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 […]