Youth fishing clinic scheduled

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Alisa Boswell The annual Oasis State Park Kids’ Fishing Clinic will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park. Jim Whary, park manager, said the event will include nine learning stations in which children will learn how to cast, water safety, knot tying, biology and more. Each station will be 12 […]

Our people: Living in the moment

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Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys working at Oasis State Park because she gets to meet new people and learn about them. She has worked there for seven years. “I have met people from all over the world in this job,” Russ, 30, said. She enjoys working outside most of all. Her job duties include coordinating […]

Fishing derby reels in local residents

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Kevin Wilson The phrase got bandied around plenty at Oasis State Park, in one form or another — a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at almost anything else. At least in terms of weather, Saturday was a great day for fishing, as sun and a light breeze did just enough […]

Catfish derby catching on

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Argen Duncan The Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby is back, and with bigger prizes and an extra hour to fish. Oasis State Park is hosting the derby for the second year on Saturday, with the help of the Friends of Oasis State Park group. “It’s just a good night out, relaxation under the stars, fishing and […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Six million a day and wildlife at Oasis

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

Oasis State Park hosting concert

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer It’s time for music under the stars Saturday with the fifth annual Old Tyme Music Concert at Oasis State Park. It’s at 7 p.m. and features the Triple L Band and Hanks & Company. Oasis State Park Manager Jim Whary said the Triple L Band is the featured band […]

Oasis State Park preps for trout derby

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer

My turn: Other options besides hunting

With hunting season slowing until turkey season in April, it is nice to know there is something else a man of the outdoors can get into: Fishing. Oasis State Park in Roosevelt County and Ned Houk Park outside Clovis have winter trout for fishing. Oasis also has channel catfish in the pond. During the summer, […]

Oasis stocked with trout

State officials said the pond at Oasis State Park was stocked Monday with more than 1,600 trout. The stocked fish average 11 inches in length, according to a news release from the park. Anglers were reporting Tuesday power baits, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes were producing the best results. Information: 356-5331.

Oasis closing for furloughs

Freedom New Mexico Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from […]

Youth tackle fishing at annual clinic

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Nito Lovato, and his son Emilio, 10, both of Portales, spent Saturday morning learning where fish live and how to tie knots. The occasion: The 18th annual Fishing Clinic at Oasis State Park. More than 230 children, parents, Oasis staff and volunteers joined them on a warm sunny day […]

Oasis State Park hosts fishing derby

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Many fishermen have tales to tell about the one that got away. But some of those participating in the “Biggest Catfish Challenge” Derby at Oasis State Park Saturday definitely earned bragging rights. Robert Quinn of Portales has been fishing for nine years and heard about the derby from a […]

Oasis State Park hosting fishing derby

Friends of Oasis State Park is staging a Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Registration is open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. All ages can participate in the derby, which offers prizes ranging from $10 to $75. Prizes are to be awarded based on the weight of the fish. […]

Local lakes stocked for free fishing day

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Oasis State Park is a busy spot for local anglers these days after being stocked Tuesday with catfish for this Saturday’s Free Fishing Day. Approximately 400 pounds of catfish were brought in Tuesday to restock the lake at Oasis Park. In February 2008, New Mexico Game and Fish issued […]

Feb. 6, 1962

Amids blistering winds, two state park officials staked out campsites for the new Oasis State Park. The new park facilities were planned to be completed within a couple of months.

It’s Their Job: Jim Whary

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Jim Whary Job: Park Manager at Oasis State Park Background: After serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years, Whary moved with his wife from the East Coast and started training on the job at Oasis. Time on the job: 14 years What does your job entail? I’m responsible for […]

Oasis takes part in state celebration

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County’s Oasis State Park may just be middle-aged, but that didn’t stop several regular park goers from celebrating the 75th anniversary of New Mexico State Parks with food, friends and fun at the park Saturday night. Hot dogs, and a 75th anniversary birthday cake were served to those […]

Parkgoers to help celebrate Oasis’ 75th

By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer A hot dog dinner and star party will be held Saturday at Oasis State Park to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the New Mexico State Parks Service. Oasis has been a part of New Mexico State Parks Service for 47 years, according to park manager Jim Whary. Hot dogs […]

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 could be looking to skies

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Oasis State Park is being considered as a possible location for the final of four observatories being built by the New Mexico State Parks. The state parks department started the Reach for the Stars program in 2004 to promote the night skies of New Mexico as cultural resources, according […]