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 […]

Letter to the Editor: Ute golf course gets kudos from mayor

I would like to congratulate the leadership of Quay County including the Quay County Commission, the village of Logan, city of Tucumcari, village of San Jon and all of their citizens for the success they’ve had with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and the recent approval to allow Ute Lake Ranch Development to construct […]

Golf course approved near Ute Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission approved an agreement on Thursday that allows Ute Lake Ranch to construct and operate a golf course on the shores of Ute Lake, according to a news release from ISC. The project has had strong backing from Quay County area governments as a catalyst […]

Ute plan included in water initiative

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 legislative agenda for the “Year of Water” includes $5 million for the Ute Water Project that will serve communities throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties. The governor included the investment in a $103.5 million spending plan he outlined Wednesday for projects and programs he says would move the […]

Senator’s visit focuses on water

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., met with local officials Friday to discuss water issues. Clovis was the end of the senator’s three-day trip to eastern New Mexico that included stops in Portales and Tucumcari. Bingaman’s first Clovis stop was the city’s wastewater treatment plant, where he was led on a […]

Water outlook bleak for Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Charlie Wilson, a geohydrologist hired by the city of Portales, said the High Plains (Ogallala)aquifer is being depleted at a rate of two to six feet per year as part of his annual water conservation and use report. “The use exceeds the supply,” Wilson said. “It’s not being recharged […]

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 […]

Ute Lake offers cooling day trip

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Ute Lake State Park near Logan offers visitors many activities in and out of the water. The lake is a manmade reservoir fed by Canadian River, stretching 13 miles long and never exceeding one mile in width. The lake’s surface covers 8,200 acres and is the second largest lake […]

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 […]

Ute Lake Ranch draws fire locally

By Tonya Garner Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. The Ute Lake Ranch project is under construction near Tucumcari and will feature 733 patio homes, a golf course, marina, equestrian center and a beach club built around Ute […]

First state starts on Ute development

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The first phase of construction at Ute Lake Ranch has begun and is expected to be completed in 2008, according to Chief Executive Officer Barry Freedman. The 25,000 acre development is located in the bluff country in the northeastern portion of the state near Tucumcari. Freedman said he has assembled […]

Public gets closer look at Ute Water Project

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By Tony Parra An Albuquerque engineering firm has looked at all of the alternatives for a renewable, cost-effective water source in eastern New Mexico and they have determined the Ute Water Pipeline Project to be the best option. CH2M Hill presented its findings during a public involvement meeting in the Memorial Building in Portales on […]

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 […]

City set to participate in Ute Project meeting

PNT Staff City officials promoted an upcoming Ute Water meeting in Portales at the conclusion of a short council meeting Tuesday night. Councilor Gary Watkins brought a 45-minute minute meeting to a close by encouraging citizens to attend the public meeting, set to being at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Building. Scott Verhines, the […]

Ute Water Project cost raises concern

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some Portales city officials are concerned the rising costs of the Ute Water Project could force other communities to drop out. D.K. Shafer of the Portales Finance Committee recommends city officials meet with officials from the remaining eight entities to see if they want to continue with the project. Tucumcari, […]

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 […]

Texico weighing water options

Freedom Newspapers Texico city officials said Tuesday they are taking a closer look at its involvement in the Ute Water pipeline project in light of Tucumcari’s recent departure from the project. Officials said no decision has been made by the city council on their future participation in the project, which would pump water from Ute […]

Tucumcari opts out of water project

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Tucumcari is the latest entity to drop out of the Ute Water pipeline project. That means the number of members has dwindled from 12 to 8 for the $300-million proposed pipeline. Tucumcari Mayor Mary Mayfield wrote a letter to Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority System Chairman David Lansford […]