Community swarms dorms with food, gratitude

USAF photo: Greg Allen Airmen enjoy hamburgers, hotdog sand cool drinks, courtesy of Clovis residents Sept. 25. The “Dorm Swarm,” as it was called, was a thank-you to the airmen by the community for their contributions to the community and service to the nation. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs Base airmen, particularly those […]

Dogs, owners show off skills at agility trials

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Tom Martin of Clovis guides Kaiser, his white German shepherd, during Tuesday night’s Meet the Breeds dog trial at the Curry County Fair. Kevin Wilson Teeter-totters, tires and tubes awaited Tuesday’s canines, whether they were tiny or titanic. Nearly a dozen dogs, mostly purebreds, were on display and in action […]

Study: Urban prairie dogs at higher risk

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Submitted by Jenny Ramirez Eastern New Mexico University graduate Jenny Ramirez studies wildlife and, as an undergraduate, conducted a unique project on prairie dogs in Roosevelt and Curry counties. Her research indicated that prairie dogs living in urban areas spend more time watching for predators than eating, which could harm their health. Argen Duncan After […]

Monday morning briefing: Wiener dogs racing and local celebrity waiters

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Puttin’ on the dog Wienerschnitzel’s 2010 Wiener Nationals — races featuring dachshund dogs — are set for July 24 at Hillcrest Park in Clovis. Racers can check in at 9 a.m.. Races start at 11 a.m. at the park on 10th and Sycamore streets. […]

Connecting with animals natural

Karl Terry My authority makes my wife jealous. To clarify, I have little or no authority over her but the fact that our dogs actually listen to me and occasionally do what I say makes her mad. They don’t usually listen to her and rarely do what she asks. The best example is making the […]

Ticket feature: Events center hosting dog agility trials

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File photo The second annual Stars and Stripes AKC Dog Agility Trial at the Curry County Events Center is expected to be fun for the whole family. Freedom New Mexico The upcoming Stars and Stripes AKC Dog Agility Trial is sure to be entertaining. Scheduled June 18, 19 and 20 at the Curry County Events […]

Commissioners approve introduction of pet licensing ordinance

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File photo The city commission will consider an ordinance that will require pet owners to license their animals. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Pet owners in the city could soon be required to license their dogs and cats. Commissioners approved the introduction of an animal licensing ordinance, voting 7-1 in favor during Thursday’s City […]

Group offering reward for information in dog deaths

CNJ staff An Albuquerque animal rights group is offering a $5,000 reward for information about the deaths of six dogs in northwest Clovis. Police believe all died from an undetermined toxin. Four dogs were found Feb. 2 and another two were discovered days later, all an area surrounding Tall Grass Lane. Police said the dogs […]

Airmen connect with students

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Staff Sgt. Christopher Sandefur helps demonstrate the capabilities of Suk, a military working dog. Suk was told to attack Sandefur for a demonstration held Tuesday at the Clovis High School Freshman Campus. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The Clovis High School Freshman Academy campus went to the dogs Tuesday as […]

Chili dogs, TweetDeck top my list

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico I have much to be thankful for today, including a family full of colorful characters, dogs that like to play ball and a cat that doesn’t scratch (me anyway). My house has central heat and air, my car has cruise control and I won the lottery last […]

Press release: Greyhound name possibilities narrowed

PORTALES– After receiving more than 200 name suggestions from the public and students for two Greyhound dogs which Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is adopting from the New Mexico Greyhound Connection, a committee has narrowed the selection for the male and female to five paired names: Loyal-True, Roscoe-Ruby, Vic-Tory, Emerald-Silver and Thunder-Bolt.

Student group question greyhound acquisition

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Not everyone is thrilled with the prospect of a pair of live greyhounds serving as mascots at Eastern New Mexico University. One group on campus is questioning the expense of caring for the dogs, potential liability and the psychological adjustment the dogs must make. But university President Steve Gamble […]

ENMU adopting retired racing dogs as mascots

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Morrow By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is going to the dogs, and not in a bad way. The school is getting a pair of retired racing greyhounds to serve as official mascots. The greyhounds will begin appearing at university and community events starting early next year. A committee of student […]

Losing family pet always rough

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist Without human offspring, dogs have always been like children for my wife and I. This week we’re grieving the loss of a family member. Our pets give us so much love and fill lonely voids with soft ears to stroke. When they die they rip our hearts out. We knew […]

80 short dogs compete in first Clovis event

Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico More than 80 short dogs converged on Hillcrest Park on Saturday for the Wiener National race with one hot dog walking away the winner of the first time event in Clovis. Esperanza Martinez, of Farwell, and her dog Lacey took the $250 check from the Wienerschnitzel of Clovis. Esperanza said […]

Wiener dogs ready to run

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Karl Korff holds one of his two dachshunds Bear Hunting. Bear Hunting is a male long-haired dachshund and was rescued by Korff. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Long legs, svelte lines, built for speed and ready to chase wild rabbits or birds in the countryside for miles. These are […]

Spay, neuter mobile coming to Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The Spay and Neuter Mobile Unit is returning to Clovis Friday through Sunday. The unit is a medical facility that spays and neuters household dogs and cats and provides vaccinations for $30. Linda Cross, chairperson of the Animal Task Force and the spay and neuter coordinator for Clovis, said the weekend is […]

Pair of women relocate prairie dogs

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Prairie dogs aren’t exactly held in the highest regard by those who make a living off the land. In fact, many local farmers, ranchers and developers view the small mammal mostly as a pest to be rid of. Joann Haddock of Lorenzo, Texas and her partner Susan Hubby of […]

Dogs main attraction at competition

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Norman Nelson of Canyon, Texas, guides his golden retriever, Tag, over the final jump in Friday’s American Kennel Club Stars and Stripes agility trials at the Curry County Events Center. Tag received a Master Agility Championship award with the run. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If the dogs at […]

Judge to decide on termination suit

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico District Judge Drew Tatum said Wednesday he would rule within two weeks on a summary judgement sought by the Village of Melrose against former police chief Michael Trammell. The judgement, if granted, would throw out a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Trammell in July, 2008. Trammell resigned in October, […]