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Alamogordo Daily News (Newspaper) - November 30, 2007, Alamogordo, New Mexico State Engineer estimates Cost of settling water rights at $300 million by the associated press Santa few state Engineer John d Antonio has estimated it would Cost $300 million Over 55 years to Settle All the water rights claims on new Mexico s Rivers and streams. The Money is necessary to finalize water rights in court in a process known As adjudication. Funds pay for attorneys water surveys and notifying people w to claim water rights d Antonio told a monday hearing of the water and natural resources committee. The Issue becomes More complicated when a River involves Indian water rights like the Rio Grande and the san Juan River do. Less than a fourth of the water rights in the state have been adjudicated. Lawmakers said they need an outline of How water lights cases will get finished if they Are to Grant the state Engineer More Money. New Mexico currently has 12 ongoing adjudications including ones in the Pojoaque Valley. Taos the san Juan River and the lower Rio Grande. Some cases have been in court for decades. D Antonio estimated it would take about $6.3 million a year for 15 years to finish those cases or about $9.5 million a year to resolve them w within a decade. A the longer we delay the More expensive this said rep. Peter Wirth a Santa be who is on an adjudication subcommittee. D Antonio estimated it would Cost an additional $7 million a year for 40 years to resolve water rights in the Middle Rio Grande. That area encompasses Pueblos irrigated acres and new Mexico s largest City. New Mexico s water is managed based on priority with those arriving first being first in line. That Means tribes and Farmers who began using the water first have senior rights next in line Are towns and other newcomers. But As cities have grown and water use has increased senior water users have contended they often Don t get their full allocation. The state Engineer is supposed to make sure senior water rights holders get the water first but in dry years that could mean shutting off Junior users such As cities. But. D Antonio said Quot i m not going to shut off someone s drinking water or water for sanitary purposes. I Don t think anyone w ants that to he also cannot shut off anyone until a judge decides who owns the water rights. Automotive repair and diagnosis on Call to Home or office. Mobil. Tech Neville Yazza 921-5698 Over 20 years experience in Auto repair Why go to the shop when the shop will come to you must be submitted by december 14, 2007 to the entry Box in your school office. Creators name school and Grade must be on Back of entry a a a sponsored by Otero county youth making Smithv choices design your own poster about youth making healthy choices examples choosing to play basketball. Buckling up not smoking Etc judging categories k-2, 3-5, 6-8.9-12 prizes see details on the flyers distributed to local schools. Mar for More Wirrion Region Contact Oscar be rec Eres-430.7340. Grace Mcmillin-4307642, or Kris Eamelto-812 �84 Alamogordo funeral Home amp professional crematory services pcs present our third annual in Celebration of lives Well lived wednesday december 5, 2007, at 7 00 . 2301 first Street Alamogordo new Mexico reverend Chuck Moon officiating a music by Selmo please be our guests for a special sender in remembrance of the lives of those who have touched us. Join us for a comforting message music and refreshments to place a spark of Light in your heart. Wishing you Comfort and peace in this Holiday season closer wipp monitoring called for by the associated press Carlsbad a the department of Energy wants to increase what gases it monitors in its underground nuclear waste repository East of Carlsbad. The Doe s Carlsbad Field office has proposed modifying its state hazardous waste permit for the waste isolation Pilot Plant to Check for Hydrogen and methane. Quot we re demonstrating that we re being said Roger Nelson chief Doe scientist in Carlsbad. A we re not Only going to continue to measure volatile compounds but we re also adding methane and wipp which opened in March 1999. Buries plutonium contaminated waste from defense work in rooms excavated in vast Salt Beds 2,150 feet below the surface. The storage area was Quot designed to assume the worst Quot and the Doe monitors for the potential risk of potentially volatile compounds Nelson said. Currently. Wipp puts in an explosion isolation Wall once any storage area is filled. The permit seeks permission to Monitor for the gases that drive the need for such a Wall. Nelson said. Of no gases Are detected after years of monitoring the Doe would propose that explosion w alls Are not needed. A we would request permission to simply barricade the Access tunnels to the w Aste with Salt and then install an elaborate sealing system in the four vertical shafts that allow Access from the surface to the underground Nelson said. A the shafts would be completely filled w Ith a substantial set of barriers for both w Ater and human he said officials have taken thousands of measurements and that it s Clear the risk of explosive Gas is minimal if it exists at All. Don Hancock of the Albuquerque based wipp watchdog group the Southwest research and information Center said his organization supports the monitoring and has worked with the Doe a to make sure we re satisfied with How the monitoring will be that does t mean How Ever that the Center would necessarily agree that Barrier Walls eventually would t be needed he said. A we support the idea of getting the he said. Quot what s done with the information in seven or eight years May or May not he what Doe the state environment department is taking comments on the proposed modification. The permit covers hazardous materials such As chemicals which Are part of some shipments to wipp. That would include for example rags contaminated both with radioactive material and solvents. Mugger robs state appellate court judge at knife Point by the associated press Santa few a state court of appeals judge and former District attorney has fallen victim to a mugger. Quot this was the first time in All my life that i be been a victim Quot judge Ira Robinson said wednesday. A and its a whole nother education when you re on the receiving end instead of prosecuting it. And let me Tell you it does t feel Robinson. 65. And two cousins were confronted by a Man with a knife As they left a hotel tuesday night on the Edge of the Santa be Plaza. The Man demanded Money lunged at Robinson and began shouting. Quot give me All your Money Quot Robinson said. He said that when he told the Man he was n t going to i e him anything the Man ripped the judge s watch off his wrist. Robinson said he fell backward tripped Over a curb and landed on his shoulder. Quot i actually thought he might kill me when i was on the Robinson said. Quot i thought he w As going to knife me but he went for my Cousin s the Man ran off with the purse. Someone tried to use the Cousin s credit card about 45 minutes later in Espanola. Robinson said. The judge said he found his broken watch on the sidewalk. Robinson who was elected to the appellate court in 2000. W As a former District attorney in Bernalillo county based in Albuquerque. See entire Stock ladies boots by Bennett aerosols Mia. Markon More Ong 49.00 89.00, Sale 24.50-44.50 of ails i air i i. I Friday thru Cuk amp amp �?-20mnday in Holiday Home decor santas water globes and More. Reg. 4.00-100.00. 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