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 […]

Wolfe balances roles of mother and marathoner

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer For one Portales woman, Sunday is run day. Sheila Wolfe, 40, will be taking part in her first marathon Sunday in the Oklahoma City Marathon. “I’m ready for it to be here because I’ve worked my butt off for four months,” Wolfe said. “I’m just anxious, and I’m ready […]

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 […]

Day Trip: Let it snow in Cloudcroft

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Getting snowed in can be fun when you’re in the mountainous village of Cloudcroft. Just take a short drive to the snow-covered hills for a day of snow tubing, snowmobiling, skiing and ice skating. Nestled in the Sacramento Mountains, conditions are just right for plenty of outdoor winter activities. A […]

Cranes return to refuge

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By Ashley Lee: PNT staff writer There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to 250,000 sandhill cranes during the winter season. And winter is the best time to visit, according to refuge manager Harold Beierman. “We have the largest concentration […]

Running can be soothing to body, soul

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I have always played sports, but never particularly enjoyed running. In college, I tried to join the track and field team, and gave up after the first day of practice. I thought it was too hard. Perhaps motherhood has increased my pain tolerance, or military life has made it imperative that […]

Lessons learned while traveling

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As I prepared for my 10th high school class reunion, I couldn’t help but think about the class motto we’d decided on that fateful senior year: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.” A decade later, I realize that’s a load of bull. If you’re a […]

Rains continue in area

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Area residents are expressing joy after receiving more much needed rain Sunday night. The rain has been a big boost to the area, according to local farmers. Floyd area farmer Jeff Essary reported a half-inch of rain at his farm, which lies six miles south of Floyd. He also […]

Final phase on N.M. 206 project begins later this month

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer After 10 months of starts and stops, the final phase of construction on N.M. 206 south of Portales will begin soon, according to state highway officials. The second phase of the project is scheduled to begin Aug. 21 and should take 15 workdays, weather permitting, according to state officials. […]

Bike journey passes through Portales

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Bryant Million The Journey of Hope’s annual fund-raising bike ride across the nation stopped Monday in Portales. The journey is held by Push America, an organization founded by the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity in 1977 in order to commit themselves to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. Nineteen cyclists arrived at City Hall to […]

Day trips: Canyon close to home

Making it to the Grand Canyon from Portales within a few hours isn’t a feasible task. However, if that is what you’re seeking and only have a day to devote to travel, the Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a closer option. According to their Web site, the Palo Duro Canyon is often compared to […]

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 […]

10 things to do now that spring has sprung

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• Kite Karnival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Doc Stewart Park View a colorful display of kites. Events include demonstrations, displays, paintball, food, beverages and rides. Admission is free. • Santa Fe Opera Performers, Saturday, Town Hall, Clovis Community College Joyous music, heart-wrenching melodies and show-stopping arias as the Santa Fe Opera performers return […]

Grass fire scorches prairie southeast of Portales

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PNT Staff Area fire fighters were able to put out a grass fire which traveled approximately five miles southeast of Portales on Sunday avoiding injuries and structure damages. Portales Fire Dept. Chief Raul Muniz said Portales fire fighters responded to the fire which started around 1 p.m. The fire took place eight miles southeast of […]

Sand dunes at Monahans a stopping place for centuries

Compiled by Kevin Wilson For more than 12,000 years, the sand dunes of Monahans, Texas, have been traveled through by man. For the Clovis/Portales resident, the dunes can be traveled to by present man in a car ride of about three hours. What is it? The park, according to its Web site, contains 3,840 acres […]

Campus museums offer area’s history

Compiled by Mike Jimenez: PNT Intern If you’re tired of driving, try visiting one or all of these Portales museums. There are several museums on the grounds of the Eastern New Mexico University campus, including the Roosevelt County Museum, Miles Mineral Museum and the Natural History Museum. The Roosevelt County Museum has its own building, […]

Blackwater Draw offers history

Compiled by Mike Jimenez For a daytrip that is much closer to home and doesn’t require much more than 15 minutes of driving time, visit the Blackwater Draw Museum outside Portales. This museum was opened to the public in 1969 as a means of displaying artifacts found at the Blackwater Locality No. 1 site. These […]

Bitter Lakes Refuge offers variety of diversions

The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area their winter home. The wetlands provide a wintering habitat for lesser sandhill cranes, Ross and snow geese, and about 20 species of ducks. Where it is: The Bitterlakes National Wildlife […]

Day Trips: Ballet offers ‘Romantic Evening’

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez For couples in search of a romantic evening, why not drive to the Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo on Nov. 5 and see the San Diego Ballet perform its version of “A Romantic Evening.” The performance is a night of contemporary dance set to the sounds of Arthur Murray, Nat King […]

Track meet scheduled for today

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Brian Stacy has mixed feelings about the relatively small number of teams competing in Clovis High’s cross country invitational, scheduled for this morning at Ned Houk Park. “On one hand, I wish we had two or three more teams and could make it a bigger field,” Stacy said. “On the […]