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 […]