Lawsuit Filed Against Spa

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The family of a man who drowned in a local spa in 2016 has filed a lawsuit in the 7th Judicial District Court in Truth or Consequences. The suit, filed Jan. 8, contends the death of Mark Burrows, 57, was the fourth death at the La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa in a five-year period, and that the business is not prepared for such emergencies. It also claims that pools with temperatures higher than 104 degrees violate national and state safety regulations, while acknowledging one cannot turn the temperature down on a natural hot spring.

Hot Springs Drilling Moratorium Continues

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With Mayor John Mulcahy absent from what would have been his final session as a member of the Truth or Consequences City Commission, Mayor Pro-tem Sandra Whitehead presided over the board’s November 21 session.
Among the evening’s primary issues, was the proposed extension of a residential drilling moratorium encompassing the thermal spring’s district. After conducting a formal public hearing, which rendered no comments either for or against the proposed ordinance (#650), commissioners addressed the measure as their first order of old business.
With city manager Juan Fuentes’ assurance that the new February 28, 2014 deadline would allow sufficient time to schedule public workshop discussions and to prepare a comprehensive ordinance regarding future drilling, board members unanimously supported Commissioner Steve Green’s motion to approve the extension.
Commissioners originally initiated the moratorium in 2012 in response to concerns about the then unknown status of the related aquifer and the commission’s expressed desire to both preserve and maintain…

City Extends Halt On Drilling In HS District

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In a special meeting Monday evening, November 4, Truth or Consequences City Commissioners unanimously approved a motion in support of an ordinance revision to extend the moratorium prohibiting the drilling of domestic wells within the city’s hot springs district. A previous board decision extended the moratorium until November 30, in order to allow for completion of a contracted study of the thermal aquifer, the organization of public meetings to review the findings and the drafting of an ordinance to govern future drilling in the restricted area. During the November 4 meeting, commissioners recognized that their hopes of accomplishing these goals before month’s end would not be possible. City attorney Jay Rubin suggested members consider extending the moratorium by 90 days, which he said, would set a new deadline of February 28, 2014. City manager Juan Fuentes agreed with Rubin’s suggestion and said a proposed ordinance was being addressed …..

City Extends Drilling Moratorium

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In a unanimous decision, T-or-C City Commissioners endorsed a motion to extend the current drilling moratorium within the downtown’s thermal spring district until November 30 of this year. Commissioners are awaiting the delivery of a detailed study of the related aquifer, which contracted officials with New Mexico Tech anticipate presenting to city leaders on or about October 1. Commissioners agreed that the proposed extension would allow sufficient time to fully review the study’s results and to coordinate public meetings to share the findings with the community before determining how best to manage the city’s premier asset. Mayor John Mulcahy said the moratorium has prevented the initiation of any new drilling permits for over a year and that it was not the true intent of the commission’s original action. The board’s primary intent, he said, was to temporarily freeze demand while an appropriate….

Early Water Study Results Optimistic

Prior to their regular session Tuesday, January 23, T-or-C City Commissioners assembled at Ralph Edwards Auditorium for a special workshop to receive preliminary findings from an ongoing study of the city’s geothermal aquifer.
Last year, in response to concerns about increased drilling in the hot springs district, Mayor John Mulcahy successfully urged commissioners to approve a temporary moratorium on the drilling of new wells and to contract officials with New Mexico Tech to conduct an in-depth investigation of the geothermal water system.
At the outset of Tuesday’s workshop, Mayor Mulcahy addressed a number of questions he has encountered since the drilling moratorium was imposed. He first stated that the commission’s primary intent was to safeguard the aquifer and to ensure it was not being endangered by drilling or other development that has occurred since the last study was conducted in the 1940s.
Mulcahy added that the commission and city authorities have no intention of seeking the closure or removal of any permitted wells, even if they were to fail during the present moratorium. He said there would be no efforts on the part of the city to acquire existing water rights and that the moratorium would not necessarily translate into a ban on future drilling in the city’s thermal springs district.
The mayor also acknowledged how the present moratorium has prompted individuals from outside the community to question if the aquifer is failing and to ask him if the community is running out of water. Agreeing that a more proactive approach with the media might help to mitigate such rumors, Mulcahy reiterated that the commission’s intent was solely to obtain updated and accurate information and to ensure proper stewardship of the city’s foremost asset.
Following his statements, Mulcahy introduced New Mexico Tech Hydrology Professor Mark Person, who is serving as lead investigator for the team contracted to conduct a detailed study of the aquifer.
After introducing some of the individuals participating in the study, Person said the…..

City Moves For Drilling Moratorium

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By Chuck Wentworth | SENTINEL

Saying the action was aimed at preserving the city’s historical thermal springs and to support future economic development, Mulcahy added that a lack of detailed information concerning the aquifer, paired with its vital importance to the community, made the approval of the ordinance a necessity.

The mayor stated that current regulations do not allow officials with the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) to differentiate between a domestic well tapped for potable water and those tapped to solely utilize the thermal water resource. In discussion with OSE officials, Mulcahy explained he was told that by approving an ordinance calling for a halt in the drilling of domestic wells, state authorities would be able to place a hold on applicable permit requests and shift the final decision on such matters to city authorities.

Mulcahy also said that the importance of obtaining accurate scientific information concerning the thermal aquifer in order to properly assess the impact of both present use and potential development.

Commissioner Steve Green said that he applauded the mayor’s effort and indicated he was in full support of the moratorium, but suggested the ordinance should be accompanied with specific measure….