Native Hawaiians say telescope represents bigger struggle
HONOLULU (AP) — Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as...
SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas city that in 2017 bought a nearly 33,000 acre (13,355 hectare) ranch to ensure its municipal water supply has offered to sell the property for nearly $52.5...
Senator: Gila River diversion plan is fatally flawed
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's senior U.S. senator described as fatally flawed the plans to divert the state's share of the Gila River as part of a multimillion-dollar water rights...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A specially-appointed judge will make a recommendation to the U.S. Supreme Court in a water rights dispute between Tennessee and Mississippi.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A specially-appointed judge will make a recommendation to the U.S. Supreme Court in a water rights dispute between Tennessee and Mississippi.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Lawyers for Tennessee and Mississippi are presenting evidence in a court hearing related to a water rights dispute between the two states.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The longest-running water rights court case in the state of Washington has come to an end.
Yakima County Superior Judge F. James Gavin signed a final decree in the case...
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor has urged state lawmakers to support a bill to change land lease requirements that could affect water rights.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Federal legislation has been introduced to settle one of the largest outstanding water rights claims in Utah.
The settlement would give the Navajo Nation 81,500...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has freed six activists who fought to protect their community's water supply, acknowledging that their rights were "seriously violated" during more than a...
Alaska moose-hunter can ‘rev up’ his hovercraft, court rules
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Park Service improperly banned an Alaska moose hunter from using a hovercraft on a river through a national preserve, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Proposed laws to give Nevada's top water officer more flexibility in water rights disputes drew a groundswell of opposition in their first airings in the state...
Brothers appeal 1882 Montana water right
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A legal fight over a Petroleum County water right dating back to 1882 has landed before the Montana Supreme Court.
The Latest: Controversial Arizona water bill put on hold
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Arizona's efforts to implement a Colorado River drought plan (all times local):
The Arizona House speaker is putting on hold water legislation...
Kenya recalls ambassador to Somalia over water rights clash
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A top Kenyan official says the country has recalled its ambassador to Somalia and told the Somali ambassador to leave over an alleged land grab by Somalia.
Foreign Affairs Principle Secretary Macharia Kamau said Saturday the recall is a consequence "of a most regretful and egregious decision by the government of Somalia to auction off oil and gas blocks in Kenya's maritime territorial area that borders Somalia."
The Latest: Tribe says water bill based on misinformation
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a drought plan for the Colorado River (all times local):
An attorney for the Gila River Indian Community says a powerful state lawmaker's push to change Arizona water law is based on misinformation and the concerns of a "small number of farmers" who took water they did not have the right to use.
Arizona lawmaker accused of endangering drought plan
PHOENIX (AP) — Top Arizona Democrats on Friday accused the Republican House speaker of risking the collapse of a drought plan for the Colorado River by pushing legislation that has angered the Gila River Indian Community, a key player in the negotiations to protect the water supply for 40 million people.
Idaho water legislation signed into law by governor
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday signed legislation to end years of litigation and help finalize an agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho.
The new law makes sure rights to water that refills reservoirs in the Boise River system following flood control releases are protected should additional large water storage systems be built.
Idaho water legislation headed to governor’s desk
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to end years of litigation and help finalize a settlement agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho is headed to the governor's desk following a unanimous Senate vote on Tuesday.
The 35-0 vote sends to Gov. Brad Little the bill that involves water rights in the Boise River system.
New Mexico judge turns down developer’s water request
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has rejected a developer's request to access more than 100 million gallons of groundwater annually for a planned community east of Albuquerque.
In what has been a decades-long fight, State District Judge Shannon Bacon ruled this week that the proposal would impair existing water rights and was contrary to the conservation of water.
Bernalillo County was among the groups that opposed the application, which was initially filed in 2009 by Aquifer Science.
Idaho water legislation bill clears Senate committee
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to end years of litigation involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho cleared another hurdle on Wednesday.
Lawmakers on the Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted 9-0 to send the bill presented by House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, to the full Senate for a vote.
Ralph Lancaster, attorney for government interests, dies
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A genteel, bowtie-wearing attorney who was appointed special master by the U.S. Supreme Court an unprecedented four times has died. Ralph Lancaster was 88.
He most recently served as a special master overseeing a clash between Florida and Georgia over water rights. In 1988, he was appointed special counsel to investigate President Bill Clinton's labor secretary. He also represented the United States before the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
Water legislation bill clears Idaho House, heads to Senate
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to end years of litigation and finalize an agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho cleared the House on Tuesday.
House members voted 67-0 to send to the Senate the bill that involves rights to water that refills three reservoirs in the Boise River system following releases to control flooding.
Judge halts ski resort’s snow plans
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A judge halted a Colorado ski resort's plans to make snow from water it bought from a rancher.
Powderhorn Mountain Resort, near the edge of the Grand Mesa, had tried to expand its operations using water rights it purchased in 2016.
Court allows sale of troubled Oregon dairy farm to proceed
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has allowed the proposed sale of the troubled Lost Valley Farm to proceed despite objections by Oregon agencies over who will clean up the dairy's wastewater and manure.
Water legislation bill backed by House speaker advances
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers have advanced legislation needed to end years of litigation and finalize an agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho.
The House Resources and Conservation Committee unanimously advanced the bill Thursday after Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley spoke in its favor.
"This represents significant closure on a big water issue here in the Treasure Valley," Bedke told his fellow representatives.
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Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide public water disputes
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court will take up a series of legal disputes that could have far-reaching implications for state regulators' power to protect public waters from pollution and overuse.
Potentially historic water rights hearing wraps up
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State lawmakers lent their support to a potentially historic request to transfer water from the Treasure Valley to Elmore County on the final day of public testimony.
