Ute water authority focusing on feds

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Referencing the recently released “Believe In Me” film partially filmed in eastern New Mexico, Ute Water Project Manager Scott Verhines used a basketball term in seeking federal authorization for the pipeline project. “I think there is a consensus it is time for a full court press,” Verhines said […]

Ute Lake area offers activities for everyone

Ute Lake State Park near Logan offers visitors many activities in and out of the water. The lake is a manmade reservoir fed by the Canadian River, stretching 13 miles long and never exceeding one mile in width. The lake’s surface covers 8,200 acres, and it is the second largest lake in New Mexico. Recreation […]

Senate committee approves $1 million in water funds

CNJ staff The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $1 million in water funding for eastern New Mexico on Thursday, according to the staff of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Two separate allocations of $500,000 will be used for water supply planning and in local water recycling studies, a news release from Domenici’s office said. Clovis officials […]

Water funding comes up short

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Even with $2.271 million in state money the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board picked up Wednesday, the group remained short of its two-year goal for funding a portion of the design work on the Ute Water Project. “I think it was a good news-bad news […]

Water funding request cut short

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Consideration of just how much project funding is likely this year topped discussions of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Clovis. ENMRWA requested $5 million in Ute Water Project funding from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature thinking the timing was right for their request since […]

$40 million allotted for Ute project

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Senate Conservation Committee passed a $255 million bill Tuesday that includes $40 million for the Ute Water Project, according to Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. The bill, which calls for non-reocurring dollars to fund seven projects around the state, is heading to the Senate Finance Committee for review. “Any […]

Portales mayor opposes more Ute studies

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer TEXICO — All members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority stress they believe in the Ute Water Project and believe it’s a necessary destination. How they get there became the debate during Wednesday’s authority meeting. At issue was ENMRWA Vice Chairman and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega’s decision […]

Lodger’s tax won’t be allotted for basketball tournament

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners have decided not to play ball with Gus Macker for 2007. Commissioners declined a request for a $4,000 disbursement from Lodger’s Tax Funds to help with a Gus Macker basketball tournament scheduled for March 16-18 at Clovis Community College. Lodger’s Tax money is awarded to promote […]

Feelings mixed for 2007 on Ute Water Project

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer PORTALES — With 2007 being touted as the year of water by Gov. Bill Richardson, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is optimistic it will get maximum support for the Ute Water Project from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. The Authority hopes for the same optimism from the […]

Letters to the Editor: Dumpster initiative should be dropped

In reading the most recent article reporting efforts to “Keep Clovis beautiful,” I had to laugh. I have to side with City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen. It would be virtually impossible to police those choosing to place trash in dumpsters without first bagging it. Simple economics are the word. A) Who will pay for the […]

Golf course approved near Ute Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission approved an agreement on Thursday that allows Ute Lake Ranch to construct and operate a golf course on the shores of Ute Lake, according to a news release from ISC. The project has had strong backing from Quay County area governments as a catalyst […]

Governor backs Ute Water project

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 legislative agenda for the “Year of Water” includes $5 million for the Ute Water Project that will serve communities throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties. The governor included the investment in a $103.5 million spending plan he outlined Wednesday for projects and programs he says would move the […]

New water rates will penalize citizens

Letter to the Editor Regarding water rates and conservation, a few questions come to mind. Most of us have homes, which were designed a long time ago. Lawn sprinklers, swimming pools, fish/water ponds, usually come with the homes. With New Mexico American Water Company’s philosophy, one will have to change out appliances, eliminate pools, ponds […]

Construction costs pump up Ute Water Project prices

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Like a summer traveler cringing at $3 a gallon for unleaded gasoline, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is feeling pain with the pump. Fueled by higher energy and construction costs as a fallout from Hurricane Katrina and numerous other factors, the Ute Water Project’s price tag has […]

Water reps prepare for Ute water project

Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer Representatives of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority traveled to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to lay groundwork for the expedition of the Ute Water Project. Years in the planning, the project would pump water for residential use from Ute Reservoir, near Logan, to eastern New Mexico communities via a […]

Day trips: Ute Lake offers wet, dry activities

Compiled by Bryant Million Ute Lake State Park near Logan offers visitors many activities in and out of the water. The lake is a manmade reservoir fed by the Canadian River, stretching 13 miles long and never exceeding one mile in width. The lake’s surface covers 8,200 acres, and it is the second largest lake […]

Henry, Albert

Albert G. Henry, 67, of Logan, died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Trigg Hospital in Tucumcari. He was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Lakeview, Texas, to Mamie James Henry. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1956 and lived in Logan for 44 years. He served on the Logan School Board for 14 years, including […]

Record fish caught at Ute Lake

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Cale Sanders holds his record fish before he released it back into the lake. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two years after his college football career ended, Cale Sanders made one of his most famous catches. Sanders, a teacher and coach at Roswell’s Goddard High School, landed a state-record smallmouth bass Friday evening […]

Water project could get boost from Legislature

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers House bills beneficial to the Ute Water Pipeline Project are immersed in the many bills requesting money from the New Mexico legislative session. Both Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Scott Verhines, Ute Pipeline Project manager, have been giving testimony during the legislative session in support of bills affecting the project. […]

Clovis mayor feels development might compromise pipeline project

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Bruce Hamon of Hamon Contractors Inc. gives a presentation detailing Ute Lake Ranch development project Wednesday during a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting in the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during […]