Day trip: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Courtesy photo Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument • Location: Located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 55 miles northeast of Albuquerque. From Albuquerque: Take the exit for Santo Domingo/Cochiti Lake Recreation Area (Exit 259) off I-25 onto NM 22. Follow the signs on NM 22 to Cochiti Pueblo and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. […]

Press release: Bears attack camper, goat at Philmont Scout Ranch

PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH — One bear was killed and conservation officers were looking for another bear Wednesday following separate incidents in which bears scratched a camper and injured a goat at Philmont Scout Ranch. The Department of Game and Fish set a trap for a bear that ran off after it jumped on a tent […]

Commentary: Wing brings good fight in first full ORE

By Lt Col Mark Brown: 27th SOW Inspector General If you were on Cannon Air Force Base during the recent Operational Readiness Exercise, you know the base had a different look and sound: a tent city popped up, followed by blaring sirens; security forces patrolled in full “battle rattle” and chemical defense gear as simulated […]

Think logistics when camping

When we were young and immortal, our family often camped out in a tent. A couple of times we decided two days in a row of warm weather in late winter meant it was time to go camping and fishing. The result was sometimes… interesting. One spring another couple joined my husband and me – […]

Joys of tent camping wear thin with age

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It was supposed to be a simple outing. Drive over to Texas’ Caprock Canyons State Park near Quitaque, pop up a tent, then mosey on over to “Bob Wills Days” in Turkey. Instead it may have been the last camping trip for me and The Lady of the House. The […]

Boating, diving among attractions at Bottomless Lakes

Freedom Newspapers The Bottomless Lakes State Park is located just southeast of Roswell and can be reached by an easy drive of less than two hours. The Bottomless Lakes became the first state park in New Mexico in 1933. The park encompasses eight scattered lakes — some of the state’s few all-natural water holes, according […]

Day trips: Boating, diving among attractions at Bottomless Lakes

The Bottomless Lakes State Park is located just southeast of Roswell and can be reached by an easy drive of less than two hours. The Bottomless Lakes became the first state park in New Mexico in 1933. The park encompasses eight scattered lakes — some of the state’s few all-natural water holes, according to the […]

Sometimes camping stinks

By Bob Huber: Local columnist When spring rears its ugly head in these dusty parts, I always get claustrophobia — a fear of being trapped in a 1957 Chevy with a polecat. I caught that terminal ailment when our kids were small, and our family drove through a rain storm. What happened was, we went […]

When is a house a home, and where is home, really?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Lately I’ve been thinking more than usual about the venerable “father of the faithful,” old Abraham. More than ever, the great patriarch has my respect. God called Abraham to take a trip (God didn’t specify exactly where), to make his home in a country that would one day be his (God […]

State fire marshal’s office cautions against tent city

Ryan Lengerich A state fire official told Curry County commissioners on Tuesday the state won’t sign off on proposed tent housing for jail inmates. In early August, Commissioner Tim Ashley pitched the idea of housing nonviolent offenders in military surplus tents to alleviate jail overcrowding. Similar facilities have been used in Farmington where county officials […]

Tents purposed as solution to jail overcrowding

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Curry County could cut its jail overcrowding problem by housing nonviolent offenders in military surplus tents with air conditioning and portable toilets, according to County Commissioner Tim Ashley. That’s assuming the state fire marshal approves. Ashley told commissioners about his experience visiting the jail in Farmington, where he […]

Tent show kicks off

Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Joe’s Boot Shop has redefined the meaning of customer appreciation over the years with its annual July 4th Great Tent Event. You don’t even have to be a customer to appreciate it. Store patrons can expect live music and free drinks as the Western apparel and supplies store on Mabry Drive […]

Dean’s comment is insult to two races

Leonard Pitts Jr. I have no problem with what Howard Dean was trying to say. It’s what he actually said that troubles me. Specifically, the Democratic presidential candidate told an Iowa reporter that he wants to be “the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks.” It was an inarticulate way of saying […]

Homesickness abated by remembering

Thomas J. Lucente Jr. CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait — Another Veterans Day. Last year at this time, I was sitting comfortably at home in Ohio, going about my life, bowling a couple of nights a week, playing poker every Wednesday night, drinking my fair share of George Killian’s Irish Red and just basically living my life. […]

Fiesta celebrated

By Jack King Father Sotero Sena took time out for a shower Saturday after serving as a target in the pie-throwing booth, but in no time he was back in the food tent downing a funnel cake. Being a mainstay of Our Lady of Guadalupe/San Jose Mission’s annual fiesta is hard work, said Sena, the […]