Water key to city’s future

Jack King Some communities in the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, most notably Tucumcar and Clovis, are gambling on growth to pay for their share of the Ute Water Pipeline, according to a study by a consultant to the project. The consultant, Jason Bass, an economist with Dornbusch Associates of Tucson, Ariz., said last […]

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 […]

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 […]

Water authorities look forward to funding

Jack King: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is continuing to make preparations to request federal funding for the Ute Water Project early next year, a process known as “seeking authorization.” Cost of the project is estimated at $250 million and the board is seeking 80 percent of […]

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 […]

Labor Day: Our nation’s workforce deserves better

It’s Labor Day: a holiday that has been set aside to provide a day of rest for the American worker. Today, most of us will relax, perhaps spend some time at the beach or barbecue some steaks. Tuesday morning we’ll return to our work, as past generations did after their Labor Day rest, forced back […]

Pipeline funding questioned

By Jack King Federal and state officials raised questions Wednesday about some eastern New Mexico communities’ ability to pay for their share of the renewable water delivery system proposed by the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The authority has been created to develop a pipeline project to distribute water from Ute Reservoir to communities […]

Airport measure altered

By Gary Mitchell Air service to Clovis and other similar-sized communities was jeopardized recently by potential congressional action. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Bingaman and fellow senators beat back an initiative last week that would have forced some of New Mexico’s communities that take part in the Essential Air Service (EAS) program […]

County talks trash

By Dave Gragg Quay County government sent out solid waste bills just over a week ago, County Manager Paula Chacon told the commissioners Monday morning. Since then, she’s gotten nearly 50 calls per day from people with questions or complaints. The bills had two years worth of charges on them, because the county had not […]

Voting begins Wednesday for city gross receipts tax question

By Dave Gragg Early voting begins Wednesday for a quarter-cent gross receipts tax in Tucumcari, the proceeds of which will go to pay for a water pipeline from Ute Lake. When the Tucumcari City Commission called for the May 20 election, the resolution they passed said the money would be used solely for the “acquisition, […]