Vaughan pipeline delivers water for first time

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — With a hay ride and buckets, the Interstate Stream Commission celebrated the first water delivered through the Vaughan Pipeline on Wednesday. The pipeline, named for the third-generation Fort Sumner family that sold water rights for the project, is the first project completed through the ISC’s Strategic Water […]

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 […]

Portales mayor joins water fund lobby in Santa Fe

By Andy Jackson Record gas and oil revenues left the state with a bloated budget and area officials agree this is the year to fund a solution to New Mexico’s water woes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega visited the state capitol Saturday and lobbied for a permanent water trust fund, alongside other regional mayors, state legislators, […]

Bills could aid Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer House bills beneficial to the Ute Water Pipeline Project are immersed in the many bills requesting money from the New Mexico legislative session. Both Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Scott Verhines, Ute Pipeline Project manager, have been giving testimony during the legislative session in support of bills affecting the […]

Tucumcari wants lower burden for pipeline project

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — Now that Tucumcari has reduced its projected water needs by two-thirds, it wants to see its costs related to the Ute Pipeline Project reduced accordingly. Tucumcari currently is scheduled to pay one-fourth of the costs of a proposed project that would pipe water from the Ute Reservoir near […]

Senate bill could secure water sources

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Mayor David Lansford testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate Committee about a bill that may help rural communities secure long-term sources for drinking water. His testimony comes at a time when eastern New Mexico communities are working to secure federal and state funding for a massive pipeline project that […]

Logan may leave Ute Water Project

Freedom Newspapers The Village of Logan is considering pulling out of the $307 million Ute Pipeline Project, city officials said at Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting. Clovis Mayor David Lansford said since Logan residents live so close to Ute Lake, water in the Logan area is plentiful underground and can be easily drilled. Because of […]

Drinking water reserve at issue for commission

By Mike Linn Members of the Ute Water Commission on Friday voted to form a subcommittee to research options for renewing a contract that reserves water as a drinking supply for eastern New Mexicans. Members of the commission said extending the water reservation for 10 years could hamper the $307 million Ute Pipeline Project in […]

Water pipeline needs support from others

By Sen. Jeff Bingaman: Guest Columnist An affordable supply of good quality water is critical to sustaining future economic opportunities, not to mention our state’s culture and way of life.  Drought, population increases, and depleting aquifers make water management one of the most difficult and important issues facing New Mexicans. Nowhere is this more evident […]

Ute water bill now up on Capitol Hill

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Lawmakers in the nation’s capital on Wednesday got the ball rolling for a project that could be the answer to eastern New Mexico’s water needs. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Act of 2004 on Wednesday to Congress, which would allow the U.S […]