Roadies hit town

By Dave Gragg Call it a Tucumcari tradition. Six cowboys and cowgirls took a trail ride through the Trails West Lounge on Thursday night, kicking off this weekend’s Route 66 celebration with a throwback to an earlier era. “It started years and years ago,” said Bob Bonds, one of the wranglers to grab a beer […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, many eastern New Mexico communities could be ghost towns by 2040. […]

Aquifer history goes back millions of years

By Claire Bushey The word “aquifer” comes from two Latin words, which together mean “to bring water.” That is what the Ogallala Aquifer has done for the High Plains for nearly a century. Named after the town of Ogallala, Neb., the aquifer covers 174,000 square miles in parts of eight states, including New Mexico and […]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water Co. officials have said they are prepared to provide eastern New Mexico with water through 2040. But Clovis […]

Farmers already feeling effects of disappearing water supply

By Haley Rice and Dave Gragg Donald Jones has been farming 29 years, but he has had enough. He loves farming and would continue, but said he’s running out of water on his Farwell farm. And Jones is not the only area resident with water worries. Most experts agree all of eastern New Mexico and […]

Obituaries

Dolores Stallard Ramsey Dolores Stallard Ramsey, 53, died April 9, 2003, in Ames, Iowa, after fighting multiple sclerosis for many years. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Stallard, she was born April 13, 1949, in Tucumcari. She graduated from the University of Illinois and later served as an electronics specialist for the U.S. […]

Romanian heads across Mother Road

By Dave Gragg Vasile Stoica hopes it will take 66 days to do what no one has done before: Go from Santa Monica, Calif. to Chicago on the famed Route 66 — by wheelchair. A challenge? Yes. But not as big as others he has already overcome. And this time, he has more motivation — […]