Parents’ tips for camping with kids

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Sara Cassinelli Camping can be inexpensive and a great way for families to unplug, be outside and experience everything nature has to offer all while creating lifelong memories. Avid outdoorsman and Idaho Outdoors freelance writer Mark Krepps has three boys and has some great advice for parents who want to take their kids camping. Choosing […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Camping and Owens goes gold (again)

Good morning, and welcoming to Tuesday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing.

My turn: Search on for running mate

Recently, I spent several days camping with friends in south Texas’ Davey Crockett National Forest. I expected a Thoreau- or Darwin-like experience — perhaps inspiring me to write Whitman-ish poetry about gentile breezes brushing dancing sunlight on the peek-a-boo canopy of nature’s humid canvas. Maybe a missing link would waddle by — requiring new holy […]

My turn: Be cautious when camping

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Camping has changed over the years. It has grown from families with tents or sleeping bags to RVs. How is an RV with a satellite dish, hot and cold running water and beds roughing it? Anyway, for those experienced or inexperienced campers out there, here are some helpful tips: • Make sure when you buy […]

Finding camping bag more complicated than it seems

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Kevin Wilson The truth can change with the passage of time. But in this case, the truth has simply become stronger. Last week, I wrote about looking forward to my first time camping since sixth grade. It turns out I should have waited another week until I went shopping for camping equipment. The time has […]

Camping tradition revived

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist It’s that wonderful time of year again, time for the Rodriguez annual Fourth of July Buffalo Springs Lake Survivor adventure. It’s a family tradition that goes all the way back to 2007 or 2008. Hard to remember. It’s been so many beers, I mean years ago. This ancient family tradition […]

Billy Idol not welcome camping

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico “You? Camping?” My coworker couldn’t believe I was making plans for July. I can’t blame her; I barely believe it myself. I haven’t camped since sixth grade, when my friend Doug and I took the bus route with our friend Kirk. We ventured out to the wilderness, relying on […]

My turn: Camping tips offered

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Summer means camping in the great outdoors. That means pitching a tent, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over a campfire while telling ghost stories or singing songs. So here are some helpful survival tips for your next camping trip: • If you’re going camping in a public campsite always borrow a tuba from someone and […]

My turn: Bear took fun out of camping

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Camping? No thank you. My first camping experience happened by accident really. My mom, her boyfriend Kenneth, and his daughters Rhonda, Rebecca and I were riding around in the countryside of Haletown, Tenn. It was getting late, so the adults decided to stop somewhere for the night. Kenneth knew of an abandoned house nearby. Rhonda […]

My turn: Choose campsite wisely

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Camping can be fun. Just research where you sleep before it rains. This advice comes from a tall slender woman we will call Teresa and her friend Joan from Tennessee. Teresa and Joan were both experienced campers. Their parents taught them the ins and outs of camping when they […]

A place to call home

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Randi Hales of Clovis likes camping, but to make a stable home for her sons, she believed a house — one she would own — was in order. She’s on her way to seeing that happen with help from Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Inc. Hales, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ram soccer goes camping

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT staff writer With a new head coach at the helm, and one year of competition under their belts, the Portales High School soccer team hopes to build on their surprising start last season, and they’ve begun that challenge with an off-season camp this week. First-year Ram head coach Jonathan Smith and […]

Brantley Lake State Park offers track trek

Brantley Lake State Park, located between Artesia and Carlsbad, has a 2,500-acre lake stocked with black bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. The park’s manager, Shane Phipps, said officials have recently noticed another species. “The game and fish people were out here and netted some nice pound to pound-and-a-half white bass,” Phipps said. “Spring is a […]

Ute Lake area offers activities for everyone

Ute Lake State Park near Logan offers visitors many activities in and out of the water. The lake is a manmade reservoir fed by the Canadian River, stretching 13 miles long and never exceeding one mile in width. The lake’s surface covers 8,200 acres, and it is the second largest lake in New Mexico. Recreation […]

Boating, diving among attractions at Bottomless Lakes

Freedom Newspapers The Bottomless Lakes State Park is located just southeast of Roswell and can be reached by an easy drive of less than two hours. The Bottomless Lakes became the first state park in New Mexico in 1933. The park encompasses eight scattered lakes — some of the state’s few all-natural water holes, according […]

Ute Lake offers cooling day trip

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Ute Lake State Park near Logan offers visitors many activities in and out of the water. The lake is a manmade reservoir fed by Canadian River, stretching 13 miles long and never exceeding one mile in width. The lake’s surface covers 8,200 acres and is the second largest lake […]

Graduates: One idea is all you need

By Kevin Wilson To the graduating class of 2005: Your future could not be brighter, as you are set to move on to the next step from whatever high school/college/trade school you’re graduating from this month. I’d like to be the first to congratulate you, but I’d really like to thank you for not inviting […]

Personalities Plus: Renae Hipp

Your name: Renae Hipp. Your job: Social worker at Portales Municipal Schools . Your age (and Birth Date): 39; April 17, 1965. Your hometown: Gillette, Wyo. Occupation: Social worker. Your family: Husband; Jamie. Four children; JD, Kelly, Keri and Davis. Your Hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: My hobbies are reading, decorating, […]