Conchas lake on the rise

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William Thompson:Quay County Sun Officials at Conchas Dam and Conchas Lake State Park are expecting more visitors this year as the lake’s water level is up. Gary Cordova, operations manager for the Corps of Engineers at Conchas Dam, said it’s not beyond the realm of possibility the lake could reach its high watermark this summer. […]

Experts say Quay County irrigation drought may end soon

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun It won’t take much more rain to end the irrigation water shortages for Quay County farmers, experts said. Rain in the Roy, Springer or Wagon Mound areas could fill Conchas Lake, the irrigation source for area farmers, said Leonard Lauriault, forage agronomist with the New Mexico State University Ag […]

Conchas plants, cleans up

TV Hagenah Conchas Lake State Park saw 97 volunteers come out Saturday, to donate their time to help make that state park look a little better in the future. “I think it was wonderful,” said Park Ranger Julie Stone one of the driving forces behind the event, about the turn out and activity for National […]

Summer ends at area lakes

William Thompson On Labor Day afternoon, many visitors to Ute Lake and Conchas Lake were pulling boats and jet skis out of the water, perhaps for the last time this year. Tara Carter, administrator for Ute Lake State Park, said visitation will decline sharply as cooler weather approaches. “We expect park visitation to slow down […]

No school for Conchas

TV Hagenah CONCHAS LAKE – At its height it educated 25 students grades kindergarten through sixth grade, but those days are long gone, and because of that, Conchas Elementary School held its last class in May. The school was established over fifty years ago and had as its mission statement to educate the people around […]

Helen Marie Edwards, Bonita Faye Roe

Helen Marie Edwards Helen Marie Edwards, 86, of Friona, Texas died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Parmer County Hospital in Friona, Texas. Services: 3 p.m. Sunday at Church of Christ of Fort Sumner. Helen Marie Edwards was born on April 23, 1918, in Childress, Texas to Willie and Flora Potter. She moved to Fort Sumner […]

Conchas gets new acting super

William Thompson Paul Fishell, the Park Manager of Conchas Lake State park for the past three years, became the acting superintendent of the park on Thursday, July 8. Byron Wilson, the former superintendent, left to become the superintendent of the recently opened Eagle Nest State Park. Fishell said he is glad to be acting superintendent […]

Rangers help with ‘jacket safety

Julie Stone U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Rangers Steve Peterson and Bob Mumford were in the right place at the right time on Saturday, June 5 when they noticed that three girls, ages 14 to 16 years old, had fallen off their jet ski at Conchas Lake. According to Peterson, all three were trying to […]

Conchas Lake water level rises

William Thompson Due to rains within the last ten days, the water level of Conchas Lake has risen about one foot, according to Paul Fishell, Conchas Lake Park Manager. “The higher water level is noticeable to regular visitors to the park, but infrequent visitors probably would not be able to tell, just by looking, that […]

Programs begin at Conchas Lake

TV Hagenah On Saturday evening a small group of people gathered near the Conchas Lake Marina for a Native American musical interlude from fishing and cruising the lake with power boats. George Tyler of Las Vegas also known by his Native American name “Dear Tracks” performed for an hour on his speciality, the Native American […]