Water group seeks $3.5M in grants, loans

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority took steps to secure funding before an April trip to Washington, D.C., to seek authorization for its primary purpose

Public meetings planned to clarify Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra Experts in the Ute Water Pipeline project want to paint a clearer picture for eastern New Mexico residents so they can understand the need, costs and benefits of the proposed pipeline. They plan to do this with public meetings. The first of four meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday […]

Verhines hopes to keep position with ENMRWA

By Tony Parra 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 Albuquerque in […]

Village officials asked how much water they need

By Tony Parra How much water do you need? That’s the question Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Project Manager Scott Verhines asked ENMRWA members on Wednesday in Portales. Verhines said he wants the information so engineering consultants have an idea on the specifications of the pipes leading to each community involved in the Ute […]

Water project may seek other funding

By Mike Linn A member of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority believes there is a 50 percent chance the funding formula for the estimated $307 million Ute Water Project will change. ENMRWA board member Catherine Haynes, who was in Washington, D.C., last week lobbying for federal funding of the project at 80 percent, […]

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 […]

Water officials add more to Ute project

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. […]

Ute Water Project making progress

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 the […]

Mayors ask state for water funding

Jack King The mayors of Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari faced tough questioning from state Water Trust Board members when they went before the board in Santa Fe on Monday to request money for the Ute Water Project, said Clovis Mayor David Lansford. Lansford, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Tucumcari Mayor Calvin Litchfield, representing the Eastern […]

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 […]