Project vital to eastern New Mexico

  By David Lansford: Guest columnist The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, also known as the Ute Water Pipeline Project, is the most important issue facing the communities of Curry and Roosevelt counties.  The need for this project is undeniable.  The alternatives to this project present a grim and depressing picture.  This project must […]

Wilson supports pipeline funding

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM) today welcomed passage of H.R. 5710, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act that will establish the Ute water pipeline. This bill authorizes construction of a pipeline from the Ute Reservoir that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Under the proposed […]

House sends Udall Ute Pipeline water bill to the Senate

WASHINGTON – Today the House approved the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Act, a bill that will help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs. Introduced on April 3, 2008, by Rep. Tom Udall in the House and by Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in the Senate, the bipartisan legislation would authorize the […]

Water project funding vote delayed for second day

CNJ staff The wait continues on a crucial vote for the future of the Ute pipeline project. For a second-straight day, the U.S. House failed to vote on a bill that would authorize the federal government to provide $327 million over a 10-year period to build a pipeline that would carry water from Ute Reservoir […]

Udall: Ute pipeline bill clears natural resourses committee unanimously

WASHINGTON – The House Committee on Natural Resources has unanimously approved the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-N.M., to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs. Introduced on April 3, 2008, the legislation would authorize the federal government to build a pipeline that will […]

N.M. Senators: Eastern New Mexico pipeline bill moves ahead in Senate

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Public presentation to be given on Ute Water Pipeline Project

CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has scheduled a public information presentation on the Ute Water Pipeline Project during a study session Thursday after the Clovis City Commission meeting, according to an ENMRWA news release. The project would build a pipeline carrying water from Ute Lake to eight entities in eastern New […]

Bingaman to hold Ute pipeline hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Thursday will hold an Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee hearing on legislation he wrote to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs.

Congressional delegation introduces Ute pipeline legislation

CNJ Staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation Thursday in both chambers of Congress to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs by authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The legislation, called the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water […]

Officials: Biodiesel plant construction delayed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Construction on the Clovis Biodiesel facility was stopped this week because of financial concerns and market reasons, according to a company official. ARES Blue Sun Development Vice President Gerry Runte told city commissioners during Thursday’s regular meeting the delay was brought on by the rise in soy bean prices […]

$1 million allocated for effluent pipeline

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city is earmarking about $1 million for the effluent reuse pipeline project. City commissioners voted unanimously during a special meeting Wednesday to designate a portion of the Infrastructure Gross Receipt Tax earmarked for water projects to the pipeline project. Commissioners also made a $9.8 million capital outlay project […]

Commission approves water sale negotiations

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission took the first step toward building a $16 million pipeline that will snake throughout the city, carrying recycled wastewater for irrigation and industrial use. The Commission approved in its Sept. 20 meeting negotiations for the sale of water, which will be pumped from the Clovis […]

Effluent pipeline report readied

A special water policy advisory committee voted Thursday to give an engineering firm more time to make changes on the effluent pipeline project report before presenting it at a U.S. Senate hearing in August. Committee members noted some structures that needed a connection to the pipeline were not listed in the report. “We noted as […]

Vaughan Pipeline begins flowing

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Members of the Bureau of Reclamation and Interstate Stream Commission take a hayride Wednesday from the Vaughan Pipeline. 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 […]

Core group in position to move forward

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Scott Verhines is the manager of the Ute Water Project. Based in Albuquerque, Verhines and his administrative team provide administrative, technical and program responsibilities for the project. The project, at a current cost of $436 million, would supply water via pipeline from the Ute Reservoir in Quay […]

New water rates will penalize citizens

Letter to the Editor Regarding water rates and conservation, a few questions come to mind. Most of us have homes, which were designed a long time ago. Lawn sprinklers, swimming pools, fish/water ponds, usually come with the homes. With New Mexico American Water Company’s philosophy, one will have to change out appliances, eliminate pools, ponds […]

Officials say Ute project needs public support

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer 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 New […]

Water project could get boost from Legislature

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers 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 project. […]

Deadline set for financial withdrawal from Ute project

CNJ staff 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 […]

Tucumcari drops out of pipeline project

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers 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 stating […]