All animals need someone to follow

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I believe animals are gifts from God and where would we be without them? I am always amazed when I read Genesis 2:19. God formed all the animals and brought them to Adam for a name and whatever he named them that was the name. Living near the edge of […]

Animal research necessary to medical breakthroughs

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist There are people who are ennobled by their service to mankind. We think of soldiers, nurses, teachers or ministers whose contributions are recognized daily. Others are national leaders, inventors, Olympic athletes or philanthropists. Their achievements attract laudatory headlines and press. But there are many who toil beneath the radar, who […]

Maybe humans shouldn’t always understand

By Baxter Black: Guest Columnist Anthropomorphism is a word that has often been used in a negative context by people in the livestock business. By definition it is the ascription of human characteristics to things not human — particularly animals. In our continuing effort to raise animals for meat purposes humanely we confront huge moral, […]

County fair provides youth chance to showcase livestock

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer It’s show time! The countdown is on for area kids to showcase their skills at the upcoming Roosevelt County Fair. After months of preparation, all their hard work will be on display in the show ring and indoor exhibits this week. For Jalayna Roberts, 13, of Dora, says this […]

Animal talk not just for Dr. Doolittle

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I was having a conversation with my dog Flint the other night in which we were both excitedly discussing the events of the day. We have lots of special moments like that, just a boy and his dog. But animals and the people who love them are often misunderstood. […]

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 […]

Prairie dogs wreaking havoc in area grasslands

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in Grady. Nonetheless, Grau said, the rodents are irksome, and he wishes them gone. “I fight them constantly,” said Grau, who prefers to keep […]

Brantley Lake State Park offers spring getaway

Compiled by William Thompson Brantley Lake State Park, located between Artesia and Carlsbad, has a 2,500-acre lake stocked with black bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. The park’s manager, Shane Phipps, said officials have recently noticed another species. “The game and fish people were out here and netted some nice pound to pound-and-a-half white bass,” Phipps […]

Portales Junior High School youths get quick initiation into workaday world

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By William P. Thompson Most of the eighth-grade at Portales Junior High ventured out to local businesses and government agencies yesterday as part of the school’s annual job shadowing day. Some students watched beauticians at work. Some spent the day with firefighters. One student even went to jail, but only to see how corrections officers […]

More horse owners considering rabies shots

By William P. Thompson PNT Staff Writer William_Thompson@link.freedom.com Following a documented case of rabies in a Lea County horse earlier this month, area veterinarians are encouraging horse owners to get their horses vaccinated. So far, officials from the New Mexico Department of Public Health say the horse in Lea County is the only known rabies […]

Wild and wonderful

By William Thompson Many Portales residents remember local televison shows “Mr. Hank” and “Exploring Nature” on KENW. The host delighted children and adults alike with his knowledge of exotic animals. Today, former TV show host and wildlife biologist A. L. (Tony) Genarro still helps out with the specimen collection he helped found at Eastern New […]

Melrose area resident charged with 58 counts of animal cruelty

By Andy Jackson A Texas man was arraigned Wednesday in Clovis’ Magistrate Court on 58 counts of animal cruelty after officials said they discovered dozens of dead cats and dogs last month at the Curry County home he was renting. A Curry County sheriff’s deputy found 33 dead cats and dogs and 25 more in […]

Humans have ability to choose right, wrong

Tibor Machan: Columnist Some ideas have so little merit to them they shouldn’t ever see the light of day — not in intellectually respectable forums. It’s as if we gave Nazis a place at the table when discussing how societies should be organized. Here, once again, I find a notable person, indeed, a Nobel Laureate […]

Clovis resident works to save prairie dogs

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The wet and confused prairie dogs huddled together in cages, unaware their lives had just been saved. They were captured at a future construction site as part of a rescue effort spearheaded by Clovis resident Susan Hubby. Using a method that flushes the guinea-pig-sized member of the squirrel family from their […]

Local museum full of animals native to this region

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist We have all of this coming week to prepare for April Fools’ Day, which is Friday. I originally planned to set up a gag to honor this annual event, but I would never sink to such an act. What I want to bring up, though, is a new exhibit at […]

Volunteers work to build no-kill animal shelter

By Tony Parra Rescuers from All-4-One Animal Rescue are working with members of the animal shelters in Portales and Clovis to try to prevent the deaths of thousands of stray animals in Portales and Clovis each year. Caroll Baker, one of the members of All-4-One Animal Rescue, said members of the volunteer organization help in […]

Retired ENMU teacher set to publish animal book

By Kevin Wilson Does a rattlesnake have to be coiled to strike? Can a turtle leave its shell? Will a toad give you warts? Retired Eastern New Mexico University biology professor Tony Gennaro got these kind of questions in his classes and on the phone, and they became inspiration for a series of cartoons and […]

Most enjoy Roosevelt County Fair

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By Laurie Stone This year’s Roosevelt County Fair seems to be going off without a hitch. For many, this is a time of year when family and friends can come together and enjoy themselves no matter what their interests are. The fair has a little bit of everything for each personality and character no matter […]

Students do double duty during fair week

High school students from throughout Roosevelt County will be busy with classes, books and homework assignments next week. Some will also have another item to worry about — having their livestock animals in top condition for the livestock junior shows at the Roosevelt County Fair, which begins on Wednesday. For Portales students, school begins on […]

Las Vegas resident works on controlling coyote count

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Pat Jaureguiberry sometimes likes to relate stories about how few people actually know what a coyote looks like. Although common in the area, the medium-dog sized animal is seldom seen as it hops from spot to spot seeking food. But Jaureguiberry has seen them plenty of times. And so have […]