Water authority wants to renegotiate

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer PORTALES — 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 […]

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, […]

Officials close Ute Lake marina

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — The Ute Lake Marina, in service since 1980, was recently closed down by New Mexico State Parks officials due to safety concerns and contractual violations on the part of the marina’s owners, according to a parks department press release. Sid and Beverly Smith were the owners of the […]

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 […]

Federal officials holding up pipleline

Senator Jeff Bingaman An affordable supply of good quality water is critical to sustaining future economic opportunities, not to mention our state’s culture and way of life. Drought, population increases, and depleting aquifers make water management one of the most difficult and important issues facing New Mexicans. Nowhere is this more evident than in eastern […]

Officials concerned development may contaminate water at Ute

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Dan Synnott of Clovis rides a jet ski during a May visit at Ute Lake near Logan (CNJ file photo). Mike Linn Two area developers with big plans for Ute Lake have met resistance from officials who fear development may contaminate the lake’s water, reserved as a future drinking supply for residents of eastern New […]

Officials warn time running out on Ute project

By Darrel Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Local officials told an interim committee of the State Legislature on Wednesday morning that any further delays in building the Ute Water pipeline will hike costs by about $3 million per year. Total capital and enhancement costs for the proposed Ute Water system are now at $310.2 million, […]

City commission approves 5-year plan

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis officials have more than $63 million on their wish list for capital improvement projects over the next five years, according to a plan approved July 1 by the Clovis City Commission. The city’s Local Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Plan for 2004-2009 isn’t a budget but rather a list of desired projects […]

Senator: Project timing wrong

By Jack King: CNJ Staff U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici told members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority last week that he will not support federal funding of the Ute Water Project for at least two years, an ENMRWA official said Wednesday. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said Domenici told ENMRWA members — who were […]

Knowledge key to Ute Lake safety

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ STAFF WRITER When it comes to safety at Ute Lake in Logan, Park Manager Rodney Paris said flooding the water and banks with security personnel is the best way to prevent problems. “We try to use visibility as a deterrent, whether it is boat patrol or land patrol,” Paris said. The […]