It’s Their Job: Birl Gray

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Birl Gray Job: RV Park Owner Background: Birl Gray worked for Southwestern Public Service for 23 years before retiring. He now owns and operates Wagon Wheel RV Park where it costs $18 a night to stay in a recreational vehicle. Time on job: 20 years Q. Describe what your […]

Park fees threaten general access to public lands

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor As we sprawled on the cool sands, the last bit of pink faded in the western sky and lightning flashed in the distance over the Sacramento Mountains. It was a special Saturday evening but not a whole lot of people had joined us at White Sands National Monument for […]

Oasis will remain dry until February

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer New Mexico State Parks officials hope to have the fishing pond at Oasis State Park fixed by early next year. The three-acre pond has been closed since February when park officials drained it after discovering a leak, according to Oasis State Park Manager Jim Whary. The state parks department […]

Oasis could be looking to skies

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Oasis State Park is being considered as a possible location for the final of four observatories being built by the New Mexico State Parks. The state parks department started the Reach for the Stars program in 2004 to promote the night skies of New Mexico as cultural resources, according […]

Rain doesn’t dampen Heritage Days

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A crowd of Portales residents and visitors gathered at the City Park on Saturday to enjoy the food, fun and cool weather at the annual Heritage Days celebration. Early morning rain showers had Heritage Day’s events organizer concerned about the turnout for the annual event. Instead the rain seemed […]

Events Calendar June 22

Sunday Heritage Days Church in the Park — 11 a.m. City Park Gospel Grass — 12:30 p.m. City Park Thursday Andy and Don — 7-10 p.m. at the Do Drop In July 1 Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., commissioners room Portales City Council meeting — 7 p.m., Portales City Hall July 3 Smokin’ […]

Vandals strike skate park

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer City of Portales and Recreation Center officials closed the skate park to the public Monday, a day after it was vandalized. Four aluminum fence poles that were set in concrete were broken Sunday and a section of the pavement was spray painted, according to Johnny Ledbetter, recreation center and […]

Fort Sumner man’s body found in lake

Freedom New Mexico State Park officials recovered the body of a missing Fort Sumner man at Sumner Lake about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to Fort Sumner Mayor and family friend Juan Chavez. Josh Kenyon’s body surfaced about 600 yards from shore in roughly the same spot in which he disappeared Saturday evening while jet skiing, […]

Music festival back at Oasis

PNT Staff Report The Oasis State Park staff is preparing for the third annual Old Tyme Music concert. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the playground area at Oasis State Park. The funds raised by the concert go directly to the Friends of Oasis and are used for improvements at the park. The […]

Cinco de Mayo events planned

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A city-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration in Portales on Saturday at Lindsey Park will feature live music, a softball tournament, a horseshoe tournament, pi

Bitten zookeeper’s condition improving

Sharna Johnson The mother of a Clovis zookeeper said because Gila Monster bites are rare, doctors struggled to figure out how to treat her son. Sharita Haragan, said her son, Cody Machen suffered a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction after he was bitten by the venomous lizard Wednesday while transferring it between cages at Hillcrest Park […]

Oasis pond to close down again

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish issued an emergency order Monday to allow people to salvage fish from the man-made pond at Oasis State Park after a leak was discovered in its liner, according to a news release. The order will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. March 3, the […]

Bill seeks to bolster ENMU, parks partnership

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Senate memorial bill passed late last week seeks to build on a partnership between Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks Division in operating the Blackwater Draw Archaeological site north of Portales. The bill, which was approved unanimously by the Senate and has been signed by […]

Oasis reopens pond

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The pond is stocked, lines are being cast and for the first time since last April, the lake at Oasis State Park is open for fishing. The lake has been closed for 10 months for major renovation to seal the lake-bottom to repair water leakage. Oasis State Park manager […]

Park firearms rules inconsistent, infringe on personal freedoms

Talk in political circles often centers on bipartisanship. If politicians want to portray a bill or program as something few would quibble with, they reach across the aisle and find at least a handful of supporters in the other party. Then they can say their proposal is bipartisan and the rest of us are supposed […]

Oasis State Park entrance reduced to single lane

The entrance road into Oasis State Park is reduced to one lane while the lake is being refilled, according to a news release. Workers began refilling the pond Thursday after drainage and renovation. Park officials said it will take 10-14 days to completely fill the pond if no problems arise. A ramp has been built […]

Oasis to become more stargazer-friendly

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Visitors to Roosevelt County’s Oasis State Park this spring and summer will be able to see the night sky more clearly than they ever have, thanks to new lights installed this winter. The park is retrofitting all of its current lights to more night-sky friendly lighting to benefit the […]

Volunteers sought at Oasis State Park

Volunteers are needed to start replacing the rip rap rock along the east side of the pond at Oasis State Park. Volunteers can work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. while park staff is present, according to a news release. The help will expedite the renovation project which has been under way for several months […]

Dec. 12, 1947

• The Portales Rotary Club voted unanimously to take over the equipping of a new park surrounding the south watertower on the south side of the city near the Baptist Children’s Home. • Icy conditions on U.S. 70 between Portales and Elida caused 10 wrecks before noon with two injured women brought to Portales by […]

No laughing matter: Zoo lands hyenas

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Timid and still adjusting to their new home, a pair of spotted hyenas at Hillcrest Park Zoo are an unusual addition to the park’s menagerie, according to zookeeper Mark Yanotti. Yanotti said hyenas are relatively sparse in zoos and Hillcrest is excited to display the pair. In 2005 there […]