Wednesday morning briefing: Catfish, quilts and a legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video game of the week The latest from our own tireless gamester Jenna Zamie. Game: Child of Eden Genre: Shooter System: 360, PS3 What is it? A unique rail shooter where the player’s mission is to save Edent from a virus. ESRB Rating: Everyone […]

Those without frozen cats shouldn’t judge

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist One of the goldfish in the pond died the other day. It was a big ol’ fella; homegrown, born and raised in the backyard pond. I didn’t name it or anything, I just know it was born about five years ago. “I have a dead fish back here,” I announced […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alligator will outgrow Hillcrest habitat

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Zoo officials want to build a heated pool for Wally that measures at least 14 feet wide by 32 feet long. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Slinking into the corner of his blue plastic baby pool, sliding under the water with only his eyes and tip of his snout […]

Tadpoles tough out western terrain

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The water in the barrow ditch was alive with something bigger than bugs. The water was moving, bubbling. I had to pull off the road and park my bicycle. I peered into the murky, algae-rimmed rut and saw tadpoles. Hundreds of tadpoles were swimming around and doing what tadpoles do […]

Ethanol plant looks to put in retention pond

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A retention pond is the latest issue between a company that wants to build an ethanol plant near Clovis and residents, some who can see the proposed site from their home windows. ConAgra Trade Group is proposing to build and operate a108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant at 1327 U.S. Highway 60/84, […]

5/21 Engagements

Pond/Smith Stuart and Tresa Pond of Grady announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Taris Pond, of Clovis to Taylor Smith of Clovis. He is the son of Guy Smith of Colorado and Julie Abernathy of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. on June 3 at Kingswood Methodist Church, and […]

ENMU biology department receives alligator

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This Caiman crocodylus, also known as the South American Alligatorid, was donated to the Natural History Museum exhibit at Eastern New Mexico University. The Caiman is about 3 1/2 feet long. By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales residents and school children won’t have to go across the country to the Florida swamps to see an […]

Deer heads found, charges pending

CNJ staff Charges are expected to be filed this week in connection with the out-of-season killing and beheading of five deer, a wildlife official said. Five missing deer heads have been found and results of the investigation will be taken to the district attorney’s office this week, said Wes Robertson, a New Mexico Game and […]

Poaching suspects questioned

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Three suspects have been questioned in connection with five deer killed, beheaded and dumped on a Ranchvale farm, a state wildlife official said. One suspect admitted to shooting the deer and tossing the heads into a Pleasant Hill pond, but an extensive search refuted that claim, said Wes Robertson, […]

Pond, C. Dale

C. Dale Pond Services: Have been held. C. Dale Pond, 78, of Trinity, Texas, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at Conroe Regional Hospital in Conroe, Texas. He was born on Nov. 8, 1926, in Muenster, Texas, to James W. and Eula M. Pond. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman in the […]

Grady seeing net gains

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Grady junior Heather Blackburn goes up for the kill during practice Tuesday. The Lady Bronchos have opened the season 8-1. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By John Eisel GRADY — Volleyball is no longer fall training for girls basketball at Grady. Under the direction of first-year coach Missy Glover, the Lady Bronchos stand at 8-1 to […]

Fourth annual Pond and Garden Tour set for Saturday

By Helena Rodriguez Picture this: A scenic array of stacked stones, the gurgling sound of rushing water, comfortable benches under shaded trees, birds and turtles dropping in, lush plants and fish. Now picture this in your backyard. According to Mike Hamilton, president of the Clovis Pond & Garden Club, home ponds began to get popular […]