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 […]

Prairie chicken art contest accepting entries

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File photo The ninth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand is scheduled for April 16-18, and the affiliated art contest is ongoing, with a March 1 deadline. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The lesser prairie chickens will be strutting their stuff again this year in Milnesand, and artists have a chance to […]

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 […]

N.M. holds off on lesser prairie chicken hunt

SANTA FE — The heads of the state Game and Fish Department and the Game Commission have decided to hold off on issuing hunting permits for the lesser prairie chicken, a longtime candidate for possible protection under the Endangered Species Act. Game and Fish director Bruce Thompson and Game Commission chairman Tom Arvas said they […]

Remember the prairie

The New Mexico Parks Department wants New Mexicans to

Prairie Days Festival

Don’t worry — it’s rated G

In case you missed it, check out the mating rituals of the lesser prairie chicken:

High Plains Praire Chicken Festival attracts variety of people

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Nancy Phillips, of Albuquerque, watches lesser prairie chickens perform their mating ritual Saturday from a van near Milnesand. The 7th annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival concludes today. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A half-hour before daylight Saturday on the prairie west of Milnesand, eight people waited in bleary-eyed […]

Registration being taken for Prairie Chicken Festival

Freedom New Mexico Once a year, the small eastern New Mexico community of Milnesand hosts the annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival, drawing spectators from near and far, to watch the mating dance of the lesser prairie chicken.

Springs part of Portales’ history

By Ruth White Burns: Special to the CNJ Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles, to run the next two Sundays, describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. Why does a town on the Eastern Plains of New Mexico, far from the Rio Grande and its Hispanic settlements, have […]

Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest announced

Freedom New Mexico Sponsors of the High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival, to be held April 11-13 in Milnesand, invite artists of all ages to participate in a poster contest. The grand prize winning entry will be reproduced as the festival poster, according to a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish news release. The grand […]