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: 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 […]

Developers should secure own funding

Park 51 developers, formerly known as Cordoba House, the group behind what is popularly known as the proposed “ground zero mosque” two blocks away from the site of the 9/11 attacks, has catapulted its proposed project back into the news spotlight. By applying for a $5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which […]

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 […]

Outdoor guide: Bottomless Lake State Park

Clarence Plank: Portales News-Tribune Photo from an observation point on top of Lea Lake at Bottomless Lake State Park. Lea Lake is 90 feet deep and offers boating and swimming. Bottomless Lake State Park The lakes are water-filled sinkholes. Geology and water chemistry create a unique environment for plants and animals. The lakes are a […]

My turn: Always something new to learn

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How can you tell what kind of fish you caught? This is one of many questions amateur anglers, children and experienced fishermen had a chance to ask Saturday at Oasis State Park’s 20th annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic. The session included volunteers and park rangers answering those questions and many more questions. I also got the […]

Volunteers teach tips at fishing clinic

Clarence Plank Children and adults learned from volunteers and state park rangers about water safety, how to make fishing lures and tying knots Saturday at Oasis State Park. The 20th annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic aimed to help children learn or build on their angling skills. Shawn Rejino of Muleshoe said he likes the classes because […]

City employee reports park tables vandalized

PNT staff report Someone vandalized three picnic tables at Lindsey Park over the weekend, a City of Portales Parks Department employee said. Groundskeeper Tony Flores, who also lives near the park, said the wooden tables were missing boards when he and his co-workers arrived to clean the park 8 a.m. Monday. The boards had been […]

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 […]

Community celebrates Cannon

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Argen Duncan Whether it was an assault on pastry during a pie-eating contest, or thousands of hot dogs served or thousands more dollars in prizes, the community found ways Friday to tell Cannon Air Force Base families thanks. At the 21st annual Cannon Appreciation Day at Unity Park on Friday, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

Day trip: JoyLand offers evening of family fun

Place: JoyLand Amusement Park Location: Lubbock. Take U.S. 70/84 east to Lubbock. When you arrive in Lubbock at intersection of U.S. 84 and Avenue Q, turn left to Fourth/U.S. 82, which turns into Parkway Drive. Look for brown signs directing to amusement park. Travel time from base: About two hours. What is it? An amusement […]

Portales past: Aug. 3, 1950

Aug. 3, 1950: Employees at the new Lilac Park Drive Inn Caf

Ticket feature: Texico, Farwell getting ready for Border Town Days

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Freedom New Mexico Farwell and Texico are celebrating the 44th annual Border Town Days Saturday. Border Town Days is an event shared between the two communities which border the New Mexico/Texas state line. The annual celebration began as a spin-off from a rodeo event in Bovina and has become a small town social gathering. Musicians, […]

Police release name of Portales drowning victim

LOGAN — Mu’Allum Thayer, 31, of Portales drowned Friday morning at Ute Lake. A spokesperson for New Mexico State Police said Thayer’s body was discovered about 2 p.m. Friday in eight feet of water about 30 yards from shore. State Police were called to Ute Lake early Friday morning by two women who were swimming […]

Friday morning briefing: Ute Lake fun and the Civil Rights Act

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. If your headed north Ute Lake State Park is scheduled to host its traditional all-day July 4 celebration again this year. The day begins with a parade at 10 a.m. in Logan, followed by a horseshoe contest at the park. The fireworks display is […]

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 […]

Flying high: Annual Kite Karnival takes off Saturday

File photo This Saturday’s Kite Karnival will feature a limited number of free kites for children who are attending. The event is free and open to the public. Cannon Connections Kites will dot the sky during the seventh annual Kite Karnival Saturday at Doc Stewart Park. Paul Hopkins, community center manager, said the event has […]

Portales Past: May 15, 1950

May 15, 1950: Portales police had arrested a man who claimed he molested a 7-year-old girl in a city park. But officials had been unable to locate a victim. Sheriff J.N. McCall said the transient likely fabricated the story.