Officials work toward Ute Lake compromise

Thomas Garcia A conservation steering committee said Thursday they would like to work together to establish policies that ensure Ute Lake water levels protecting recreation while providing water to Curry and Roosevelt counties. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said hers and other communities should be willing to work out a compromise that benefits everyone. “We do […]

Press release: Water line replacement announced

New Mexico American Water is beginning construction work to improve the Clovis water system by replacing approximately 2,300 feet of aging, undersized water mains with new 6-inch PVC pipes to improve fire protection and water service. The total cost of the project is expected to be $250,000. “Most of our recent, large investments in the […]

New Ute water project program manager in place

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Former Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project Manager Scott Verhines, left, applies a ceremonial water project pin to new Project Manager Paul van Gulick during the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Tuesday in Melrose. Van Gulick will serve until at least June 30 to fill the place […]

Sumner Lake boat ramp reopened

Sumner Lake State Park officials have reopened the east-side boat ramp, according to a news release from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The water level at the lake has risen substantially since irrigation season ended Oct. 31, improving conditions for fish and allowing the lake to reopen the ramp, the release said. Also, […]

Mayor: Verhines appointment good for water project

Staff and wire reports Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield thinks the appointment of Scott Verhines as the state’s new top water manager is nothing but positive for the Ute Water Project. Verhines was named state engineer Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez. He is a civil engineer from Albuquerque and project manager for the Eastern New Mexico […]

Charity, cleanup events fill weekend

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Javan McCord, 2, of Clovis picks out a pumpkin Saturday at the Altrusa pumpkin patch on the east side of North Plains Mall. Everyone who brought in three nonperishable items were allowed to pick out a pumpkin. Food items benefited Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. According to Javan’s parents, […]

Religion feature: Water walk hopes to raise awareness

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Courtesy photo: Justin Robbs The water that many Africans depend on for drinking, cooking, and washing sometimes comes from an unsanitary source like this stagnant mud hole. Benna Sayyed Imagine walking several miles through terrain that is home to predatory animals to collect water from an unsanitary source just to survive. If you’re lucky, your […]

Playa Festivals help teach about water, wildlife

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Darryl Birkenfeld talks Lindsey-Steiner Elementary fifth-grade students Monday afternoon about playas. Birkenfeld is executive director of Ogallala Commons, a nonprofit community development network that visits area school to teach the importance of playas to the ecosystem in the Southwest. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico has more playas than anywhere in […]

Effluent reuse plan gets $4.1 million in financing

CNJ staff A Clovis effluent reuse pipeline plan got a giant injection of financing Wednesday afternoon from the New Mexico Finance Authority and the state Water Trust Board. City Commissioner Randy Crowder said he was floored when he learned the project received a total of $4.1 million from about $5.28 million the WTB reissued in […]

Measure could cost commissaries

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who has fought for years to win government-funded health care for families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, doesn’t want the measure passed if, to pay for it, Congress would gut the military’s prized commissary benefit. Critics contend that’s what the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans […]