Fire restrictions continue at Oasis, five other parks

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Though most of New Mexico’s 34 State Parks have lifted statewide fire restrictions, six State Parks will continue to enforce restrictions imposed by local or federal entities until further notice, according to a release from the state. Those parks are: Fenton Lake State Park (Jemez Springs), Navajo Lake State Park […]

When we clean the environment, parks will benefit

Freedom Newspapers Wouldn’t it be great if we could place our national parks in hermetically sealed bubbles, keeping them separate and apart from the less-pristine world, like snow globes on a mantle? That isn’t possible, of course, given the dynamic and interconnected quality of the natural world — so let’s stop pretending it is when […]

Potter Park Pool opens noon today

CNJ staff Potter Park Pool opens at noon today with free admission. Admission after today is $2. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a guardian. Proper swimwear is required. Pool hours are: • Saturday — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Sunday — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Monday, Friday — noon […]

Parks, John

John Edward Parks, 78, of Olathe, Kan., died Friday, March 31, 2006. Born Feb. 4, 1928, to Carl Henry and Bessie Barfield Parks, he was a World War II veteran. He worked for General Motors-Delco for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He was active with Cub and Boy Scouts, and enjoyed gardening, fishing, bowling and […]

Park management plan won’t destroy delicate balance

Freedom Newspapers Bush administration critics have been demanding to know what prompted it to draft a controversial new management plan for national parks, which detractors claim will sacrifice conservation values on the altar of commercialism. “First, I question the necessity of the proposed revisions,” Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., wrote in a Feb. 17 letter to […]

Year’s disappointments make good fertilizer

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Remember that hard freeze we had the first week of December? Temperatures were hovering around zero. Thick ice covered the back-yard pond. When the pond thawed there were a bunch of belly-up goldfish on the surface. I had been so proud of those little goldfish. They were born last summer. […]

Finney, Tina K.

Tina Kay Finney Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Fort Sumner. Tina Kay (Stinnett) Finney, 33, of Fort Sumner, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at her home following an extended illness. She was raised and attended school in Portales until her senior year. She graduated from Fort Sumner High School. She […]

Civil rights icon leaves nation lasting legacy

CNJ Editorial Sooner or later in the 1950s, a crisis was bound to occur over legalized, state-enforced racial segregation. The policy was inconsistent with the ideals of individual liberty on which the country was founded, the experience of World War II had created cracks that were bound to widen in the edifice of racial segregation, […]

Construction of surgical center back on track

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Digging at the surgical center site is set to restart on Wednesday. The estimated completion date is May 2006, according to a construction official. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Construction on a $4 million surgical center will restart Wednesday, according to a project official. City building inspector Pete Wilt said […]

City votes to keep recreation building

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor City officials refuse to pull the plug on the Youth Recreation Building. Despite a leaky roof, no electricity and shoddy plumping. Despite the parks and recreation committee’s initial request to have it demolished. Despite a $218,000 estimate to have it renovated. In spite of all those concerns, the City […]

Happy New Year, baby: Two cousins were the first Clovis babies of 1980

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It was New Year’s Eve, 1980. Kerry Parks called her mom around midnight to tell her that her water broke. That’s when she got the news. Her then sister-in-law, Francee Garcia, was already at the hospital, and she was also in labor. “When she told me that Francee was […]

Officials close Ute Lake marina

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — The Ute Lake Marina, in service since 1980, was recently closed down by New Mexico State Parks officials due to safety concerns and contractual violations on the part of the marina’s owners, according to a parks department press release. Sid and Beverly Smith were the owners of the […]

National parks: Our treasures

Clyde Davis When I was a kid, I loved to read stories about animals of all kinds. Fiction, truth, you name it, I loved to read stories in which the heroes had fur, fins, or feathers. I remember quite clearly that each time a bear was the focus of the story, the words used to describe […]

Off-road vehicles just create problems

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis should ban recreational vehicles from Ned Houk Park. Some responses: “RATHER THAN BANISHING recreational vehicles from the park, I favor appropriate regulations with enforcement. Disregard of the rules should result in the vehicle operator being banished from the park.” — Harold Burris, Clovis “I BELIEVE RECREATIONAL […]

Best collectors to receive gold award

By Jack King, CNJ Staff Writer Volunteers will spread out across Clovis Saturday to pick up trash, litter. Area residents will have yet another chance Saturday to earn the coveted Golden Dumpster award — given each spring and fall to the group that collects the most trash — during the annual spring “Great American Clean […]

Firearm ban in national parks leaves America vulnerable to drug gangs

A ban on the carrying of firearms in U.S. national parks is based on a dangerous delusion, given that visitors to these often remote areas aren’t somehow magically immunized against criminals or attacks by animals. Americans shouldn’t have to surrender their Second Amendment rights or an effective means of self-defense when visiting their own “public” […]

Melrose WR ties TD mark

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Melrose’s James Walker leaps over a teammate during a second-quarter run. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White MELROSE — On any other day, Harvey Parks would have had to share the spotlight. But this wasn’t any other day as Parks caught three touchdown passes in Melrose’s 65-6 win over House in Saturday’s state six-man […]

‘Trek for Trash’ turnout down, but results good

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By Jack King Who knew “Trek for Trash” could be such an adventure? “I’ve picked up two dead birds and a rat,” said Delinda Ashburn, one of a team of 12 people from Citizens Bank who turned up at the city Parks and Recreation Department headquarters at 8 a.m. Saturday morning to help with Clovis’ […]

Parks, Verna

Verna Parks Services: Have been held. Mrs. Verna Parks, 61, of Clovis, a bag machine operator, died Tuesday, June 22, 2003, at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo. She was born June 20, 1942, in Muleshoe, to James L. and Rue Tiller Hudson. She married Carl Parks on March 12, 1960, in Clovis. She worked at […]

3 on 3 tourney slated

CNJ STAFF The second annual “Hoopla 3 on 3 Streetball Tour” basketball tournament, sponsored by Play Inc. and the City of Clovis Parks Department, is scheduled for July 19-20 at Hillcrest Park.