City official: Efforts to get rid of birds successful

Alisa Boswell It turns out great-tailed grackle are not big fans of fireworks. Businessmen and other local residents joined forces earlier this month to set off a barrage of fireworks to frighten these local pests. Their efforts were successful, according to Portales Public Works Director John DeSha. “After those first two nights (Jan. 9-10), we [...]

In search of ponies: Growing up for the birds

So they just topple over the edge and then they’re gone, sailing into the sunset to go forth and do their thing, right? Wrong. Sure it happens that way sometimes. And then sometimes they wander too close to the edge and fall out before they’re ready or they jump out and then hang around. But [...]

Thursday morning briefing: Groundbreaking, for the birds and Wild Bill

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Renovating Clovis’ first steps to renovating the Youth Recreation Building in Hillcrest Park kick off today with a groundbreaking at 10 a.m. It’s open to the public and at Seventh and Sycamore. Information: 769-7828. Meetings watch Clovis City Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. today [...]

A parting gift from ‘The Girls’

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I was enjoying my early morning bicycle commute to work and the sounds of birds of all kinds welcoming the dawn: Robins, mockingbirds, Western kingbirds, a rooster. A rooster? In town? Sure you can have chickens in town…as long as your neighbors don’t care or animal control doesn’t come a-callin’. [...]

Police bust cockfighting operation in Clovis

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police said the scene of an illegal cockfighting event in Clovis on Saturday night was littered with about 100 dead birds and many more injured and maimed. “It was pretty alarming and disturbing,” State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Monday. Clovis Animal Control took custody of 53 birds, Glascock [...]

Wiener dog race set for Saturday

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Long legs, svelte lines, built for speed and ready to chase wild rabbits or birds in the countryside for miles. These are the kinds of dogs whose bodies Dachshunds can easily fit under. But local Dachshunds, popularly known as “wiener dogs,” will have their day this weekend. A Wiener [...]

Birds of prey exhibit to come to Clovis

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By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents will get a chance to learn about America’s birds of prey up close. They’ll even have an opportunity to see the birds fly. “We’re kind of giving a biology lesson while interacting with the birds. We teach people where the birds are, what they eat, how to [...]

Birds cause morning power outage

PNT Staff Report Some customers were left in the dark early Saturday after birds flew into power lines, disrupting service for north Portales, said Wes Revees of Xcel Media Relations. He said 870 residents were without power from 6:52 a.m. to 7:49 a.m.

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• Hunters in Roosevelt County were reportedly having rotten luck in the first sandhill crane hunting season since 1918. Game officials speculated that not enough hunters knew the proper tactics. Hunters said the season was too late and the birds had left for warmer climes. • Joe Bilberry scored 20 points to lead the Floyd [...]

Prairie chickens making comeback

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The lesser prairie chicken was once prolific across the shortgrass prairies of the Great Plains. The birds were often the only meat on a pioneer family’s table in hard times, which never seemed to go away for the plains sodbuster. Experts say the birds nearly met their demise, not [...]