Anniversaries — Nov. 20

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Stieg [image #3, align=left, size=medium] Fred and Christine Stieg of Conchas Dam will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 26 at the Conchas Lake Baptist Church. The couple was married Nov. 25, 1941, at the First Baptist Church Parsonage in Portales. They have four [...]

Quay resident arrested for growing marijuana

Freedom New Mexico State police said they seized more than 350 marijuana plants and 85 pounds of packaged marijuana worth $218,000 at a ranch near Conchas. New Mexico State Police said Mark Hardage, 49, of Conchas, was charged with felony marijuana distribution Tuesday after a lengthy investigation. Agents with state police and the New Mexico [...]

Blue-footed booby makes unprecedented appearance at Conchas Lake

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Courtesy photo: Glenn Walbek/www.pbase.com/gwalbek/galleries The blue-footed booby commonly is found in the Gulf of California between the mainland and Baja, Calif., with occasional sightings at inland lakes in Arizona, Nevada, Southeastern California and Texas. Freedom New Mexico Bird watchers are migrating to Conchas Lake for the rare chance to catch a glimpse of a blue-footed [...]

Body found in Conchas Lake identified

CNJ Staff Police identified Monday the body of a 25-year-old Albuquerque man who died Sunday at the Conchas Lake. State Police Sgt. Andrew Tingwall

Just another bear sighting

Officials in Tucumcari are on the lookout for a black bear spotted near Conchas Dam on Monday.

The little town that was — then wasn’t

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Gate City beat Vega, Texas, in basketball at Gate City on July 10, 1938. Gate City? Where in the world is Gate City? Think Conchas Dam. Yes, there is a Gate City and old folks around Tucumcari know where it was. I say was because there is no Gate City [...]

Rain replenishing Conchas Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Fueled by monsoon rains, the water level at Conchas Lake is the highest it’s been in at least five years, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With higher water levels, more water will be available to irrigate farm and ranch operations south of the dam as [...]

June 4, 2006 Births

Bodee Aeson Bratcher was born March 25, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis to Matt and Adri Bratcher of Clovis He weighed 7 pounds, 3.4 ounces. He has a sister, Mattison, 4. Grandparents are Tim and Judy Bratcher of Bowie, Texas, and Jim and Jackie McElroy of Conchas Dam. Great-grandparents are Carl and [...]

Conchas Lake State Park popular spot for watersports

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Conchas Lake State Park has been a popular daytrip or weekend camping destination for eastern New Mexico residents for more than 50 years. That same charm of a large body of water in the desert landscape attracts visitors still today. The lake was formed when the Canadian River was dammed [...]

Martin, Lorraine C.

Lorraine Case Martin, 79, of Clovis, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born March 4, 1926, to George and Mary Daffin Case in Bentley, Okla. She married Glynn B. Martin on June 27, 1949, in Amarillo. She graduated from Murray State University in Tishomingo, Okla. She was [...]