In search of ponies: Story behind quack attack

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Sharna Johnson Molesting a zoo visitor during a dedication ceremony elevated one hard-luck duck to marginal fame this week and earned him a new name. But there’s more to Merv the… Oh never mind, we’ll just stick with Merv… than meets the eye. He waddled into the spotlight during the dedication of a newly-donated water […]

Lame ducks take advantage of last session

To the surprise of most observers, the lame-duck session of Congress proved to be prolific in passing legislation. Whether it was productive is another question. The existence of lame-duck sessions, that period in which legislators rejected by voters in November get to pass new laws before the winners assume office in January, is one of […]

Press release: Bingaman talks Congressional lame duck session

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about the Congressional lame duck session. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman111510m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman gives a brief overview of the Senate schedule for the lame duck session. 02:10 – Bingaman […]

Press Release: Calling all duck callers

ALBUQUERQUE – Every good duck caller knows the key to calling duck is practice, practice, practice. Every contest caller knows it will take more than just practice to win the 2009 New Mexico State Duck Calling Contest. It’s going to take a clear tone, steady cadence and a mountain of courage to claim victory against […]

City parks provide, escape, leisure

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Wednesday evening, as the storm which never arrived was brewing west of Ned Houk Park, my granddaughter and I were feeding the ducks. With the careful attention of a five year old, she was dropping pieces of food in the lake, and I was watching the birds. On shore came […]

Water authority hopes for authorization in lame-duck session

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer MELROSE — The recent federal bailout delayed the flow of federal authorization for the Ute Water Project, but supporters are optimistic their chances haven’t dried up. Project Manager Scott Verhines said at Thursday’s meeting that an omnibus bill including the pipeline project and 155 other items is a top […]

Local artists deserve support

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Among the hoped for fall events of Pintores, the local art league, is a fund-raising auction featuring art by local artists. A similar auction, held in 2005 in Portales, raised several thousand dollars for the benefit of students at ENMU who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The question raised by […]

10/21 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. just being there part one boss i ran into dewey duck the other day you remember dewey he wanted to be a business duck start a cracker factory and make his first million before […]

If it looks like a pig, it might be a pig

By Grant McGee I hit the road last weekend. I left Clovis, passed through Portales and headed five hours south to southwest Texas. The Lady of the House and I were road trippin’. Our destination was Balmorhea State Park so she could swim on her birthday. It’s an annual rite of passage. Going over the […]

June is month of weddings, whimsies

By Bob Huber June always reminds me of Stephen Duck, the favorite poet of Queen Charlotte the Illustrious, wife of King George II of England, circa l683-1760. I don’t know why Duck sticks in my mind. I suppose it’s his name. Duck was a self-made bard who wrote “The Thresher’s Labour,” which caught the eye […]