Committee hears authority’s case

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 supportive response. Authority members made a short presentation during Monday’s session of the state Legislature’s water and natural resources committee meeting at […]

Authority seeks federal approval

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 […]

Imprisonment without charges unconstitutional

Editorial A ruling Monday that President Bush does not have the constitutional authority to detain a legal U.S. resident indefinitely without charges in a Navy brig in South Carolina was narrowly crafted to the facts of the case and studiously avoided discussing prisoners held in similar circumstances at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But the ruling […]

Officials say next meetings are crucial

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has long held public education and federal authorization as its two biggest keys for the Ute Water Project. If the next few months go to plan, they’ll take care of both. The plan is to have two hearings related to the pipeline project, […]

Q&A: Project manager says core group moving forward

Scott Verhines is the manager of the Ute Water Project. Based in Albuquerque, Verhines and his administrative team provide administrative, technical and program responsibilities for the project. The project, at a current cost of $436 million, would supply water via pipeline from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County for the eight members of the Eastern […]

Mayor opposes further Ute Water Project studies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers 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 not […]

Water authority gears up for next congressional session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers 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 110th […]

Water members seek local support

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers 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 the […]

Gaining approval for Ute water project not easy task

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members expect an uphill battle in their latest attempt to gain federal approval on the Ute Water Project. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman introduced a bill two weeks ago authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation to provide financial assistance to the Eastern New Mexico […]

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 […]