Aquifer history goes back millions of years

By Claire Bushey The word “aquifer” comes from two Latin words, which together mean “to bring water.” That is what the Ogallala Aquifer has done for the High Plains for nearly a century. Named after the town of Ogallala, Neb., the aquifer covers 174,000 square miles in parts of eight states, including New Mexico and [...]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water Co. officials have said they are prepared to provide eastern New Mexico with water through 2040. But Clovis [...]

Farmers already feeling effects of disappearing water supply

By Haley Rice and Dave Gragg Donald Jones has been farming 29 years, but he has had enough. He loves farming and would continue, but said he’s running out of water on his Farwell farm. And Jones is not the only area resident with water worries. Most experts agree all of eastern New Mexico and [...]

Buildup, neglect preceded fire

By Dave Gragg Tucumcari city crews worked Friday to spread around the still-smoldering remains of a Tuesday night brush pile north of town. The massive pile of branches had been gathering for years, waiting for city workers to chip them into mulch, but it had not been getting done on a regular basis, said City [...]

Why water at noon?

Beverly Wiese Everyone is concerned about the water shortage. Most of us do what we can to conserve. I have a question for whomever is in charge of the timer on the park sprinklers. Why is it that they always go on at noon? We all love the parks and the children need a place [...]

Tucumcari would do well to pass tax increase

Quay County Sun Tucumcari residents might not notice the extra dime or two they leave at the grocery store. People traveling through Tucumcari, who contribute an estimated 40 percent of the city’s gross receipts taxes, certainly won’t notice. But our children and grandchildren will be able to tell the difference if Tucumcari voters have the [...]

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, [...]