Developers clash with officials

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 Mexico. Clovis’ Sid Strebeck and Logan developer Warren Frost, who both sell lots along Ute Lake’s south shore but are [...]

Logan Bass Club hosts tournament

William Thompson The 13th annual Ute Lake Open bass tournament is coming to Logan Oct. 2-3. Bob Rutter, of the Logan Bass Club, said the tournament draws a big crowd for early fall. “We should have between 50-60 two-person teams,” said Rutter. “That’s a lot of people coming into Logan and spending money on food, [...]

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 [...]

Woman stranded at Ute Lake

William Thompson Rodney Paris, Park Manager for Ute Lake State Park, said alcohol contributed to an argument among friends at the park Sunday evening which left a young Albuquerque woman stranded at the park with no money, no possessions, clad only in her bikini. “Alcohol most definitely contributed to the situation,” said Paris. “She and [...]

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 [...]

Conchas Lake offers activities

Conchas Lake State Park will be offering interpretive programs and presentations each Saturday this month. The programs are free to the public. On Saturday July 10 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Steve Cary, a New Mexico State Parks Ranger, will lead guests on a butterfly walk at the park. Cary is an expert entomologist [...]

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 [...]

Ute Lake gets busier in 2004

David Arkin Things have been jumping for fishermen, bait stores and park officials this summer at the Ute Lake State Park in Logan. And this weekend is expected to be no different. With the July 4 weekend approaching, officials at the park say they are getting ready for large crowds, something they’ve been accustomed to [...]

Fire restrictions set

The New Mexico State Forestry Division has set new fire restrictions for forest lands and parks throughout New Mexico. According to Eugene Pino, Fire Management Officer for the Las Vegas District, the restrictions are in effect indefinitely. “The new restrictions will be in effect until we get precipitation or until we get even stricter restrictions,” [...]

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 [...]