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Legal fight over judge in Navajo water case escalates

By RLINK”https://www.abqjournal.com/author/moswald”Mark Oswald / Journal Staff Writer Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 9:00pm SANTA FE – All sides aren’t holding back on tough talk in a legal fight over whether retired New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge James Wechsler should … Continue reading

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ACEQUIAS FILE MOTION TO DISQUALIFY JUDGE FROM NAVAJO WATER CASE BECAUSE HE PREVIOUSLY REPRESENTED THE NAVAJO NATION

More than 20 acequias and community ditches on the San Juan River have filed a motion asking the New Mexico Court of Appeals to disqualify Judge James Wechsler from adjudicating the water claims of the Navajo Nation.  The press release, … Continue reading

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IMPORTANT MEETING ON OCTOBER 25 AT BLOOMFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

The San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association has scheduled an important meeting at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Bloomfield High School auditorium.  Water owners are encouraged to attend and ask questions. First, our attorney Victor Marshall … Continue reading

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WATER OWNERS FILE REPLY BRIEFS IN N.M. COURT OF APPEALS

In October, San Juan water owners and the San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association filed their reply briefs in the New Mexico Court of Appeals.  These reply briefs rebut the arguments made by the U.S., Navajo Nation, and other parties. … Continue reading

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OP-ED IN ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL SAYS NEW MEXICO IS LOSING ITS WATER

On Sunday, October 30, The Albuquerque Journal published a guest column by Victor Marshall, attorney for water owners on the San Juan River.  The column is titled “Battles Threaten New Mexico Water”.  The Op-Ed points out that New Mexico is … Continue reading

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THREE LEGISLATORS SAY THE NAVAJO WATER SETTLEMENT IS INVALID UNLESS THE LEGISLATURE APPROVES IT

On August 9, 2016, three New Mexico state legislators filed a brief in the New Mexico Court of Appeals, contending that the Navajo water settlement signed by Governor Bill Richardson is not valid unless the Legislature enacts the agreement into … Continue reading

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Navajo Litigation – Water Owners File Brief in New Mexico Court of Appeals

After months of delay, the New Mexico Court of Appeals finally accepted a brief from the San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association and the community ditches on the San Juan and Animas Rivers.  TO READ THE BRIEF CLICK HERE  IT … Continue reading

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New Mexico House of Representatives Passes Memorial to Protect Water Rights

By a vote of 58 – 1, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed an official House Memorial asking the state engineer and the courts to provide greater protections for water rights owners.  House Memorial 56 was co-sponsored by Representative … Continue reading

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WATER USERS FILE THEIR APPELLATE BRIEFS IN THE NAVAJO CASE

On January 8 the San Juan Agricultural Water Users filed their briefs in the New Mexico Court of Appeals against the Richardson-Navajo settlement.  Two briefs were filed, one by the community ditches on the San Juan main stem, and another … Continue reading

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Update on the Navajo Litigation

The appeal stage of the Navajo litigation is going more or less as we projected in 2014. The community ditches and the San Juan Water Agricultural Users Association appealed Judge Wechsler’s decision to approve the Richardson-Navajo settlement.  The appeal is … Continue reading

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ALERT ! – TOXIC WASTE COMING DOWN ANIMAS RIVER – CLOSE YOUR DITCH UNTIL IT PASSES

ALERT ! – TOXIC WASTE COMING DOWN ANIMAS RIVER – CLOSE YOUR DITCH UNTIL IT PASSES Thursday, August 6, 2015 SILVERTON (AP) – The La Plata County Sheriff’s office closed the Animas River to all watercraft Thursday afternoon after it … Continue reading

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LEGISLATURE PASSES STATUTE REQUIRING WATER HEARINGS TO BE HELD LOCALLY, NOT IN SANTA FE

The 2015 Legislature passed a law requiring the State Engineer to hold administrative hearings in the county where the water is located, not in Santa Fe.  In recent years, the Office of the State Engineer has started to require water … Continue reading

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STATE ENGINEER REPLACED Day after Verhines speaks in Bloomfield about Navajo Water Rights Settlement, his replacement is announced

By Dan Schwartz The Daily Times Updated:   11/21/2014 07:42:41 PM MST0 comments FARMINGTON — A day after State Engineer Scott Verhines came to Bloomfield to answer questions about the Navajo Water Rights Settlement, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that he is … Continue reading

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STATE ENGINEER SCOTT VERHINES RESIGNS

According to information from the office of Governor Martinez, State Engineer Scott Verhines resigned effective December 1. His replacement will be Tom Blaine. More details to follow.

