ENMRWA members lose patience with late studies

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Studies of the financial capacities of members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to pay for the project remain incomplete, consultants said Wednesday, at the authority’s meeting in Clovis. The incomplete reports drew a sharp expression of impatience from at least one board member. Jason Bass, an […]

Board’s spending capacity studied

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members voted Wednesday to let the Albuquerque securities firm Dain Rauscher do a study of the authority members’ financing capacity, while awaiting the completion of a second, related, study. Kevin Powers, a vice president of Dain Rauscher’s municipal fixed income division, 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 […]

Ute project gets cash from U.S. government

By Jack King A bill signed Monday by President George W. Bush includes $175,000 for the Ute Reservoir Pipeline project, said Chris Gallegos, press representative for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill funds energy and water projects nationwide. Domenici is chairman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Eastern […]

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 […]

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 […]