Rain replenishing Conchas Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Fueled by monsoon rains, the water level at Conchas Lake is the highest it’s been in at least five years, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With higher water levels, more water will be available to irrigate farm and ranch operations south of the dam as […]

Boy’s death raises concerns about canal safety

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — On the city block adjacent to First Street and Charles Avenue lies a fence enclosing an irrigation canal. Many in Tucumcari now think of it as the place where they came to hope and pray Agustin “Augie” Montiel would survive. In the place of those people are now […]

Dental pain always trumps weight gain

By Grant McGee I’ve been saving money to go to the dentist. It’s kind of funny. I’ll save money to go to the dentist or to get new glasses. I’ll make plans to go see those guys but I’m reluctant to go in for a medical checkup. I know what’ll happen when I go to […]

Dictionary listings sometimes not pretty

By Ned Cantwell Words. Merriam-Webster brought out is first Collegiate Dictionary back in 1898. It was a very thin book, because people did not need many words back then. There was much more grunting and pointing in those days. The first dictionary primarily concerned itself with the definitions of “yes,” “no,” and “I’m hungry.” Early […]