Letter to the editor: Coyote hunts provide balance

Regarding Sunday’s letter to the editor opposing the coyote hunt in Grady as a school fundraiser: Who are we as a society to place value on a predatory, and scavenging species? Big-game animals have a worthiness for existence for the food chain they supply us. Cattle, chickens, sheep and goats, the same. Horses can fall […]

Letter to the editor: Coyote hunt setting bad example

Coyote hunt setting bad example I have been reading some of the online comments about Grady’s coyote hunt and find many to be ignorant and uniformed people. I thought school was a place to educate and learn about our planet and things that inhabit it. It sets a bad example for those in education who […]

Grady resident protests school-sponsored coyote hunt

Sharna Johnson Ranchers say the coyote is a menace and a threat to the way of life around the ranching community of Grady. May be, a community newcomer contends; but killing them is not supposed to be sport and there are more appropriate ways to raise money for school athletics. Cliff Sagnotty, who moved to […]

Teacher, three students injured in rollover

CNJ staff Three Socorro High School students and their teacher received minor injuries in an early morning single-vehicle rollover near Tucumcari Tuesday. The crash occurred at 6:45 a.m. on I-40 near Mile Marker 330, outside of Tucumcari, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Bryan Mitchell, 48, was eastbound when the 2005 Ford Excursion he […]

Endangered coyotes may endanger you

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist A visitor from New Mexico is lurking behind my California home. No, it’s not a prairie dog, a rattlesnake or Gov. Bill Richardson. It is a coyote. And it wants to eat my dog. Actually, my mom, who is visiting from Michigan, is the one who spotted the coyote when […]

Coyotes reminder that West still wild

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist I’m not going to choose sides when it comes to ranchers and coyotes. That’s another one of those political hot potatoes. Let’s just say I admire the coyote for expanding its range despite being shot, trapped, poisoned and dodging the growth of civilization across the North American continent. The first […]

Letters to the editor: Coyotes important part of ecosystem

I was sadly disappointed in the article “Coyote: Ugly” by Ryn Gargulinski, which ran in Sunday’s paper. I found the article to be one-sided. It appears to be written from a rancher/farmer’s view with no consideration of the impact coyotes have on the environment. Modern farming and ranching has become about numbers and profit, with […]

Coyotes are a menace for local ranchers and farmers

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These coyotes are hung up on Curry Road 19 north of Ned Houk Park off of 209. Ranchers and farmers do this to deter other coyotes from coming onto the property. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer They’re cunning. They’re clever. And they’re everywhere. The critters in question are the coyote […]

Coyotes are not always the bad guys

Letters to the editor I read an article in Tuesday’s newspaper about coyotes and it makes the coyote the villain. I have been around coyotes all my 48 years of life. I just want to express my opinion and a few facts about the coyotes. Coyotes are not very big animals. They range in weight […]