Local bird watchers unite for bird count

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Amateur bird watcher Don Hicks peers through his binoculars at Goodwin Lake Trail on Wednesday in search of birds. Hicks hopes to connect with other area birdwatchers during the Great Backyard Bird Count taking place Friday through Monday. Benna Sayyed Don Hicks hopes to connect with other area birdwatchers when […]

Free speech also protects vulgar acts

Freedom New Mexico Shane Boor, 35, apparently has a low opinion of the police. As he drove to work in Colorado in April, he saw a state trooper who had pulled over a car. As Boor passed by, he flipped the trooper the bird. We all know it is unlawful to assault a police officer. […]

First person: Labor of love

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Donald Bird plans to repaint the Duster at Veterans Park in May. He served in Vietnam, and said the weapon saved his life numerous times. Donald Bird considers the M42 Duster a life-saver, and probably as close to a friend as a machine can get. But he doesn’t consider it […]

In search of ponies: Big freeze brings pet care lessons

Sharna Johnson Earlier this week, while heading out the door for work, I noticed a frenzy of bird activity on my back porch. The flock was centered around the dogs’ bowls of half-eaten food, abandoned when they gladly traded their 20-below breakfast time for the warmth of their kennels inside. I noticed one of the […]

Wildlife refuge celebrating anniversary

The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is planning a 75th anniversary celebration Dec. 4 at the reserve, 1531 County Road 1248 off Highway 214 South. The schedule runs from 6:30 a.m. (CST) to sunset, with a morning chuckwagon, tours of the refuge, numerous presentations and a migratory bird fly-in. Information: 906-946-3341.

Dog’s bird obsession fascinating

Karl Terry It’s hard to believe the energy the slumbering black dog at my feet is capable of expending. We adopted Ranger about eight months ago because his previous owner said he had a fixation toward cats and her sister’s cats were being terrorized. I’m not sure about a cat fixation but I know he […]

110 years and counting: Audbon prepares for 2009 Christmas bird count in New Mexico

New Mexico — The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) starts today throughout North America, including 35 cities and towns around New Mexico. Thousands of volunteers will add a new layer to over a century of bird population information as they tally bird numbers through January 5, […]

Thursday morning briefing

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s morning briefing: Video of the day Clovis Community College cosmetology student Danielle Landers shows how to do a side-swept bang cut in this week’s installment on How to do … Gobble up a deal Grab your bird. It’s the final day for the Curves of Clovis Give a Gobble event. […]

Bird causes morning power outage

At 6:41 a.m. Saturday, a bird flew into a north Clovis substation, causing damage to the equipment and shutting down power for north Clovis neighborhoods for an hour and 36 minutes, according to Xcel Spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said the outage lasted longer than usual when the equipment needed repairs. About 2,400 Xcel customers were […]

Something to do on January 10, 2008

Clovis-Carver Public Library hosts a pre-school story hour at 10 a.m. Children attending will hear about birds and build a bird feeder. Information: 769-7840.

Lady Bird Johnson epitome of strong Southern belle

By Freedom Newspapers We join Texans — and Americans — everywhere in mourning the loss of a great lady, Lady Bird Johnson, who died Wednesday at age 94 at her Austin, Texas, home. Johnson, as much as anyone, embodied the legendary Southern charm and Texas hospitality with her warm, genteel demeanor. That outward calm belied […]

The mating game: Prairie chicken known for colorful ritual

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A male lesser prairie chicken used the rock he’s on top of as part of his mating display Saturday. A hen checks him out in the background. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A crescent moon shines above the pre-dawn eastern horizon as a passenger van pulls to a stop on a […]

Finding one’s place is lifelong journey

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Sometimes we get the unique experience of touching a piece of the natural world, in a small but significant way, that reminds us we are a tiny part of a much larger creation. Without events falling together in a precise pattern, it would not have occurred. With Earth Day approaching, […]

Wildlife service drops ball in case of bald eagles

By Freedom Newspapers You would think the government would be eager to boast about the success. The American bald eagle, which had dwindled to 500 nesting pairs in the 1960s, has recovered from the brink of extinction. Maybe that means the Endangered Species Act, under which animals threatened with extinction are placed on a “threatened” […]

Poached pheasants reported in area

By Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Game and Fish Department is on the lookout for pheasant dumpers. The department released an Operation Game Thief call Friday in regard to a pile of dead pheasants reported near the intersection of Brady Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Pheasant season ended Dec. 10, according to department […]

National Chicken Month is upon us

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist A little bird, quite aptly, told me that September is National Chicken Month. For New Mexico this is an extra-special thing since the land is enchanted with a few distinctive chickens of its own. The foremost to be honored is the glorious High Plains prairie chicken, for which an entire festival […]

July 21, 2006 Amos

Editor’s Note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the attack of the birds boss there have been some strange air currents passing through the church pew underworld these days in alfred hitchcock-style the birds have landed and they re causing more ruckus than […]

Zoo gets out word on bird(s)

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Zoo clerk Laura Shepler saysd she will hand-feed an orphaned bird cat food for at least two months before weaning it onto bird seed. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. […]

Jeopardy! appearance first step in roadrunner’s rise to infamy

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers It’s official — the roadrunner has made it to infamy. Everyone knows, of course, the way to gauge if something is famous is if it shows up as a Jeopardy! question or a crossword clue. Since “Gargulinski” doesn’t fit well as a crossword clue, it’s better to gauge it by […]

Donaghe, Betty

Betty Donaghe, 79, of Clovis, died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Born Jan. 26, 1927, in Oswalt, Okla., to Floy and Laura Cross, she had been a lifelong Clovis resident. She cooked at the restaurant in the Mainline Bowl bowling alley for many years. She loved to sew and […]