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 […]

First Street overpass gets first monitoring device

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Chelle Delaney An overpass in Tucumcari is the sole site of a pilot project that could change the future of how overpasses and bridges are monitored for safety, said a University of New Mexico civil engineer. For almost two years a UNM research team worked to refine the monitoring system installed June 24 on the […]

Sands Dorsey’s fate edging closer to demolition

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Chelle Delaney A forensic engineer pointed out serious flaws in the

Slipped joint on U.S. 54 bridge causes camper accident

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By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun An RV camper struck part of a bridge expansion joint and caused the bridge at Logan on U.S. Highway 54 to shut down four hours on Thursday, state transportation officials said. �I was driving over the bridge when I saw the joint sticking out about 6-to-8 inches above the […]

Bridge at Logan rated “fair”

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A state bridge engineer is scheduled to inspect the Logan bridge on U.S. Highway 54 across the Canadian River on Thursday. The bridge is rated “fair” on a three-phased scale of good to fair to poor, said Heather Sandoval, assistant district engineer and bridge engineer with the New Mexico […]

‘No Action’ not an option for Sands-Dorsey

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A report from a construction engineer indicates that the century-old Sands-Dorsey building is “a very real safety hazard in its current condition.” However, the report recommends that “the main facade and structural perimeter walls be stabilized and preserved.” Sections of the report, prepared by Sonya Cooper, a construction engineer […]

Sands-Dorsey receives structural, safety review

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A structural engineer surveyed the fire damage at the burned out Sands-Dorsey Building on Thursday. One of the first issues to address is stabilizing the building, said Sonya Cooper, a construction engineer and professor at New Mexico State University at Las Cruces. Cooper was brought in through the state’s […]

New rules proposed for NM well drilling

William Thompson The Office of the State Engineer has made available on its web site eight pages of proposed well drilling rules. The proposed rules pertain to licensing of well drillers and specifications for wells throughout New Mexico. In a press release the state engineer’s office said a public hearing on the proposed rules will […]

Post Office looking unsafe

TV Hagenah Tucumcari Post Master Robert Roark is quite emphatic about the idea that the Tucumcari Post Office is not the Biblical city of Jericho, and the walls won’t “come tumbling down….” He hopes. Roark said his battle with the last panel of the Post Office’s south wall has existed since he arrived in Tucumcari […]