By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer While Clovis mayor and eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Chairwoman Gayla Brumfield says an omnibus bill authorizing funding for the Ute Water Project will be passed, there’s nothing wrong with having a backup plan. Enter U.S. Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M. Thursday, Lujan introduced a string of bills including […]
BINGAMAN BILL TO TACKLE NEW MEXICO’S WATER NEEDS GAINS SENATE APPROVAL WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today approved (73-21) legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman that includes measures he wrote to settle a water rights claim in the Four Corners region, construct a pipeline in eastern New Mexico, and help water managers better plan […]
A package of bills, including a measure to authorize the Ute Water Project, passed the first of two procedural votes in the Senate on Sunday. Jude McCartin, a spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the first vote was a cloture vote to bring the bill to the floor, which passed 66-22. The second […]
CNJ staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced a package of bills Wednesday including proposed authorization of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The package could be voted on as soon as Sunday.
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 […]
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By CNJ staff writer: Kevin Wilson TEXICO — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is optimistic about an omnibus. That appears to be the fate for the potential Senate authorization for the Ute Water Project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to authority members. Federal consultant John Ryan told […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Federal and area officials have to wait another day to find out the fate of a bill that would help pay for the Ute Water Project. The U.S. House ran out of time Tuesday before it could vote on an authorization bill for the $437 million project, according to […]
By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Local and federal government officials are optimistic the U.S. House will pass a bill Wednesday authorizing $327 million in federal funding for the Ute Water Project. The House is scheduled to deliberate on the bill late in the afternoon, according to Sam Simon, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Tom […]
CNJ staff WASHINGTON — The House Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed legislation Thursday that would authorize the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties. The bill, which now heads to the full House, would authorize the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to spend up […]
Courtesy photo Stephen Cochran is veteran who, along with band Confederate Railroad, will perform a concert at Ute Lake on Friday. Freedom New Mexico Featured artist Stephen Cochran is a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He writes many of his own songs with his life experiences as inspiration. Featured band Confederate Railroad […]
CNJ staff The U.S. House Power and Water Subcommittee will review a bill Thursday authorizing federal funding for the Ute Water Project. Also known as a mark up, the review process will give subcommittee members an opportunity to change the language in the bill, according to Ute project Manager Scott Verhines. Eastern New Mexico Rural […]
By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Rep. Tom Udall said while he remains positive Congress will pass a bill authorizing the Ute Water Project, he has concerns the president might veto it. The bill would authorize federal funding for a $476 million water project proposing to bring water from Ute Lake reservoir to communities in […]
WASHINGTON — The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing today to consider the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-N.M. in the House to help eastern New Mexico meet future water needs. H.R. 5710, which was introduced in the House and Senate […]