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 […]

Portales Springs important water source on trail

By Ruth White Burns: Special to the PNT Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series of Sunday articles describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. The trail going past Portales Springs, commonly known as “The Portales Road” or the “Fort Sumner Trail,” followed an old Indian trail that […]

Imagination helps rebuild Portales Springs

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor I’ve grown up knowing that the city of Portales was named for Portales Springs. But I’ve always had trouble believing that there was a time, not too long ago, when springs bubbled to the surface on the eastern New Mexico plains. I remember old-timers saying after prolonged rains that […]

Historic springs

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By Ruth White Burns: Special to the PNT Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles, to run the next two Sundays, describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. Why does a town on the Eastern Plains of New Mexico, far from the Rio Grande and its Hispanic settlements, have […]

Government waste reaches new lows with TSA contraband

Most Americans recognize that wastefulness is pervasive in the federal government. By now, revelations that once generated disbelief and anger garner a defeatist shrug. But some cases still can make us shake our heads in dismay. Have you ever wondered where all the stuff goes that Transportation Security Administration personnel confiscate at airports, while they’re […]

Country full of hallowed ground

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Hallowed ground, a place to reflect on the world, has always been a mountain stream or river for me. I can lose myself in my own thoughts and concentrate on the most important things in my life, God, family, career and health while wading in a trout stream. Recently […]

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 […]

Bear captured at Ute Lake State Park

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers UTE LAKE — His name is not Yogi, and he was not stealing picnic baskets. Nevertheless, a 2 1/2-year-old black bear gave park rangers and a game warden a little trouble Friday before he was caught at the Ute Lake State Park. After being spotted in the park for the […]

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 […]

Day Trip: Larger than life

Courtesy Photo Artist and sculptor Brian Norwood stands between two larger-than-life cowboy sculptures he has erected near Jal on N.M. 18. Compiled by Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Natives call Jal the “Gateway to the Land of Enchantment,” according to its Web site. With its larger-than-life cowboy sculptures overlooking N.M. 18 and a well-stocked lake that […]

The great outdoors

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers Wayne Clark of Tucumcari loves fishing, and 65 years of it has helped him develop a few methods. “At Ute, I fish for bass or channel cat (catfish),” Clark said. “For the bass, I use a plug or spinner bait and cast and troll. And for the channel cat, I […]

Day Trip: Larger than life

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Compiled by Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Natives call Jal the “Gateway to the Land of Enchantment,” according to its Web site. With its larger-than-life cowboy sculptures overlooking N.M. 18 and a well-stocked lake that spells J-A-L, the town is a waiting adventure. Jal is a small city of 1,800, located about 42 miles south […]

Letter to the Editor: Ute golf course gets kudos from mayor

I would like to congratulate the leadership of Quay County including the Quay County Commission, the village of Logan, city of Tucumcari, village of San Jon and all of their citizens for the success they’ve had with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and the recent approval to allow Ute Lake Ranch Development to construct […]

Golf course approved near Ute Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission approved an agreement on Thursday that allows Ute Lake Ranch to construct and operate a golf course on the shores of Ute Lake, according to a news release from ISC. The project has had strong backing from Quay County area governments as a catalyst […]

Day Trip: Sumner Lake

Families looking to cool off in the water or just relax and have fun can find the opportunity by visiting Sumner Lake State Park for a day or to camp overnight. With a lake that spans 4,500 acres, the 6,700-acre state park just west of Fort Sumner offers activities to enjoy on the water, while […]

Independence Day’s is going to be a blast

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Explosions of color will flood the skies this July Fourth in celebration of the nation’s 230th year of independence. Lucky for locals, they won’t have to travel far to see them. Clovis, Portales, Elida, Ute Lake and Sumner Lake will all hold events for this year’s Independence Day holiday. Clovis […]

June 14, 2006 Obituaries

Jeffrey Townley Services: Have been held Jeffrey (Scott) Townley, 44, of Capitan, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in Capitan. He was born on Nov. 24, 1961, in Portales, to Sam and Lela Jo Townley. He moved to Capitan in 1971 and attended Capitan schools. He graduated in 1980. He attended New Mexico State University. He […]

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 […]

Lubbock Lake Landmark still digging into the past

Compiled By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers If you’re looking for a daytrip to stretch your mind as well as your legs, a trip to Lubbock Lake Landmark could be for you. The attraction, operated by Museum of Texas Tech University, combines an archaeology and natural history preserve with exhibits and a learning center. The site […]

Conchas Lake State Park popular spot for eastern New Mexico watersports

Compiled By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Conchas Lake State Park has been a popular daytrip or weekend camping destination for eastern New Mexico residents for more than 50 years. That same charm of a large body of water in the desert landscape attracts visitors still today. The lake was formed when the Canadian River was […]