Sen. Bingaman submits Ute bill

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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Ute Water bill placed in omnibus

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 […]

U.S. House passes Ute Water Project funding bill

Gabriel Monte A bill authorizing federal funding for the Ute Water Project has passed what area officials call a major milestone. The House voted 301-124 Thursday to pass the bill authorizing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to spend $327 million on a project that would pipe water from the Ute Lake Reservoir to eight eastern […]

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 […]

Vote on Ute Water Project funding delayed

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 […]

Ute Water Project faces U.S. House vote

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 […]

Ute water bill continues progress

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 […]

Cochran, Confederate Railroad to perform at Ute Lake

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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 […]

Committee will review Ute Water Project funding

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 […]

Udall expresses Ute Water Project concerns

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 […]

Ute bill gets subcommittee hearing

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 […]

Ute Water Project clears Senate committee

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Legislation authorizing the Ute Water Project cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, can now be considered by the full Senate, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the committee’s chair. The act would authorize the U.S. […]

Ute bill moving through senate

Chairman touts Ute water project

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Former Clovis Mayor David Lansford told city commissioners that a project proposing to build a pipeline from the Ute Reservoir to eight eastern New Mexico entities needs to be constructed, with or without federal funding. Lansford, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Chairman, was responding to a question […]

Ute water project awarded $4.52 million

By CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Ute Water Pipeline Project was awarded $4.52 million in the 2008 Water Trust Board funding cycle Wednesday in Santa Fe, according to a press release from the city of Clovis. The funding is a 20 percent loan, and 80 percent grant agreement, and is repayable […]

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.