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QCS Staff Quay County has officially withdrawn its commitment to the Ute Lake pipeline project.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 […]

Logan gets out of Ute Pipeline

Mike Linn The Village of Logan will no longer be involved in the Ute Pipeline Project which according to most involved, is a decision that is expected to have little impact on the project and Logan’s future water supply. Logan Village Administrator Larry Wallin said the town will continue to reserve its 400 acre feet […]

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 […]

San Jon buys water from Logan

TV Hagenah A pipeline currently under construction between Logan and San Jon will begin delivering water to San Jon on July 1 according to officials from both cities. San Jon’s Administrator Bobbye Rose, said San Jon needs the water from Logan because San Jon’s water system cannot produce an adequate supply of quality water. “We […]

A place to come home to

Freedom Newspapers To the ancients, four elements — earth, water, air and fire — were the building blocks of all things. While we now have a better understanding of the atomic and subatomic makeup of matter, these four elements remain the building blocks to the future of Quay County. Earth is the foundation. Agriculture is […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, many eastern New Mexico communities could be ghost towns by 2040. […]

‘It’s like an orchestra’

By Dave Gragg A wheel ditcher digs a trench more than 5 feet deep as another crew a couple of miles down the line puts 42-foot sections of pipe next to the trench. Behind the pipe-stringing crew, another crew bends the pipe joints so they match the profile of the ground and fits into the […]

Natural gas pipeline construction half finished

By Dave Gragg Finding enough natural gas to make digging a well worth the while isn’t the problem around Tucumcari, said Rick Partain. “Geologists think there’s 30 to 40 years worth of natural gas in the Tucumcari Basin,” he said. “That’s a long time.” The trick is to get the natural gas to market. That’s […]

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. […]

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, […]