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STATE ENGINEER WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS NOVEMBER 20 AT BLOOMFIELD HIGH

State Engineer Scott Verhines has agreed to participate in a question and answer program about the San Juan River at the Bloomfield High School auditorium, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  The program is hosted by the San … Continue reading

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IMPORTANT MEETING JULY 8 Farmington Civic Center 7pm

The San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association will hold a members meeting on TUESDAY, JULY 8, 7PM AT THE FARMINGTON CIVIC CENTER, 200 West Arrington, Exhibition Hall 1. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MEETING !  We will discuss the Navajo litigation, … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Declines To Hear Legislator Petition on Navajo Agreement

The New Mexico Supreme Court has declined to hear an extraordinary petition filed by three state legislators who asked the Interstate Stream Commission and the State Engineer to send the Navajo water agreement to the Legislature.  The three legislators are … Continue reading

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Three legislators challenge Navajo Water Rights Settlement, ask state Supreme Court to send it before Legislature

Lawsuit asks state Supreme Court to send settlement before Legislature By Dan Schwartz The Daily Times FARMINGTON — Three legislators and an official with an agency that represents San Juan River irrigation ditches are asking New Mexico’s highest court to … Continue reading

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3 Lawmakers Sue over 2010 Navajo Water Deal

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 11:48 pm, Wed May 14, 2014. By Milan Simonich The New Mexican | 0 comments Three New Mexico legislators filed a lawsuit Wednesday, claiming former Gov. Bill Richardson overstepped his powers by authorizing … Continue reading

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THREE LEGISLATORS FILE SUIT IN NM SUPREME COURT TO SEND NAVAJO SETTLEMENT TO THE LEGISLATURE

Three legislators have filed suit in the New Mexico Supreme Court against the State Engineer and the Interstate Stream Commission, asking the Court to declare that Governor Bill Richardson had no authority to sign an agreement with the Navajo Nation … Continue reading

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LEGISLATORS LISTEN CAREFULLY TO SAN JUAN AGRICULTURAL WATER USERS

The New Mexico Legislature held water hearings in Farmington last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  The Legislators listened with real attention when the San Juan Water Users gave testimony pointing out the problems with the Navajo “settlement.” The Farmington Daily Times … Continue reading

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PLEASE COME TO LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS NEXT WEEK IN FARMINGTON

The water committees of the New Mexico Legislature are meeting in Farmington on August 28, 29, and 30.  The committees will conduct hearings on the San Juan Basin drought and the Navajo settlement. Meetings are open to the public, and … Continue reading

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SPECIAL MEETING AUGUST 28 – 6:30 PM

The San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association will have a special meeting on Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30 pm in the Bloomfield High School auditorium.  We will discuss the latest ruling in the Navajo water case, and what happens next. … Continue reading

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JUDGE APPROVES NAVAJO CLAIM WITHOUT A TRIAL

On August 16, water judge James Wechsler filed an opinion approving the Navajo Nation water claim without a trial.   The judge refused to allow the community ditches to call witnesses to testify at trial. The 65 page opinion is long … Continue reading

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PLEASE COME TO KEY COURT HEARINGS ON JUNE 11-12

PLEASE COME TO KEY COURT HEARINGS ON JUNE 11-12 IN AZTEC In the Navajo water case, Judge James Wechsler has scheduled two days of hearings on June 11 and 12, 2013 at the courthouse in Aztec, starting at 8:30 am … Continue reading

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DROUGHT GETS WORSE – WATER SUPPLY 18% OF NORMAL

