Verhines suggests Ute project manager

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Less than four weeks from now, the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority could have a new project manager, paving the way for its current one to officially take over as the state’s new engineer. It was business as usual for the authority during its regular meeting Thursday morning at the […]

Mayor: Verhines appointment good for water project

Staff and wire reports Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield thinks the appointment of Scott Verhines as the state’s new top water manager is nothing but positive for the Ute Water Project. Verhines was named state engineer Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez. He is a civil engineer from Albuquerque and project manager for the Eastern New Mexico […]

Ute water agreement updated

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Contracted employees of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority updated the Clovis City Commission Thursday on its plans to move into utility authority status. Following a 15-minute regular meeting, Project Manager Scott Verhines and two others held the floor for about an hour. Creating a utility authority, Kevin […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pipeline officials seek support

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer MELROSE — The communities of eastern New Mexico took a mobilized, aggressive approach in keeping Cannon Air Force Base alive. Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority are starting to feel they’ll need a similar effort for the proposed Ute Water Project. As a bill to authorize […]

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 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. […]

Firm says Ute project best option for water

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque engineering firm has looked at all of the alternatives for a renewable, cost-effective water source in eastern New Mexico and they have determined the Ute Water Pipeline Project to be the best option. CH2M Hill presented its findings during a public involvement meeting in the Memorial Building in […]

Entities in water project looking at alternatives

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — As the eight remaining entities of the Ute Water Project move forward, their respective members continue to work to make sure the loss of four entities doesn’t set them back. Many of the issues brought up during Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting at Texico’s city […]

Tucumcari drops out of pipeline project

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Tucumcari is the latest entity to drop out of the Ute Water pipeline project. That means the number of members has dwindled from 12 to 8 for the $300-million proposed pipeline. Tucumcari Mayor Mary Mayfield wrote a letter to Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority System Chairman David Lansford stating […]

Ute Water Project may get new manager

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The $300 million Ute Water Project for eastern New Mexico communities may have a new project manager by May. Or the job could go to the current project manager. Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members announced that Scott Verhines submitted his two-weeks notice to Louis Berger Group Inc. of […]

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, […]

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 […]