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 […]

Ute Lake concerns resurface

Robin Fornoff Tucumcari and Quay County’s worries about the future of Ute Lake bubbled to the surface again Thursday at an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting. Tucumcari City Commissioner Robert Lumpkin said he thought during a committee meeting in January, the authority had agreed it would maintain a minimum of 3,765 feet of […]

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 […]

Officials work toward Ute Lake compromise

Thomas Garcia A conservation steering committee said Thursday they would like to work together to establish policies that ensure Ute Lake water levels protecting recreation while providing water to Curry and Roosevelt counties. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said hers and other communities should be willing to work out a compromise that benefits everyone. “We do […]

New Ute water project program manager in place

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Former Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project Manager Scott Verhines, left, applies a ceremonial water project pin to new Project Manager Paul van Gulick during the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Tuesday in Melrose. Van Gulick will serve until at least June 30 to fill the place […]

Verhines suggests Ute project manager

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Less than four weeks from now, the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority could have a new project manager, paving the way for its current one to officially take over as the state’s new engineer. It was business as usual for the authority during its regular meeting Thursday morning at 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, […]

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 […]

Letters to the editor: Other ways to fund Ute project

Other ways to fund Ute project We hope you read the ad in Clovis News Journal on April 10 newspaper by the High Plains Patriots about the proposed gross receipts tax increase. Read the facts for yourself. There is definitely a way to pay for the Ute water project without raising taxes again. City commissioner […]

Letter to the editor: Citizens right to be leery of tax

Citizens right to be leery of tax Clovis citizens are very cognizant of the fact that water is the lifeblood of our community. At a March 6, 2003, commission meeting, Mayor David Lansford proposed a gross receipts tax increase that would designate 50 percent of the proceeds to the Ute Water Project and 50 percent […]

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 […]

No money for Ute water project in 2012 budget

Kevin Wilson If Monday was any indication, 2012 might be a dry year for the Ute Water Project. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, unveiled Monday, has no money set aside for the $500 million project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to members of the Eastern New Mexico Water […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ute water authority to meet, discuss selling shares

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Utility Authority is set to meet at 10 a.m Aug. 19 at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Included in the meeting will be an inquiry to see if anybody is interested in selling shares of water in the Ute Reservoir until the Ute Pipeline project is in service. Officials have […]

Police release name of drowning victim

LOGAN — Mu’Allum Thayer, 31, of Portales drowned Friday morning at Ute Lake. A spokesperson for New Mexico State Police said Thayer’s body was discovered about 2 p.m. Friday in eight feet of water about 30 yards from shore. State Police were called to Ute Lake early Friday morning by two women who were swimming […]

Friday morning briefing: Ute lake fun and the Civil Rights Act

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. If your headed north Ute Lake State Park is scheduled to host its traditional all-day July 4 celebration again this year. The day begins with a parade at 10 a.m. in Logan, followed by a horseshoe contest at the park. The fireworks display is […]

Officials: Ute water project construction could begin next year

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Postmaster John Yeast provides an overview to Curry County Commission Chairman Robert Sandoval and other county officers Tuesday during a tour of the Gidding Street post office building. Last month, commissioners announced plans to purchase the building for $750,000 and rent space to the post office. By Sharna Johnson: […]

Richardson visits Clovis to sign Ute water authority legislation

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Gov. Bill Richardson signs House Bill 15 into law Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The bill changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority from a joint power agreement into a utility authority. Looking on is Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, who introduced the bill. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff […]