County readies for annual Ag Expo

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Two days, 400 vendors, two animal trainers and no admission charge — and it’s all headed to the Ag Expo this year. The annual show of new agricultural technology, among other things, is set for Feb. 24-25 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. “I think the Ag Expo is a […]

Council reviewing animal ordinance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales City Council is looking at revising parts of its animal ordinance today. City Manger Debi Lee said there has been some discussion at the state legislature about destroying animals humanely. “We were way of ahead of what was coming for this,” Lee said. “If you go out to […]

Researcher studies ways to help cows bear more calves

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer An animal scientist’s research is exploring ways to save dairy farmers thousands of dollars a year by helping prevent miscarriages in cows. Eastern New Mexico University Assistant Professor Darron L. Smith said research suggests a “significant number” of dairy cattle pregnancies — 17 percent to 20 percent — are […]

Clovis animal shelter closes black cat adoptions

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Black cats in Clovis get a holiday, too. Animal Control Supervisor Louisa Maestas said black cats are not available for adoption until Monday, after Halloween has passed. The intention is to protect them from abuse in connection with Halloween, Maestas said. Interest in black cats perks up around Halloween, […]

Clovis animal shelter turning away animals

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Animal Shelter is turning animals away this week while it awaits a resupply of carbon monoxide for its gas chamber, according to police Capt. Ron Hutchison. Hutchison said it is merely a temporary supply issue and he hopes the gas will be delivered next week. “We’re asking […]

Cupcakes featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: PNT Columnist Information on making animal shaped cupcakes and remedies for dust allergies in the house will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Nancy Siler, Wilton Enterprises, will demonstrate how to turn a baked and iced cupcake into a variety of […]

It’s Their Job: Tracie Hanks

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Name: Tracie Hanks Job: Animal Control, Level 2 Certified with National Animal Control Association. Background: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and animal rescue in New York, and 15 years being a military spouse in places around the world such as Germany, Japan and Panama. Time on the job: Three years. Q. […]

Another area biofuel company delays construction

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico An Australian company that plans to turn animal fat into biodiesel is delaying the construction of a plant in Clovis by two to three months, company CEO Ross Garrity said Monday. The company was scheduled to start construction this month. Garrity said an increase in the price of animal […]

Zoo officials ensure tiger attack couldn’t happen

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to Blondie, a 450-pound Siberian tiger rescued from an Oklahoma exotic animal operation two years ago. The tiger involved in the […]

Pet finds place in columnist’s heart

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The way our society cares for animals, especially our pets, is maybe a sign we’ve become highly evolved. Or maybe we’re just crazy. I’m by no means an animal rights activist or anything like that. I grew up on a farm and I know where that hamburger came from. […]

State official frets over possibility of rabies

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two recent encounters between skunks and dogs in Roosevelt County have a state official concerned about the possible spread of rabies. Both skunks involved in fights with dogs were tested. The results on one skunk were inconclusive and the other was negative, according to Carol Morgan, a nurse with […]

Ex-police chief won’t face charges

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Additional animal cruelty charges against a former Melrose police chief will not be pursued, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Mike Trammell, 37, was acquitted June 7 in Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. The District Attorney’s Office was considering filing six charges of animal cruelty in District […]

Former Melrose police chief acquitted of animal cruelty charge

Freedom Newspapers A former Melrose police chief was acquitted Thursday by a Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. Michael Trammell, 37, resigned as police chief in October after he was charged with seven counts of animal cruelty. “He’s pleased to put the matter behind him,” Trammell’s attorney, Tye Harmon said. Harmon said his […]

Animal cruelty charges against ex-chief reduced

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A former Melrose police chief will face a single animal cruelty charge after a Magistrate Court judge ordered the prosecutor to dismiss six other charges, according to court records filed Thursday. Records show Magistrate Judge Buddy Hall — who previously ordered the charges be prosecuted individually — based his decision […]

Portales launches pet program

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales animal shelter has developed a new system of reuniting lost pets and owners. Working in conjunction with the Portales News-Tribune and KSEL radio, the shelter will make daily public service announcements about lost and located pets. “It’s another way to find a pet,” Senior Animal […]

Informational TB meeting scheduled

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Representatives from the New Mexico Livestock Board and U.S. departments of Agriculture and Veterinary Services will host an informational meeting on cattle tuberculosis testing in Roosevelt and Curry counties today at the Memorial Building. Since 2003, area dairy and cattle producers have been required by the federal government to […]

Human baby delivered at Clovis veterinary clinic

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Donna Morrow arrived at the Curry County Animal Hospital for her dog’s shots — instead she delivered a baby. A surgical nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center, Morrow was waiting for her Chihuahua to be seen Tuesday when she heard a woman scream. Morrow followed the sounds to a small […]

Animal control a busy business in Portales

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer While taking a walk through the Portales Animal Control shelter, one might find it difficult to look into the faces of the animals which occupy the few cages the shelter provides, knowing those animals could possibly face the last resort option of being euthanized. The officers at the animal control […]

Bowhunters get city OK

By Michael Harrell: PNT staff writer Portales City Council on Tuesday approved the allocation of 40 city-owned acres on NM 202 to Portales Bowhunters Club for use in archery events during the city council meeting. The range would occupy the northwest corner of the property near the water well fields. The land would be fenced […]

States launching animal identification system

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Branding has long identified a farm animal’s owner. Now New Mexico ranching industry leaders are finding ways to track their animals with advances in technology, such as the National Identification System in its early stages within the state. The Tri-National Animal Health and Identification Consortium recently launched a pilot series […]