Kite Karnival scheduled

Cannon Air Force Base will be hosting its annual Kite Karnival April 30 at Doc Stewart Park. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free event is expected to offer games, food and kite-flying demonstrations. Information: 784-6381

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 […]

Day trip: Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park is located at 11450 Park Road 5 in Canyon. Palo Duro Canyon State Park • Location: 11450 Park Road 5, Canyon • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Hiking, road biking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, wildlife and wildflower viewing, backpacking, horseback riding and park-provided educational programs and hikes. […]

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 […]

Outdoor guide: Clayton Lake State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Clayton Lake hosts an annual fishing derby in May and during the winter is host to migratory birds including bald and golden eagles. Clayton Lake State Park • Location: Clayton Lake State Park is 12 miles north of Clayton via N.M. 370. It is 3 hours and 52 minutes […]

Day trip: Joyland Amusement Park

Joyland Amusement Park is located in Mackenzie Park in Lubbock, Texas. From I-27, take exit number 4. Enter Mackenzie Park from the North bound access road. Joyland Amusement Park • Location: Located in Mackenzie Park in Lubbock, Texas. From I-27, take exit number 4. Enter Mackenzie Park from the North bound access road. • What […]

Outdoor guide: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is set near the Sacramento Mountains which feature historic exhibits. • Location: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is 8 miles south of Alamogordo via U.S.-54. • Directions: From Portales take U.S. 70 W. for 85 miles stay straight and take West Relief Route (Roswell) […]

Outdoor guide: Manzano Mountains State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Manzano Mountains State Park has five miles of hiking trails, bird watching, photography opportunities and cross-country skiing in the winter. Clarence Plank Manzano Mountains State Park • Location: The park is 16 miles northwest of Mountainair via N.M. Highways 55 and 131. It is 194 miles or 3 hours […]

Outdoor guide: Eagle Nest Lake State Park

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Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Eagle Nest Lake State Park is located in the Moreno Valley and is 160 miles northeast of Albuquerque, 32 miles east of Taos and 65 miles southwest of Raton off of US-64. Eagle Nest Lake State Park • Location: Eagle Nest is 160 miles northeast of Albuquerque. It is […]

Outdoor guide: Living Desert State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks A family walks along one of the trails in the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. The park offers people a chance to see 40 different native animals species. Living Desert State Park • Location: Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is on the northeast edge of […]

Outdoor guide: Brantley Lake State Park

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Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Brantley Lake State Park is located north of Carlsbad and offers hiking, year-round camping, boating and fishing. Brantley Lake State Park • Location: Twelve miles north of Carlsbad. It is 2 hours and 50 minutes or 166 miles from Portales. It is 185 miles or 3 hours and 20 minutes […]

Outdoor guide: Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Rio Grande Nature Center Park is the winter home to Canadian geese, sandhill cranes, various ducks and other water fowl. The nature center has a glass wall library to view birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park • Location: The park is […]

Outdoor guide: Villanueva State Park

Courtesy photo: New Mexico State Parks Villanueva State Park features adobe style picnic shelters, hiking, and fishing along the Pecos River. Villanueva State Park • Location: Villanueva State Park is located 30 miles southwest of Las Vegas N.M. and ten miles south of San Jose off of I-25. It is 179 miles or 3 hours […]

Outdoor guide: Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Courtesy photo: New Mexico State Parks Elephant Butte Lake was created by a dam which was constructed in 1916 across the Rio Grande. The state park is a water-based recreation for anglers, boater and history buffs. The area was once part of a shallow ocean and once the sea receded, it was the hunting ground […]

Zoo preparing for holiday celebration

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File photo The Christmas at the Zoo celebration begins Tuesday evening and runs 5-7 p.m. each evening through Dec. 18 CNJ staff The Hillcrest Park Zoo is getting set for its annual presentation of animals, lights and Santa Claus. The Christmas at the Zoo celebration is set for next week. It begins Tuesday evening, and […]

Outdoor guide: Ute Lake State Park

FNM file photo Boaters can cruise Ute Lake for a good fishing spot or enjoy the scenery at the lake. Ute Lake State Park • Location: Ute Lake is three miles west of Logan via N.M. 540. It is 102 miles or 2 hours and 5 five minutes from Portales. It is 84 miles or […]

Outdoor guide: Conchas State Park

Courtesy photo Conchas Lake State Park offers a wide variety of water sport activities including boating, fishing and water-skiing at this refreshing, 25-mile long reservoir. • Location: In Newkirk N.M., which is 34 miles northwest of Tucumcari via N.M. 104. It is a 116-mile drive from Clovis and 125 miles from Portales. • What do […]

Outdoor guide: Bottomless Lake State Park

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Clarence Plank: Portales News-Tribune Photo from an observation point on top of Lea Lake at Bottomless Lake State Park. Lea Lake is 90 feet deep and offers boating and swimming. Bottomless Lake State Park The lakes are water-filled sinkholes. Geology and water chemistry create a unique environment for plants and animals. The lakes are a […]

Clinic participants get lessons in safety, sport fishing

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Shawn Rejino of Muleshoe, left, helps his son Nathan thread a line through a fishing pole during Saturday’s 20th annual Oasis State Park Kid’s Fishing Clinic. Clarence Plank Children and adults learned from volunteers and state park rangers about water safety, how to make fishing lures and tying knots Saturday […]