Governor will be in Clovis to sign bill

Freedom New Mexico

Gov. Bill Richardson will be in Clovis on Saturday to sign legislation creating a water authority for the Ute Water Project.

The ceremony is 11:30 a.m. at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

The bill changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority from a joint powers agreement to a utility authority.

The estimated $432 million project calls for a a pipeline moving water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to eight authority members — Clovis, Portales, Texico, Elida, Grady, Melrose and Curry and Roosevelt counties.