Press release: Money available for water conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico announce the availability of $1.5 million to conserve the water in the Ogallala Aquifer. The NRCS will fund this initiative through its Environmental Quality Improvement Program, said Dennis Alexander, state conservationist for NRCS New Mexico. “The NRCS in New Mexico is doing […]

Events Calendar April 4, 2008

TodayOgallala Quilter’s Society 11th annual festival “Diamonds in Dimmitt” — All day, Expo Building Southeast Fourth and East Lee in Dimmitt, Texas, $5 admissionThe Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (ENMU choirs and symphony — 7 p.m. CUB Ballroom, free admission. SaturdayOgallala Quilter’s Society 11th annual festival “Diamonds in Dimmitt” — All day, Expo Building Southeast […]

Events Calendar, April 3, 2008

TodayOgallala Quilter’s Society 11th annual festival “Diamonds in Dimmitt” — All day, Expo Building Southeast Fourth and East Lee in Dimmitt, Texas, $5 admissionThe Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (ENMU choirs and symphony — 7 p.m. CUB Ballroom, free admission SaturdayOgallala Quilter’s Society 11th annual festival “Diamonds in Dimmitt” — All day, Expo Building Southeast […]

Workshop searches for solution

Kevin Wilson People from different walks of life are meeting in Portales for one common goal — to slow the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer. The workshop, “Land Uses and their Effects on the Ogallala Aquifer,” is in its second day at the Memorial Building. Today’s meetings start at 8:15 a.m. and continue until noon. […]

Workshop examines Ogallala decline

MIke Linn Portales is hosting a workshop this week on examining ways to slow the rapidly declining water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer. In areas north of Portales, water from the Ogallala declines four times as fast as it is replenished, conservation officials explain, and even with modern farming irrigation systems the extended future of […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Small towns at risk

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By Gary Mitchell Could water shortages produce ghost towns throughout eastern New Mexico any time soon? It’s possible. “We do have the prospect of ghost towns in the future with the Ogallala Aquifer drying up,” said Lee Tillman, executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. “Elida, for example, is at risk because they don’t […]

Aquifer history goes back millions of years

By Claire Bushey The word “aquifer” comes from two Latin words, which together mean “to bring water.” That is what the Ogallala Aquifer has done for the High Plains for nearly a century. Named after the town of Ogallala, Neb., the aquifer covers 174,000 square miles in parts of eight states, including New Mexico and […]