Thursday morning briefing: Books galore and dogs abound

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Book stop The state Rural Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in Roosevelt County Feb. 3. The schedule is: • Pep Post Office, 9-10 a.m. • Causey Post Office, 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Elida City Hall, 1-2 p.m. The bookmobile has books for loan with no late or [...]

Decades prove resiliency

This year marked my 30th writing this column. The column runs in 150 papers around the country and in Canada. For the most part they can be described as trade publications, or as a smaller weekly or daily papers. It is impressive to me how many of these publications continue to remain in business when [...]

Working animals help with ranch

Glenda Price One of the grandest sights in the world, in my opinion, is watching a cow dog at work. A bird dog is just as neat. Riding a champion cutting horse or barrel racing horse is an extra special thrill because you and the animal are doing something exciting together. Guide dogs that work [...]

Study: Urban prairie dogs at risk

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Argen Duncan After studying black-tailed prairie dogs within the city of Clovis and around rural Roosevelt and Curry counties, Eastern New Mexico University researchers concluded that those in the city spend less time foraging for food, which could hurt their chances of survival. As an ENMU undergraduate, Jenny Ramirez compared the behavior of rural and [...]

Monday morning briefing: Wiener dogs racing and local celebrity waiters

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Puttin’ on the dog Wienerschnitzel’s 2010 Wiener Nationals — races featuring dachshund dogs — are set for July 24 at Hillcrest Park in Clovis. Racers can check in at 9 a.m.. Races start at 11 a.m. at the park on 10th and Sycamore streets. [...]

Ticket feature: Events center hosting dog agility trials

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Freedom New Mexico The upcoming Stars and Stripes AKC Dog Agility Trial is sure to be entertaining. Scheduled June 18, 19 and 20 at the Curry County Events Center, the trial will be three days of non-stop competition for dogs from numerous surrounding states. More than 300 dogs are expected to compete daily, with dogs [...]

Distemper cases concern vets

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer At least two recent cases of distemper in dogs have doctors at Caprock Veterinarian Clinic concerned. “It’s been years since I’ve seen any distemper cases,” Dr. Kathryn Bartlett said. Distemper is an airborne and contagious disease that can affect a dog’s respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, optic nerves and central nervous [...]

Portales Past: April 21, 1955

April 21, 1955: Three dogs were blamed for killing 30 of Jim Wade’s chickens on the western edge of Portales. Wade said his grandson witnessed the dawn attack. The dogs, who did not eat any of their kill, ran away when Wade opened the door to the hen house.

Portales Past: March 8, 1960

March 8, 1960: The Portales News-Tribune reported on two lost dogs. Jane Lee’s “small, brown dog” would answer to the name of “Mim” if located. The Rev. Grady McCullough was looking for a “fuzzy puppy” the paper said he “claims is a cross between a Chihuahua and a collie.” The front-page story provided phone numbers [...]

County mulling lenient animal rules

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County could have more lenient rules on dogs and cats running loose if the county commission votes for changes in the relevant ordinance today. The commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the county courthouse. County Attorney Rick Queener said the county is considering changing a county [...]