City announces giraffe naming contest

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday a contest to name the giraffe born Jan. 25 in the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting suggestions via mail to 500 Sycamore, Clovis, NM 88101. Entries should include contact information for the submitter, including a name, address and phone number or […]

Parks professionals to gather in Clovis

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Benna Sayyed A host of parks and recreation professionals from New Mexico will gather this week at the Clovis Civic Center to share emerging ideas and trends in the field. Carrying the slogan “Doing the Usual Unusually Well” this year, the New Mexico Recreation and Park Association 2011 state Conference will offer at least 20 […]

Parks and Recreation conference coming to Clovis

CNJ staff The Clovis Civic Center will host this year’s New Mexico Recreation and Park Association state conference, running Wednesday morning through Friday. An estimated 200 parks and recreation employees will attend the conference, with speakers from around the region offering educational sessions and National Recreation and Park Association Board of Directors Chair Janna Rankin […]

Coney island part of amusement park golden age

Last week, this columnist took you on an exploration of the beginnings of amusement parks, inspired by the annual trip to Wonderland with my grandchildren. This week, I’d like to continue that exploration, as we look at the Golden Age of amusement parks. The following information was researched by using primarily Wikipedia, and other sites […]

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.

State parks offering free admission

Cannon Connections staff New Mexico’s 14 state-run museums and historic monuments will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families during the summer, according to a news release. This is the second year of the Blue Star Museums Program. The National Endowment for the Arts created the Blue Star Museums program in […]

Portales past: Sept. 25, 1945

Portales Daily News: Staff Sgt. Lloyd D. Wharton, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Wharton; Charles Parks, son of Mrs. Burma Parks; and Sgt. Winfred Grider, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Grider of Floyd, were on furlough from military duty in the European theater of the war.

Portales Past: July 19, 1950

July 19, 1950: A Portales man was being held by police in Amarillo following a shooting in a city park. Amarillo police said W. B. Parks of Portales told them he shot an Amarillo man twice because he wouldn’t stop talking about birds. “I told him to get away from me. He wouldn’t leave me […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Portales parks, the zoo and Gone with the Wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Did you know? Portales’ eight city parks span over 270 acres combined. To see more about Portales recreation activities: http://www.portalesnm.org Question of the day 3-D movies: An upgrade in quality, or an excuse to charge extra money to filmgoers? Please join the discussion in the […]

Friday morning briefing: Backyard video and national parks

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day A natural history museum for eastern New Mexico and it’s right “In Your Backyard.”Question of the day What are your impressions of the Republican gubernatorial candidates, following Thursday’s forum?Web site of the day View and purchase photos published in Freedom New […]

City seeking volunteers for cleanup duty

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The City of Portales is looking for a few good men and women to help clean up for the centennial celebration, Heritage Days and beyond. Saturday, the city is leading a volunteer clean up at City Park and, if time permits, Rotary and Lindsey parks. And in a separate […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bill seeks to bolster ENMU, parks partnership

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Senate memorial bill passed late last week seeks to build on a partnership between Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks Division in operating the Blackwater Draw Archaeological site north of Portales. The bill, which was approved unanimously by the Senate and has been signed by […]

Angelo State Rambelles come back to beat Zias

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team gave Angelo State about a 10-minute head start in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division basketball game. After that, the Zias more than held their own. They rallied to lead at halftime, then trailed once only briefly until the final two […]

Park firearms rules inconsistent, infringe on personal freedoms

Talk in political circles often centers on bipartisanship. If politicians want to portray a bill or program as something few would quibble with, they reach across the aisle and find at least a handful of supporters in the other party. Then they can say their proposal is bipartisan and the rest of us are supposed […]

Museum dedicates new signs, shelter

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Early man and the way he likely lived got a sharper focus at a local National Historic Landmark as new interpretive signs and a group shelter were dedicated Friday. Representatives from New Mexico State Parks and Eastern New Mexico University came together for the ceremony marking the completion of […]

Project completion to be marked with ceremony

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks will celebrate the completion of a project to improve visitor facilities at Blackwater Draw near Portales with a public ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to an ENMU press release. Using funds requested by Gov. Bill Richardson and appropriated by the New Mexico […]