Grant McGee: Prairie dogs get no love

The Lady of the House and I were driving by a prairie dog town some time ago. It was your typical, standard-issue, prairie dog town in a vacant lot in the city limits. Prairie dogs were running about, some were foraging by the side of the road, others were standing guard. But this dog town […]

Prairie points featured on program

Information on using prairie points, making Greek salads and recipes for party foods will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Evelyn Terhune, owner of Ozark Crafts in Gilbert, Ark., will show how traditional prairie points, which are a long-time favorite of quilters, take on a new look […]

Spread of prairie dog towns concerning residents

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A prairie dog stands watching traffic on Grand Avenue as it zips by Tuesday. Sharna Johnson The conveniences of town life may be appealing, but there are certain kinds of residents who find they just aren’t welcome. Residents in the area between Seventh Street and Grand Avenue between Upsilon and […]

Prairie Chicken Festival on course despite fire

Alisa Boswell A fire that broke out nearly 10 miles west of Crossroads on Saturday afternoon burned nearly 25,000 acres of land. Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon said the fire, aided by winds of 45 to 55 miles per hour, jumped Highway 258, came close to Highway 206 and missed Milnesand by about one […]

Education feature: Students study ecology of prairie dogs

Liliana Castillo Carrie Geisler’s sixth grade class at Parkview Elementary School focused on prairie dogs for their ecology section. More specifically, they set out with the intention of answering a question: Why is careful interaction among lifeforms important? The class began by reading about and studying the animals in class. They then took their research […]

Baskett signs, practices with Vikings

Staff and wire reports EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Clovis’ Hank Baskett practiced Wednesday with the Minnesota Vikings, one day after being released from the Philadelphia Eagles for the second time in two years. The 2001 Clovis High graduate signed a one-year deal with Minnesota, which is in desperate need of healthy receivers. Sidney Rice is […]

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 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Snakes, prairie chickens and Weed, N.M.

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Snakes alive and being handled…it’s Animal Attractions. Chicken cash Heads up lesser prairie chicken fans. The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico has received $300,000 for its lesser prairie chicken habitat enhancement efforts. Lesser prairie chickens live in Roosevelt County and […]

Our people: Literary legacy

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FNM correspondent: Jeanette Everett Betty Williamson loves hugs from children and the smell of rain. By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico editor Bio Name: Betty Williamson Birthday: Nov. 12, 1961. Volunteers for: Friends of the Portales Public Library, High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival and Dora schools. Famous relative: She’s the niece of novelist Jack Williamson, […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Hot chickens and calling all writers

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Hot chicken Who knew prairie chickens were such a hot item? Turns out all 100 spots to watch the birds’ annual courtship dances have already sold out for the April 16-18 High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival. Heck, they just announced tickets three weeks ago — at $95 […]