Adventure comes in scary packages

By Clyde Davis The pine barrens begin in the central part of New Jersey and stretch to the ocean in an easterly direction, to Cape May in the south, and touch the Delaware River in the East. It’s a vast area of rural terrain and downright wilderness, and is heavily grown over with cedar stands, [...]

Texas entertainment just a few hours away

By Angela Peacock Lake Meredith National Recreation Area north of Amarillo isn’t just a place to fish, swim, hike and camp, officials said. With the Texas-style musical “Lone Star Rising,” visitors can experience a piece of Western history. “Lone Star Rising,” which is held at the Fritch Fortress amphitheater, runs Wednesday through Sunday nights beginning [...]

Summertime one of joy, remembrance

By Bill Gaedke The best summer vacation I ever had was in 1947 when I accompanied my grandfather on a fishing trip to Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada.  I had just turned 17. We left Milwaukee in my grandmother’s 1946 Oldsmobile, and the first great experience of the trip was that my grandfather let me drive [...]

Hooked on fishing

By Janet Bresenham On the Saturday before Father’s Day, nothing beats spending a beautiful sunny day beside the lake fishing with your dad, your grandpa — or even your mom. “This is a good Father’s Day gift,” said Kenneth Bobo, who was watching his son Weston fish the waters of the big lake at Ned [...]

Day drive includes dinosaurs

By Angela Peacock ? Less than a three-hour drive north of Clovis is one of the largest discovery of dinosaur tracks in the world. Clayton Lake State Park, located 12 miles north of Clayton, is home to more than 500 dinosaur tracks. The prehistoric footprints, which experts say were made more than 100 million years [...]

Internet helps planning trips

By Tom DiFrancesca I hope that everyone had a “fantabulous” Memorial Day weekend. I hear that it was a wet one in eastern New Mexico. Miss Susie Q and I hopped into the “Country Cadillac” (pickup truck) and headed to the western side of the state to do some exploring, so, unfortunately, we missed out [...]

Dowell, Uley Jr.

Uley Dowell Jr. Services: Have been held. Uley “Pappy” Dowell, 79, of Lake Sumner, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, in an automobile accident at Lake Sumner State Park. He was born April 11, 1924, in Eldon, Iowa, to Uley Dewite Dowell Sr. and the former Grace Howard. He served more than 22 years in the [...]

Celebrating a clean slate

By Jack King About 30 area residents, dignitaries, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, state and federal officials gathered at Santa Fe Lake on Thursday. Their purpose was to celebrate the transformation of the lake — a playa about one mile south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad yard in Clovis — from one of [...]

One dies in plunge to Pecos

By Jack King The body of a 77-year-old Fort Sumner-area man was recovered from 30 feet of water Wednesday morning after his pickup plunged into the Pecos River below Lake Sumner Dam on Tuesday night. Uley Dowell, who lived in a cabin on Lake Sumner, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Medical Investigator [...]

Lake dropped from Superfund list

By Jack King The Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway Co. will hold an open house Thursday at Santa Fe Lake to celebrate the removal of the lake from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List. The open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the lake site on South Main Street across [...]