How about better management of tax dollars

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question focused on a proposed sales-tax increase to fund the Ute Water pipeline project and other Clovis infrastructure needs. Some responses: “Every time a government official has a challenge, his immediate solution to the problem is to throw money at it. Of course there are no funds […]

Ute Water Project reviewed

By Jack King Clovis and Curry County commissioners received an overview of the Ute Water Project from Scott A. Verhines, program manager of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, at a joint city-county luncheon Wednesday. Verhines said the project is expected to take 10 years and can be divided into three phases. n Phase […]

Area mayors defend water project

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A swimmer cliff-dives off the rocks at Ute Lake near Logan. Area water troubles could be lessened by a pipeline to Ute lake, water officials say. CNJ file photo. By Jack King The mayors of Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari faced tough questioning from state Water Trust Board members when they went before the board in […]

Two drown at Ute Lake

By Angela Peacock Two Portales men drowned in a boating accident at Ute Lake on Thursday night. One victim was Frank Davis, who gained national attention when he paid comedian Jay Leno more than $360,000 for a celebrity-autographed motorcycle soon after Sept. 11, 2001. The money went to the Twin Towers Fund for the victims […]

Ute Water Project tops meeting agenda

By Jack King Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will discuss the ability of each community to pay its share of the Ute Water Project at Wednesday’s monthly board meeting in Tucumcari. The board, which has been moving its meetings around the region, will meet at 2 p.m. in the Tucumcari Civic […]

Q&A with Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright serves as vice-president and manager of New Mexico-American Water Co. Q: How long have you been in this position with New Mexico-American Water Co.? A: Since October 1999. I was here in Clovis working with the company. I’ve been with the company for 16 years. Q: At a recent Clovis City Commission meeting, […]

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 […]