San Jon School to receive trees

TV Hagenah The San Jon School District will be getting a small forest of trees in conjunction with a special program provided by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. The NMEMNRD’s Forestry Division has awarded the school and the Canadian River Soil and Water Conservation District a $2,725 “Forest Re-Leaf” grant to […]

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 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 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 […]

Quay County to house second wind farm

By Angela Peacock Taking advantage of New Mexico’s most abundant natural resource — the wind — Caprock Wind, LP, announced its plans Tuesday to install up to 80 wind-driven turbine generators near Tucumcari. The wind-power project, which is located on the caprock south an west San Jon about 20 miles southeast of Tucumcari, is the […]

City faces water rates increase

Jack King, Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Monthly water rates in some area communities could double or triple once the Ute water pipeline is in place, a financial study says. The rates of all communities participating in the project would rise and beyond some communities’ capacities to pay without various types of support, Clovis Public Works […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wind farm nearing completion

By Dave Gragg Construction on 204-megawatt wind farm between House and Fort Sumner should be finished by the first of July. Actual operation should begin three weeks after that. Crews are finished setting up almost half of the towers. Now that the foundations have been laid, a crane puts up the first two sections of […]

Water authority discusses money

Mike Linn The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met on Wednesday to once again discuss many pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the Ute water pipeline project. The meeting included the bonding of 12 entities when officials from each signed on to be part of the authority at the Roosevelt restaurant in […]