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 [...]

Oasis pond to close down again

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish issued an emergency order Monday to allow people to salvage fish from the man-made pond at Oasis State Park after a leak was discovered in its liner, according to a news release. The order will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. March 3, the [...]

Oasis reopens pond

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The pond is stocked, lines are being cast and for the first time since last April, the lake at Oasis State Park is open for fishing. The lake has been closed for 10 months for major renovation to seal the lake-bottom to repair water leakage. Oasis State Park manager [...]

Oasis manager awaits new heart

By Sharna Johnson In a state park office on a long stretch of road between Clovis and Portales, Jim Whary spends his day in limbo, like he has everyday for the past few months. Currently undergoing evaluation to be placed on a heart transplant list, Whary, 50, has been diagnosed with a slew of heart [...]

15th annual fishing clinic lures kids

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By Kevin Wilson Thanks to a stocking of trout, the lake at Oasis State Park had a noticeable population. Despite the weather, Saturday’s free fishing clinic had the same thing. About 85 children, joined by parents and nearly 30 volunteers, populated the lands and waters of Oasis for Saturday’s 15th annual Kids Free Fishin’ Clinic. [...]

Free fishing clinic offered Saturday

Mike Jimenez: PNT Intern Oasis State Park is hiolding the 15th annual Kids Free Fishin’ Clinic Saturday. The event is sponsored in conjunction with the Friends of Oasis, ENMU Wildlife Club, Clovis Evening Alliance, local volunteers and other area organizations. The fishing clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents are encouraged to [...]

Star gazers look to Saturday at Oasis State Park

Mike Jimenez: PNT Intern Oasis State Park will be hosting a Star Party on Saturday. This event is one of several that are held during the summer and fall for viewing the skies above eastern New Mexico. According to Valerie Russ, Park Ranger at Oasis State Park, the fact that the park is located away [...]

Game commission hosts free fishing day at Oasis State Park

PNT Staff Saturday allows New Mexicans a day to fish without a license or habitat stamp. The New Mexico Game Commission has announced Saturday is a day of free fishing. All anglers, residents and non-residents can fish public waters with no license or habitat stamp required. “It lets the people themselves know what they’re missing [...]

Prices could rise at Oasis State Park

Mike Linn State officials are proposing price increases at Oasis State Park, and all state parks in New Mexico, to help supplement low admissions across the state due to drought conditions. Oasis State Park Director Jim Whary briefed the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting about the proposed changes, claiming the state is in the [...]

Fine day for fishing

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Kevin Wilson OASIS STATE PARK — Saturday marked the 13th time Oasis State Park has held a free fishing clinic for kids, but a constant wind was about the only element that could be considered bad luck. The state park had another successful run with its clinic as several area service organizations helped out during [...]