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 […]

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 […]

Religion digest — Sept. 17

Ministry hosting worship event Agape Love Ministries is hosting a event called Fire in the Park from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Potter Park, according to a news release. The event will include food and games and features Voices of Harmony, Sevin, La Tonya Henry, Hezekiah Sherley, and Rosalind Sanders Jones. Information: 799-4923 Religion […]

Oasis State Park hosting catfish derby

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File Photo Liam Hurley, 9, left, and Lan Pare, 10, fish at the Oasis State Park pond in November 2009. The pond is to be the site of the second annual Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby on Saturday. Argen Duncan The Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby is back, and with bigger prizes and an extra hour to […]

Police: Holiday stabbing spills over at store

A man stabbed during a Fourth of July fight at Greene Acres Park was stabbed again Saturday night during a fight at Clovis’ Wal-Mart, said the Clovis Police Department. Chief Steve Sanders said Carlos Lopez is in stable condition at Plains Regional Medical Center and the suspect has been taken into custody. Lopez, 26, received […]

Community celebrates Cannon

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Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., left, flips hamburger patties in a cloud of smoke as Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas looks on during Cannon Appreciation Day at Unity Park on Friday. Three Clovis entities hosted the annual event. Argen Duncan Whether it was an assault on pastry during a pie-eating […]

Ticket feature: Texico, Farwell getting ready for Border Town Days

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File photo Farwell and Texico are celebrating the 44th annual Border Town Days Saturday. Freedom New Mexico Farwell and Texico are celebrating the 44th annual Border Town Days Saturday. Border Town Days is an event shared between the two communities which border the New Mexico/Texas state line. The annual celebration began as a spin-off from […]

Smoke on the Water fireworks display lights night sky over Greene Acres Park

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Several hundred Clovis residents gathered at Greene Acres Park to see fireworks light the night sky. The Clovis Chamber of Commerce’s Smoke on the Water fireworks display drew several hundred Clovis residents Sunday to Greene Acres Park. Radio station Q101.5 FM accompanied with music the chamber’s annual choreographed fireworks show […]

Clovis High School soccer team wins Matt 25 boat race

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CNJ photo: Gabriel Monte The Clovis soccer team runs to its milk boat Sunday at Green Acres park during the Matt 25 Hope Center’s milk boat race. The team won first place, which it also won last year. Freedom New Mexico The Clovis High School soccer team claimed its first victory of the year, and […]

Friday morning briefing: Ute lake fun and the Civil Rights Act

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. If your headed north Ute Lake State Park is scheduled to host its traditional all-day July 4 celebration again this year. The day begins with a parade at 10 a.m. in Logan, followed by a horseshoe contest at the park. The fireworks display is […]

Kite Karnival takes off Saturday

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Kite Karnival organizer Paul Hopkins said the event will include a kite making tent, games, vendors and kite flyers from the American Kite Association. CNJ staff Kites will dot the sky during the seventh annual Kite Karnival Saturday at Doc Stewart Park. Paul Hopkins, Doc Stewart Park community center manager, said the event has been […]

Some residents fear Dennis Chavez Park neglected by city

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Domingo Bolanso of the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department lops a branch Thursday from a pine tree in Dennis Chavez Park. Shane Cole of the Parks and Recreation Department said they plan to trim and shape all trees in the park, allowing patrons a chance to enjoy more shade this […]

Interactive Zoo map

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Take a virtual tour of the Hillcrest Park Zoo here.

Greene Acres Park has long history

By Bill Kinyon: Guest columnist As I watch the continued improvements to Greene Acres Park, I am reminded of how it began. I thought that some folks might be interested in the history of the park. In 1963, the Clovis Jaycees were looking for a project. We noticed that the low drainage area south of […]

Oasis State Park preps for trout derby

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Officials at Oasis State Park near Portales are gearing up for a Spring Trout Derby. The derby is Saturday and is a first for the park. It is sponsored by the Friends of Oasis State Park and gives anglers of all ages a chance to win prizes. “We’re going […]

Greene Acres Lake reopens

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Kevyn and Amanda Flowers carry their 2-month-old daughter Kaliyah around Greene Acres Lake Wednesday while enjoying a warm and sunny day. They said fishing restrictions weren’t a concern but they wished the walking/jogging trail was wider. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The lake at Greene Acres Park is open […]

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. […]

Oasis closing for furloughs

CNJ staff Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from Oasis. […]

City seeks volunteer for committee

Freedom New Mexico The City of Clovis is looking for a volunteer member of the Keep Clovis Beautiful committee out of District One. The district is the northeast part of town and includes the Colonial Park and Jonquil Park neighborhoods. The committee meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. Anyone interested […]

Clovis awarded money for Ned Houk Park

CNJ staff The New Mexico State Parks has awarded Clovis money to restore motorized-use trails at Ned Houk Park. The state announced Tuesday it is allocating $15,000 for the park as part of almost $1.6 million for eight trail projects around New Mexico. The Recreational Trails Program, managed by the State Parks Division of the […]