Hard times spawn fiscal responsibility

Despite threats, grass in Colorado Springs parks will likely be green this summer. Sprinklers will chit-chit-chit and the children will play. You heard it here first. The late economist Milton Friedman taught us that “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Someone pays, regardless of who consumes. Colorado Springs residents are learning there […]

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 […]

New parks director expected to focus on quality of life projects

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The next director of the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department will be expected to shift the emphasis to quality of life projects, city officials said. City Manager Joe Thomas estimated receiving about 35 to 40 applications for the position being vacated by Rob Carter, who is leaving the city […]

Parks and Recreation director leaving Clovis

CNJ staff Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter is leaving Clovis to accept a position with Guest Services Inc. of Fairfax, Va. His last day is Feb. 5, according to a press release from the city. A spokesperson said Carter’s position will be advertised immediately and remain open until filled. Public Works Director Clint Bunch […]

N.M. Delegation announces over $8 million in recovery money for state’s parks

This Earth Day, New Mexico’s Congressional Delegation announced that twelve national parks in New Mexico will benefit from over $8 million in federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The investments in New Mexico’s parks will help spur the economy and local job growth by revitalizing park infrastructure, rehabilitating visitor centers and funding […]

New Mexico state parks requests public comments on Blackwater Draw partnership feasibility study

New Mexico State Parks invites public comment on a draft feasibility study evaluating possible long-term partnerships between Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks at the Blackwater Draw site. Senate Memorial 42, passed by the Legislature in 2007, requested State Parks to complete a feasibility study to consider long-term partnerships, including the possible […]

Eastern New Mexico University , State Parks host Public Meeting Feb. 26

PORTALES — New Mexico State Parks invites public comment on a draft feasibility study evaluating possible long-term partnerships between Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks at the Blackwater Draw site. Senate Memorial 42, passed by the Legislature in 2007, requested State Parks to complete a feasibility study to consider long-term partnerships, including […]

City officials urge caution at Hillcrest Park

CNJ staff The Clovis Parks and Recreation Department is cautioning residents not to climb the wall located at Hillcrest Park. Parks and Recreation director Rob Carter said the wall is not safe. His warning is in response to a photo in Thursday’s Clovis News Journal showing a youngster climbing the wall. Carter said the wall […]

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 […]

Remember the prairie

The New Mexico Parks Department wants New Mexicans to

Board hopes turf change offsets costs

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer In an effort to cut down on water costs the Clovis Water Policy Advisory Board will recommend to the city commission seeding certain parks with water-saving grass. The board unanimously approved Tuesday the recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Department during its regular monthly meeting. Clovis Parks and Recreation […]

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 […]

Rambelles overhaul Zias late

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Zias freshman Cat Clay shoots over Angelo State’s Kandra Lakey during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup at Greyhound Arena By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team gave Angelo State about a 10-minute head start in Saturday’s Lone Star […]

Firearm laws should be same across board

By Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Clovis Parks & Recreation Committee

City of Clovis Parks and Recreation Committee needs volunteers. The committee advises the city commission regarding parks and recreation activities. Claire Burroughes, 763-9653.

Museum dedicates new signs, shelter

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Karl Terry Mary Ruth Gossett, center, points out a photo of Jim Warnica, right, to Rosemary Mathews of ENMU on one of the new interpretive signs dedicated Friday at the Blackwater Draw Site near Portales. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Early man and the way he likely lived got a […]

Ramifications of icy weather far-reaching

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Icy road conditions from an Arctic cold front that crept into the area Friday kept Clovis ambulances from transporting patients out of town and city employees busy over the weekend. “We (Clovis Fire Department) could not transport anyone to a higher-care facility in Lubbock or Amarillo Friday through Sunday,” […]

National park safety needs growing issue

By Freedom Newspapers We only wish he’d done this two years ago. Virginia Sen. George Allen, a Republican who narrowly lost to Democrat James Webb on Nov. 7, in one of the races that overturned control of Congress, seems intent on going out with a bang rather than a whimper. Allen recently unveiled S. 4057, […]

Oasis park viewed as “Exemplary”

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Oasis State Park in Portales was named the “Exemplary Park” of 2006 by the New Mexico State Parks Division, according to a state parks news release. Honored at an awards banquet in October, Oasis received the award based upon the park’s overall performance and commitment to providing a quality place […]

Day Trip: Tatum Cow Pasture Golf Course

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Courtesy photoMarcia Hilburn and Allen Jones, background, look on as Ray Hilburn takes his tee shot on the second hole at Tatum’s “Cow pasture golf course.” Tatum will host the second annual Cow Pasture Golf Tournament Oct. 21. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers It’s possible to play golf among cow patties and coyotes at Tatum’s […]