Expositions evolved into amusement parks

“The amusement park lies cold and stark, kids are huddled on the beach in the mist, “I wanna die with you, Wendy, on the streets tonight in an everlasting kiss.”- Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen.

Day trip: Albuquerque Biological Park

Courtesy photo The Albuquerque Biological Park is home to a zoo and aquarium. • Location: Zoo 903 Tenth SW, Albuquerque; Botanic Garden and Aquarium: 2601 Central NW, Albuquerque • What activities can you enjoy at this location: There are plenty of critters, concerts, demonstrations, exhibits and activities to fill a day or two, and kids […]

Sumner Lake State Park reopened

Freedom New Mexico State park officials have conditionally reopened boating at Sumner Lake State Park, effective 7 a.m. Friday. Watercraft can only enter the lake through the main raft, and will require both a pre-launch inspection and a decontamination process upon removal. Officials estimate most inspections will take 10 minutes or less, and decontaminations 15 […]

Press release: Sumner Lake reopening Friday

State Park officials announced today that Sumner Lake State Park will reopen on Friday, June 17, 2011 with a number of new procedures in place to ensure there is no spread of Quagga mussel larva. As a condition of reopening, all watercraft will have to go through a mandatory inspection before launch and a decontamination […]

Sumner Lake remains closed to boating until at least June 14

CNJ staff State Park officials will make a determination on opening Sumner Lake to boating following the June 14 Carlsbad Irrigation District Board meeting. Sumner Lake was closed to all watercraft use May 27 after laboratory test results found indications of aquatic invasive species. Personnel from State Parks and Game and Fish decontaminated 18 boats […]

Sumner Lake closed indefinitely

Sumner Lake remains closed indefinitely to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers, or larva, officials said Tuesday. The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish closed the lake Friday. Officials do not have a timeline for reopening the park, said Jodi […]

Sumner Lake closed to boating

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish have closed Sumner Lake to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers, or larva. Sumner Lake State Park will remain open for camping and other recreational activities. Nearby Santa Rosa, Conchas […]

Friday morning briefing: Relay kicks off, Cannon chips in and an iconic deadly crash

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Relay for Life The annual Relay for Life fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Ned Houk Park. Participants walk through the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. There’s food, live bands and a Lady […]

Sand volleyball tournament set in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico Registration is open for a four-on-four sand volleyball tournament July 8-10 at Hillcrest Park in Clovis. The tournament has open, women’s and co-ed divisions. Registration is $75 due by June 24. The Clovis High School Volleyball Boosters are hosting the tournament. Information: Mike Mendoza at 218-2980, Denise Gibbons at 309-6003 or Tisha […]

ENMU student seeking new hyena enclosure for zoo

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Stephanie Nutter is on a mission to bring a pair of hyenas back to earth. In between working on her archeology thesis and running a non-profit organization, the energetic Eastern New Mexico University graduate student has also taken on a project to create a new enclosure for two hyenas at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The […]

Kite Karnival scheduled

Cannon Air Force Base will be hosting its annual Kite Karnival April 30 at Doc Stewart Park. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free event is expected to offer games, food and kite-flying demonstrations. Information: 784-6381

Friday morning briefing: The big catch, a road closing and rain on the horizon

Good morning. Start your day off right with the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Hooked on fishing Oasis State Park is holding its Second Annual Spring Trout Derby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues throughout the event. Anyone can enter, but ages 12 and older need […]

Day trip: Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon State Park is located at 11450 Park Road 5 in Canyon. Palo Duro Canyon State Park • Location: 11450 Park Road 5, Canyon • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Hiking, road biking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, wildlife and wildflower viewing, backpacking, horseback riding and park-provided educational programs and hikes. […]

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 […]

Day trip: Joyland Amusement Park

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Joyland Amusement Park is located in Mackenzie Park in Lubbock, Texas. From I-27, take exit number 4. Enter Mackenzie Park from the North bound access road. Joyland Amusement Park • Location: Located in Mackenzie Park in Lubbock, Texas. From I-27, take exit number 4. Enter Mackenzie Park from the North bound access road. • What […]

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 […]