Playa Festivals help teach about water, wildlife

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Darryl Birkenfeld talks Lindsey-Steiner Elementary fifth-grade students Monday afternoon about playas. Birkenfeld is executive director of Ogallala Commons, a nonprofit community development network that visits area school to teach the importance of playas to the ecosystem in the Southwest. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico has more playas than anywhere in […]

Nuclear energy one of safest forms of power

Freedom New Mexico Americans need electricity. But when a modern source of it threatens humans and wildlife, it is time to reassess how much risk we’ll accept for voltage. Is an abundant and sustainable source of electricity worth the risks? To date, no American has been killed by commercial nuclear power — a fact confirmed […]

Wildlife refuge celebrating anniversary

The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is planning a 75th anniversary celebration Dec. 4 at the reserve, 1531 County Road 1248 off Highway 214 South. The schedule runs from 6:30 a.m. (CST) to sunset, with a morning chuckwagon, tours of the refuge, numerous presentations and a migratory bird fly-in. Information: 906-946-3341.

Wednesday morning briefing: Youth hunting, fine arts and American Graffiti

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Youth license Thousands of licenses for youth-only elk hunts, deer and javelina are available from the state Department of Game and Fish. More than 2,700 deer licenses and 430 javelina licenses left over from the regular drawing are scheduled to go on sale 10 […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Road rage, hunting rules and another hot one

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fair warning A reminder from the city to avoid trying to travel east today on 21st from Prince Street. Construction today is causing road closures and, very likely, a big traffic mess. Rule changes The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is holding […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Six million a day and wildlife at Oasis

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing.

USDA announces additional 300,000 acres for wildlife habitat expansion

DES MOINES, Iowa — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has approved an additional 300,000 acres for conservation projects under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). These additional areas include 150,000 acres for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Initiative; 50,000 acres for the Duck Nesting Habitat Initiative; and 100,000 acres for the Habitat […]

New Mexico Wildlife now on TV

ALBUQUERQUE — Tiger muskies, Mexican wolves and fall fishing on the Rio Grande are among the topics being covered in August by “New Mexico Wildlife,” the video magazine now televised by the Department of Game and Fish. Using a name familiar to newspaper and magazine readers for decades, the Department television program strives to illustrate […]

Man charged for poaching

FORT SUMNER — A Fort Sumner man was jailed and charged with 16 counts of wildlife-related crimes in connection with the alleged poaching of 12 deer. A search warrant was executed Jan. 27, 2009, at the residence of Loy Minton, 25, by Department of Game and Fish officers and a deputy from the De Baca […]

Attention deer, elk hunter: Harvest reports due Sunday, Feb. 15

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is reminding all deer and elk hunters and trappers who held a license/permit to hunt or trap in New Mexico during the 2008-2009 seasons that deadlines for submitting Mandatory Harvest Reports are fast approaching. All deer and elk hunters must file their harvest reports by Sunday, Feb. […]

Hiking relaxing getaway

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I remember the old story, or analogy, about not being able to see the forest for the trees. The reality, which underlies so much of life, is that we cannot find that which is right in front of us. The story applies, among other areas, to summer and the beauty […]

Firearm laws should be same across board

By Freedom New Mexico Talk in political circles often centers on bipartisanship. If politicians want to portray a bill or program as something few would quibble with, they reach across the aisle and find at least a handful of supporters in the other party. Then they can say their proposal is bipartisan and the rest […]

Public hunts would be more cost-effective

By Freedom Newspapers Two federal agriculture agents were killed June 1 when their plane crashed as they were shooting wildlife in Wayne County, Utah. This was the 26th such crash, and the 10th and 11th fatalities, that have happened during aerial gunning since 1979. Another 27 people have been injured while shooting animals from airplanes […]

Thinning out wildlife most efficiently left to hunters

Freedom Newspapers Leave it to career bureaucrats to make a federal case out of a little wildlife problem. The federal government’s answer to an exploding elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park is typically complicated and unnecessarily expensive, with the Park Service planning to hire specialized sharpshooters, at undoubtedly inflated rates, to cull the herd […]

Wildlife service drops ball in case of bald eagles

By Freedom Newspapers You would think the government would be eager to boast about the success. The American bald eagle, which had dwindled to 500 nesting pairs in the 1960s, has recovered from the brink of extinction. Maybe that means the Endangered Species Act, under which animals threatened with extinction are placed on a “threatened” […]

Border fence with holes not worth billions

By Freedom Newspapers We weren’t particularly enamored with the decision by Washington to construct a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, believing that it will be far less effective than claimed and that the problem of illegal immigration ultimately requires a much more holistic and balanced solution. But as long as a fence is going […]

Proposed superfund settlement plan irks officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A preliminary federal report that recommends a cash settlement for environmental damage in Clovis be invested more than a hundred miles away has ruffled several local officials. The state and federal report recommends a $459,000 settlement from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway be used for the restoration of approximately […]

Cranes return to refuge

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Sandhill cranes are one of the many species that can be observed during the winter months at the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, the oldest refuge in Texas. By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to […]

Student profile: Tanner Fickling

Tanner Fickling is a senior at the Clovis High School. He is the son of Mark and Lisa Fickling. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Fly fishing in beaver ponds while it is pouring rain. What’s so great about your favorite sport? Football: Running out on Leon Williams Stadium on a Friday night in […]

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