Officials: Water pipeline groundbreaking to take place soon

Kevin Wilson Members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority had planned Thursday to announce a groundbreaking date for the first piece of the Ute Water Project, and announce it would take place soon. But the definition of a groundbreaking changed. At the authority’s meeting in Melrose, federal consultant John Ryan said he received […]

Guest columnist: Bill’s passage would ensure water supply

On Friday, the New Mexico State Legislature passed an important bill, SB 209, which is now on its way to the governor’s desk. SB 209 is a significant step forward in assuring continued municipal water supply for Clovis. Once signed by the governor and after the promulgation of related regulation by the New Mexico Public […]

Cold-damage assistance available for low-income homeowners

Argen Duncan Dixey Evans has been without regular running water for seven-and-a-half weeks. Since the below-zero temperatures in February burst the first pipe, she’s had one leak or broken pipe after another at her Clovis home. Evans said she ran out of money to pay plumbers without getting everything fixed, and she doesn’t have homeowner’s […]

Water utility officials hoping for leftover federal money

Argen Duncan The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives hope to get federal money left over from other projects at the end of the year since the Ute pipeline project wasn’t included in the president’s proposed budget. The utility authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. Regarding federal money, pipeline project manager Scott […]

No money for Ute water project in 2012 budget

Kevin Wilson If Monday was any indication, 2012 might be a dry year for the Ute Water Project. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, unveiled Monday, has no money set aside for the $500 million project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to members of the Eastern New Mexico Water […]

Water board meeting cancelled

CNJ staff The Water Policy Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been cancelled. The next scheduled meeting will be March 8.

Water fair scheduled

CNJ staff A water fair is scheduled for Saturday in Clovis, offering free water testing for Curry and Roosevelt County residents using private wells. Hosted by the New Mexico Environment Department, the event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roy Walker Recreation Center. Residents wishing to have their water tested free […]

Letter to the editor: Clovis can’t grow without water

Clovis can’t grow without water I would like to express my support for the upcoming gross receipt tax increase. If we don’t have enough water for our town, then all the talk of growing and drawing new businesses is for naught. Unless we can create jobs, all other bond issues and tax increase issues are […]

New Mexico American Water to be sold

CNJ staff New Mexico American Water will be sold to a Canadian utility company in an estimated $470 million deal, the company announced Monday in a press release. In the agreement, EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. would purchase companies providing water and wastewater services in Arizona and New Mexico, according to the press release. American Water, […]

New Mexico American Water to be sold in $470 million deal

New Mexico American Water will be sold to a Canadian utility company in an estimated $470 million deal. In the agreement, EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. would purchase companies providing water and wastewater services in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a Monday press release from NMAW. American Water, which stands to make a $20 million […]

Press release: New Mexico American Water to be sold

January 24, 2011 – American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. (“EPCOR USA”) to sell 100 percent of the stock of its companies that provide regulated water and wastewater services located in […]

Can’t take water for granted

Karl Terry The physical properties of water are pretty amazing. We can drink it, bathe in it, swim in it, clean with it, heck it keeps us all alive. Let the temperature drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, though, and the stuff can be a real pain. I came home on a recent night and sat […]

GRT increase needed for future

In 1964, the Interstate Stream Commission created the Ute Reservoir to provide a future sustainable water supply for the residents of eastern New Mexico. Like other municipalities and counties in the area, the city of Clovis has a reservation for water from Ute Reservoir and, as the Ogallala Aquifer beneath Clovis continues to diminish, has […]

Preparing for marriage more important than preparing for wedding

Curtis K. Shelburne The setting Jesus chose for his first miracle is almost as amazing as the miracle itself. He changed water to wine at a wedding feast (John 2). I’m told that when my maternal grandparents decided to get hitched, they first hitched a horse to a buckboard and bounced and rattled down the […]

Domestic wells going dry in Curry County

Argen Duncan Domestic wells in some areas of Curry County are drying up, while Roosevelt County wells are still pumping, although often with less volume, according to the Office of the State Engineer. This area of eastern New Mexico has three basins, geographical areas in which water drains to a specific point. Mike Barajas, OSE […]

Exploratory well comes up dry

CNJ staff An exploratory well completed last month by New Mexico American Water came up dry. The company said in a press release Thursday that what little water was found was not suitable for use. Since June 2010, New Mexico American Water has been drilling south of Clovis to the Lower Dockum Formation to determine […]

Press release: Exploratory deep well in Clovis finds little water

CLOVIS, NM (Jan. 6, 2011) – Extensive testing of New Mexico American Water’s exploratory well into the Lower Dockum Formation has revealed a water source of insufficient quality and quantity to provide a supplemental source to the Ogallala Aquifer. The exploratory well was drilled to determine if the Lower Dockum Formation, which lies below the […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Ag biz, civic duty and what creeps you out

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Showtime The 2011 New Mexico Ag Expo trade show is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The 18th annual expo is expected to include 200 booths, workshops and seminars on agriculture-related issues. Information: Call 356-8541 or 800-635-8036, […]

Press release: AG asks NM Supreme Court to hear senior water rights case

(SANTA FE)—Attorney General Gary King has filed a petition with the New Mexico Supreme Court asking the high court to overrule the Court of Appeals and allow the State Engineer to adopt and implement rules to administer state water rights as guaranteed by New Mexico’s constitution.

Clovis backs request for water system project funding

Freedom New Mexico Clovis City Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Friday in support of funding for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project. The vote was taken during a special meeting. Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the resolution is a show of support for requesting $25 million for the project from the eastern New Mexico’s […]