Education column: Art applies skills from other subjects

Gazing up at clouds in the sky and imagining shapes or animals: That’s what drew Alexa Pickel to art. An art teacher at Clovis High School for the last seventeen years, she teaches upper division two-dimensional fine arts, such as drawing, painting, and calligraphy. Brain research has shown that arts education contributes to strengthening problem-solving […]

Animal shelter officials: Animal euthanizations dropping

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Valissa Taggart of Clovis fills out an application for city pet licenses for her two cats Tuesday’s at the Clovis Animal Shelter while Animal Control Officer Dennis Weist provides assistance. Kevin Wilson City and animal groups are seeing inroads in reducing animals who visit the animal shelter. According to the […]

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 […]

Animals can never be too smart

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist One of the grandest sights in the world, in my opinion, is watching a cow dog at work. A bird dog is just as neat. Riding a champion cutting horse or barrel racing horse is an extra special thrill because you and the animal are doing something exciting together. […]

In search of ponies: Co-worker explains dressing up pet

Sharna Johnson Once upon a time I remember rescuing a stray cat from neighborhood girls who had dressed him in doll clothes and put him in a baby stroller. From my perspective at the time, they may as well have been torturing the animal and he desperately needed my intervention. Years later dressing animals is […]

Curry County youths make sales at state fair

Freedom New Mexico A pair of Curry County natives sold grand champion animals at the New Mexico State Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale, held Friday. A grand champion lamb, shown by Garrett Foote was purchased by the New Mexico Junior Livestock Foundation for $3,000, while a grand champion goat shown by Madison Belcher was purchased by […]

In search of ponies: Animal ‘collecting’ takes balance

“Exactly how many animals do you have?” asked a man who said he reads my column regularly. I have to admit, I had to run a quick count. And a couple weeks ago when a nasty funk developed in the garage, the smell of death led me to conduct a head-count to make sure the […]

Weekly update —

Zero tolerance policy in place for animals on school grounds School days are upon the children of Clovis. But not everybody’s welcome on school grounds. The city’s animal control officers have implemented a zero tolerance policy for animals on school zones. A school zone, according to the department, is any school and a three-block radius. […]

Hands-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Connecting with animals natural

Karl Terry My authority makes my wife jealous. To clarify, I have little or no authority over her but the fact that our dogs actually listen to me and occasionally do what I say makes her mad. They don’t usually listen to her and rarely do what she asks. The best example is making the […]