Mesalands gets help from Legislature

David Arkin Mesalands Community College President Phillip Barry said he learned something during the 30-day Legislative session that wrapped up last week — being in Santa Fe is important. Barry, who spent a fair amount of time lobbying for the college during the 30-day session, said his work up north paid off. “For us, the […]

Tucumcari to get over $1 million

David Arkin Thanks to lawmakers’ support, Tucumcar officials are hopeful they will be able to address a variety of water-related needs in the city. Through the capital outlay bill, which is sitting on Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk, the city would get $570,000 for water improvements. The city and Quay County together are expected to receive […]

Pipeline project cost increased

By Jack King: Freedom Newspapers The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to raise the official cost of the Ute Pipeline Project by $52 million. A peer review of the conceptual design of the project estimated that its total capital cost should be estimated at $296 million, instead […]

Just Passin’ Through: Trucker measures miles in millions

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By Ryan Lengerich Doug Chambers has driven 5 1/2 million miles. Million. That would be Tucumcari to Albuquerque — 31,073 times. He’s never had a wreck and hasn’t had speeding ticket in 14 years. Chambers, a 49-year-old road warrior from St. George, Utah, has been a truck driver for 34 years. As he has done […]

Amendment 2 won’t solve New Mexico’s education problems

Letter to the editor On September 23, New Mexicans will be asked to approve a funding scheme to pay for so-called public school reforms. Constitutional Amendment 2 is risky and will most certainly jeopardize an endowment created more than 100 years ago with the idea in mind that it would serve as a reliable source […]

Pipe dream no longer

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By Dave Gragg All the experts agree: Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. But there is a solution: It’s more than 87 miles long and will cost more than $200 million to build. If the Ute pipeline ever becomes reality, the region’s water crisis could be a century away, rather than just decades. […]

Dairies large, efficient water users

By Gary Mitchell Dairy operations in the region tend to use large amounts of water, but proponents say they use it efficiently — with little impact to the area’s ground-water source. “Sure they use a lot of water, but their water is never wasted,” said Stan Jones, Curry County extension agent. “The water is used […]