Area ranchers willing to support Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some eastern New Mexico ranchers are long-standing critics of Cannon Air Force Base. When Cannon announced plans in January to expand its training air space, a handful of ranchers were vocal in their opposition at a meeting with Air Force officials at Eastern New Mexico University. Anticipating some may […]

Prairie chickens draw crowds

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A male prairie chicken performs part of his elaborate mating dance Saturday morning at the fourth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand. (CNJ staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer MILNESAND — More than 100 people flocked from as far as Massachusetts and as close as Clovis this weekend to […]

Rancher backs beef ban

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Correspondent Mary Nordtome said she can look out her kitchen window and see for miles. She and her husband single handily operate a 22,000-acre ranch in Fort Sumner and have been in the ranching industry for more than 50 years. When she talks about the industry she has built her life […]

Government ads infringe on first amendment

Freedom Newspapers Beef might be what’s for dinner, but who should pay for making that suggestion to American consumers? That’s the question at the heart of arguments heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. The case involves what’s called the beef checkoff program, in which cattle ranchers pay the federal government $1 per head […]

Congress approves funding for Cannon

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Monday said he fully expects President Bush to quickly sign into law a military construction bill that includes $9.5 million to construct a consolidated airmen’s center at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from the senator’s office. The Senate on Monday gave final […]

Some ranchers against Cannon airspace increase

By Mike Linn Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion has any number of vocal supporters. Community leaders and economic development officials believe the expansion is important in helping the base remain open after the government’s base realignment and closure process, or BRAC, which should be completed in 2005. “The airspace would make Cannon […]

Area ranchers lose money to mad cow scare

Mike Linn A few days can cost a cattle rancher hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue — especially when one of those days beef from a Canadian Holstein is found infected with mad cow disease. Since news broke of the infected Holstein in Washington, cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, […]

Farmers and ranchers dabble in ‘show biz’

STAFF & WIRE REPORTS His family has spent generations farming. He has been seeding and reaping all his life. And Jim Anderson can’t quite get over the fact that now he is in the entertainment business. “They never would have imagined,” he said of his father and uncle, who bought their 200-acre farm outside Erie, […]