Warm weather sparks thoughts of outdoors

The recent, though probably not permanent, trend of warm weather turns one’s thoughts to outdoor activities. This is especially true when that trend is coupled with the garage cleaning — the connection being that all outdoor equipment is stored in one corner of the garage and I wanted to make sure that my two-person tent […]

Passion for holiday lighting turned into obsession

I stand in full confession. I openly admit: I need a 12-step program for outdoor lighting dependency. My name is Clyde and I am powerless in the face of outdoor holiday lighting. I rise early the day after Christmas, to scour the town in search of bargain sales on outdoor lights. I begin planning next […]

Senior happenings —

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m., Dance. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing, 1:30 p.m., Ice cream day. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 9:30 a.m. […]

Senior happenings — July 17

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m., Dance. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing, 1:30 p.m., Ice cream day. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 9:30 a.m. […]

Senior happenings — July 10

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing, no ice cream today. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 9:30 a.m. Free blood pressure and sugar […]

Outdoor watering allowed July 4

PNT Reports The City of Portales has canceled emergency water rationing effective today, as the water tanks have recharged enough to return to mandatory alternating-day outdoor watering, according to a city news release. Monday, anyone can water to prevent possible fire from fireworks, City Manager Tom Howell said. Tuesday, he said, the alternating-day watering schedule […]

My turn: Butt diving takes toll on shorts

When summer hits, I always start to think of outdoor activities. That is not just hiking, jogging or biking; it includes baseball games, and playing in the park. And I don’t think about the outdoors without thinking about swimming. When I was a kid, every summer we started off with swimming lessons. That was usually […]

Outdoor guide: Clayton Lake State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Clayton Lake hosts an annual fishing derby in May and during the winter is host to migratory birds including bald and golden eagles. Clayton Lake State Park • Location: Clayton Lake State Park is 12 miles north of Clayton via N.M. 370. It is 3 hours and 52 minutes […]

Outdoor guide: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

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Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is set near the Sacramento Mountains which feature historic exhibits. • Location: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is 8 miles south of Alamogordo via U.S.-54. • Directions: From Portales take U.S. 70 W. for 85 miles stay straight and take West Relief Route (Roswell) […]

Outdoor guide: Manzano Mountains State Park

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Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Manzano Mountains State Park has five miles of hiking trails, bird watching, photography opportunities and cross-country skiing in the winter. Clarence Plank Manzano Mountains State Park • Location: The park is 16 miles northwest of Mountainair via N.M. Highways 55 and 131. It is 194 miles or 3 hours […]

Outdoor guide: Eagle Nest Lake State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Eagle Nest Lake State Park is located in the Moreno Valley and is 160 miles northeast of Albuquerque, 32 miles east of Taos and 65 miles southwest of Raton off of US-64. Eagle Nest Lake State Park • Location: Eagle Nest is 160 miles northeast of Albuquerque. It is […]

Outdoor guide: Living Desert State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks A family walks along one of the trails in the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. The park offers people a chance to see 40 different native animals species. Living Desert State Park • Location: Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is on the northeast edge of […]

Outdoor guide: Brantley Lake State Park

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Brantley Lake State Park is located north of Carlsbad and offers hiking, year-round camping, boating and fishing. Brantley Lake State Park • Location: Twelve miles north of Carlsbad. It is 2 hours and 50 minutes or 166 miles from Portales. It is 185 miles or 3 hours and 20 minutes […]

Outdoor guide: Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Rio Grande Nature Center Park is the winter home to Canadian geese, sandhill cranes, various ducks and other water fowl. The nature center has a glass wall library to view birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park • Location: The park is […]

Outdoor guide: Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Canadian geese and sandhill cranes relax and move around Bitter Lake last October on their way south for winter. • Location: Bitter Lake is located 10 miles northeast of Roswell in Chaves County. It is 1 hour and 33 minutes or 89 miles from Portales. It is 102 miles or […]

Outdoor guide: Villanueva State Park

Courtesy photo: New Mexico State Parks Villanueva State Park features adobe style picnic shelters, hiking, and fishing along the Pecos River. Villanueva State Park • Location: Villanueva State Park is located 30 miles southwest of Las Vegas N.M. and ten miles south of San Jose off of I-25. It is 179 miles or 3 hours […]

Outdoor guide: Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Courtesy photo: New Mexico State Parks Elephant Butte Lake was created by a dam which was constructed in 1916 across the Rio Grande. The state park is a water-based recreation for anglers, boater and history buffs. The area was once part of a shallow ocean and once the sea receded, it was the hunting ground […]

Outdoor guide: Ute Lake State Park

FNM file photo Boaters can cruise Ute Lake for a good fishing spot or enjoy the scenery at the lake. Ute Lake State Park • Location: Ute Lake is three miles west of Logan via N.M. 540. It is 102 miles or 2 hours and 5 five minutes from Portales. It is 84 miles or […]

Outdoor guide: Conchas State Park

Courtesy photo Conchas Lake State Park offers a wide variety of water sport activities including boating, fishing and water-skiing at this refreshing, 25-mile long reservoir. • Location: In Newkirk N.M., which is 34 miles northwest of Tucumcari via N.M. 104. It is a 116-mile drive from Clovis and 125 miles from Portales. • What do […]

Free outdoor expo being held

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is holding a free outdoor expo Saturday and Sunday in Albuquerque for people who want to learn how to shoot and fish. The ninth annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo will have volunteer experts on hand for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park. […]