DROUGHT GETS WORSE Water supply forecast is 18% of normal. The drought in the San Juan basin is getting worse.  Here are the latest forecasts from the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center: San Juan – Navajo Reservoir :   18% of … Continue reading

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IMPORTANT SPECIAL MEETING MAY 29

IMPORTANT SPECIAL MEETING MAY 29, 6:30PM McGee Park – Room A The San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30 pm to discuss how to handle the water crisis in 2013.  … Continue reading

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WATER USERS FILE COUNTERCLAIM TO PROTECT THEIR WATER RIGHTS

On October 19, the San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association and 26 community ditches filed an Answer, Objections and Counterclaim against the Navajo Nation, the U.S. and the State Engineer, asking the court to reject the proposed Navajo agreement.   … Continue reading

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2012 Legislature stops funding for Navajo “settlement”

The 2012 New Mexico Legislature eliminated any additional funding for the Navajo water “settlement” after several members of the San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association testified against any more funding.   Prior to the session, interim committees and the State … Continue reading

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Ag Water Users protest application for temporary permit for Navajo pipeline

The SJAWUA has protested an application for a temporary permit for a pilot project for the proposed Navajo-Gallup pipeline.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE PROTEST. Here are some key points from the protest: OBJECTION AND PROTEST TO APPLICATION SP-3215-T The persons … Continue reading

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Attn: All Water Right Owners of San Juan County

A pre-hearing scheduling conference will be held before the San Juan Adjudication court on Monday October 3, 2011 at 9:00 am at the McGee Park Convention Center. Please try to attend this meeting. We would like to fill the convention center … Continue reading

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Current Adjudications

Current adjudications will be posted in the Adjudications category. Coming soon…

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Senator Steve Neville’s Senate Memorial No. SM37

Senator Steve Neville’s Senate Memorial No. SM37 requesting Congress to Approve the Navajo Water Rights Settlement, the text of which is below and also attached. We should oppose all of this – please pass this on to others. Get people … Continue reading

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House Memorial 43

HOUSE MEMORIAL 43 48th legislature – STATE OF NEW MEXICO – second session, 2008 INTRODUCED BY Paul C. Bandy A MEMORIAL REQUESTING CONGRESS TO APPROVE THE NAVAJO WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATED BY NEW MEXICO AND THE NAVAJO NATION. WHEREAS, resolution … Continue reading

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NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 Mike – as per your phone message, here’s the latest info on the operating plan for Navajo Reservoir. This planned operation does 3 things: 1) It meets the operating criteria contained in the San Juan … Continue reading

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Navajo Reservoir Releases

Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES Mike – as per your phone message, here’s the latest info on the operating plan for Navajo Reservoir. This planned operation does 3 things: 1) It meets the operating criteria contained in … Continue reading

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Indian tribes exercising water right

By Karl Puckett, USA TODAY GREAT FALLS, Mont. — For decades, ranchers and farmers across the West have tapped into rivers and streams on or near Indian reservations. Now, as drought conditions plague big parts of the region, they’re concerned … Continue reading

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The Great Water Grab

Most people don’t pay attention to the San Juan River, far off in the northwest corner of New Mexico. Some people don’t realize that the San Juan contains 60% of all the surface water in New Mexico – more than the … Continue reading

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Lake Mead Could Be Within a Few Years of Going Dry, Study Finds

February 13, 2008 By FELICITY BARRINGER Lake Mead, the vast reservoir for the Colorado River water that sustains the fast-growing cities of Phoenix and Las Vegas, could lose water faster than previously thought and run dry within 13 years, according … Continue reading

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No funding for Navajo-Gallup project in Bush budget

By Kathy Helms Dine Bureau The Gallup Independent — 5 February 2008 WINDOW ROCK — President Bush’s fiscal year 2009 budget proposes no funding for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, zero funding for the Jicarilla Apache Rural Water Project, eliminates … Continue reading

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Western States Agree to Water-Sharing Pact

December 10, 2007 By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 — Facing the worst drought in a century and the prospect that climate change could yield long-term changes on the Colorado River, the lifeline for several Western states, federal … Continue reading

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