Letters 6/5

Cannon committee needs to play politics In essence, the Base Realignment and Closure process is a divide-and-conquer scenario. While eastern New Mexico residents rally around Cannon Air Force Base and make our appeals for its worthiness, we must realize that every other affected community in the country is doing the same. This process tacitly pits […]

Tucumcari wants smaller share of pipeline cost

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — Now that Tucumcari has reduced its projected water needs by two-thirds, it wants to see its costs related to the Ute Pipeline Project reduced accordingly. Tucumcari currently is scheduled to pay one-fourth of the costs of a proposed project that would pipe water from the Ute Reservoir near […]

Clovis mayor testifies before Senate committee

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate Committee about a bill that may help rural communities secure long-term sources for drinking water. His testimony comes at a time when eastern New Mexico communities are working to secure federal and state funding for a massive pipeline project […]

Pipeline could extend shrinking water supply

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Ogallala Aquifer, which provides much of the water to Curry County and other parts of eastern New Mexico, may never be replenished. That was the ominous message delivered to city officials at Thursday’s city commission meeting. Pumping rates have exceeded replenishment rates by such a wide margin over […]

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 […]

Logan considers pulling out of pipeline project

CNJ staff The Village of Logan is considering pulling out of the $307 million Ute Pipeline Project, city officials said at Thursday’s City Commission meeting. Clovis Mayor David Lansford said since Logan residents live so close to Ute Lake, water in the Logan area is plentiful underground and can be easily drilled. Because of that, […]

Committee formed to secure drinking water

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Members of the Ute Water Commission on Friday voted to form a subcommittee to research options for renewing a contract that reserves water as a drinking supply for eastern New Mexicans. Members of the commission said extending the water reservation for 10 years could hamper the $307 million Ute […]

Ute water project introduced in Washington

David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Lawmakers in the nation’s capital on Wednesday got the ball rolling for a project that could be the answer to eastern New Mexico’s water needs. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Act of 2004 on Wednesday to Congress, which would allow the U.S Bureau […]

Project pipeline cost increased

By Jack King The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to raise the official cost of the Ute Pipeline Project by $52 million. A peer review of the conceptual design of the project estimated that its total capital cost should be estimated at $296 million, instead of the […]

Ute project gets cash from U.S. government

By Jack King A bill signed Monday by President George W. Bush includes $175,000 for the Ute Reservoir Pipeline project, said Chris Gallegos, press representative for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill funds energy and water projects nationwide. Domenici is chairman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Eastern […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Pipe dream no longer

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Ute Lake was built 40 years ago when state officials dammed the Canadian River near Logan. By Dave Gragg All the experts agree: Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. But there is a solution: It’s more than 87 miles long and will cost more than $200 million to build. If the Ute pipeline […]

Top names in water

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Former legislator Hoyt Pattison said depleted water supplies have forced him to switch to dryland farming. By Haley Rice Editor’s note: The following are profiles of movers and shakers in the world of water — from the man who dug the first wells on the Llano Estacado to the high-profile voices in the ongoing debate […]

Water’s future flows with challenges

By David Stevens Those who’ve grown up around here have heard the warnings all of our lives — we’re going to run out of water some day. Some day is not that far away anymore. If we don’t do something quick — drastically reduce our water consumption or figure out a way to get more […]