Bees shut down entrance of clinic

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — A portion of the Portales Medical Clinic at 320 South Ave. — including the main entrance — was closed about 8 a.m. Monday after a colony of bees was discovered, according to officials. Officials were concerned the insects could be Africanized honey bees, although that has not […]

Bee business

The Roosevelt County Extension Office will host a seminar on Africanized bees — so-called killer bees – on Thursday at Jake Lopez Community Center on the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

Residents trying to co-exist with bees

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Africanized honeybees, or killer bees as they are commonly known, are here to stay, according to officials. With a little education and a keen sense of the surrounding area, area residents can co-exist with the insects in relative peace, according to Carol Sutherland, an entomologist with New Mexico State […]

Bees make havoc for businesses

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer In 1964, long before high school junior Lewis Hightower had decided to choose pest control as a career, he read an article in Time magazine about “killer bees” that escaped a laboratory in Brazil. He kept up with the news over the years, reading estimates that this species, known […]

Africanized bee population growing

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The chances of eastern New Mexico residents encountering Africanized honeybees is increasing exponentially with each new colony, according to pest control experts. Those experts are concerned encounters with the aggressive bees could lead to serious injuries or deaths. Lewis Hightower of Southwestern Pest Control and New Mexico state entomologist Carol […]

Portales bee population shifting to Africanized

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Problems with Africanized bees in Roosevelt County may be getting worse, evidenced by a Portales woman who was stung multiple times by bees in her back yard Tuesday. That bee incident, as well as a few others this year, are reason enough for residents to be cautious. And […]

Honey money: Local keeps around 150,000 bees in his backyard

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Bees are a pastime for Jim Beevers, who began keeping bees more than three decades ago. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Sixteen tiny, black and yellow bodies form a ring around a fountain of water in Jim Beevers’ back yard. These bees seem serene. Almost motionless, they gather, side by […]

4/19 Local roundup

Division asks other groups be contacted The Clovis Vector Control Division does not normally respond to bee complaints, and recommends residents contact private pest-control companies, according to a press release from the division. Only in an emergency should the Vector Control Division be contacted regarding bees, the release said. The division specializes in vectors, or […]

Killer bees cause buzz

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Emergency responders from the Clovis fire and police department were officially introduced Tuesday to a rising threat — Africanized honeybees. At least one colony of the bees is nesting on the fringe of Curry County, according to Les Owen, an agent from the Curry County Cooperative Extensive Service of […]

‘Killer’ bees discovered in Clovis

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers A Portales pest control company official said a sample of bees found in Clovis “in the middle of town” has tested positive as being a strain of Africanized or “killer” bees. Lewis Hightower, owner of Southwestern Pest Control, said the sample was tested at the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]