City announces giraffe naming contest

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday a contest to name the giraffe born Jan. 25 in the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting suggestions via mail to 500 Sycamore, Clovis, NM 88101. Entries should include contact information for the submitter, including a name, address and phone number or […]

Parks professionals to gather in Clovis

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Benna Sayyed A host of parks and recreation professionals from New Mexico will gather this week at the Clovis Civic Center to share emerging ideas and trends in the field. Carrying the slogan “Doing the Usual Unusually Well” this year, the New Mexico Recreation and Park Association 2011 state Conference will offer at least 20 […]

Parks and Recreation conference coming to Clovis

CNJ staff The Clovis Civic Center will host this year’s New Mexico Recreation and Park Association state conference, running Wednesday morning through Friday. An estimated 200 parks and recreation employees will attend the conference, with speakers from around the region offering educational sessions and National Recreation and Park Association Board of Directors Chair Janna Rankin […]

Coney island part of amusement park golden age

Last week, this columnist took you on an exploration of the beginnings of amusement parks, inspired by the annual trip to Wonderland with my grandchildren. This week, I’d like to continue that exploration, as we look at the Golden Age of amusement parks. The following information was researched by using primarily Wikipedia, and other sites […]

Expositions evolved into amusement parks

“The amusement park lies cold and stark, kids are huddled on the beach in the mist, “I wanna die with you, Wendy, on the streets tonight in an everlasting kiss.”- Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen.

Portales past: Sept. 25, 1945

Portales Daily News: Staff Sgt. Lloyd D. Wharton, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Wharton; Charles Parks, son of Mrs. Burma Parks; and Sgt. Winfred Grider, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Grider of Floyd, were on furlough from military duty in the European theater of the war.

Portales Past: July 19, 1950

July 19, 1950: A Portales man was being held by police in Amarillo following a shooting in a city park. Amarillo police said W. B. Parks of Portales told them he shot an Amarillo man twice because he wouldn’t stop talking about birds. “I told him to get away from me. He wouldn’t leave me […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Portales parks, the zoo and Gone with the Wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Did you know? Portales’ eight city parks span over 270 acres combined. To see more about Portales recreation activities: http://www.portalesnm.org Question of the day 3-D movies: An upgrade in quality, or an excuse to charge extra money to filmgoers? Please join the discussion in the […]

Friday morning briefing: Backyard video and national parks

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day A natural history museum for eastern New Mexico and it’s right “In Your Backyard.”Question of the day What are your impressions of the Republican gubernatorial candidates, following Thursday’s forum?Web site of the day View and purchase photos published in Freedom New […]

City seeking volunteers for cleanup duty

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The City of Portales is looking for a few good men and women to help clean up for the centennial celebration, Heritage Days and beyond. Saturday, the city is leading a volunteer clean up at City Park and, if time permits, Rotary and Lindsey parks. And in a separate […]