In search of ponies: Rats capable of selflessness

Few in the animal world have obtained a reputation quite as bad as theirs. In fact, their name is so bad, it has become ingrained in clich

Officials: Drought may affect fair entries

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Alisa Boswell The drought could change the competition in plant and livestock entries this year at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairs. According to county agriculture officials and local residents who will compete in the annual events, the eastern New Mexico dry weather has definitely had an impact on their plant and animal life. Roosevelt […]

Nothing derogatory about animal sayings

Common language on fauna betrays an anthropocentric bias… “Words such as ‘pets’, ‘wildlife’, and ‘vermin’ are derogatory…” says the director of the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics. I imagine there are people in England who take the director seriously. But, as we watch this once-powerful nation disintegrate before our eyes, it may be observed that […]

Wild horse, burro adoptions set

A three-day wild horse and burro adoption is scheduled to be held at the Curry County Event Center July 14 through 16. Offering more than 50 animals, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management begins adoption bidding at $125. Adopters must be qualified through an approved application which is available on site. To qualify, an adopter […]

Breeding debate proves emotional

Last fall the animal rights groups put Proposition B on the ballot in Missouri. The bill was written to reduce the number of breeding kennels that produce usually purebred puppies for pet stores. The bill was opposed by the Missouri Veterinary Association, the American Kennel Club and other animal-related groups. The bill failed in 111 […]

Animal behavior not unlike ours

In drought times the water in dirt tanks evaporates, soaks into the ground or otherwise disappears — except for a little puddle in the deepest part, usually the middle. Cracks form in the ground around the edges, making a design much like a jigsaw puzzle. Animals smell the water and plod through the fractured earth […]

High schoolers organize animal shelter volunteer group

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Alisa Boswell There’s a new patrol on duty at the Portales Animal Shelter — the “Puppy Patrol.” That’s the name 15 high-schoolers have given their group, a volunteer organization addressing animal abandonment. Jamie Thomas, one of the original five members of the group, was approached by her father, Portales City Councilor Keith Thomas, with a […]

In search of ponies: Animal ‘collecting’ takes balance

“Exactly how many animals do you have?” asked a man who said he reads my column regularly. I have to admit, I had to run a quick count. And a couple weeks ago when a nasty funk developed in the garage, the smell of death led me to conduct a head-count to make sure the […]

Special needs children tour fair

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Argen Duncan During his field trip to the Roosevelt County Fair, Portales third-grader Nathan Rose said he was able to pet every kind of animal, except a chicken. He wasn’t allowed to pet chickens because they bite, he explained. Nathan also helped with County Commissioner Bill Cathey’s rope and whip trick performance for the group. […]

Time to welcome foreign large animal vets

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Typically smaller, more rural communities have no veterinarian, or at least none that will take a calving call or a horse colic emergency. Veterinary schools, veterinary associations, concerned farmers and isolated ranchers continue their search for new veterinarians interested in practicing Food Animal and Equine medicine. While we are searching […]

Free spirits should be embraced

Have you ever known an actual, live, free spirit? I know a few in the human realm, and several in the animal world. My favorite human free spirit is a female, who has followed her own drum since childhood. She didn’t buy into many of the protocols most people take for granted. For example, her […]

Monday morning briefing: Haggis, peanuts and animal control

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Video of the day Our latest local video is a day with a Clovis animal control officer. It’s “At your service.” Take note A reminder — Clovis Community College is closed for spring break. That means if you want tickets for Enter the Haggis, the Canadian […]

County commission sets public hearing for pet ordinance

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission is taking the next step to having a more lenient county ordinance on dogs and cats running loose. Commissioners unanimously approved a notice Tuesday to modify the ordinance and set a public hearing for March 16. The changes would allow deputies to issue two warning […]

Urban newcomers welcome to farm

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The phenomenon of backyard animal husbandry is spreading among urban folks with no farm background. They are choosing to raise fowl and small mammals to eat. The economy is the main factor but it apparently appeals to the “homegrown is better” mentality. This rediscovery of the truth in the human/animal […]

Press Release: ENMU adopting rescued greyhounds

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is adopting two rescued former racing Greyhound dogs, from the New Mexico Greyhound Connection, as its official animal mascots.

Livestock sale helps offset cost of raising animals

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local buyers had a chance to pick up extra heifers for the dairies or a hog for the freezer on Friday at the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. FFA and 4-H members showed off their prize-winning animals for the sale. Some of the children who participate in the […]

Livestock sale rakes in bucks for juniors

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico You name an animal after a feeling, it’s hard to sell it off no matter the price. You name an animal after what color it is, parting ways becomes a little easier. A pair of veteran sellers experienced the spectrum of animal sales Friday night at the Curry County […]

Thief got exactly what was deserved

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet have now exposed our suburban children to the dog-eat-dog reality of nature.

Governor signs bill banning gas chambers for euthanizing animals

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico is becoming the 18th state in the nation to prohibit the euthanizing of animals in gas chambers. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Monday that bans carbon monoxide gas chambers for killing dogs and cats at animal shelters. “There is a more […]

City council to vote on animal ordinance changes

PNT staff Proposed changes in the animal ordinance top the agenda Tuesday for the Portales City Council. The ordinance is was revised by Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill. The council is seeking public comment on the changes. The council will also consider an amendment for a professional services contract grant match with the New Mexico […]