Montana judge rejects challenge to Blackfeet Water Compact
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a legal challenge to a water-rights compact between the Blackfeet Indian Tribe, the state of Montana and the U.S. government.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said in a ruling Friday the lawsuit challenging the Blackfeet tribe's business council's authority to negotiate and ratify the compact is a matter of tribal law that must be taken up in tribal court.
Democrat Torres Small wins US House seat in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Xochitl Torres Small has won an open U.S. House seat representing southern New Mexico's 2nd District in a closely watched race, completing a statewide sweep for Democrats and giving the diverse southwestern state its first U.S. House three-member delegation made up of all people of color.
The Latest: Democrat Torres Small wins US House seat
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the midterm election in New Mexico (all times local):
Democrat Xochitl (ZOH'-cheel) Torres Small has won an open U.S. House seat representing southern New Mexico's 2nd District in a closely watched race.
The 33-year-old water rights attorney defeated Republican state lawmaker Yvette Herrell for a seat that has been held by the GOP for years.
It was open because the incumbent Republican, Rep. Steve Pearce, ran for New Mexico governor, a race he lost.
Torres Small keeps huge money advantage in key US House race
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Xochitl Torres Small continues to vastly outraise her GOP opponent in a key U.S. House race in southern New Mexico that could determine which party controls Congress, new federal documents show.
Trial under way in long-running northern Arizona water case
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A trial over water rights is underway in one of the longest-running court cases in Arizona history.
The case will determine who has rights to water from the Little Colorado River basin. The claims number in the thousands and likely exceed the water available.
The trial is expected to last years. Up first is the Hopi Tribe, which will spend the next couple of months outlining its past and present water use.
Federal investigators: Montana tribe misused millions
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Crow Indian Tribe misused $4.8 million intended for water system improvements and can't account for an additional $7.8 million that the tribe said it paid to subcontractors and vendors, according to a U.S. government audit released Tuesday.
The Latest: Montana tribe says it’s reviewing federal audit
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a federal audit that says Montana's Crow Indian Tribe misused money meant for water system improvements (all times local):
Montana's Crow Indian Tribe says it's reviewing a U.S. audit saying it misused $4.8 million intended for water system improvements and can't fully account for an additional $7.8 million paid to subcontractors and vendors.
Authority will appeal key Vegas pipeline water rights ruling
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water officials aren't giving up a nearly 30-year effort to get state approval to pump groundwater from arid valleys just west of the Utah state line and pipe it to faucets, fountains and fairways in Las Vegas.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority board decided Thursday to appeal last month's decision by Nevada's top state water official to deny the agency key groundwater use rights in parts of Lincoln and White Pine counties.
Nevada water chief rejects big Vegas pipeline pumping plan
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Long-fought plans for Las Vegas to pump and pipe drinking water from arid valleys just west of the Utah state line were dealt a severe blow Friday with a ruling from Nevada's top state water official.
State Engineer Jason King denied groundwater rights to the Las Vegas-based Southern Nevada Water Authority in vast rural tracts in Lincoln and White Pine counties, even though applications had been approved three times since 2007.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a water rights case in southern Arizona (all times local):
The Arizona Supreme Court has sided with a proposed development in southern Arizona in a water-rights case involving one of the Southwest's only free-flowing rivers, the San Pedro.
Completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline study delayed
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal officials say it will take about three more weeks to wrap up an environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline.
The Army Corps of Engineers had expected to finish by the end of this week. Justice Department attorneys have informed the court the work is now expected to take until the end of the month.
Housing developer ends water dispute
SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont developer has resolved a dispute over water rights that postponed a 91-unit residential project at a Shelburne golf club for two years.
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii water commission has ordered the full restoration of flows to 10 Maui streams and ordered no or limited diversions for seven streams to restore habitats.
New Mexico lawmakers challenge Navajo water compact
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico lawmakers challenged an agreement awarding water rights from the San Juan River to the Navajo Nation, asking the state Supreme Court on Friday to suspend the compact because the Legislature never approved it.
Montana’s Blackfeet tribe, Zinke put water deal into effect
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday put into effect a $471 million settlement of water rights claims that was decades in the making for the northwestern Montana American Indian tribe.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — The board that oversees the Central Arizona Project aqueduct system has ended talks to buy land and water rights in Mohave Valley in northwestern Arizona.
Mohave County moves to obtain additional Colorado River water rights
Mohave County will buy additional water rights in Mohave Valley to bolster its claims in a fight over water with the Central Arizona Project.
In a move to increase its legal standing to maintain local water allocations along the Colorado River, the county board of supervisors voted to seek additional allocations on 15-acres of land it recently purchased in Mohave Valley.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Western Arizona officials are planning to buy additional water rights in Mohave Valley to bolster its claims in a dispute with the entity that sends Colorado River water throughout the state.
Tribal recall unseats Colorado River Indian Tribes chairman, councilwoman
PARKER — Members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes voted over the weekend to remove Dennis Patch as tribal chairman. In a special recall election, the unofficial results showed 469 Tribal members voted “yes” to remove Patch, while 467 voted “no” to keep him in office.
Longmont City Council Supports Open-space Acquisition Proposals; Could Total Nearly $11.7M
Longmont's City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to direct its city staff to proceed with negotiations toward the possible purchase of two farmland properties and acquisition of a conservation easement over a third, in order to preclude urban-level development on all three.
County applies to transfer water rights within MVIDD
KINGMAN — The Mohave County Board of Supervisors on Monday took the next step in transferring the water rights from a 15-acre property the county recently purchased.
The board voted to submit an application for Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District to transfer 30 acre-feet of water from the 15-acre parcel. County Manager Mike Hendrix said the property is in escrow and asked to transfer the water contract from the previous owner to the county.