Portales couple reaches out to international students

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Courtesy photo: Charlie and Martha Crane From left, Martha Crane of Portales, Ghana native Hannah Odame, Martha’s husband Charlie and Nigeria native Lola pause during a pre-graduation reception for Eastern New Mexico University international students this past spring. The Cranes have provided driving lessons, trips, Thanksgiving dinner and more for the students. Lola’s last name […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Boy teaches others art of origami

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Courtesy photo By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor IF IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD, it takes a school to build a Senbazuru, and then some. That’s what fifth-grader Jacob Jones learned this past school year. For his independent project in the Gifted and Talented Program at Zia Elementary School, the 11-year-old chose […]

Cranes return to refuge

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Sandhill cranes are one of the many species that can be observed during the winter months at the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, the oldest refuge in Texas. By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to […]

For the birds: Cranes makes Muleshoe regular stop

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Sandhill cranes take flight in huge flocks this time of year. Wildlife managers are studying their shifting migration patterns. (KRT photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer MULESHOE — From the cab of his white pickup truck, Harold Beierman scans the quiet lakes. He is checking up on some seasonal guests. Peering through a pair […]

Cranes are filthy, flea-ridden and fun

Bob Huber December never inspired enthusiasm around our house. We steadfastly refused to join Santa Claus in his annual extortion ploy, and we stopped having babies 40 years ago at the end of each year for income tax purposes. That’s about all there is to December. But December in Texas — that state where old […]