County commissioners suspend Ute Lake Ranch subdivision plat

Thomas Garcia Quay County commissioners approved the development of one Ute Lake subdivision while halting another Tuesday. Following the recommendation of Quay County Manager Richard Primrose the commission suspended Ute Lake Ranch’s subdivision plat. “The suspension can be lifted at any time,” said commission chair Franklin McCasland. “The developers must first meet the requirements set […]

Press Release: Free golf for county residents

UTE LAKE, New Mexico — If playing a Nicklaus Design championship golf course along the 8,400-acre Ute Lake wasn’t enough, Quay County residents can now play the extraordinary lakefront course at 12 Shores at Ute Lake absolutely free during the month of September as an end-of-summer “thank you” to the local market that has supported […]

Ute Lake death blamed on ‘reckless vessel operation’

QCS Staff A fatal accident at Ute Lake on Aug. 14 has been blamed on “reckless vessel operation,” according to a report by Park Manager James Gurule. Officials said Noah Escoto, 24, of Amarillo, was struck by a pontoon boat and died from injuries a day later. The pontoon boat, operated by Ryan Harrington of […]

Local officials hope for, expect extension of water fees

Thomas Garcia Continuing reservation fees for Ute Lake water rights is an issue which affects the 12 entities in the Ute Reservoir Water Commission, said Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Project Manager Scott Verhines.

Amarillo man’s death is the second this summer at Ute Lake

QCS Staff An Amarillo man died following a boating accident at Ute Lake State Park in Logan, state park officials confirmed on Wednesday.

Portales officials wary of Ute Water Authority

Jared Tucker Two Portales city councilors are concerned about how much power the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will have, and why there’s only one elected official representing the city. The authority meets 10 a.m. Thursday in Texico. Tuesday, Councilor Mike Miller said he thinks the utility will take important decisions about water issues […]

Man’s body recovered from Ute Lake

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Thomas Garcia Dive teams have recovered the body of a 31-year-old Portales man who drowned Thursday night at Ute Lake. “The divers recovered the body of a man at 2 p.m., Friday at Ute Lake,” said New Mexico State Police Lt. Cleo Baker. Baker said the identity of the drowning victim could not be released […]

State police: Fourth of July uneventful despite large crowds

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Thomas Garcia Local authorities say the holiday weekend was pleasant as nearly 40,000 people visited Ute Lake State Park in Logan. From Thursday through Sunday there were 39,000 visitors to Ute Lake State Park, said Marty Niman, New Mexico State Parks public information officer. Despite the high number of visitors the New Mexico State Police […]

Our page — June 2

Meet your neighbor Name: James Chester Gurule Profession: Ute Lake State Park manager Age: 29 Hometown: Logan Family: Wife — Lara Corin “Cori” Gurule, 29; Sons — James Chance Gurule, 12; Christopher James Gurule, 10; Daughter — Makayla Rhea Gurule, 6 Your idea of a perfect day: No wind, and spending time with my family […]

Press Release: Ute funding bill passes both houses

Santa Fe – Last night (Monday) HB 15 a bill to create the Eastern NM Water Utility Authority and provide the structure for distribution of water from Ute Reservoir in Quay County, passed the Senate with a vote of 35-0. On February 4 it passed the House unanimously with a vote of 49-0.