Water group discusses budget

By Dave Gragg Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority also discussed a proposed budget for the office staff at Wednesday’s meeting. The proposed first-year budget of $223,000 includes $27,000 in start-up costs. The two-person office would run closer to $200,000 each year after that. Half of the money would come from the […]

Tradition with a capital ‘T’

Dave Gragg Tucumcari High School seniors stood in the back of trucks borrowed from the Arch Hurley Conservancy District, bouncing their way to the top of the town’s most recognizable feature. “This is what we lovingly refer to as a ‘primitive road,’” said Michael Latham as he drove a fire department brush buggy over terrain […]

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 […]

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 […]

Water authority to meet Wednesday

Freedom newspapers The passage of the tax increase gives Tucumcari officials some bragging rights as the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meets at 2 p.m. today at The Roosevelt restaurant in Portales for its monthly meeting. The meeting will be the first with all 12 entities implemented as one authority. Tucumcari City Manager said […]

Voters approve tax increase

Dave Gragg Tucumcari voters approved a quarter-cent gross receipts tax increase Tuesday by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. The voters approved the measure 255 to 87. The new tax will add nearly $216,000 to a fund dedicated to building a water delivery system from Ute Lake near Logan to Tucumcari and will go into effect Jan. […]

Bingaman submits bill for canal study

By Dave Gragg U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman submitted legislation on Friday that gives the Bureau of Reclamation $500,000 to study lining the Arch Hurley Canal and what effect that lining would have on irrigated and municipal water supplies. In August of 2002, the Arch Hurley Irrigation District announced plans to study lining the canal to […]

City to vote on gross receipts tax Tuesday

By Dave Gragg Tucumcari voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to tax themselves an additional one-quarter percent. The proceeds of that tax will go toward building a water delivery system from Ute Lake in Logan to Tucumcari. City Clerk Rachel Hicklin said 55 people had already voted by Friday afternoon — a […]

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. […]

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. […]