Rep. Lujan introduces backup to Ute bill

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer While Clovis mayor and eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Chairwoman Gayla Brumfield says an omnibus bill authorizing funding for the Ute Water Project will be passed, there’s nothing wrong with having a backup plan. Enter U.S. Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M. Thursday, Lujan introduced a string of bills including […]

Authorization for Ute Water Project passes Senate

Freedom New Mexico The Ute Water Project is halfway to Barack Obama’s desk. By a 73-21 vote, Senate Bill 22 passed Thursday afternoon, and similar legislation will head to the House of Representatives. The bill is expected to be in the House for a week or two before it lands on the desk of the […]

Ute water measure expected to hit Senate Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Authorization of the Ute Water Project is expected to be on the Senate floor Thursday, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. By a 68-24 vote Wednesday, the Senate approved cloture on Senate Bill 22. Cloture is a procedure to end debate and limit amendments on a measure, contrary […]

Ute bill makes progres in Senate

Freedom New Mexico A package of bills, including a measure to authorize the Ute Water Project, passed the first of two procedural votes in the Senate on Sunday. Jude McCartin, a spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the first vote was a cloture vote to bring the bill to the floor, which passed […]

Sen. Bingaman submits Ute bill

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced a package of bills Wednesday including proposed authorization of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The package could be voted on as soon as Sunday.

Ute Water Project reaches delay

Some delays are inevitable for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, such as in Washington, D.C. Some delays it would like to avoid, such as in Santa Fe. Authority members found out an omnibus bill that included authorization for the Ute Water Project will not be introduced in a lame duck session for the […]

Guest Column: Ute Water Pipeline vital for future

By David Lansford The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, also known as the Ute Water Pipeline Project, is the most important issue facing the communities of Curry and Roosevelt counties.

Ute Water authority mulls status

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members revisited a change first considered in 2007 — moving to a true utility authority. Scott Verhines, Ute Water Project Manager, gave a potential timeline and goals sought for such a change at Wednesday’s authority meeting. The authority, tasked with the Ute Water […]

Ute pipeline’s fate in Senate omnibus bill

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico TEXICO — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is optimistic about an omnibus. That appears to be the fate for the potential Senate authorization for the Ute Water Project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to authority members. Federal consultant John Ryan told […]

House OKs Ute water funding

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico A bill authorizing federal funding for the Ute Water Project has passed what area officials call a major milestone. The House voted 301-124 Thursday to pass the bill authorizing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to spend $327 million on a project that would pipe water from the Ute Lake […]