Bear captured at Ute Lake State Park

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers UTE LAKE — His name is not Yogi, and he was not stealing picnic baskets. Nevertheless, a 2 1/2-year-old black bear gave park rangers and a game warden a little trouble Friday before he was caught at the Ute Lake State Park. After being spotted in the park for the [...]

Fascinations can invade dreams

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I’m terrorized by bears in my dreams and I think “Gentle Ben” is the reason why. At the same time I am fascinated by the creatures, especially grizzly bears, yet most of my experience with bears has been through books, TV documentaries and movies. If I were reclining on [...]

Power of suggestion can can cause optical illusions

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Sammi is one of those children for which parents have great expectations but a healthy dose of apprehension. In other words, her self-confidence was bound to get her into trouble now and then. As a 13-year-old ranch kid, she could rope and ride, do the chores, cook, read, shoot, and [...]

Making life a little more bearable

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools for helping children deal with traumatic events. Called “Hugga-Bears,” the soft, pillowy animals are often successful in drying up tears and helping a child smile in the midst of an otherwise bad situation, according [...]

They’re cowards, not master thieves

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Dirty little coward. That’s the best description I can come up with for someone who would steal from the elderly. If you missed it in the paper this week, I’m talking about the recent bear caper that occurred at The Bee Hive assisted living home on South Main. Someone stole [...]

Bear statue stolen from Portales assisted living center

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer He never said a thing and he never had a name, but his absence has left a mark on the employees and the residents of the Bee Hive assisted living center in Portales. Nearly two weeks ago, a 5-foot-tall wooden bear was stolen from the porch of the house. The [...]

Dog survives amazing ordeal

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By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PNT Managing Editor Kevin_Wilson@link.freedom.com Honey Bear is a pretty unassuming dog at first sight. After the tan-brown Chinese Shar-pei has taken a sniff of a guest in Mike Davidson’s home, she’ll retreat to her dog bed. A second look reveals a red underside, where she had surgery to remove [...]

Life is precious where there’s love

Joan Clayton Several years ago, Emmitt was given a dog. This time I put my foot down — “This dog is not going to be a house dog,” I said. Chalk up one for me for the only case I won. Winter came and although it brought mild temperatures Emmitt thought Bear might be cold, [...]