Summer fun located all over area

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleMiranda Andazola, 8, of Clovis, skates at Hillcrest Park Wednesday. Miranda was at the park with her father, Willie, and sisters, Caitlyn and A’lani. She is spending her summer skating, swimming and reading. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A promenade of three tumbled from the minivan and into the shade […]

High Plains offers plenty for travelers

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Columnist Summer tourists will soon be flocking to the shores of California, unbending their maps and looking lost on New York City’s subways and even popping their heads into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While New Mexico has it made with places such as Santa Fe and Taos, until Julia Roberts wrecked it, […]

Peacock population under control

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Peacocks roam free Friday outside the giraffe cage at the Hillcrest Zoo. (Staff photo: Andy Delisle) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The peacock population at Hillcrest Zoo has dwindled to 40 following a successful sale that drew interest across the state. Zoo Director Herschel Arnold reported in February that the large, colorful fowls’ numbers […]

Zoo gets out word on bird(s)

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Zoo clerk Laura Shepler saysd she will hand-feed an orphaned bird cat food for at least two months before weaning it onto bird seed. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. […]

Zoo officials trying to cut back on peacock population

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Over breeding has led to an abundance of peacocks at Hillcrest Zoo. Officials are making the birds available for purchase in an effort to curb their numbers. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The peacock population at Hillcrest Zoo is getting out of control, according to zoo director Herschel Arnold. Although […]

12/4 Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: Bernardo Baca refers to a newspaper story promotion that referenced zoo animals and jail inmates being watched and fed on Thanksgiving. Paper’s zoo animal reference insensitive A recent inference that inmates are equal to the animals at the zoo is an outrage! I am very offended and cannot believe that you could be […]

‘Zoo to You’ brings exotic animals to schools

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Mesa Elementary a third-grader Destiny Williams looks at a leopard gecko Tuesday at the school during a visit by representatives of Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Zoo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A periodic meow and a range of other noises, including human-like greetings and high-pitched squeaks, emanated from the cloth-covered cage. […]

Zoo animals beat heat

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Just monkeying around, this juvenile spider monkey is undaunted by the afternoon heat Wednesday at Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The camel at the Hillcrest Park Zoo is shedding. Strands of thick hair dangle from its side. Patches of skin are revealed in a haphazard pattern, […]

Reporter’s notebook: Resident recalls favorite prank

Clovis’ Harold Burris was asked to report the best April Fools’ prank he’s witnessed. This was his response: “My favorite is one that flourished in the Kansas City area in the l970s (and I have used it in the Clovis area since l991). “Someone would leave a call slip on the desk of the “victim,” […]

Hillcrest Zoo officials hope to move young giraffe to new pen

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Her new pad has all the amenities a female giraffe could ever want — wall-to-wall grass, a football field’s worth of running room, and even an enclosed shed with a 24-foot ceiling and central heating for those cold eastern New Mexico evenings. But Jael, Hillcrest Zoo’s 3 1/2-year-old female […]

Clovis is sizzling in summer heat

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Rodrick Dean, 7, of Clovis, spread out as he dries off on the concrete surrounding the pool at Potter Park Saturday during the Juneteenth Celebration. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A few days ago Dennis Shaw was plowing his dryland wheat field near Ranchvale when the air conditioner in […]

Lab results say blood clot killed zoo’s tiger

By Jack King Sabre, the white Bengal tiger who died at Hillcrest Zoo in December, died of a blood clot in a kidney brought on by high blood pressure, according to lab results received this week. Sabre was found dead in his cage Dec. 4. A necropsy was performed the same day and parts of […]