You can get colds in the summer too

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist There’s a man rambling around town and he’s a real pain in the keister. He’s currently hitting the West Coast but, if he already hasn’t, will be moving inland sometime soon. He’s not a nice man to meet, for the first thing he does is bludgeon the skull so it […]

Hickey-Fields Engagement

David Hickey of Union, Ky., and Sandra Garrison of Albuquerque announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Shelby Hickey, to Dustin Fields, both of Albuquerque. He is the son of Jimmy and Rhonda Fields of Memphis, Texas. The couple will exchange vows at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lake Tahoe, Calif. The reception will […]

Fire restrictions continue at Oasis, five other parks

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Though most of New Mexico’s 34 State Parks have lifted statewide fire restrictions, six State Parks will continue to enforce restrictions imposed by local or federal entities until further notice, according to a release from the state. Those parks are: Fenton Lake State Park (Jemez Springs), Navajo Lake State Park […]

Day Trip: Sumner Lake

Families looking to cool off in the water or just relax and have fun can find the opportunity by visiting Sumner Lake State Park for a day or to camp overnight. With a lake that spans 4,500 acres, the 6,700-acre state park just west of Fort Sumner offers activities to enjoy on the water, while […]

Robinson, Shirley M.

Shirley Mae Robinson, 73, of Lake Arthur, died Monday, June 12, 2006, in Lake Arthur. She was born Nov. 20, 1932, in a farm house on the mesa near Floyd to James Walter Thomas and Eliza Jane (Davis) Thomas. On Nov. 22, 1952, she married Delbert R. Robinson in Houston. She was a secretary and […]

Day trips: Boating, diving among attractions at Bottomless Lakes

The Bottomless Lakes State Park is located just southeast of Roswell and can be reached by an easy drive of less than two hours. The Bottomless Lakes became the first state park in New Mexico in 1933. The park encompasses eight scattered lakes — some of the state’s few all-natural water holes, according to the […]

Day trips: Ute Lake offers wet, dry activities

Compiled by Bryant Million Ute Lake State Park near Logan offers visitors many activities in and out of the water. The lake is a manmade reservoir fed by the Canadian River, stretching 13 miles long and never exceeding one mile in width. The lake’s surface covers 8,200 acres, and it is the second largest lake […]

Henry, Albert

Albert G. Henry, 67, of Logan, died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Trigg Hospital in Tucumcari. He was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Lakeview, Texas, to Mamie James Henry. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1956 and lived in Logan for 44 years. He served on the Logan School Board for 14 years, including […]

Lubbock Lake Landmark still digging into past

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Compiled By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers If you’re looking for a daytrip to stretch your mind as well as your legs, a trip to Lubbock Lake Landmark could be for you. The attraction, operated by Museum of Texas Tech University, combines an archaeology and natural history preserve with exhibits and a learning center. The site […]

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 […]

Combs, Mary

Mary Lou Combs, 66, of Lake Charles, La., died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at her residence. She was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Chickasha, Okla. She grew up in Portales and made her home here until 1992, when she moved to Cameron, La. She recently relocated to Lake Charles as a result of hurricane damage […]

Day trips: Brantley Lake State Park offers spring getaway

Compiled by William Thompson Brantley Lake State Park, located between Artesia and Carlsbad, has a 2,500-acre lake stocked with black bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. The park’s manager, Shane Phipps, said officials have recently noticed another species. “The game and fish people were out here and netted some nice pound to pound-and-a-half white bass,” Phipps […]

Record fish caught at Ute Lake

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Cale Sanders holds his record fish before he released it back into the lake. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two years after his college football career ended, Cale Sanders made one of his most famous catches. Sanders, a teacher and coach at Roswell’s Goddard High School, landed a state-record smallmouth bass Friday evening […]

Fire near Logan chars 8,000 acres

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer When O.B. Coffey saw smoke rising south of his home on the south side of Ute Lake in Logan on Saturday afternoon, he took a hose and wet things down around his home. A short while later, a sheriff’s deputy knocked on Coffey’s door. “The sheriff’s deputy came … […]

Clovis mayor feels development might compromise pipeline project

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Bruce Hamon of Hamon Contractors Inc. gives a presentation detailing Ute Lake Ranch development project Wednesday during a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting in the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during […]

Officials: Ute development could be boon for retirees

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The first phase of construction at Ute Lake Ranch has begun and is expected to be completed in 2008, according to Chief Executive Officer Barry Freedman. The 25,000 acre development is located in the bluff country in the northeastern portion of the state near Tucumcari. Freedman said he has […]

God’s people are to ‘overflow’ with Thanksgiving

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Sometimes we just make things too hard. I was listening to one of Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” stories one day as he was talking about the deer hunting season that had closed up in (fictitious) Lake Wobegon right before Thanksgiving. Keillor painted a word picture (which I’ve embellished […]

Power company workers return from Texas, Louisiana

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Randy Mitchell of Clovis’ Powerline Inc., top, and an unidentified co-worker repair a damaged power line during Hurricane Rita relief efforts. (Courtesy photo) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer After restoring power to homes in Texas and Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Rita, representatives from a Clovis power company came home Friday. Randy Mitchell, […]

Self-attuned individuals find affirmations abound in nature

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It was one of those crispy, crackly northeast Ohio evenings when the cold light from the stars and distant planets seem to invade our own planet, frosting the trees and icing the lake surface. Need I say that the season was autumn, fairly close to this time of autumn, when the […]

Beauty can be found one hour away, take a bicycle

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I fully intended to take some art work down to Roswell, to the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. There was to be a sale and exhibit, with a modest entry fee, and it seemed very worthwhile. This wasn’t going to intrude, either, into the items I planned to enter in our […]