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 […]

Residents ready homes for winter weather

By Ryan Lengerich As gas prices rise and winter approaches, homeowners have a variety of options to keep energy bills low. At Tucumcari Lumber, demand for winterizing products has been high in recent weeks. Store employee John Thompson said taking simple precautions and spending a relatively low amount of money to prevent heat loss can […]

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 […]

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 […]

Water authority to discuss fiscal agent

Special to the Sun The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Melrose School Building. Among the items on the agenda are: –A new agreement between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the authority. –Evaluation of proposals and selection of a fiscal agent for the authority. –Discussion and […]

Writer deals with spiritual drought

By Debra Whittington “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? […]

Comments from the Canyon

Thanks to Joan Vance we now have water lilies in the tank at Tucumcari Historical Museum. She supplied a whole heard of gold fish last year and bothered to mention that show also had water lilies. Of course, this woman from Ima was delighted because both donations revived many fond memories of the childhood in […]