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 […]

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 […]

Gator aide: Handler performs at fair show

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Jeff Quattrocchi, of Tampa, Fla., catches a Bull Alligator during The Swampmaster Gator Show Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. The Gator is an 8 1/2 feet and weighs 230 pounds. By Gary Mitchell Twelve-year-old Brooke Switzer of Clovis got a wet surprise Wednesday at the Curry County Fair when an […]

Alligator handler to headline venue of events at Curry County Fair

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Harold Ives of Wright’s Amusement of Elbert, Colo., sets up the ferris wheel Saturday at the Curry County Fair Grounds. The 2003 Curry County Fair starts Monday. Photo by Rick White. By Gary Mitchell Jeff Quattrocchi’s job often lands him up to his neck in alligators — especially when he’s bulldogging them. Quattrocchi, also known […]

Fair planning winds down

By Jack King It’s almost time to load up those freshly canned pickles, secret recipe cookies and prized animals. The Curry County Fair is only four weeks away, plenty of time to plan to be at the Curry County Fairgrounds for a week of competition, entertainment and chances to learn about the latest in home […]