Cattle operations criticized over wastewater

By Gary Mitchell Cows have long had homes in eastern New Mexico, in pastures and feedlots. So why are environmentalists concerned about dairy farms? Wastewater. “Feedlots tend not to be generating a large volume of wastewater,” said Maura Hanning, program manager for groundwater pollution prevention for the New Mexico Environment Department. “Dairies are the big [...]

Aquifer history goes back millions of years

By Claire Bushey The word “aquifer” comes from two Latin words, which together mean “to bring water.” That is what the Ogallala Aquifer has done for the High Plains for nearly a century. Named after the town of Ogallala, Neb., the aquifer covers 174,000 square miles in parts of eight states, including New Mexico and [...]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water Co. officials have said they are prepared to provide eastern New Mexico with water through 2040. But Clovis [...]

School board allowed mob to rule

Kelly McFarland This is an open letter to the House Community. I was distressed to read the account of the cowering of the House School Board, resulting from mob actions as reported in the Quay County Sun, Wednesday, April 23. As a recently retired 16-year school board member, I have had the opportunity to observe [...]