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 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: The end of summer and Benedict Arnold

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing.

Legalization of marijuana worth debate

Support for a more common-sense approach to marijuana has been quietly building for years now. And California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comment last week that “I think it’s time for a debate” on the subject of legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana seems to have elevated the topic to a much more serious level. CNN did a […]

Zoo break-in reported

CNJ staff A break-in at the zoo appears to be the result of bored youth looking for a place to skateboard, zoo officials said. Hillcrest Park Zoo Director Herschel Arnold said Friday when employees discovered a full length cut in the 8-foot perimeter fence on the back side of the zoo, they quickly surmised skateboarders […]

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 […]

Director: Clovis tiger isn’t threat

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Hillcrest Park zookeeper Mike Burns said Blondie has never tried to escape from his pen. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to […]

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 […]

Monkey mom keeps close contact

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Cindy Arnold feeds the spider monkeys Tuesday afternoon at the Hillcrest Zoo. Arnold raised one of the zoo’s spider monkeys after his mother abandoned him at birth. (CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The rules of the zoo are smashed by Cindy Arnold. She presses her face against the metal […]

Day Trip: Hillcrest Zoo

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleThe Siberian tiger Blondy lounges in the sun at the Clovis City Zoo. He has been an attraction at the zoo for about two years. Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis offers more than 500 animals including buffaloes and reptiles, according to zoo officials. The zoo sits inside a 140-acre park, with plenty […]

Day Trip: Hillcrest Zoo

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleThe Siberian tiger Blondy lounges in the sun at the Clovis City Zoo. He has been an attraction at the zoo for about two years. Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis offers more than 500 animals including buffaloes and reptiles, according to zoo officials. The zoo sits inside a 140-acre park, with plenty […]