Water demands problematic

Liliana Castillo Clovis and Portales officials are asking residents to watch their water use this weekend and during the summer. New Mexico American Water said Clovis residents consumed 10.8 million gallons per day on Wednesday and Thursday. That’s close to NMAW’s per day production capacity of 11.3 million gallons, according to External Affairs Manager Evan […]

Press release: Clovis customers asked to limit water use

New Mexico American Water is renewing its call for water conservation by urging all of its Clovis customers to continue to limit their outdoor water use during the current hot spell. “We are asking customers to reduce outdoor water usage to ensure our ability to meet demand,” said Daniel Bailet, New Mexico American Water’s vice […]

Smoke on Water donations near halfway point

CNJ staff Donations for the “Smoke on the Water” July 4 fireworks display at Greene Acres Park are less than halfway toward the organizers’ goal. Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said $11,350 has been raised for the annual show as of Monday. The goal is $25,000. The annual event […]

Press release: New Mexico American Water Announces Water Leasing Program

New Mexico American Water announced that it intends to supplement its existing Clovis-area water supplies by entering into water leases with area well owners. The company is requesting expressions of interest from well owners in the Clovis area. The plan is to use leased water to help ensure a reliable water supply for Clovis customers […]

Drinking water warning issued for area delivery system

CNJ staff The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau has advised a “drinking water warning” be issued by the Desert Ranch Mutual Domestic Water Consumer’s Association, located west of Clovis and north of Cannon Air Force Base. The advisory was issued after Thursday tests revealed excessive nitrate amounts. According to a release from the […]

Water company shopping for local sources

CNJ staff A spokesman for New Mexico American Water — Clovis’ water supplier — said Tuesday the company is in the first stage of seeking local negotiations on water sales. Under the authorization granted in Senate Bill 209, passed in the 2011 Legislature, July 1 is the first day NMAW can purchase water from private […]

Water trust board awards $4.4 million to pipeline project

CNJ staff The New Mexico Water Trust Board voted during its meeting June 1 to award $4,371,629.75 — its maximum allowable appropriation — to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, a pipeline project that would serve municipal and county agencies in Curry and Roosevelt Counties. The board awarded a little more than $29 million […]

Sumner Lake remains closed to boating until at least June 14

CNJ staff State Park officials will make a determination on opening Sumner Lake to boating following the June 14 Carlsbad Irrigation District Board meeting. Sumner Lake was closed to all watercraft use May 27 after laboratory test results found indications of aquatic invasive species. Personnel from State Parks and Game and Fish decontaminated 18 boats […]

We must open ourselves to flow of God’s love

The month of June reminds me of the days of summer and finding activities to occupy the children. Some of those activities were unplanned and free. Annie, John Scott and Buffy were in grade school when we lived on the edge of town. A large vacant field surrounded our house and that was the scene […]

Southern Curry County wells going dry

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Resident Darlene Upham looks at her grandchildren’s handprints in the sidewalk in front of her home. Upham said she lives in fear everyday that her water well will run dry and she will lose her dream home. Sharna Johnson When Darlene Upham purchased her south Curry County property […]

Concerns raised over Ute Lake intake structure

Thomas Garcia Concerns over the size of an intake structure at Ute Lake for an eastern New Mexico pipeline project dominated discussion Thursday at an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting in Logan. Members of the ENMWUA met there to discuss details of the $500 million pipeline project that will pump water from the […]

New Mexico American Water requests rate increase

CNJ staff Clovis New Mexico American Water customers could see their water bills go up as early as next year if the state Public Regulation Commission approves a requested rate increase. NMAW filed the request Wednesday in an effort to generate money for $8 million of infrastructure investments to provide adequate water to Clovis, according […]

Moms Gear: The Bobble filtered water bottles allows you to fill up without fear

Bobble water bottle

Photo provided by Sprint Corbis The Bobble filtered water bottle comes in different sizes and colors. The 13oz. bottle is $8.95, 18.5 ounce is $9.95 and the one liter bottle is $12.95. A family pack with one of each size is $31.85. Replacement filters can be purchased separately at www.waterbobble.com. Emilie Lucchesi Many moms carry […]

Herding Squirrels: Pretty table? Yes I can

Traci Arbios When it comes to hosting a family event in my world, let it be known: the bar has been set. I believe it all began 60 years ago, when my incredibly charming grandmother, Mimi, would have our extended family over for any type of get together. Imagine: children crawling on the carpet and […]

City GRT proposal not necessary

Water is the lifeblood of civilization, and something that is in short supply in eastern New Mexico. It should go without saying that most members of the High Plains Patriots (a local tea party group) are in favor of securing a renewable water source for our community. This fact has somehow been distorted in the […]

Letters to the editor: Readers debate increasing GRT

Tax increase best choice for city I would like to commend the city staff, city commissioners, and the mayor on their conscientious efforts to determine the best and most efficient method by which to obtain the funds to support the Ute Water Project. They have worked diligently without prejudice to find the best acceptable solution. […]

Gross receipts tax our choice of poison

Freedom New Mexico Studies accepted by city leaders predict Clovis residents will run out of water in about two decades, if not sooner. No one has shown any proof to dispute this dire prediction, though some studies guess the water won’t dry up for a decade or so longer. But there certainly is no debate […]

Grant McGee: Clovis tap water nothing to complain about

When I moved here in the 90’s I wasn’t sure about our tap water. Now, after a trip we took a few weeks ago I have no complaints about it, not at all. While vacationing at a town on the Texas Gulf Coast The Lady of the House and I encountered the worst water I’ve […]

Letter to the editor: Citizens right to be leery of tax

Citizens right to be leery of tax Clovis citizens are very cognizant of the fact that water is the lifeblood of our community. At a March 6, 2003, commission meeting, Mayor David Lansford proposed a gross receipts tax increase that would designate 50 percent of the proceeds to the Ute Water Project and 50 percent […]

City to host town hall meeting on tax hike

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis is hosting a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to answer questions and present information about a .25 percent gross receipts tax to pay for the Ute Water Project. Present will be city officials and Eastern New Mexico Water […]