and other opinion makers […]

Rural Water Authority to meet

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meets 3 p.m. Thursday at Melrose’s City Hall. • The meeting will be preceded by a 1 p.m. study session. The session will focus on alleviating concerns the City of Portales has about proposed legislation to move the group into a true authority status. Portales officials are concerned […]

Press release: Rep. Luj

Washington, DC — Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Water authority looks at organizational change

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members revisited a change first considered in 2007 — moving to a true utility authority. Scott Verhines, Ute Water Project Manager, gave a potential timeline and goals sought for such a change at Wednesday’s authority meeting. The authority, tasked with the Ute Water […]

Meetings will discuss renewable energy

CNJ staff New Mexico energy, rural and economic development organizations are inviting residents to a series of town hall meetings to discuss renewable energy development in rural communities, according to a press release from New Mexico State University. The first meeting is 9 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The next meetings will […]

Ohioans must forge ahead

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist The rural, steel mill town church I served in northeastern Ohio had a standing tradition of the Mother’s Day Banquet. Many churches and organizations in that area do, and these events are usually held the night before Mother’s Day. They are wonderfully attended. Can you blame me, then, when I […]

House passes medicaid fix for rural hospitals

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM) today welcomed House passage of H.R. 5613, Protecting the Medicaid Safety Net Act of 2008 by an overwhelming vote of 349-62.

Bingaman to address rural air service funding

ENMR Plateau announces rural safety grants

Clovis – Rural Public Safety agencies are often at a disadvantage in expanding their knowledge and meeting mandated training requirements due to a lack of funds available from the municipalities, towns, villages or counties in which they serve. Most rural communities have volunteers who assist in both fire-fighting and emergency medical response. Rural police agencies […]

USDA rural development to hold local workshop

USDA Rural Development to Host Workshops on the Section 9006 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program and the Value Added Producer Grant Program Albuquerque, NM – Ryan Gleason, New Mexico USDA Rural Development State Director announced today that the Agency will host workshops across the state to inform prospective applicants on the USDA Rural Development […]

Rural home loans available

Federal Government Funding Available For Home Loans in Rural New Mexico Albuquerque, NM, January 14, 2008 – USDA Rural Development State Director Ryan Gleason reminded rural New Mexicans that the agency he leads has financing for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (GRH) and other housing programs. In making the announcement, Gleason said, “While […]

Rural Republican values in danger

By Allen Weh: Guest columnist At the beginning of the 20th century, rural America was the center of American life, home to most of the population and the source of the nation’s food and commerce. The core values of hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit and respect for private property took root in these early communities, […]

Fire plan focuses on grasslands

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Recent wildfires in California only accentuate the area’s need to be prepared, officials said. Curry County Road Superintendent Danny Davis said such a plan is in development for the county. Focus is being given to areas surrounded by rural grasslands, which are more vulnerable to large scale fires, Davis […]

Officials aim to take Ute project to federal level

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., addresses a witness during Tuesday’s hearing at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Local, state and federal leaders reached a similar conclusion at Tuesday’s water field hearing: They’re ready to seek federal authorization of the Ute Water Project, with or without the Bureau […]

Secretary setting sights on rural areas

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Fred Mondragon, left, is briefed Wednesday morning by ENMR-Plateau Chief Executive Officer Tom Phelps about operations in this region. Mondragon spoke Wednesday to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bringing business to rural cities is the goal of the New Mexico […]

Dentist ‘person of interest’ in homicides

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A local dentist serving a life sentence for killing a Clovis woman is considered a “person of interest” in connection with four unsolved homicides in Oklahoma, according to a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigators. Jessica Brown said Saturday that agents are investigating whether James Smith is connected […]

Water funding comes up short

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Even with $2.271 million in state money the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board picked up Wednesday, the group remained short of its two-year goal for funding a portion of the design work on the Ute Water Project. “I think it was a good news-bad news […]

Q&A: Department cultivates rural life

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Ryan Gleason is the New Mexico director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. He was appointed by President Bush in May 2006. He oversees a staff of 59 employees located in 11 offices throughout the state. A fifth-generation New Mexican, Gleason, 32, was born in Portales. Gleason […]

April 10, 2007 Business Digest

ENMR-Plateau annual meeting set ENMR-Plateau is holding its cooperative membership meeting at 10 a.m. April 21 in Santa Rosa in the high school gymnasium, according to an ENMR-Plateau news release. Trementina and White Lakes areas. The cooperative’s Interactive Television (ITV) system will be in use for the meeting, allowing cooperative members to participate and not […]

March 8, 1920

The Curry County Rural Telephone Co. reported it had started setting poles for its phone lines in the northern part of the county. “Work will be pushed with as much rapidity as possible,” a telephone official reported. … W. H. Duckworth was named president of Clovis’ new Republican Club. The Clovis Journal reported the GOP’s […]