Ute pipeline project vote delayed

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Ute Water vote delayed

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico 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 Pipeline funding bill reaches House

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Local and federal government officials are optimistic the U.S. House will pass a bill today 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 […]

Committee approves Ute project

Freedom New Mexico 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, according to a news release. The bill, which now heads to the full House, would authorize the U.S. […]

House committee considers Ute water legislation

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico 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 pipeline bill moves forward in Washington

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico 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 would authorize the U.S. Bureau […]

Rural Water Authority chair says Ute pipeline must be built somehow

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Mayor testifies about need for Ute Water Project

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to […]

Water group receives funds for Ute Pipeline

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Congressional delegation introduces Ute pipeline legislation

Freedom New Mexico Staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation Thursday in both chambers of Congress to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs by authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. “I am very pleased that the bill […]

Lansford leaves water authority, likely to return

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With his mayoral term set to expire next week, members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority said goodbye to Chairman David Lansford. That goodbye probably won’t last long. In Lansford’s final meeting of the authority as Clovis mayor, the authority discussed upcoming hearings and acquiring funding for […]

Bingaman to introduce Ute water bill in February

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Continued funding for the Ute Water Project depends on decisions that will be made in February. That’s when the New Mexico Legislature is finishing a 30-day session, for which Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members hope to procure $10.5 million in capital outlay. It’s also when Sen. Jeff […]

Authority learns about water changes

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico TEXICO —All of southeastern New Mexico will soon fall under a critical management area that could impose metering on ground water, according to State Engineer John D’Antonio. D’Antonio spoke Wednesday at the New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting about how the state’s newly created Water Cabinet will change application […]

Authority discusses legislation timing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority would like to become a governmental authority during the 2008 New Mexico Legislature — 30-day session or not. During the water authority’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday at Melrose High School, members discussed the challenges in becoming a government authority. The water […]

Group moves toward becoming authority

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Following what the members called a successful field hearing for the Ute Water Project, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority discussed a roadmap toward becoming a true authority at Wednesday’s meeting. Clovis City Attorney Dave Richards, answering legal questions on request of Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA Chairman David Lansford, […]

Senators to hold Ute Water field hearing in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Mayor David Lansford calls the Ute Water Project the largest, and most important, operation eastern New Mexico has undertaken. The next three days could be the most important in the project’s more-than-40-year lifespan. “I think that is a good characterization of the position we’re at at this point in […]

Mayor urges Ute Pipeline support

By Orlando Ortega Jr.: Guest Commentary On Tuesday, the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources — led by New Mexico Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Pete Domenici — will hold a field hearing in Clovis to discuss the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s efforts to build the Ute Pipeline. I have long […]

Bear captured at Ute Lake State Park

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers UTE LAKE — His name is not Yogi, and he was not stealing picnic baskets. Nevertheless, a 2 1/2-year-old black bear gave park rangers and a game warden a little trouble Friday before he was caught at the Ute Lake State Park. After being spotted in the park for the […]

Water board considers funding

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Consideration of just how much project funding is likely this year topped discussions of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Clovis. ENMRWA requested $5 million in Ute Water Project funding from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature thinking the timing was right for their request […]

Officials say next meetings are crucial

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has long held public education and federal authorization as its two biggest keys for the Ute Water Project. If the next few months go to plan, they’ll take care of both. The plan is to have two hearings related to the pipeline project, […]