Anniversaries — Nov. 20

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Stieg [image #3, align=left, size=medium] Fred and Christine Stieg of Conchas Dam will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 26 at the Conchas Lake Baptist Church. The couple was married Nov. 25, 1941, at the First Baptist Church Parsonage in Portales. They have four […]

Last of Conchas Dam builders to be honored

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico When Earl Flint was a boy, his toys all had wheels. “I was all about machines and how they would change the world,” he said. And they did change his world 75 years ago when he was hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help build Conchas […]

Deep ocean bird spotted in Tucumcari

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Bird watchers are migrating to Conchas Lake for the rare chance to catch a glimpse of a blue-footed booby. That’s an ocean bird, for the uninitiated. First spotted Aug. 15, bird enthusiasts speculate the juvenile bird got caught up in a storm and landed in New Mexico, though park […]

Albuquerque man drowns at Conchas

By Chelle Delaney, Freedom New Mexico CONCHAS — A 25-year-old Albuquerque man died Sunday in Conchas Lake after cliff diving near Conchas Dam, New Mexico State Police said. Julian Sanchez was diving with friends and did not come up from a dive about 4:30 p.m.,

LaVerba Blandford, 78

LaVerba Blandford, 78, died Friday, May 23, 2003, in Amarillo. She was born Oct. 23, 1924, in Portales, to Alice and A.K. Scott. She grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1942. On May 28, 1942, she married Buck Blandford. During World War II she was employed at B&J Drug. In […]