First person: Animal enthusiast

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cody Machen, Hillcrest Park Zoo keeper, was bit by the venomous gila monster, but wouldn’t let himself be afraid to hold it. Zookeeper Cody Machen has always loved reptiles and had them as pets as a child. Machen, 22, was bitten by a gila monster at the Hillcrest Park Zoo […]

Bitten zookeeper’s condition improving

Sharna Johnson The mother of a Clovis zookeeper said because Gila Monster bites are rare, doctors struggled to figure out how to treat her son. Sharita Haragan, said her son, Cody Machen suffered a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction after he was bitten by the venomous lizard Wednesday while transferring it between cages at Hillcrest Park […]

Snakes slithering into area

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Hillcrest Zoo is home to many indigenous snakes. The bullsnake, above, is one of the most common snakes in the area. It imitates the rattlesnake to scare away predators but is not poisonous. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers With warmer weather, area residents are spending more time visiting lakes […]

South All-Stars cruise to sweep

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Maybe it was because their teams either didn’t make the postseason or didn’t fare too well once getting there, but four small school baseballers from the east side of the state got off to a bit of a slow start compared to their all-star counterparts in the New Mexico High […]

‘Homeward bound’ becomes a reality for local families

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. Before Habitat for Humanity helped build them a new house to live in, Bill and Esther Faye Machen struggled to get by in a small trailer in […]