7/30 Regional Roundup

Ute Lake Ranch discussion followed by tour
Tucumcari city and county officials attended Wednesday’s public meeting at the Logan Community Center hosted by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), Ute Reservoir Committee, and the Ute Lake Ranch (ULR) development, according to city and county managers.
The meeting included a presentation outlining the plans for the development followed by a tour, officials said. Although questions from the public were addressed, no official action was taken. Water quality remains high on the priority list, according to James Wilcox, ISC commissioner and Ute Lake Committee chairman.

DWI Task Force to study underage drinking
Tucumcari police and DWI task force members will be attending a national leadership conference aimed at preventing underage drinking from Aug. 18-20 in Tuscon, Ariz., according to task force officials.
DWI Task Force Coordinator Noreen Hendrickson will be joined by law enforcement representatives John Howard and Jack Hendrickson from the Tucumcari police and District Captain Oscar Gonzales of the New Mexico State Police, according to officials.
The DWI Task Force is also studying ways to involve youth in the DWI prevention program through the Tucumcari High School DECA (distributive education) program sponsored by Antonio Pacheco, Hendrickson said.

New Mexico State Fair Parade calls for entries
Anyone proud of New Mexico who ever wanted to march in a parade now has a chance — and a large one at that, at the New Mexico State Fair, according to a release from Expo New Mexico’s parade office.
The parade starts at 9 a.m. on Sept. 10 at Albuquerque’s fairgrounds and snakes east on Central Avenue to almost Eubank; the route is 2.2 miles long, the release said.
Two hundred-plus entries are expected, the release said, adding categories include marching groups, civic groups, dance groups, high school bands, Veterans groups, dog groups, mounted groups, antique and custom cars, and of course, creatively decorated floats depicting this year’s theme: “We’re having a party!”
Prizes range from ribbons to trophies to cash, officials said. Participating in this year’s parade as official honor guard is West Mesa High School’s Navy Junior ROTC 50-flag unit under the direction of Chief David DeWitt.
Deadline for entries is August 17. For more information and an application, call the parade office at 265-1791, ext. 274, or visit www.exponm.com