Clovis unearths time capsule

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The star of the show was a rusty metal cylinder. An audience gathered in an arc around the aged tube and watched as men slammed it with a sledgehammer, slid it into a vice and pried open its top. Inside, hugged by cardboard that crumbled when touched, were mementos from […]

Ute Lake project may be unwelcome neighbor, say officials

By Tonya Gardener: Freedom newspapers CLOVIS — Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. The Ute Lake Ranch project is under construction near Tucumcari and will feature 733 patio homes, a golf course, marina, equestrian center and a beach […]

County pulls out of pipeline project

QCS Staff Quay County has officially withdrawn its commitment to the Ute Lake pipeline project. Quay County Manager Terry Turner told county commissioners at a recent meeting that the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has been notified of the county’s departure from the project. Earlier this month Turner said that because the county decided […]

Area rural water authority seeks to address ‘no project issue’

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The governing body of the Ute Water Project hopes this spring to have an analysis that would show what would happen if the project is not completed. Clovis Mayor and Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Chairman David Lansford told the project’s engineering consultants that meetings to distribute federal funds […]

Water use examined

Tony Parra How much water do you need? That’s the question Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Project Manager Scott Verhines asked ENMRWA members on Wednesday in Portales. Verhines said he wants the information so engineering consultants have an idea on the specifications of the pipes leading to each community involved in the Ute Water […]

Developers clash with officials

Mike Linn Two area developers with big plans for Ute Lake have met resistance from officials who fear development may contaminate the lake’s water, reserved as a future drinking supply for residents of Eastern New Mexico. Clovis’ Sid Strebeck and Logan developer Warren Frost, who both sell lots along Ute Lake’s south shore but are […]

Ute pipeline backers head to Washington

David Arkin and TV Hagenah Lawmakers in the nation’s capital on Wednesday got the ball rolling for a project that some believe could be the answer to Eastern New Mexico’s water needs. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Act of 2004 on Wednesday to Congress, which would allow […]

Clovis mayor says Tucumcari greedy

Michelle Seeber Unless Tucumcari is willing to give up part of the water it has reserved at Ute Lake, chances are good the Eastern New Mexico Pipeline Project will fail, Clovis Mayor David Lansford said in a Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday evening. Landsford said Tucumcari officials do not want to give up their share […]

Water board solicits support

By Ryan Lengerich LOGAN — Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members said Wednesday they were encouraged by a recent trip to Washington. Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA board president David Lansford, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and ENMRWA program manager Scott Verhines met with both New Mexico senators Nov. 13 to discuss federal funding for […]

Water board to hire project director

By Jack King The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has begun the process of hiring a director for the Ute Reservoir pipeline project. A search committe will publish a request for proposals for the job next week with a deadline to receive applications of Aug. 1. The committee will make recommendations […]