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 […]

Annual Christmas light procession draws thousands to downtown

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Benna Sayyed The Tapia sisters have been to larger parades in Phoenix and their native Los Angeles but the Portales Christmas parade Saturday did not disappoint them. Portales Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry estimated more than a thousand people lined the 2-mile path the parade took starting at the Portales Recreation Center to […]

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 […]

My turn: Calling all kickball players

I recently saw a flyer from the Portales Recreation Center, for a kickball tournament. I don’t want to brag, but I used to be pretty good at kickball. I played a lot in grade school. Not for exercise, it was just what we did. We would choose teams and one team would take the field […]

Experience shades expectations

It has not exactly been a year when cross country, or back country for that matter, skiers could pick and choose their time and place for recreation. In fact, by this time last year enough snow had fallen in the Curry County area for a number of skiing outings, but this year, even a trip […]

Rec center classes offered

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Recreation Center has scheduled new six-week classes Jan. 18. through Feb. 25. They are: • Open Walking, 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, all ages • Boot Camp for Real People, 5:15-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, adults • Power Training, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, adults • Mat […]

Portales holding kickball tournament

Registration is open for the City of Portales kickball tournament 9 a.m. Sept. 4 at Rotary Park. The cost is $50 per team, said city Athletics Director Mike Doerr. Proceeds go to Portales city sports. Players must be at least 12 years old. Each team must have eight to 14 members, including at least two […]

Money raised at Heritage Days

Argen Duncan Several fundraisers were part of Heritage Days this past weekend, and organizers say they went well for the most part. The Portales Recreation Center held fundraisers for youth sports during the events last weekend. Athletics Director Michael Doerr said the dunking booth made $200 Saturday. “We had the biggest crowd there for the […]

Friday morning briefing: Recreation, red shirts and summer vacation

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the dayRoy Walker Recreation Center is a local jewel that’s “In your backyard.” Check out our video. Grand Club Barry Elementary student Sterling Barth, 6, is getting a Grand Club Relay For Life T-shirt 6 p.m. today at opening ceremonies in Ned Houk […]

Golf more recreation than work

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Bob Hope once said “If you watch a game it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.” I guess it’s recreation because I think my golfing partners on a recent outing will attest that I wasn’t working all that hard at the game. […]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Afterschool Program Director Andrea Copenhaver works on a grave for the Portales Recreation Center on Tuesday. The center’s haunted house is going to be open to the public 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and the cost of admission is $5. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Clovis […]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Clovis and Portales ghosts and ghouls this Halloween have a lot of places to choose from to scare up some family fun. A number of places have events planned for Halloween and the day before. The Portales Recreation Center is one of them. “We’re going to have people jumping […]

Rec center offering activities for adults

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Recreation centers have a funny way of being associated quite strongly with young people — and with good reason. It’s the youth who often seem starving for some kind of activity, or recreation, during the hours of the day when school isn’t in session and the parents aren’t at […]

Recreation opportunities abound in Portales

Cannon Connections: Argen Duncan Roosevelt County 4-H member Daizia Looney, 10, shears her goat in preparation for the Roosevelt County Fair. The 4-H program provides a variety of activities for 5- to 19-year-olds, with many opportunities for the whole family to get involved. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Did you know Portales has a Frisbee […]

City recreation programs taking registration

Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales is taking registration for its Recreation Center after-school program and for fall youth sports. “Kidz N Motion” after-school program offers structured group activities including play, art and crafs, physical fitness, tutoring and field trips for 6- to 15-year-olds. Flag football is available for kindergarten through second-grade students, and […]

Defense Department plans morale, welfare, recreation survey

By Samantha L. Quigley: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are preparing to conduct the first militarywide survey to assess morale, welfare and recreation programs. “We’ve established standards for all the services,” Arthur Myers, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy, said. “Now we want to get feedback […]

Dec. 14, 2008 Letters to the Editor

City officials not being efficient in recreation center changes The economy is at its worst since the Great Depression, so why did my former city of residence hire two people to do a one-person job? I read the article in your paper titled “Recreation center receiving a new direction” and can’t express to you my […]

Oct. 24 What's Happening

Saturday Youth Center Open Recreation —Youth Center. Noon to 4 p.m., for tweens. Teen open recreation is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cosmic Family Fun Night — 5 p.m. to midnight, Cannon Lanes.

Sept. 12, 2008 What's Happening

Today Open Recreation — 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., for tweens and 7 to 10 p.m. for teens. Activities include: Game challenge, 4-H gardening, Fit Factor, Teen issues/discussions and skill tech.

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 […]