Zoo animals keep it cool

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Alpacas sport a new hairdo Thursday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Zookeeper Mark Yanotti said the pair were sheared recently to remove their heavy winter wool. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Shade, misters, dipping pools and extreme hair cuts are but a few of the ways Hillcrest Park Zoo helps […]

Planned task force devoted to animal control

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Plans to establish an animal control task force will be on the agenda at the June 5 City Commission meeting. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis plans to establish a task force to develop strategies to deal with animal control, City Manager Joe Thomas said. Formation […]

Zoo animals ‘far from safe’

Somebody fed chili peppers to monkeys at the Clovis zoo over the weekend, causing the animals to suffer irritation when they rubbed their eyes. Lisa Wathne of Norfolk, Va., who identified herself as a “captive exotic animals specialist” and representative of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, responded with this e-mail: “By their very […]

Zoo animals fed chili peppers

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CNJ file photo: Andy DeLisle Police are investigating an incident in which spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs at Hillcrest Park Zoo were fed chili peppers by visitors over the weekend. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police are investigating an incident in which spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs at Hillcrest Park Zoo were fed chili […]

Clovis Animal Welfare League

The Clovis Animal Welfare League needs volunteers to transport animals (must be able to drive to Albuquerque or Santa Fe), to care for animals in their homes on a temporary basis, and to help with fundraising. Information: Darlene Ray, 762-5008.

Three little pigs

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Jenna Kirkland, 10, said she has been raising her York show pig for four months. She and her two older brothers exhibited their pigs Saturday at the Farwell Junior Livestock Show. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The spray of skin and hair conditioner foamed over the portly hide of […]

One stuffed solution

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson James Laljer covered his 1974 Ford LTD with stuffed animals so his wife could find it in parking lots. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Everywhere he goes, people gawk and take pictures of his car. But James “Woodstock” Laljer didn’t cover his 1974 Ford LTD with stuffed animals to […]

Free dairy software available

By Victor Cabrera: Ag Sense Dairy producers, farmers, consultants and government personnel now have access to some new computer applications that could help them in their daily work and assessments. All the applications (Alfalfa Yield Predictor, Grazing-N, NM-Manure and DyNoFlo) at the New Mexico Dairy Extension Program are Excel spreadsheet files containing macros. These applications […]

2,400 toys collected for wildfire victims

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rebecca Struthers, left, and Diana Blaschke, both of Clovis, toss stuffed animals into a box headed to California. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Arik and Ben Yeager thought they would have made some progress by Monday in their goal of collecting stuffed animals for victims of the California wildfires. […]

Innocent animals’ trust met with humans’ cruelty

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Several weeks ago, I had to make a business trip from Albuquerque to Phoenix, which involved an overnight stay in Albuquerque and a late drive home on the second day of my absence. It was during a phone call home, preparatory to that drive, that I discovered we had a […]

Letters to the Editor: Zoo’s evolution impresses patron

Having grown up in Clovis many years ago and having lived five blocks west of the zoo, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much it has improved over the years. While visiting relatives during July, we had the pleasure of touring the zoo and meeting some of the workers. The staff was friendly and […]

(Live)stock market

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Junior Livestock Sale exhibitor Brian Blackburn shows off his grand champion steer “Uncle Ethan” to bidders Friday at the Curry County Junior Livestock Sale. The steer sold for about $7,300. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Chelsea Henrich, 16, mustered all her strength to control a steer more than 10 […]

Fair exhibitors learn to let go

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Exhibitors Micha Mayfield, 17, left, of Texico, Meredith Sanders, 16, middle, of Melrose and Wyatt Payne, 14, of Melrose show their pigs during Tuesday’s junior market swine show at the Curry County Fair. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Melrose High senior Kimberly Lyons showed five pigs during Tuesday’s junior […]

Brantley Lake State Park offers track trek

Brantley Lake State Park, located between Artesia and Carlsbad, has a 2,500-acre lake stocked with black bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. The park’s manager, Shane Phipps, said officials have recently noticed another species. “The game and fish people were out here and netted some nice pound to pound-and-a-half white bass,” Phipps said. “Spring is a […]

Peacock eggs shattered by Hillcrest Zoo patrons

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CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson Mother peacocks herd a community brood of young Monday at the Hillcrest Zoo. Zoo officials said a select few of the birds are allowed to hatch young in an effort to control the bird’s population numbers at the park. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Teen visitors disturbed a peacock nest […]

Public hunts would be more cost-effective

By Freedom Newspapers Two federal agriculture agents were killed June 1 when their plane crashed as they were shooting wildlife in Wayne County, Utah. This was the 26th such crash, and the 10th and 11th fatalities, that have happened during aerial gunning since 1979. Another 27 people have been injured while shooting animals from airplanes […]

Animals also feel devastation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Devastation wrought by Friday’s tornado didn’t just affect human residents. Dozens of pets found themselves on their own when fences blew down and homes were ripped apart. Animal control officers have been in the hardest hit areas trying to remove animals that are injured or are showing signs of […]

All animals deserve love, care

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist She was lovable, but not trainable, the factor that proved to be her downfall in the end. Of the five or six canine friends I’ve had, she was the only one who would not respond to any of the tricks that shape obedience. This, then, is her eulogy, because last […]

Pesky pigs pose problem

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MCT photo: Rodger Mallsion By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Jimmy Tivis uses his gun to deal with feral pigs. The alfalfa and wheat farmer, who owns 800 acres in Floyd, spots the animals roaming across his land in groups of eight to 10. “I kill them every time I see them,” Tivis said, not […]

Zoo misadventure traps family

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Tuesday afternoon excursion to the zoo left a 29-year-old Clovis man and his two daughters in the same situation as the animals — locked behind bars. Getting off work a little early, Chris Gauna decided to treat his children — 2 and 3 years old — to a […]