Don’t judge a frozen cat owner

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Columnist One of the goldfish in the pond died the other day. It was a big ol’ fella; homegrown, born and raised in the backyard pond. I didn’t name it or anything, I just know it was born about five years ago. “I have a dead fish back here,” […]

Field trips teach students about fishing, aquatic life

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Children squeal and shout excitedly as a big catfish thrashes on the line. A mother pulls the fish out of the pond for a moment, but it breaks the line and disappears under the water. After classroom fishing clinics, Valencia Elementary School students took field trips to Willow Bend recently to learn about fishing and […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Oasis State Park announces summer programming

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As summer rolls into the area, Oasis State Park is gearing up to offer visitors a variety of activities in which to participate. Sponsored by the Friends of Oasis, the second annual Old Tyme Music Concert will take place from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, said Valerie Russ, park technician […]

April 29, 1980

• Oasis State Park was growing with the addition of an enlarged artificial pond, shelters and additional trees that were being planted. • A 10 pound bag of potatoes were on sale at Thriftway for $.79 a bag. • The Portales Jaycees were collecting donations for an upcoming flea market they were sponsoring. Proceeds from the […]

Caiman moves into new digs at Natural History Museum

By Tony Parra The South American caiman is in his new home at the Natural History Museum waiting for visitors and now all he needs is a name. The Caiman crocodylus an alligator-like South American reptile, has been living in the Natural History Museum since Nov. 17. Marvin Lutnesky, biology department chair and director of […]

University provides new home for alligator

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By Tony Parra Portales residents and school children won’t have to go across the country to the Florida swamps to see an alligator. They can just travel across the city and the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. The Caiman crocodylus, a South American alligator, will be living in the Natural History Museum on the […]

Suspects questioned for deer dumping

By Ryan Lengerich Three suspects have been questioned in connection with five deer killed, beheaded and dumped on a Ranchvale farm, a state wildlife official said. One suspect admitted to shooting the deer and tossing the heads into a Pleasant Hill pond, but an extensive search refuted that claim, said Wes Robertson, a New Mexico […]