The Neighborhood cleaning up obscure park

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Neighborhood, a group of Eastern New Mexico University students and community members, are joining forces to clean up La Buena Vida Park located off Juniper Street in Portales. The Neighborhood Chairman James Pearson said they are painting concrete toys shaped like giant cheese wedges. “We’re going to paint […]

Oasis State Park preps for trout derby

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer

Outdoor recreational activities available

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Jake Whitaker of Clovis gets in shooting time at Patriot Outdoors. Whitaker said he was trying out a new gun. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections With hunting season coming to a close, fishing season is just gearing up for anglers in New Mexico. Both Portales and Clovis offer fishing spots. […]

My turn: Other options besides hunting

With hunting season slowing until turkey season in April, it is nice to know there is something else a man of the outdoors can get into: Fishing. Oasis State Park in Roosevelt County and Ned Houk Park outside Clovis have winter trout for fishing. Oasis also has channel catfish in the pond. During the summer, […]

Oasis stocked with trout

State officials said the pond at Oasis State Park was stocked Monday with more than 1,600 trout. The stocked fish average 11 inches in length, according to a news release from the park. Anglers were reporting Tuesday power baits, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes were producing the best results. Information: 356-5331.

Oasis closing for furloughs

Freedom New Mexico Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from […]

Anheuser-Busch offers free theme park admission

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A tribute program that has provided free admission to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens for more than 4 million members of U.S. and coalition armed forces and their families has been extended through 2010. “Here’s to the Heroes,” a program sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, was launched in […]

Oasis State Park hosts fishing derby

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Many fishermen have tales to tell about the one that got away. But some of those participating in the “Biggest Catfish Challenge” Derby at Oasis State Park Saturday definitely earned bragging rights. Robert Quinn of Portales has been fishing for nine years and heard about the derby from a […]

Oasis State Park hosting fishing derby

Friends of Oasis State Park is staging a Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Registration is open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. All ages can participate in the derby, which offers prizes ranging from $10 to $75. Prizes are to be awarded based on the weight of the fish. […]

Day trips: Picnic opportunities available at Hillcrest Park Zoo

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PNT Correspondent Photo: Carrie Pendleton A male peacock sun bathes in the afternoon sun at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. This peacock is one of more than 300 birds visitors can view while strolling through the park. Place: Hillcrest Park Zoo Location: 1201 Sycamore St., Clovis. The park is roughly 9 miles or an 18-minute drive […]

Wildlife, camping at Sumner Lake State Park

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Courtesy of Sumner Lake State Park A deer is looking around at Sumner Lake State Park is one of many wildlife who make their home at the park. Place: Sumner Lake State Park Location: The park is 18 miles southwest of Fort Sumner on N.M. 203. It is roughly 75 miles or an hour-and-25-minute drive […]

Neighborhood cleaning crew

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James Pearson, left, and Autumn Gonzales pick up garbage in the Portales City Park on Tuesday evening. About 10 people joined the effort. They are members of The Neighborhood, a group of young people in Portales organized to provide community service.

Many outdoor options at Bottomless Lakes

Courtesy photo Bottomless Lakes State Park is located 15 miles southeast of Roswell. Trout fishing, biking, hiking, swimming, sailing, picnicking, camping and bird watching are some of the common activities that visitors can enjoy. Place: Bottomless Lakes State Park Location: The park is located 15 miles southeast of Roswell. It is roughly 122 miles, or […]

Kids’ summer lunches available

PNT Staff Report Portales youth ages 18 and younger can get free lunches 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1-Aug. 7, at Lindsey Park, Morrison Park, City Park and Rotary Park. Church camps, Bible schools and any organization that provides recreational and day care service for children can also receive the free lunches. La Casa […]

Lighthouse Mission hosting school vacation celebration

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Freedom New Mexico The Lighthouse Mission is making sure children get at least a little bit of vacation this summer. The mission is hosting Fun in the Park beginning at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park Saturday. Richard and Geri Gomez of the mission said as children, their families didn’t have the money for summer vacations. […]

Lake offers visitors outdoor activities

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks The Ute Lake State Park offers a variety of activities, including boating, fishing, camping, hiking and wildlife viewing. The park is almost two hours from Cannon Air Force Base. Place: Ute Lake State Park Location: 1880 N.M. 540 Loop, Logan. Ute Lake State Park is located 91 miles, or […]

Trailer fire contained in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Fire Department responded Friday night to a structure fire at the Town Talk trailer park in Clovis.

Day trip: Smokey Bear Historical Park

Courtesy of Smokey Bear Historical Park Visitors can learn about forest fires and the famous Smokey Bear at Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan. Place: Smokey Bear Historical Park Location: 118 First Street, Capitan. The park is three hours and 20 minutes or 190 miles from Cannon Air Force Base. What activities can you enjoy […]

Legislative tidbits, Feb. 18

The New Mexico staff Days remaining in session: 31 A vote for the exempts: On a party-line vote, the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday killed a measure (SB 424) that would cut the salaries of exempt state workers who make more than $75,000 by 10 percent. Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsored the […]

Feb. 6, 1962

Amids blistering winds, two state park officials staked out campsites for the new Oasis State Park. The new park facilities were planned to be completed within a couple of months.