Border Town Days celebration set

Freedom New Mexico The 45th Border Town Days celebration begins today. The events begin with a decorated bicycle contest at 11 a.m. next to the Texico branch of the Citizens Bank. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winners and a girl and boy grand champion will win a new bicycle. At noon, the […]

Friday morning briefing: Rock the Park, Ike in Clovis and a fairy tale wedding

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Music, music, music Rock the Park is four hours of contemporary Christian music and it’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Potter Park. Cowtown The National Corriente Cattle Show is all day today and Sunday at the Curry County Events Center. Fast […]

Ticket feature: Wiener Nationals set for Saturday

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File photo The third annual Wiener Nationals are set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park. Admission to the races is free with donations given to the High Plains Humane Society. Freedom New Mexico The third annual Wiener Nationals is taking place Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park. The event, designed to raise money for […]

Commissioners vote to rezone golf course

Sharna Johnson In a 6-1 vote, Clovis Commissioners rezoned the Colonial Park Golf Course during a meeting Thursday night. The ordinance to rezone the area from a single family district zone to a mixed development zone came recommended by the city’s planning and zoning committee, which held a public hearing July 13. Planning and Zoning […]

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 […]

Our people: Clovis barber Tom Wade has helped develop city

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LILIANA CASTILLO: Freedom New Mexico Tom Wade has been a barber for 52 years. When he moved to Clovis, he said there was little developed above 21st Street. Clovis resident Tom Wade, 74, has been a part of big things in Clovis. He worked with the Junior Chamber to turn Greene Acres Park Lake from […]

Donated windmills to become park at Roosevelt County Fairgrounds

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Bill Dalley, left, reminisces with his wife, Alta, about the construction of their family’s first windmill which dates back to 1909. Dalley has been collecting old windmills for the last 30 years and is now donating his collection to the county. He said he and his wife will keep the […]

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.

Zoning change will allow liquor sales at Colonial Park course

Sharna Johnson Clovis is proposing a zoning change for the golf course at Colonial Park to allow for the sale of liquor at the facility. For 25 years while the club was privately owned, it was operating under a variance granted by the city, allowing it to sell alcohol even through it is within a […]

Sumner Lake reopening

CNJ staff State park officials have conditionally reopened boating at Sumner Lake State Park, effective 7 a.m. Friday. Watercraft can only enter the lake through the main raft, and will require both a pre-launch inspection and a decontamination process upon removal. Officials estimate most inspections will take 10 minutes or less, and decontaminations 15 minutes. […]

Press release: Sumner Lake reopening Friday

State Park officials announced today that Sumner Lake State Park will reopen on Friday, June 17, 2011 with a number of new procedures in place to ensure there is no spread of Quagga mussel larva. As a condition of reopening, all watercraft will have to go through a mandatory inspection before launch and a decontamination […]

Sumner Lake remains closed to boating until at least June 14

CNJ staff State Park officials will make a determination on opening Sumner Lake to boating following the June 14 Carlsbad Irrigation District Board meeting. Sumner Lake was closed to all watercraft use May 27 after laboratory test results found indications of aquatic invasive species. Personnel from State Parks and Game and Fish decontaminated 18 boats […]

Lake Sumner closed indefinitely

CNJ staff Sumner Lake remains closed indefinitely to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers, or larva, officials said Tuesday. The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish closed the lake Friday. Officials do not have a timeline for reopening the park, […]

Sumner Lake closed to boating

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish have closed Sumner Lake to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers, or larva. Sumner Lake State Park will remain open for camping and other recreational activities. Nearby Santa Rosa, Conchas […]

Officials eye first step of parks plan

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A view of the enclosed patio at the Youth Recreation Building, through a hole in the patio’s west wall. Lead-based paint and asbestos removal could begin by next week, Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said. Kevin Wilson At Hillcrest Park sits about 5,000 square feet of concrete, paint and […]

Hyenas may get new enclosure at zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Getti, a 3-year-old hyena at Hillcrest Park Zoo, had to be separated from Sere his intended mate because when the pair began fighting, keepers feared they might hurt or kill each other. Sharna Johnson Stephanie Nutter is on a mission to bring a pair of hyenas back to earth. In-between […]

City commission approves purchase of country club

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Residents packed the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library on Thursday evening for a special meeting of the Clovis City Commission. The commission voted 8-0 to purchase the Chaparral Country Club for $2.81 million. Kevin Wilson The city shelled out green Thursday night, and got 18 greens in return. […]

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 […]

Friday morning briefing: The big catch, a road closing and rain on the horizon

Good morning. Start your day off right with the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Hooked on fishing Oasis State Park is holding its Second Annual Spring Trout Derby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues throughout the event. Anyone can enter, but ages 12 and older need […]

Industrial park seeking tenants

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Renewable Energy Group, which has a biodiesel plant, is the lone tenant in Clovis’ industrial park. Clovis Industrial Development Corporation officials said a bad economy has been a factor in the vacancy of the 25-lot park. Kevin Wilson Hundreds of acres to pick from. Railroad and utility access available. It’s […]