Ute Water Project clears Senate committee

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Legislation authorizing the Ute Water Project cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, can now be considered by the full Senate, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the committee’s chair. The act would authorize the U.S. […]

Ute bill moving through senate

Chairman touts Ute water project

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Former Clovis Mayor David Lansford told city commissioners that a project proposing to build a pipeline from the Ute Reservoir to eight eastern New Mexico entities needs to be constructed, with or without federal funding. Lansford, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Chairman, was responding to a question […]

Ute water project awarded $4.52 million

By CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Ute Water Pipeline Project was awarded $4.52 million in the 2008 Water Trust Board funding cycle Wednesday in Santa Fe, according to a press release from the city of Clovis. The funding is a 20 percent loan, and 80 percent grant agreement, and is repayable […]

Bingaman to hold Ute pipeline hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Thursday will hold an Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee hearing on legislation he wrote to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs.

Come on in, the water’s fine

Rodney Paris, park manager at Ute Lake in Logan, reports the lake’s elevation is at 3,781 feet – about 4 feet below “ideal” conditions, but plenty healthy for water skiing, fishing and multiple other recreational activities if we can get a warm weekend.

Ute legislation introduced

CNJ Staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation Thursday that would authorized the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The legislation — the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act — calls for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to spend […]

Congressional delegation introduces Ute pipeline legislation

CNJ Staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation Thursday in both chambers of Congress to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs by authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The legislation, called the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water […]

Ute Water Project loan collateral sought

Gabriel Monte Ute Water Project Manager Scott Verhines said the region’s water authority will discuss establishing a revenue stream in its next meeting to relieve the city of Clovis of the burden to provide collateral for any loan it receives on behalf of the Ute Water Project. As the financial agent of the Eastern New […]

Authority looks towards April hearing in D.C.

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer With his mayoral term set to expire next week, members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority said goodbye to Chairman David Lansford. That goodbye probably won’t last long. In Lansford’s final meeting of the authority as Clovis mayor, the authority discussed upcoming hearings and acquiring funding for […]

Mayor hopefuls discuss water, downtown, city salaries

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mayoral candidates answered questions from an audience of about 30 at the a forum held Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis mayoral candidates are in it to win it. The five mayoral candidates attending Tuesday’s forum said if they couldn’t win the March […]

Mayoral candidates split on alcohol sales vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Mayoral candidates in the March 4 municipal election attended a forum Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library organized by the Clovis chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the League of United Latin American Citizens. Candidates were asked about the Ute Water project and […]

Ute water bill in works

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Continued funding for the Ute Water Project depends on decisions that will be made in February. That’s when the New Mexico Legislature is finishing a 30-day session, for which Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members hope to procure $10.5 million in capital outlay. It’s also when Sen. Jeff […]

Ground water may be metered

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer TEXICO —All of southeastern New Mexico will soon fall under a critical management area that could impose metering on ground water, according to State Engineer John D’Antonio. D’Antonio spoke Wednesday at the New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting about how the state’s newly created Water Cabinet will change application […]

Q&A: Pearce: Ute water priority

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Name: Steve Pearce Candidate for: U.S. Senate Education: New Mexico State University with a BA degree in economics, earned an MBA at Eastern New Mexico University. Experience: U.S. Congress, five years, New Mexico House of Representatives four years, owned an oilfield services firm, served as a pilot in Vietnam. […]

Legislature timing key in water project

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority would like to become a governmental authority during the 2008 New Mexico Legislature — 30-day session or not. During the water authority’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday at Melrose High School, members discussed the challenges in becoming a government authority. The […]

Water authority explores legalization

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Following what the members called a successful field hearing for the Ute Water Project, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority discussed a roadmap toward becoming a true authority at Wednesday’s meeting. Clovis City Attorney Dave Richards, answering legal questions on request of Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA Chairman David Lansford, […]

Senators coming to town for Ute water meeting

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford calls the Ute Water Project the largest, and most important, operation eastern New Mexico has undertaken. The next three days could be the most important in the project’s more-than-40-year lifespan. “I think that is a good characterization of the position we’re at at this point […]

Bear captured at Ute Lake State Park

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Courtesy photo A black bear was caught at Ute Lake State Park and will be moved 130 miles away, according to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers UTE LAKE — His name is not Yogi, and he was not stealing picnic baskets. Nevertheless, a 2 1/2-year-old black bear […]

Ute water presentation well-received

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers After waiting more than four hours for a state committee to hear its case, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority needed about 30 minutes to get a favorable response. Authority members made a short presentation during Monday’s session of the state Legislature’s water and natural resources committee meeting at […]