Officials: Ute water project construction could begin next year

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Postmaster John Yeast provides an overview to Curry County Commission Chairman Robert Sandoval and other county officers Tuesday during a tour of the Gidding Street post office building. Last month, commissioners announced plans to purchase the building for $750,000 and rent space to the post office. By Sharna Johnson: […]

Richardson visits Clovis to sign Ute water authority legislation

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Gov. Bill Richardson signs House Bill 15 into law Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The bill changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority from a joint power agreement into a utility authority. Looking on is Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, who introduced the bill. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff […]

Governor will be in Clovis to sign bill

CNJ staff Gov. Bill Richardson will be in Clovis on Saturday to sign legislation creating a water authority for the Ute Water Project. The ceremony is 11:30 a.m. at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The bill changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority from a joint powers agreement to a utility […]

Ute water authority bill heads to governor’s desk

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A bill to revamp the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority got to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk without springing any leaks. House Bill 15 passed the House and Senate on unanimous votes, and will move the authority from a joint powers agreement to a utility authority in June. Gov. […]

Ute funding bill passes both houses

Santa Fe – Last night (Monday) HB 15 a bill to create the Eastern NM Water Utility Authority and provide the structure for distribution of water from Ute Reservoir in Quay County, passed the Senate with a vote of 35-0. On February 4 it passed the House unanimously with a vote of 49-0.

Future depends on Ute pipeline

By Gayla Brumfield: Guest columnist The Ute Water Project began in 1964 when the Interstate Stream Commission created the Ute Reservoir at Logan to provide a future sustainable water resource for the residents of eastern New Mexico. The reservoir was created due to the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer caused by increased usage on the […]

Cannon partners with communities in water project

27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Groundwater is a precious commodity in many parts of the world, including the High Plains of eastern New Mexico. The Federal government recognized the importance of this resource for the long-term sustainability of this region and earlier this year President Obama authorized the Bureau of Reclamation to spend up […]

Bill including money for water pipeline signed into law

CNJ staff A multi-billion dollar bill signed into law Wednesday includes $1 million for the Ute pipeline project. The $34 billion 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill was signed into law by President Obama , according to the offices of Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico. Projects receiving money include the Ute […]

Ute Lake popular holiday attraction

File photo Ute Lake State Park officials said Tuesday that all of their reservation sites have been filled. By Thomas Garcia: Cannon Connections If you’re thinking about spending Labor Day weekend at an area lake, better start thinking about camping arrangements. Conchas State Park and Ute Lake State Park officials said Tuesday that all of […]

Ute Commission focused on water conservation

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The Ute Reservoir Water Commission plans to consider different approaches to conserving water in droughts to keep Ute Lake’s water level from dropping to the point communities are no longer allowed to withdraw water. After discussing the value of planning for droughts at their meeting Thursday in Portales, commissioners […]

Ute pipeline project moving forward

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer MELROSE — The Ute Water Project trickled closer to reality Thursday with local entities reaching agreement on several key issues. But representatives of communities planning to be part of the $432 million project want at least one more study session to iron out their differences on proposed state legislation […]

Ute water meeting set in Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico The Ute Reservoir Advisory Group is holding a 10 a.m. meeting Friday at the Tucumcari Convention Center to discuss water supply management at Ute Lake. The session is about a proposed water pipeline to bring water to Clovis and Portales, according to Mark Murphy, Canadian River Basin Manager for the Interstate Stream […]

Lake offers visitors outdoor activities

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks The Ute Lake State Park offers a variety of activities, including boating, fishing, camping, hiking and wildlife viewing. The park is almost two hours from Cannon Air Force Base. Place: Ute Lake State Park Location: 1880 N.M. 540 Loop, Logan. Ute Lake State Park is located 91 miles, or […]

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Plenty of work left on Ute water project

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia The Ute Water Project would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to the eight member entities of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. By Kevin Wilson The Ute Water Project’s been approved. But there are plenty of details left to pour over. The dry facts: The […]

Portales officials wary of proposed water authority legislation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Orlando Ortega remembers his early days on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, when he felt entities in Quay County were holding back production of the Ute Water Project. Now, it’s years since those entities left, and the pipeline project has been approved by Congress and President Obama, […]

Water authority meeting focused on funding

CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meets from 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library Ingram Room. This is the first meeting for the authority since the Ute Water Project was authorized and funded by Congress. The authority will oversee the construction and maintenance of a pipeline to deliver water from […]

President signs bill authorizing Ute Water Project

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Chase Gentry hopes he won’t have to knock on wood as much anymore when he tells businesses about Eastern New Mexico’s long-term water outlook. That’s based on Monday’s news that President Barack Obama signed a public lands omnibus bill Monday containing authorization for the Ute Water Project. The project, […]

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, […]

Ute Water Project bill to receive second House vote

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer An omnibus bill including authorization for the $432 million Ute Water Project is receiving another run through the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 22, also known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects — including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. It passed the Senate on a […]