Ute Water Project price skyrockets over last three months

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Like a summer traveler cringing at $3 a gallon for unleaded gasoline, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is feeling pain at 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 shot […]

Local officials fail to strike water in Washington, D.C.

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Money is on the mind of Clovis Mayor David Lansford, who believes a 90-mile pipeline could end woes cast on eastern New Mexico by reoccurring droughts and dwindling groundwater supplies. But the proposed project, which would siphon water from the Ute Reservoir near Logan and pipe it to eastern […]

Local leaders in Washington to pitch Ute Project

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Remaining entities press on with project

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor 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 […]

Former water entities relieved of financial ties

Freedom Newspapers A deadline to end financial responsibility for the four entities officially withdrawn from the Ute pipeline project was established at Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting in Melrose. The four entities that withdrew earlier this year — Quay County, Tucumcari, Logan and San Jon — will not be responsible for any […]

Board hears concerns on lake usage

By Tova Fruchtman: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI —The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority heard concerns Wednesday about the possibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declaring the Canadian River a critical habitat for the Arkansas River shiner. Doug Murray of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission said the Arkansas River shiner critical habitat designation […]

Civil society might be emerging among Palestinians

Freedom Newspapers Given the history, it is generally wise to be skeptical about signs that might portend a breakthrough toward peace, or even nonhostile co-existence between Israel and Palestine. Nonetheless a move by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to challenge powerful militant Palestinian groups is a sign that might be worth noting. It is important […]

Logan out of Ute Water Project

By Mike Linn The Village of Logan will no longer be involved in the Ute Pipeline Project, a decision that is expected to have little impact on the project and Logan’s future water supply. Logan Village Administrator Larry Wallin said the town will continue to reserve its 400 acre feet of water from the lake, […]

Ortega urges water board members to work together

By TV Hagenah LOGAN — Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega on Wednesday urged members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to work together — not independently — in efforts to negotiate with the Interstate Streams Commission for the region’s future water suppy. Ortega criticized Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose for sending a letter to the […]

Water board hires help for financial studies

Jack King 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 company personnel will visit […]

Water officials resolve Ute concerns

TV Hagenah SAN JON — A U.S. senator’s aid had a handful of concerns about the Ute Lake Pipeline Project proposed legislation, but after hearing of them, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority on Wednesday smoothed out those concerns. And because of that, ENMRWA officials hope the plan to pipe Ute Lake water to […]

Officials: Federal funding a necessity for Ute project

Jack King TEXICO — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is continuing to make preparations to request federal funding for the Ute Water Project early next year, a process known as “seeking authorization.” Cost of the project is estimated at $250 million and the board is seeking 80 percent of that from […]

Officials seek funds for Ute water plan

Jack King The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will prepare an authorization request for Congress seeking federal money for the project by Aug. 13, even though a financial study showing how its members will pay for the project has not been completed. The board of the water authority, which is planning a Ute Reservoir […]

Committee searches for Ute project director

Jack King The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has begun the process of hiring a director for the Ute Reservoir pipeline project. A search committe will publish a request for proposals for the job next week with a deadline to receive applications of Aug. 1. The committee will make recommendations at […]

Board meets regarding Ute pipeline project

By Mike Linn The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met on Wednesday to once again discuss many pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the Ute water pipeline project. The meeting included the bonding of 12 entities — including the cities of Portales and Clovis — when officials from each signed on to […]

Water meeting slated for today in Portales

PNT Staff The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at The Roosevelt restaurant for their monthly meeting. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega praised the efforts of the authority — which includes 12 entities including Clovis and Portales — by stating that combined efforts on the Ute Water Project are gathering […]