A survival guide for parents of tween and teen girls


Arden Greenspan-Goldberg I am a N.Y.-based licensed psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience and mother of a now-grown daughter — Samara, 22. In order to help moms and daughters from my practice (as well as friends and family), I have come up with tips to help moms cultivate a respectful, strong connection with their […]

Shelter training being offered

CNJ staff The Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 6 is bringing their Shelter Field Guide Training to New Mexico, according to a news release. The training was developed for those who may need to open or operate a shelter but lack formal training. The training is an eight hour course. There will be two offerings […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Get hooked, local summer guide and Reagan shot

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Get hooked New Mexico’s license year begins April 1, and that means it’s time to renew your fishing license. They can be purchased at license vendors statewide, Department of Game and Fish offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell and Raton, or online […]

Outdoor guide: Clayton Lake State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Clayton Lake hosts an annual fishing derby in May and during the winter is host to migratory birds including bald and golden eagles. Clayton Lake State Park • Location: Clayton Lake State Park is 12 miles north of Clayton via N.M. 370. It is 3 hours and 52 minutes […]

Outdoor guide: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park


Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is set near the Sacramento Mountains which feature historic exhibits. • Location: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is 8 miles south of Alamogordo via U.S.-54. • Directions: From Portales take U.S. 70 W. for 85 miles stay straight and take West Relief Route (Roswell) […]

Outdoor guide: Manzano Mountains State Park


Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Manzano Mountains State Park has five miles of hiking trails, bird watching, photography opportunities and cross-country skiing in the winter. Clarence Plank Manzano Mountains State Park • Location: The park is 16 miles northwest of Mountainair via N.M. Highways 55 and 131. It is 194 miles or 3 hours […]

Outdoor guide: Eagle Nest Lake State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Eagle Nest Lake State Park is located in the Moreno Valley and is 160 miles northeast of Albuquerque, 32 miles east of Taos and 65 miles southwest of Raton off of US-64. Eagle Nest Lake State Park • Location: Eagle Nest is 160 miles northeast of Albuquerque. It is […]

Outdoor guide: Living Desert State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks A family walks along one of the trails in the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. The park offers people a chance to see 40 different native animals species. Living Desert State Park • Location: Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is on the northeast edge of […]

Outdoor guide: Brantley Lake State Park

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Brantley Lake State Park is located north of Carlsbad and offers hiking, year-round camping, boating and fishing. Brantley Lake State Park • Location: Twelve miles north of Carlsbad. It is 2 hours and 50 minutes or 166 miles from Portales. It is 185 miles or 3 hours and 20 minutes […]

Outdoor guide: Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Rio Grande Nature Center Park is the winter home to Canadian geese, sandhill cranes, various ducks and other water fowl. The nature center has a glass wall library to view birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park • Location: The park is […]

Outdoor guide: Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Canadian geese and sandhill cranes relax and move around Bitter Lake last October on their way south for winter. • Location: Bitter Lake is located 10 miles northeast of Roswell in Chaves County. It is 1 hour and 33 minutes or 89 miles from Portales. It is 102 miles or […]

Outdoor guide: Villanueva State Park

Courtesy photo: New Mexico State Parks Villanueva State Park features adobe style picnic shelters, hiking, and fishing along the Pecos River. Villanueva State Park • Location: Villanueva State Park is located 30 miles southwest of Las Vegas N.M. and ten miles south of San Jose off of I-25. It is 179 miles or 3 hours […]

Outdoor guide: Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Courtesy photo: New Mexico State Parks Elephant Butte Lake was created by a dam which was constructed in 1916 across the Rio Grande. The state park is a water-based recreation for anglers, boater and history buffs. The area was once part of a shallow ocean and once the sea receded, it was the hunting ground […]

Outdoor guide: Ute Lake State Park

FNM file photo Boaters can cruise Ute Lake for a good fishing spot or enjoy the scenery at the lake. Ute Lake State Park • Location: Ute Lake is three miles west of Logan via N.M. 540. It is 102 miles or 2 hours and 5 five minutes from Portales. It is 84 miles or […]

Outdoor guide: Conchas State Park

Courtesy photo Conchas Lake State Park offers a wide variety of water sport activities including boating, fishing and water-skiing at this refreshing, 25-mile long reservoir. • Location: In Newkirk N.M., which is 34 miles northwest of Tucumcari via N.M. 104. It is a 116-mile drive from Clovis and 125 miles from Portales. • What do […]

Working animals help with ranch

Glenda Price One of the grandest sights in the world, in my opinion, is watching a cow dog at work. A bird dog is just as neat. Riding a champion cutting horse or barrel racing horse is an extra special thrill because you and the animal are doing something exciting together. Guide dogs that work […]

Military feature: Publication details tween, teen activities


By Liliana Castillo A project started by a spouse at Cannon Air Force base bloomed into an annual publication called the Youth Activities Guide. The publication includes three months of activities happening at Cannon for tweens and teens. “This really is a homegrown program,” Maj. Mae-Li Allison of Public Affairs said. “A spouse recognized the […]

Udall to visit ENMU

PNT staff Friday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is scheduled to host a town hall meeting 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Eastern New Mexico University in the Campus Union Building Sandia Room. He will discuss and take questions about the first six months of the 111th Congress. In addition, Udall is set to distribute the new GI Bill […]

Editorial: Science, not politics, should guide drug laws

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will effectively end the Bush administration’s policy of raiding medical marijuana distributors who are operating legally under state law. The decision is welcome and long-overdue news and in line with promises President Barack Obama made repeatedly along the campaign trail. Of course, this simple statement will […]

11-25 Library Books

The following books are available in the Portales Public Library: The Watkins Dictionary of Dream By Mario Reading Thousands of in-depth entries explore and explain the stuff of dreams in this book by Mario Reading. What does it mean if you dream of a white elephant? Of flying, dolls, or dentists? This book offers a […]