Portales mayor testifies in favor of water project

By Kevin Wilson

Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to prove that.

“I thought we did a good job,” Ortega said. “I thought we made progress.”

Ortega, vice chair of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, spoke Thursday on behalf of the authority. Ortega also read remarks by Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield during testimony. Brumfield also attended the