Our people: Living in the moment

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LILIANA CASTILLO: FNM correspondent Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys her job at Oasis State Park because she gets to work outside. Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys working at Oasis State Park because she gets to meet new people and learn about them. She has worked there for seven years. “I have met people from all […]

Area residents cast lines at Oasis State Park

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kade Duarte of Clovis gets ready to cut his catch from the line at the fishing derby held Saturday at Oasis State Park. Duarte checked for a tag, then threw the rainbow trout back in the lake. Kevin Wilson The phrase got bandied around plenty at Oasis State Park, in […]

Oasis State Park hosting catfish derby

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File Photo Liam Hurley, 9, left, and Lan Pare, 10, fish at the Oasis State Park pond in November 2009. The pond is to be the site of the second annual Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby on Saturday. Argen Duncan The Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby is back, and with bigger prizes and an extra hour to […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Six million a day and wildlife at Oasis

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing.

Oasis State Park preps for trout derby

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Officials at Oasis State Park near Portales are gearing up for a Spring Trout Derby. The derby is Saturday and is a first for the park. It is sponsored by the Friends of Oasis State Park and gives anglers of all ages a chance to win prizes. “We’re going […]

Officials: Oasis state pond stocked

CNJ staff State officials said the pond at Oasis State Park was stocked Monday with more than 1,600 trout. The stocked fish average 11 inches in length, according to a news release from the park. Anglers were reporting power baits, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes were obtaining the best results Tuesday for catching the trout. […]

Oasis closing for furloughs

CNJ staff Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from Oasis. […]

Oasis State Park hosts fishing derby

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Charly Kizer of Clovis, right, dries a catfish off with a towel for John Walker of Capitan, center, before weighing it on Saturday at Oasis State Park for the “Biggest Catfish Challenge” Derby. The derby is sponsored by the Friends Of Oasis St By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Many […]

Oasis State Park hosting fishing derby

Friends of Oasis State Park is staging a Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Registration is open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. All ages can participate in the derby, which offers prizes ranging from $10 to $75. Prizes are to be awarded based on the weight of the fish. […]

Local lakes stocked for free fishing day

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Oasis State Park is a busy spot for local anglers these days after being stocked Tuesday with catfish for this Saturday’s Free Fishing Day. Approximately 400 pounds of flatheads were brought in Tuesday to restock the lake at Oasis Park. In February 2008, New Mexico Game and Fish issued […]

State parks celebrate anniversary

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico 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 the New Mexico State Parks Service for 47 years, according to park manager Jim Whary. Hot […]

Officials hopeful Oasis pond will open early next year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Park prepares for annual concert

Freedom New Mexico The Oasis State Park staff is preparing with the third annual Old Tyme Music concert. The funds raised by the concert go directly to the Friends of Oasis and are used for improvements at the park. The group and the state parks department must agree on how the money is used. The […]

Oasis’ summer program begins Saturday

Oasis State Park near Portales has started its summer programs and has something scheduled for each weekend through the summer.

Salvage order issued at Oasis State Park pond

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Revamped Oasis Park lake reopens

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Clovis resident Tony Woods fishes at Oasis State Park Lake on Wednesday, the second day the lake was open for fishing following a 10-month renovation. Mickey Winfield The pond is stocked, lines are being cast and for the first time since last April, the lake at Oasis State Park is […]

Jan. 23 – Oasis Lake

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CNJ staff photo: Lilliana Castillo Oasis State Park fills it’s lake by pumping water from an irrigation circle half a mile away, according to park manager Jim Whary.

Oasis State Park entrance reduced to single lane

The entrance road into Oasis State Park is reduced to one lane while the lake is being refilled, according to a news release. Workers began refilling the pond Thursday after drainage and renovation. Park officials said it will take 10-14 days to completely fill the pond if no problems arise. A ramp has been built […]

Volunteers sought at Oasis State Park

Volunteers are needed to start replacing the rip rap rock along the east side of the pond at Oasis State Park. Volunteers can work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. while park staff is present, according to a news release. The help will expedite the renovation project which has been under way for several months […]

Baskett enjoys giving back

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hank Baskett watches his putt on the 10th hole during Saturday’s Tee’d Off About Child Abuse charity golf tournament. The annual tournament was the first held since Baskett took over running the event, which benefits the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Cen By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When the National Football […]