Officials: Ute water project may receive more funding

Freedom New Mexico Some more dollars may be flowing toward the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, with a $1.978 million federal allocation in President Obama’s 2013 budget. That money makes $2.978 million in commitments to the pipeline project, which would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to entities that make up […]

Ute water project receives $1 million

WASHINGTON — The Ute Water pipeline project has received $1 million from the Department of Interior, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. The money will go toward

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Clovis mayor hopeful of federal money for Ute Water Project this year

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By Thomas Garcia Her own political campaign aside, ensuring a sustainable water source for Clovis, Portales and other eastern New Mexico communities has been and always will be a top priority, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Friday. “The need for continued work to secure funding and compromise with the entities involved is obvious,” Brumfield said […]

Officials work toward Ute Lake compromise

Thomas Garcia A conservation steering committee said Thursday they would like to work together to establish policies that ensure Ute Lake water levels protecting recreation while providing water to Curry and Roosevelt counties. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said hers and other communities should be willing to work out a compromise that benefits everyone. “We do […]

New Ute water project program manager in place

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Kevin Wilson The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority on Tuesday cut its ties with longtime Program Manager Scott Verhines, clearing the way for him to fill the office of state engineer. He was replaced with Paul van Gulick, an engineer who worked with Verhines when he first started working on the Eastern New Mexico […]

Verhines recommends Ute water project manager successor

Kevin Wilson Less than four weeks from now, the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority could have a new project manager, paving the way for its current one to officially take over as the state’s new engineer. It was business as usual for the authority during its regular meeting Thursday morning at the Yam Theater, […]

Sumner Lake boat ramp reopened

Sumner Lake State Park officials have reopened the east-side boat ramp, according to a news release from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The water level at the lake has risen substantially since irrigation season ended Oct. 31, improving conditions for fish and allowing the lake to reopen the ramp, the release said. Also, […]

Officials ban boating at Sumner Lake

Thomas Garcia A drop in the water levels at Sumner Lake has prompted state park officials to close its boat ramps and prohibit boating. “Water levels are less than we hoped for this season; we want to make sure that we safeguard boaters from potential hazards and unpredictable lake conditions,” said David Sanchez, park superintendent. […]

My turn: Still haven’s soaked up foresight

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Last weekend I went to the Buffalo Battle at Buffalo Springs Lake, Texas. It is a 5k race with different obstacles placed throughout. The last part of the race had a couple of water obstacles. After I finished running, I was sitting in the finish area with other team members from Portales. I saw some […]

Water, fuel, whiskey important to farmers

Remember that song, “toe bone connected to the foot bone, connected to the ankle bone….?” Agriculturists for sure know the “words to that song.” Water is the first bone. Gotta have it. Large sections of our country, where water from the sky seldom falls, depend on irrigation water — either from rivers and lakes (snowmelt) […]

Turn your summer memories into permanent decorations

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Disney FamilyFun magazine Summer is over, but you have memories with your kids that you want to hang onto forever. Use these three ideas to turn your souvenirs into keepsakes. Slide Sleeve Treasure Holder This playful version of a shadow box can be tacked up just about anywhere or hung like a mobile to let […]

Measure could cost commissaries

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who has fought for years to win government-funded health care for families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, doesn’t want the measure passed if, to pay for it, Congress would gut the military’s prized commissary benefit. Critics contend that’s what the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans […]

In a hot summer, cool ways to be messy

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Beth Whitehouse Here we are in the midst of summer. The novelty of beaches and parks may have worn off, but the heat is still bearing down. What to do now? How about some fun, inexpensive backyard activities the whole family will love? “They’re all sort of cool things, water-based things,” says Maureen Mangan, the […]

Our view: Global warming facts may not hold water

A scientific poll shows that 69 percent of Americans believe it is at least “somewhat likely” that scientists falsify data to support their beliefs, of which 40 percent believe it is “very likely.” Only 6 percent believe it’s “not likely at all.” New hard-science global warming data from NASA may back up the cynics. If […]

Officials to break ground on Ute Water pipeline project

Kevin Wilson Nearly half a century after the idea was conceived, eastern New Mexico entities have planned a Thursday groundbreaking on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System — also known as the Ute Water Project. An 11:30 a.m. groundbreaking is set for Ute Reservoir, on N.M. 522 about two-and-a-half miles west of Tucumcari. Many […]

Quay residents plan protest of start of pipeline project

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Residents, business owners and public officials are using the social network Facebook to organize a protest against the start of Phase 1 of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System’s Ute Pipeline Project. The groundbreaking for the ENMRWS project is set for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 along the south […]

In search of ponies: Hen’s duck act ends tragically

The laughter on the other end of the phone line was predictable. “A chicken?” my Mom asked. “Yes, a chicken. I had two but the other one drowned,” I replied. She stifled her laughter long enough to issue an, “awww….” “But what about the drought? How did a chicken drown?” It was a valid question. […]

Officials: Water restrictions could last through summer

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Argen Duncan Portales has two new wells, but mandatory water restrictions may last the rest of the summer, according to city officials. To keep water storage levels high enough, city water users were banned from outdoor watering in late June and early July, and restrictions limiting which days users can water their yards have been […]

Boil water advisory for Cannon lifted

A boil water advisory for Joe Cannon Estates military housing near Cannon Air Force Base has been lifted, according to the 27th Special Operations Wing Facebook page. According to a press release on Cannon’s website, a water service line broke Tuesday on Clarian Loop and water to multiple housing units was shut off to repair […]