Authority discusses legislation timing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority would like to become a governmental authority during the 2008 New Mexico Legislature — 30-day session or not. During the water authority’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday at Melrose High School, members discussed the challenges in becoming a government authority. The water […]

Group moves toward becoming authority

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Following what the members called a successful field hearing for the Ute Water Project, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority discussed a roadmap toward becoming a true authority at Wednesday’s meeting. Clovis City Attorney Dave Richards, answering legal questions on request of Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA Chairman David Lansford, […]

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 […]

Water board short of funding goal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor SANTA FE — Even with $2.271 million in state money the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board picked up Wednesday, the group remained short of its two-year goal for funding a portion of the design work on the Ute Water Project. “I think it was a good news-bad […]

Possible bypass prompts questions

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The first large-scale public vetting of the ongoing work on the Portales Transportation Plan drew lots of people Tuesday — most of whom seemed concerned about where a bypass might be located. Scott Verhines and Clay Koontz of G.C. Engineering, the contract engineers for the study, explained the process […]

Water board considers funding

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Consideration of just how much project funding is likely this year topped discussions of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Clovis. ENMRWA requested $5 million in Ute Water Project funding from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature thinking the timing was right for their request […]

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 […]

Traffic concerns top agenda at quarterly luncheon

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Engineers involved with the city of Portales Transportation Plan got a taste of the public discussion to come Tuesday during presentations at three meetings. Scott Verhines and Clay Koontz of GC Engineering Inc. of Albuquerque were the featured speakers at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon and […]

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 […]

City tackles traffic

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Objectives and goals are being established by a steering committee to resolve traffic issues in the Portales area and the public input phase should begin soon, say city officials. “We’re in the study and analysis stage right now, said Portales City Manager Debi Lee. Of primary concern is the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remaining entities press on with project

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor TEXICO — As the eight remaining entities of the Ute Water Project move forward, their respective members continue to work to make sure the loss of four entities doesn’t set them back. Many of the issues brought up during Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting at Texico’s city […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ute Water Project, Yam Theater topics at city meeting

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Project Manager Scott Verhines is trying to pick up steam for the Ute Water Project before his trip to Washington D.C. Verhines intends to show the support of the communities involved and as far as Portales is concerned, city officials are completely committed to the project. […]

Ute water meeting set up to see who’s in, who’s out

By Tony Parra Scott Verhines, program manager of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, said the goal of holding workshops in Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties is to see who is willing to commit to the Ute Water Project and he said he received a good feeling from Portales city officials on Wednesday. Verhines […]

Council discusses railroad

By Tony Parra Scott Verhines of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority updated the city council on Tuesday on the status of the Ute Water Project and the objective of a series of workshops. Verhines said the first workshop took place in Roosevelt County and it is the first in a series of workshops, […]