Grant McGee: Clovis tap water nothing to complain about

When I moved here in the 90’s I wasn’t sure about our tap water. Now, after a trip we took a few weeks ago I have no complaints about it, not at all. While vacationing at a town on the Texas Gulf Coast The Lady of the House and I encountered the worst water I’ve […]

City to host town hall meeting on tax hike

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis is hosting a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to answer questions and present information about a .25 percent gross receipts tax to pay for the Ute Water Project. Present will be city officials and Eastern New Mexico Water […]

Groundbreaking on Ute project nearing

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 announced it would take place soon. A likely date could be in July — or August, Ryan said, as Congress will be on break. But the […]

Cold-damage assistance available for low-income homeowners

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 insurance. “When […]

Water authority officials hoping for leftover funds

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 Verhines said […]

Animal behavior not unlike ours

In drought times the water in dirt tanks evaporates, soaks into the ground or otherwise disappears — except for a little puddle in the deepest part, usually the middle. Cracks form in the ground around the edges, making a design much like a jigsaw puzzle. Animals smell the water and plod through the fractured earth […]

ENMU briefs — Feb. 2

Scuba diving classes offered Eastern New Mexico University is offering a scuba diving class this spring. The open water part of the class will meet at Santa Rosa’s Blue Hole, a nationally ranked dive. Instructor Mike Hale of Scuba Ventures in Liberal, Kan., is to teach the classroom and pool portions of the class on […]

Water testing offered

Water testing offered 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 […]

My turn: Raising fish no easy feat

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Rock Lake State Fish Hatchery in Santa Rosa offers tours for people who want to know what it takes to grow fish in area lakes said Leonard Rice, Rock Lake Hatchery manager. The hatchery has been around since 1968. It was renovated a few years ago from a cold water fishery to a warm-water facility. […]

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 […]

County wells producing less water

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 […]

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, […]

My turn: Recipes open to interpretation

Argen Duncan Freedom New Mexico publisher Ray Sullivan recently passed along a quick dinner recipe: Mix one package of albacore tuna in water with mayonnaise, garlic pepper, sweet basil and paprika, to taste. Slice two bagels in half from side to side. Cover each bagel half with 1/4- to 1/2-inch slices of high-quality, sharp or […]

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 […]

Thursday morning briefing: We’re talking water and a boy king

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Projects due Science Fair Projects at Zia Elementary School are due Tuesday and judging will take place Nov. 11. A science fair assembly will be held 8 a.m. Nov. 17. Question of the day If you could only access just one website for your entire […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Thursday in Portales City Hall, authority representatives: • agreed to allow lobbyist John Ryan to plan a local Nov. 4 event in which stakeholders in the Ute Water Pipeline would give testimony about themselves and the need for the pipeline and the $25 million the authority […]

Commissioners approve water tank bid

At a Roosevelt County Commission special meeting Monday: • Commissioners approved a $91,688 bid for a water tank for Arch Fire Department. County Manager Charlene Hardin said the department had a $100,000 grant and was providing $20,000 in matching funds. Bids for other work needed to install the tanks, such as well work, are coming […]

Elida, Texico come to agreement with state

Argen Duncan For Elida to continue with its water system project and Texico with its wastewater project, both communities need to submit a proposed schedule and revised budget to the state Department of Finance and Administration, showing how the work will finish by the end of the year. Municipal and New Mexico Environment Department officials […]

Commission to discuss extending water rights

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Extending water rights reservation fees for Ute Lake among 12 local entities is on the agenda today at a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. Village of Logan Manager Larry Wallin said he expects no action will be taken during Friday’s meeting in Albuquerque. Wallin also said the contract […]