Wildlife service could designate Canadian River critical habitat for shiner

By Tova Fruchtman: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI —The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority heard concerns Wednesday about the possibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declaring the Canadian River a critical habitat for the Arkansas River shiner. Doug Murray of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission said the Arkansas River shiner critical habitat designation […]

Lippolt, Evelyn

Evelyn M. Neumeister Lippolt, 90, died Saturday, April 9, 2005, in Madison, Wisc. She was born on May 15, 1914, to Frank and Ida (Douglas) Dann. Lippolt worked many years for the Bormans clothing store and LaFollette High School before retiring in 1979. She was a long time member of Lake Edge United Church of […]

Grundman, Howard

Howard Grundman Services:  Have been held. Howard “Axel” Grundman, 82, of Storm Lake, Iowa, formerly from Albuquerque, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, Iowa. He was born on Nov. 15, 1921, in Pella, Iowa, to Ralph S. and Katherine Elvira Burtness Grundman.  He was baptized on Dec. […]

Norris, Mary

Mary Norris Services: Have been held Mary Louise Norris, 57, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at Timpanogos Hospital in Orem, Utah. She was born Sept. 28, 1947 to Lyle and Jean Norris in Las Vegas. She graduated from high school at Johnson Air Base in Japan, and was a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University […]

Area rancher took control of horses

Don McAlvay: Local Columnist J. E. “Big” Johnson, who stood 6-foot-4, weighed 221 pounds, was a man of great physical strength. Legends of his feats are still remembered. Born in 1878 at Gonzales, Texas, Johnson came to New Mexico as a strapping boy of 17 in 1895 and worked on four huge ranches from near […]

Logan withdraws from water project

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The Village of Logan will no longer be involved in the Ute Pipeline Project, a decision that is expected to have little impact on the project and Logan’s future water supply. Logan Village Administrator Larry Wallin said the town will continue to reserve its 400 acre feet of water […]

Logan considers pulling out of pipeline project

CNJ staff The Village of Logan is considering pulling out of the $307 million Ute Pipeline Project, city officials said at Thursday’s City Commission meeting. Clovis Mayor David Lansford said since Logan residents live so close to Ute Lake, water in the Logan area is plentiful underground and can be easily drilled. Because of that, […]

Officials close Ute Lake marina

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — The Ute Lake Marina, in service since 1980, was recently closed down by New Mexico State Parks officials due to safety concerns and contractual violations on the part of the marina’s owners, according to a parks department press release. Sid and Beverly Smith were the owners of the […]

Officials concerned development may contaminate water at Ute

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Dan Synnott of Clovis rides a jet ski during a May visit at Ute Lake near Logan (CNJ file photo). Mike Linn Two area developers with big plans for Ute Lake have met resistance from officials who fear development may contaminate the lake’s water, reserved as a future drinking supply for residents of eastern New […]

Avery, James C.

James Cicero Avery Services: 11 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday at Christ Chapel First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, Tenn. James Cicero Avery, 84, of Greeneville, Tenn., a retail business owner and manager, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at his home. He was born on Jan. 23, 1920, in Dover, N.C. He served in the U.S. Navy from […]

Bell, Tommy O.

Tommy O. Bell Services: Will be held at a later date. Tommy O’Neal Bell, 68, of Lake Sumner, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 15, 1935, in Portales, to George Clark and Freda Olive Blevins Bell. He was raised in Arch and attended school […]

Beauty and the Beast Are Engaged!

By Curtis K. Shelburne Well, now it’s official. The Hulk is engaged! Our second son, Jeffrey, the one who when he was a little guy we we always thought would stay a little guy — it turns out we didn’t have any little guys — the one who somewhere in his growing up years mutated […]

Fireworks bring fond memories

By Grant McGee That big fireworks display, “Smoke on the Water” is at Greene Acres Park this Sunday. Clovis’ Tom Martin sparkplugs the event every year. Tom and I have something in common: Our fathers were both hotel managers. Hotels. Fireworks. Fourth of July. These things whirl around in my mind and I remember my […]

City manager making most of summer

Reporter’s Notebook One of eastern New Mexico’s more famous residents spent last weekend roaring around Ute Lake on a Harley. Well, sort of. Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon was seen zipping around on a Harley-Davidson replica mini scooter. The scooter goes about 25 mph and is powered by a two-cycle lawnmower engine, he said. “It’s […]

Reagan legacy needs more perspective

When I was a lad, my family spent a couple of summer vacations at a pleasant lake in central Texas called Granite Shoals. But in 1965, during the prime of my boyhood, it was renamed for a local product who had risen to the White House — Lyndon Johnson. It became Lake LBJ. From a […]

Fishing Derby brings families together at Ned Houk Park

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Everett McSchooler, 4, of Clovis, looks at the catfish he caught as his dad Scott shows it to him during The Optimist Club of Clovis’ 17th annual Fishing Derby Saturday at Ned Houk Park. McSchooler caught five fish on the day. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Janet Bresenham: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Timothy Estrada, 5, yawned and […]

Knowledge key to Ute Lake safety

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ STAFF WRITER When it comes to safety at Ute Lake in Logan, Park Manager Rodney Paris said flooding the water and banks with security personnel is the best way to prevent problems. “We try to use visibility as a deterrent, whether it is boat patrol or land patrol,” Paris said. The […]

Albuquerque man hurt in boating accident

CNJ Staff LOGAN — A boating accident at Ute Lake sent an Albuquerque man to the hospital with head and side injuries Sunday afternoon. New Mexico State Park personnel are investigating the accident. Rangers said details were still not clear but it appeared the injured man was riding a boat with family members when it […]

Splash! Subaru sinkeroo

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New Mexico State Police search and rescue divers Sgt. Robert Gomez and officer Ben Hazen help guide a white Subaru Loyale through the water at Chavez Park Tuesday evening. (CNJ photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Children watch as vehicle ends up at bottom of lake. A Clovis man faces drunken […]

Clovis mayor wants Tucumcari to share Ute water

By Michelle Seeber Unless Tucumcari is willing to give up part of the water it has reserved at Ute Lake, chances are good the Eastern New Mexico Pipeline Project will fail, Clovis Mayor David Lansford said. But Tucumcari officials do not want to give up their excess share of water, Lansford told the Clovis City […]