My turn: Meals on Wheels director retiring

Around 11 a.m. every weekday, rain or shine, three or four volunteers enter the kitchen doors at Heartland Continuing Care, and emerge moments later carrying stacks of insulated trays, coolers of milk and juice, and notebooks directing them on a treasure hunt throughout Portales. The treasures in this case are the local recipients of Meals […]

Dragonflies: Versatile and voracious hunters

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Sharna Johnson Spring and summer rains on the dry Plains give birth to an uncharacteristic array of flora — and bugs. High moisture also means life for one of the most versatile and voracious hunters of the insect world: Dragonflies. A wet season this year, leaving behind full ponds and standing water, has bolstered dragonfly […]

My turn: Game and Fish offers hunting tips

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is urging hunters across the state to enjoy their time being outdoors with family and friends this hunting season. NMDGF is passing along tips for hunters: • Non-hunters should remember they share the outdoors with hunters carrying loaded weapons and they should wear bright-colored clothing at all […]

Friday morning briefing: Lucky hunters

Freedom New Mexico Good morning, and welcome to Friday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing Hunters who applied for New Mexico 2010-2011 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina, bighorn sheep and Barbary sheep licenses can see if they made the drawing “lucky list” on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, according to a department news […]

My Turn: Talk about an easy catch

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I want to hear from anglers, hunters and the men (and women) of the great outdoors about your adventures in the wilds of New Mexico and west Texas. Whether it’s about that trophy hanging on your wall, the one that got away or just your frustrating day fishing, hunting, […]

My Turn: State seeking hunting input

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officials are conducting public meetings to request input from hunters and maybe trappers about several changes to the state’s big-game hunting rules. The comments and the proposed changes will be presented to the state Game Commission in June. The changes will be […]

Hunters’ deadline nears

PNT Staff Report The Department of Game and Fish is reminding hunters to obtain a free customer identification number — new this year — before applying for hunting licenses or permits in annual drawings. The numbers must be obtained before an April 8 application deadline for 2009-2010 hunts. Hunters can obtain customer identification numbers and […]

Hunting report deadline approaches

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has announced all deer and elk hunters and trappers who held a license or permit for the 2008-2009 seasons must file harvest reports by Sunday. Hunters who miss the reporting deadline may still report and be eligible for drawings if they report before the drawing deadline and […]

Nov. 12, 1947

The Portales Daily News reported that because of the unusually cold weather, early successful deer hunters, like Zurel Hathcock and Wade Gunn of Elida, were not finding it necessary to hurry home after a kill to prevent spoilage.

Historic springs

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By Ruth White Burns: Special to the PNT Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles, to run the next two Sundays, describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. Why does a town on the Eastern Plains of New Mexico, far from the Rio Grande and its Hispanic settlements, have […]