Oct. 19, 1950

The Portales Tribune reported that because of the protests of a group of children, a new playground at City Park would be built in a different spot than originally planned. The original site for the playground was to be

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 […]

Labor of love

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer For the fifth year, a Portales couple used the Labor Day holiday to expand its friends and family. More than 20 people took advantage of the cool temperature for a Labor Day barbecue at Rotary Park, organized by Joe and Dia Kelting. “This is a family event,” Joe Kelting […]

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 […]

City league tryouts set for Saturday

PNT Staff Report The Portales City League will be holding tryouts for football Saturday at City Park. The tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. for the junior league (third and fourth grade) and 1 p.m. for the senior league fifth and sixth grade), said league organizer Ron Jackson. “This is a very important to the […]

Round and Round

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Cruz Viegas swings out from the merry-go-round at Lindsey Park Saturday evening. Cruz and several neighborhood friends migrated to the park to play as the sun went down. High temperatures have been in the mid- to high-90s this week in Portales. More hot weather is on the way this week.

Players take dominoes to next level

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent At 9:30 on Saturday morning, sun washed over a city park in Texico. A glorious day, not too warm yet, but nobody at all using the slides or swings. On this day, however, grown-ups couldn’t chide children for playing inside. Just across the street, at the Texico Community Activities Center, […]

It’s Their Job: Birl Gray

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Birl Gray Job: RV Park Owner Background: Birl Gray worked for Southwestern Public Service for 23 years before retiring. He now owns and operates Wagon Wheel RV Park where it costs $18 a night to stay in a recreational vehicle. Time on job: 20 years Q. Describe what your […]

Park fees threaten general access to public lands

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor As we sprawled on the cool sands, the last bit of pink faded in the western sky and lightning flashed in the distance over the Sacramento Mountains. It was a special Saturday evening but not a whole lot of people had joined us at White Sands National Monument for […]

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 […]

Rain doesn’t dampen Heritage Days

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A crowd of Portales residents and visitors gathered at the City Park on Saturday to enjoy the food, fun and cool weather at the annual Heritage Days celebration. Early morning rain showers had Heritage Day’s events organizer concerned about the turnout for the annual event. Instead the rain seemed […]

Events Calendar June 22

Sunday Heritage Days Church in the Park — 11 a.m. City Park Gospel Grass — 12:30 p.m. City Park Thursday Andy and Don — 7-10 p.m. at the Do Drop In July 1 Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., commissioners room Portales City Council meeting — 7 p.m., Portales City Hall July 3 Smokin’ […]

Vandals strike skate park

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer City of Portales and Recreation Center officials closed the skate park to the public Monday, a day after it was vandalized. Four aluminum fence poles that were set in concrete were broken Sunday and a section of the pavement was spray painted, according to Johnny Ledbetter, recreation center and […]

Fort Sumner man’s body found in lake

Freedom New Mexico State Park officials recovered the body of a missing Fort Sumner man at Sumner Lake about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to Fort Sumner Mayor and family friend Juan Chavez. Josh Kenyon’s body surfaced about 600 yards from shore in roughly the same spot in which he disappeared Saturday evening while jet skiing, […]

Music festival back at Oasis

PNT Staff Report The Oasis State Park staff is preparing for the third annual Old Tyme Music concert. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the playground area at Oasis State Park. The funds raised by the concert go directly to the Friends of Oasis and are used for improvements at the park. The […]

Cinco de Mayo events planned

By Helena Rodriguez, Cannon Connections A city-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration in Portales on Saturday at Lindsey Park will feature live music, a softball tournament, a horseshoe tournament, pi

Cinco de Mayo events planned

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A city-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration in Portales on Saturday at Lindsey Park will feature live music, a softball tournament, a horseshoe tournament, pi

Kite Karnival set for Saturday

Courtesy photo The fifth annual Kite Karnival will feature a variety of colorful static kites and flying kites, along with many family activities Kites of all shapes, sizes and colors will take to the skies near Cannon this weekend for the 5th Annual Kite Karnival. To celebrate April as National Kite Month, the Kite Karnival […]

Bitten zookeeper’s condition improving

Sharna Johnson The mother of a Clovis zookeeper said because Gila Monster bites are rare, doctors struggled to figure out how to treat her son. Sharita Haragan, said her son, Cody Machen suffered a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction after he was bitten by the venomous lizard Wednesday while transferring it between cages at Hillcrest Park […]