Local prairie chickens get unique protection

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sitting in the dark in the middle of nowhere with people I’d just met, everyone in the van was focused on one thing — prairie chickens. Soon, we started hearing them. I grew up around the prairie gobblers but their numbers were never great and I never paid them […]

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 […]

The Mating Game

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A crescent moon shines above the pre-dawn eastern horizon as a passenger van pulls to a stop on a lonely ranch road near Milnesand. Inside are people from various parts of New Mexico and Texas who sacrificed a few hours of sleep to witness one of the stranger wonders […]

Prairie Chicken Festival set for weekend

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor They’ll be up at sunrise, inflamed with passion and consumed with one purpose: Getting a glimpse of the mating dance of the lesser prairie chicken. Approximately 100 people — some avid birders and others just lovers of nature —will descend on the village of Milnesand for the sixth annual […]

Manure’s allure

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Chicken, horse, cow, bat and even human manure are nothing to turn your nose up at when it comes to soil enrichment, according to local gardening experts. Using manure for gardening and lawn care is a timeless agriculture practice proponents swear by for its value in adding nutrients and organic […]

Stupid questions wanted here

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Some people say I ask too many questions. Can you believe that? A journalist asking a lot of questions? I don’t ask a lot of questions, do I? And if I do, what’s wrong with that? At school, even in college, we’re told: “The only stupid question is an […]

Aug. 27 School Lunch Menus

Floyd Schools Breakfast Monday — Quesadilla, bacon, cereal, juice or milk. Tuesday — Breakfast burrito, cereal, juice or milk. Wednesday — Pancakes and sausage on a stick, cereal, juice or milk. Thursday — Sausage and egg casserole, cereal, juice or milk. Lunch Monday — Spaghetti, green beans, roll, apple crisp, milk. Tuesday — Fried chicken, […]

State recommends against listing prairie chicken

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer After a six-year investigation of lesser prairie chicken populations and habitats, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced June 9 in a press release that they will recommend against listing the species as threatened or endangered in the state. According to the results of the study posted […]

Winning artwork chosen for prairie chicken festival

PNT Staff Report MILNESAND — A watercolor painting by Ranchos de Taos artist Valerie Graves has been selected as the winner of the 2006 High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest. Graves will receive $300 for her winning artwork of lesser prairie chickens at sunrise, which will be reproduced as a poster and distributed at […]

Centerpieces, quick dinners highlight ‘Creative Living’

Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on centerpieces and quick dinnertime menus will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at noon and on Saturday at 2 p.m. (All times are MST). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Patty Waid is an event planner with […]