Discerning danger second nature to animals

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist During the recent 12 or so inches of snow that blanketed our area, I was surprised by the reaction of our Westie terrier. We let her fur grow in winter, and she normally loves cold weather, but when I took her out in this storm, she bounced into it, turned […]

Candidate’s border-crossing stunt backfires

By Freedom Newspapers One thing is certain: Raj Bhakta loves attention. The Pennsylvania congressional candidate, best known as one of the many failures Donald Trump fired on his “Apprentice” television show, came to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley last week to pull a publicity stunt on the river. The idea certainly was creative. But it didn’t […]

Labeling system could be useful

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Lazy Syntax Library we’re perusing a couple columns we wrote about terms used to describe groups of animals — you know, like a pride of lions and a gaggle of geese. The seed for this research was the behavior of news reporters in Washington, D.C., a few […]

New agency for strays

27th Security Forces Squadron Have you encountered a stray dog or cat on the base? Cannon now has a method to retrieve these strays. The 27th Fighter Wing has a contract with One 4 All animal rescue organization to retrieve and control stray animals on the main base and in Chavez housing areas. One 4 […]

Where the bison roam

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CNJ Staff Photo: Marlena HartzThe outlines of bison kept at Ned Houk Park are illuminated during sunset. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Far from the pens of the Hillcrest Zoo, 10 shaggy bison roam along the banks of Ned Houk Park in Clovis. The plot of land at Ned Houk, enclosed by barbed wire, […]

Livestock sale fair tradition

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Ring men Wayne Kinman of Elida, front, and Johnny Ogden of Floyd work the livestock auction crowd Friday at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Andy deLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The contours of smooth-soled cowboy boots and treaded sneakers decorate the dirt. A man in a peach Oxford shirt dances across the […]

Officials say dogs, schools bad mixture

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Concerns that a child could be bitten, injured or exposed is the reason behind a zero tolerance policy for wandering dogs at bus stops and school grounds, according to city officials. With the onset of the school year, animal control officers plan to routinely patrol school grounds for loose […]

Big cats steal show

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Natasha jumps between platforms over handler Robert Mullen of Amazing Rainforest Experience on Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. Natasha is the oldest of three tigers that perform in the show. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Her 350-pound frame pounces from perch to perch with ease. As she settles, […]

At-risk animal programs need federal overhaul

A fter a process that at times took on the tone of the Spanish Inquisition rather than a scientific inquiry, a panel of experts has declared the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse a bona fide subspecies once again — giving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all the political cover it needs to keep “mighty mouse” […]

Small animals cause big problems for farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleA population explosion for prairie dogs has intensified what is a constant struggle for Curry County farmers and ranchers. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in […]

Day trips: Brantley Lake State Park offers spring getaway

Compiled by William Thompson 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 […]

Texas man charged with animal cruelty

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Texas man was arraigned Wednesday in Clovis’ Magistrate Court on 58 counts of animal cruelty after officials said they discovered dozens of dead cats and dogs last month at the Curry County home he was renting. A Curry County sheriff’s deputy found 33 dead cats and dogs and […]

Animal groupings on march

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Here at the Homeless Language Shelter we’re keeping a wary eye on the annual March for Animals in Washington, D.C. We’re not sure what animals they’re marching for, but human beings, mostly news reporters, get all tangled up when they try to describe the event. Here’s the problem: Reporters generally […]

Citizen raises stink over dead animal

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A dog lies along south Prince Street near Kimberly Drive Tuesday as motorists head north into Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The hairy, stiff canine lies beside a large, fallen tree branch on south Prince Street. Clovis resident Katherine Medrano travels the south end of Prince Street several […]

Mexican wolves may benefit from scaleback

Freedom Newspapers If at first you don’t succeed … change the parameters and ask for more time or money. That often seems the unofficial motto of federal officials, who rather than admit defeat in some quixotic quest, simply redefine the mission and the benchmarks of success. Federal agencies and private advocacy groups backing the reintroduction […]

Exotic animals finding homes in southwest

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Let’s suppose you are driving, it’s after sunset, you’re on that road heading north out of Clovis, and something dashes from the side of the road and you hit it. You get out and your road-kill turns out to be a kangaroo. A kangaroo in Curry County. This isn’t such […]

12/11 Letters to the editor

Liberals want reading material, too I recently moved to this lovely little town from Austin, Texas. Of course I understand that small towns are often insular and conservative, but I have been highly disappointed by the fact that even the local newspaper provides no break in the routine. For a moderate liberal like me, it […]

12/4 Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: Bernardo Baca refers to a newspaper story promotion that referenced zoo animals and jail inmates being watched and fed on Thanksgiving. Paper’s zoo animal reference insensitive A recent inference that inmates are equal to the animals at the zoo is an outrage! I am very offended and cannot believe that you could be […]

Find a stray, stay away

This is the cycle of infection and replication in rabies. (Courtesy of the CDC) Airman Thomas Trower Stray animals may be in need of help, but only professionals should attempt to approach or capture one, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Rabies can be transmitted by many mammals such as: raccoons, […]

Ira Pottard

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Ira Pottard Date of birth: Aug. 4, 1922 Dates of service: 1942 to 1949 Hometown: Clovis Theater and location of service: China Burma India […]