Core group in position to move forward

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Scott Verhines is the manager of the Ute Water Project. Based in Albuquerque, Verhines and his administrative team provide administrative, technical and program responsibilities for the project. The project, at a current cost of $436 million, would supply water via pipeline from the Ute Reservoir in Quay […]

Portales mayor opposes more Ute studies

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer TEXICO — All members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority stress they believe in the Ute Water Project and believe it’s a necessary destination. How they get there became the debate during Wednesday’s authority meeting. At issue was ENMRWA Vice Chairman and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega’s decision […]

Feelings mixed for 2007 on Ute Water Project

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer PORTALES — With 2007 being touted as the year of water by Gov. Bill Richardson, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is optimistic it will get maximum support for the Ute Water Project from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. The Authority hopes for the same optimism from the […]

Pipeline officials seek support

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer MELROSE — The communities of eastern New Mexico took a mobilized, aggressive approach in keeping Cannon Air Force Base alive. Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority are starting to feel they’ll need a similar effort for the proposed Ute Water Project. As a bill to authorize […]

Former Clovis legislator accused of diverting money

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former Clovis state representative received about $870,000 in state money that was supposed to benefit a housing program for low- and moderate-income residents, according to a report by the State Investment Council says. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, who resigned Aug. 1 as the executive director of the Albuquerque-based Region III […]

Ute Water Project goes to Senate

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members expect an uphill battle in their latest attempt to gain federal approval on the Ute Water Project. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman introduced a bill two weeks ago authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation to provide financial assistance to the Eastern New […]

August business licenses

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in August: • Discount Party Plaza Type: Party Supplies Owner: Michael and Becky Dlouhy Location: 2614 N. Prince St. • Hawaiian Extreme Shaved Ice Type: Snow Cone Owner: Kenny Payne Location: 110 W. Manana, Apt. B • Eastern New Mexico Maintenance Type: Lawn Care […]

Construction costs pump up Ute Water Project prices

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Like a summer traveler cringing at $3 a gallon for unleaded gasoline, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is feeling pain with the pump. Fueled by higher energy and construction costs as a fallout from Hurricane Katrina and numerous other factors, the Ute Water Project’s price tag has […]

Officials say Ute project needs public support

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Money is on the mind of Clovis Mayor David Lansford, who believes a 90-mile pipeline could end woes cast on eastern New Mexico by reoccurring droughts and dwindling groundwater supplies. But the proposed project, which would siphon water from the Ute Reservoir near Logan and pipe it to eastern New […]

Water reps prepare for Ute water project

Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer Representatives of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority traveled to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to lay groundwork for the expedition of the Ute Water Project. Years in the planning, the project would pump water for residential use from Ute Reservoir, near Logan, to eastern New Mexico communities via a […]

Multiculturalism only sparking divisions

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Concerned that the raging immigration debate would spark violence, officials in at least two schools in Colorado have banned students from bringing flags to school, the AP reports. Predictably, this news and associated rumors have lit up the phone lines at call-in shows around the nation. Conservatives are right to […]

Right to die not decision for Washington

Freedom Newspapers When the Founding Fathers set up our system of government, they didn’t intend for states to be the poor cousins of the federal government. Rather, they were to be independent entities, with the federal government acting as their agent when dealing with other nations or as the arbiter of disputes between states. The […]

Taxation: Extortion by another name

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist For some, the issue of taxation appears moot. Like death, they believe, taxation is unavoidable. Many others would like us all to fall for this because then they would gain the upper hand about political economy. For those who don’t much like the free society and its economic system, free […]

Entities in water project looking at alternatives

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — As the eight remaining entities of the Ute Water Project move forward, their respective members continue to work to make sure the loss of four entities doesn’t set them back. Many of the issues brought up during Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting at Texico’s city […]

Deadline set for financial withdrawal from Ute project

CNJ staff A deadline to end financial responsibility for the four entities officially withdrawn from the Ute pipeline project was established at Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting in Melrose. The four entities that withdrew earlier this year — Quay County, Tucumcari, Logan and San Jon — will not be responsible for any […]

Emerging civil society could be first step to peace

Freedom Newspapers Given the history, it is generally wise to be skeptical about signs that might portend a breakthrough toward peace, or even nonhostile co-existence between Israel and Palestine. Nonetheless a move by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to challenge powerful militant Palestinian groups is a sign that might be worth noting. It is important […]

Poor planning leads to poor management

CNJ staff It is seldom really shocking to hear that a government agency has wasted large sums of money, or spent it in ways that would be viewed as sloppy or even criminal in the private sector. After a certain number of examples, one is almost beyond being scandalized. How does it happen? A government […]

Ute Water Project receives $2 million grant

By CNJ staff TUCUMCARI — The New Mexico Finance Authority and the governing body of the Ute Water Project reached an agreement Wednesday for a $2 million grant to help fund the initial stages of the proposed project. Much of the money will go toward engineering services, which include rounds of public meetings at towns […]

Housing authority has evolved: Q&A

Jim Wilkerson, 64, executive director of the Clovis Housing Authority, is retiring after 23 years. He has been working there since he retired from the Air Force. His office is located on the same property as Grand Avenue Homes at 2101 W. Grand Ave. Q: Have you seen changes in the housing authority, they way […]

Logan withdraws from water project

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The Village of Logan will no longer be involved in the Ute Pipeline Project, a decision that is expected to have little impact on the project and Logan’s future water supply. Logan Village Administrator Larry Wallin said the town will continue to reserve its 400 acre feet of water […]