Pipeline should satisfy everyone

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I am writing on behalf of the village of Logan to explain to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties our position concerning the proposed pipeline that the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is planning to build to pump water out of Ute Lake. To begin with, I am sure it will come as […]

Mayor stresses importance of economic development

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield speaks at Thursday’s press conference held at the Clovis-Carver Public Library north annex. Tonjia Rolan Mayor Gayla Brumfield said she called a press conference Thursday to stress the importance of economic development for Clovis. The mayor also highlighted recent federal and state appropriations for the Ute […]

Ute water project receives $1 million (updated)

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — The Ute Water pipeline project has received $1 million from the Department of the Interior. The $432 million project, which will deliver reserved water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to authority members in Curry and Roosevelt counties, was federally authorized in 2009 with the caveat that the federal government […]

Obama wasting time on possible job creation

Freedom New Mexico By denying a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline last week, President Barack Obama may succeed in delaying until after November’s election the politically difficult decision of which loyal constituency to offend, big labor or environmental activists. What is more certain is that the political maneuvering to deny a permit for the […]

Officials break ground on Ute pipeline project amid protests

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Protesters in boats filled Ute Reservoir during the Thursday groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. Kevin Wilson As a light rain sprinkled over the Ute Reservoir, the sounds of protest drowned out officials’ optimistic vision of progress and a long-term solution for […]

Groundbreaking marks step beyond discussion for Ute pipeline

Kevin Wilson Thursday’s groundbreaking marks another step for an effort to building a pipeline from Ute Reservoir — a step outside. Discussed, and shelved, and discussed again for decades in public meetings and congressional offices, the pipeline project makes a partial move from a discussed project to one putting in groundwork. “I remember that forever, […]

Quay residents plan protest of start of pipeline project

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Residents, business owners and public officials are using the social network Facebook to organize a protest against the start of Phase 1 of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System’s Ute Pipeline Project. The groundbreaking for the ENMRWS project is set for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 along the south […]

Water trust board awards $4.4 million to pipeline project

CNJ staff The New Mexico Water Trust Board voted during its meeting June 1 to award $4,371,629.75 — its maximum allowable appropriation — to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, a pipeline project that would serve municipal and county agencies in Curry and Roosevelt Counties. The board awarded a little more than $29 million […]

Concerns raised over Ute Lake intake structure

Thomas Garcia Concerns over the size of an intake structure at Ute Lake for an eastern New Mexico pipeline project dominated discussion Thursday at an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting in Logan. Members of the ENMWUA met there to discuss details of the $500 million pipeline project that will pump water from the […]

Water utility officials hoping for leftover federal money

Argen Duncan The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives hope to get federal money left over from other projects at the end of the year since the Ute pipeline project wasn’t included in the president’s proposed budget. The utility authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. Regarding federal money, pipeline project manager Scott […]

Press release: Ute pipeline funding missing from proposed 2012 budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased that the Obama administration is making water projects and public lands initiatives in New Mexico a priority in his 2012 budget proposal. Congress will use this budget proposal as a blueprint when it develops the spending bills that will fund the federal government next […]

Press release: City to hold town hall meeting on gross receipts tax increase

The City of Clovis will be holding a Town Hall meeting at 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 31st, 2011 at the Clovis Carver Library North Annex to answer questions and present facts regarding the .25% gross receipts tax adjustment needed for the Ute Pipeline Project. City officials and Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives will […]

State engineer: Ute water pipeline critical

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Mayor Sharon King, left, and Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield listen to a speaker at the Ute Pipeline news conference Thursday at the Yam theater. They, Congressional aides and water experts talked about the urgent need for federal money for the pipeline. Argen Duncan The proposed $500 million Ute Pipeline […]

Governor will be in Clovis to sign bill

CNJ staff Gov. Bill Richardson will be in Clovis on Saturday to sign legislation creating a water authority for the Ute Water Project. The ceremony is 11:30 a.m. at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The bill changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority from a joint powers agreement to a utility […]

Bill including money for water pipeline signed into law

CNJ staff A multi-billion dollar bill signed into law Wednesday includes $1 million for the Ute pipeline project. The $34 billion 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill was signed into law by President Obama , according to the offices of Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico. Projects receiving money include the Ute […]

Ute pipeline project moving forward

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer MELROSE — The Ute Water Project trickled closer to reality Thursday with local entities reaching agreement on several key issues. But representatives of communities planning to be part of the $432 million project want at least one more study session to iron out their differences on proposed state legislation […]

Water board refining pipeline plan

CNJ staff The Water Policy Committee met Wednesday at City Hall. Here is a report on the meeting. Wednesday’s agenda included no action items. • Board Chairman Randy Crowder presented members with a revised water reuse pipeline plan from engineers Camp Dresser and McKee. The pipeline would allow the city to reuse wastewater for such […]

Rep. Luj

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PRESS RELEASE – Eastern NM Water Utility Authority Legislation

Dear Stakeholders, I am writing to thank you for your past support of the Eastern NM Rural Water System (Ute Pipeline Project).

Senate approves Ute pipeline legislation

BINGAMAN BILL TO TACKLE NEW MEXICO’S WATER NEEDS GAINS SENATE APPROVAL WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today approved (73-21) legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman that includes measures he wrote to settle a water rights claim in the Four Corners region, construct a pipeline in eastern New Mexico, and help water managers better plan […]