State engineer OKs authorization for Clovis wells

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Reception with U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and commemoration of federal authorization

The seven city and county members of the Eastern NM Rural Water Authority (ENMRWA) cordially invite you to attend a project briefing and reception with Senator Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at the Clovis Civic Center. The purpose of the event is to update elected officials, state officials, stakeholders and other opinion makers […]

Congress limited in helping military

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist For the last eight years, lawmakers have loaded annual defense authorization bills with new pay and benefit initiatives to support troops and their families and to show the nation’s appreciation. This year’s defense bills — both the version passed by the House, and the Senate bill to be debated on […]

Ute pipeline legislation headed to president

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Ute Water Project has cleared Congress. Senate Bill 22, commonly known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects, including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The bill passed the House on a 285-140 vote Wednesday, and now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, […]

Authorization for Ute Water Project passes Senate

CNJ staff The Ute Water Project is halfway to Barack Obama’s desk. By a 73-21 vote, Senate Bill 22 passed Thursday afternoon, and similar legislation will head to the House of Representatives. The bill is expected to be in the House for a week or two before it lands on the desk of the president-elect. […]

Ute Water Project reaches delay

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Some delays are inevitable for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, such as in Washington, D.C. Some delays it would like to avoid, such as in Santa Fe. Authority members found out an omnibus bill that included authorization for the Ute Water Project will not be introduced in […]

Water authority hopes for authorization in lame-duck session

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer MELROSE — The recent federal bailout delayed the flow of federal authorization for the Ute Water Project, but supporters are optimistic their chances haven’t dried up. Project Manager Scott Verhines said at Thursday’s meeting that an omnibus bill including the pipeline project and 155 other items is a top […]

Water authority counting on senator

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — The impending retirement of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., one of the biggest supporters of the Ute Water Project, seems on the surface to be an obstacle for the project’s chances of authorization and funding. Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, and its advocates, […]

Pay raise needs no authorization bill

Tom Philpott Active duty members, Reserve and Guard personnel, academy cadets and midshipmen are assured a 3.1 percent pay raise in January. However, other key pay and benefit gains proposed for 2006 truly are in limbo as Senate leaders tussle over the politics of passing a defense authorization bill. Concern that the bill is in […]

Authorization requested for Ute water funds

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Federal authorization legislation for the Ute Water Project will be submitted to the U.S. Senate in June, a spokeswoman for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Thursday. Officials have said authorization legislation is required before the project can be eligible for federal funds. Jude McCartin, Bingaman’s Washington press representative, said […]