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State water managers are refusing to give money to El Prado Water and Sanitation District for water rights because state officials say the district hasn’t justified the $20,000 per acre-foot purchase price. Members of the district counter there … more
In the growing debate over the Abeyta Water Settlement, much of the argument is centered on a single dilemma: How do we prepare for inevitable growth at a time when water supplies are predicted to dwindle? The dispute is playing out publicly at … more
Commissioners of a Questa acequia say they are against a proposed transfer that would move water rights to an acequia in Arroyo Seco. The ditch filed a formal protest with the State Engineer Aug. 26. That board was joined by the majority of … more
A proposed water rights transfer meant to settle a dispute between Taos Pueblo and irrigators in Arroyo Seco could come at the expense of acequia users in Questa. The Acequia Madre del Rio Lucero y del Arroyo Seco in El Salto hopes to transfer … more
The average town of Taos employees will see a $1,300 out-of-pocket increase in benefit and employment tax payments this fiscal year, but July 9 the Town Council approved nearly $27,000 in additional payments for the town manager and … more
A Taos-area ranch dedicated to modeling what it calls “sustainable agriculture” wants to drill a 450-foot well to irrigate a small parcel of land now served by an acequia. Jay Lazarus, a geohydrologist contracted by Blackstone Ranch, says the … more
Palemón Martínez stands atop the head gate where the Acequia Madre del Río Lucero y Arroyo Seco crosses El Salto Road. Since 1969, Martínez, 80, has been involved in a dispute with Taos Pueblo over how much water should flow through this ditch … more
After months of delays, the town of Taos appears to be on the verge of appointing a new manager and attorney. Assistant town manager Abigail Adame has been serving as acting manager since the Town Council voted last July to terminate former … more
In 2012, Taos Pueblo’s administration will focus on community and land-use planning while working on a variety of projects, according to a release from the newly installed officials. A small crowd gathered outside San Geronimo Church during the … more
As one of the first steps in the implementation of the $66 million Abeyta water settlement, El Prado Water and Sanitation District is asking for more than 22 times its existing water rights. The El Prado Water and Sanitation District has asked … more
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