Thousands enjoy Labor Day holiday at Ute, Conchas

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

The New Mexico State Police had no DWI arrests in Quay County over the Labor Day weekend. But they did seize 307 pounds of marijuana, officials said.

With the assistance of the Tucumcari Police K-9 unit, state police officers working on I-40 made three seizures of marijuana with a combined street value of $300,000, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Cleo Baker.

“We usually see an increase of narcotics traffic on I-40 during the summer months,” said Baker. “Our officers had not made any seizures for awhile and getting three in one weekend is outstanding.”

“It was a very good Labor Day weekend,” said Baker. “There were not fatalities and only four accidents two of which were alcohol related. There were three DWIs in the district but none were in Quay County.”

The Logan Police Department officials reported no DWI arrests and only one arrest during the Labor Day Weekend.

“It was a very busy but quiet weekend we estimate around 23,000 people were in Logan,” said Logan patrolman Wade Strand. “There were no fender benders on the state park property and no major incidents in town.”

More than 20,000 visited area State Parks during the Labor Day Weekend, according to state park officials.

Officials from both Ute Lake and Conchas State Park reported having no major incidents involving boating or law enforcement over the holiday weekend.

Both parks held interpretation programs for star watching and information about the coyote that were attended by park patrons, according to park superintendents Rodney Paris of Ute Lake State Park and Dan Rand of Conchas State Park.

There were about 20,000 visitors to Ute Lake over the three-day Labor Day holiday, Paris said.

“It was a busy weekend but we had no major boating or law enforcement incidents in the park, ” said Paris. “It was busier than past Labor Day weekends but it was a great way to end the summer season.”

“We were very busy over the weekend and were almost at full capacity at all of our camp sites,” said Rand, who did not have a visitor count. “The amount of visitors we had was about the same as last year. A lot of our visitors were out on the lake boating or fishing.”