Arch Hurley auctions off water rights

By Chelle Delaney

In a friendly bidding fray that saw bids topped by as little as $1 and as much as $100, the Arch Hurley Conservancy District sold off about 40 acres in water rights Tuesday.

The action was approved by the district’s board after owners defaulted on their payments.
Nine lots of about 5 acres each were auctioned by board member David Foote.

The auction netted the district $21,390. The last time such an auction was held was in 2001 when $16,878 in rights were sold for little more than 40 acres.

There were 11 qualified buyers for nine lots at Tuesday’s auction.
The auction was held following the board’s monthly meeting where the following actions were taken:
• Approved a $1.123 million budget for fiscal 2008.

• Approved a request from the Interstate Stream Commission for $250,000 to make funds available for low-interest loans for farmers and ranchers. The loans are used for land improvements, such as irrigation mechanisms, lighting and other projects. The ISC has typically given the district about $125,000 in funds for such loans.

• Agreed to hire a corporation that specializes in services of a registered agent.

In a report from Bill Conrad, district general manager, Conrad said that Mark Preciado, foreman and watermaster, had resigned to work for the T-4 Ranch.
J.J. Pacheco has been assigned to be the main canal rider, foreman and watermaster. Carlos Valverde has been tapped as Pacheco’s assistant.