Water authority to discuss funding for Ute Water Project

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — Ute Water Project Manager Scott Verhines said the region’s water authority will discuss establishing a revenue stream in its next meeting to relieve the city of Clovis of the burden to provide collateral for any loan it receives on behalf of the Ute Water Project.As the financial […]

Two Pre-K programs tagged for funds

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Two schools in Quay County will receive a portion of a $14 million dollar Pre-K Expansion Fund, according to a press release from Gov. Bill Richardson. The schools are in Logan and San Jon. “We are happy to receive the funds to continue with early childhood development,” said Logan […]

Council plans to revive Princess Theater

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Tucumcari’s Princess Theater on Main Street got a new lease on life at Thursday’s City Commission meeting. The commissioners approved a 10-year lease, renewable each year, of the Princess to the Quay Council for the Arts and Humanities. The council has discussed leasing the theater for several years and […]

Colleges look closely at their budgets

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Colleges and universities in New Mexico that experienced drops in enrollment may not be penalized, according to New Mexico Higher Education Department Secretary Beverlee McClure. The Department is considering a provision that would shelter college and university budgets for one year, according to higher education officials who met […]

Most capital outlay projects survive veto stage

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun While some projects were reduced or cut entirely from the budget, Quay County didn’t suffer nearly as much as other counties after Gov. Bill Richardson used his line-item veto power on potential capital outlay projects. “To balance a budget, tough decisions have to get made,” said James Jimenez, cabinet […]

Quay may expect $33 million, statesman said

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Quay County will be rolling in the money — nearly $33 million — if the request from State Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, comes through as he said he expects. This one-time capital investment fund from the state will go to help pay for a number of projects throughout Quay County, according […]

8/6 Regional Roundup

Highway 54 proposed as high priority Nearby U.S. Highway 54 has been designated as a High Priority Corridor in a bill approved by the House and Senate on July 29 — now it just needs the President’s signature, according to a release sent from the SPIRIT organization which has been working to improve the roadways. […]

Water use examined

Tony Parra How much water do you need? That’s the question Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Project Manager Scott Verhines asked ENMRWA members on Wednesday in Portales. Verhines said he wants the information so engineering consultants have an idea on the specifications of the pipes leading to each community involved in the Ute Water […]

Pipeline prospects proving poor

Jack King and TV Hagenah U.S. Senator Pete Domenici R-N.M. told members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority last week that he will not be supporting federal funding of the Ute Water Project for at least two years, a spokesman for ENMRWA said Wednesday. Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose said the Senator told […]

Mesalands gets help from Legislature

David Arkin Mesalands Community College President Phillip Barry said he learned something during the 30-day Legislative session that wrapped up last week — being in Santa Fe is important. Barry, who spent a fair amount of time lobbying for the college during the 30-day session, said his work up north paid off. “For us, the […]