Landsford, Verhines to present Ute project in Washington

CNJ STAFF REPORTS The Clovis City Commission voted at a special meeting Monday night to send Mayor David Lansford to Washington D.C. this month to request funding for the Ute Water Project. Lansford, chairman of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, and Project Manager Scott Verhines will make the trip, which could take place […]

Authorization requested for Ute water funds

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Federal authorization legislation for the Ute Water Project will be submitted to the U.S. Senate in June, a spokeswoman for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Thursday. Officials have said authorization legislation is required before the project can be eligible for federal funds. Jude McCartin, Bingaman’s Washington press representative, said […]

Water board ups project cost by $10 million

By Jack King MELROSE — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to add three more construction efforts to the Ute Water Project, raising the cost of the project by $10 million. The additions bring the total construction cost of the project to $263 million, said ENMRWA Project Manager Scott Verhines. […]

Board votes $2 million to N.M. water authority

By Jack King The state Water Trust Board voted Wednesday to give $2 million to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The money is state funds earmarked by the Legislature in 2002 for the water authority’s Ute Pipeline Project, but the Water Trust Board had to vote to release the money. The New Mexico […]

Unopposed for City Commission District 1: Randal Crowder

By Jack King Randal Crowder Age: 53 Employment: Builder, developer, partner in American Self-Storage. Contact: 763-3901 Political experience: Chairman of the city’s Water Policy Advisory Committee. What is your experience and background? Born and raised in Clovis, Vietnam veteran, married with two children, builder, developer and general partner in American Self-Storage. Four-time president of the […]

Board: Raise Ute Lake’s lowest level

By Jack King Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members voted Wednesday to recommend raising the minimum water level to which Ute Lake will be allowed to fall. Officials said raising the level — called the “minimum pool level” — will give additional protection to recreation and tourism in Ute Lake, but will slightly […]

Clovis mayoral race is on

By Jack King In the race for Clovis mayor, incumbent David Lansford points to what he calls a record of accomplishment. His opponents say they would work to make city government more open and sensitive to the needs of the average people. Here is a capsule look at each candidate. The election is scheduled March […]

Pipeline cost could increase before completion

By Mike Linn PORTALES — With almost $300 million in taxpayer money sought to fund the Ute Pipeline Project, organizers say public information regarding the intricacies of an increasingly complex plan is essential. Consequently, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority formed a four-member public information committee at Wednesday’s monthly meeting in Portales. “This program […]

Ute Water Project comes under heated debate

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission gave first approval Thursday to an ordinance authorizing a one quarter of a percent increase in the city’s gross receipts tax to fund city infrastructure improvements and Clovis’ participation in the Ute Water Project — but not without some sharp debate. The ordinance must receive final approval in […]

Local water authority members encouraged by Washington trip

By Ryan Lengerich LOGAN — Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members said Wednesday they were encouraged by a recent trip to Washington. Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA board president David Lansford, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and ENMRWA program manager Scott Verhines met with both New Mexico senators Nov. 13 to discuss federal funding for […]