Our people: Call of the wild

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Bio Name: Tony Gennaro Birthday: March 18, 1934 Hometown: Raton Profession: Desert biologist, writer Tony Gennaro had two ambitions as a young college student. He said he wanted to become a professional baseball player or a commissioned Air Force officer. He said what he fell into ended up to be what he was destined to [...]

Biologists: Foxes not uncommon in area

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Foxes are shy, smart, and silent creatures who hunt a variety of animals and insects. There are four species of foxes in New Mexico; red, gray, kit and swift fox. Eastern New Mexico University Wildlife biologists Zach Jones and Tony Gennaro say foxes can be found almost anywhere. Gennaro [...]

Grenade’s origin may stem back to boyhood antics

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Apparently last week’s story about a couple who dug up a grenade in a Portales front yard isn’t the first time hand grenades have made news in our burgh. I may have the answer to how last week’s grenade got there as well. Few recent stories have captured the [...]

Bird debacle resolved peacefully

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor There is no doubt the feisty little Italian many of us knew from the old Mr. Hank Show on KENW has aged. It shows in his flowing gray mane. What we may not have known until this week was the deviousness age has bestowed on Tony Gennaro. Earlier this [...]

Fireworks for the birds

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With the participants armed, watches synchronized and everyone issued portable two-way radios, it could have been a scene out of a caper movie. Instead the plan was a bit of bird roosting aversion therapy. More than 25 volunteers gathered Wednesday evening at the Roosevelt County Courthouse for a briefing [...]

Grackles wreaking havoc at Roosevelt County Courthouse

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Like a scene from a horror movie, hundreds of great-tailed grackles descend upon the Roosevelt County Courthouse as dusk settles in each evening. According to Charlene Hardin, Roosevelt County administrator, the birds have gradually taken over the trees at the courthouse. They’ve been there since the summer and have [...]

Retired ENMU teacher set to publish animal book

By Kevin Wilson Does a rattlesnake have to be coiled to strike? Can a turtle leave its shell? Will a toad give you warts? Retired Eastern New Mexico University biology professor Tony Gennaro got these kind of questions in his classes and on the phone, and they became inspiration for a series of cartoons and [...]

Falcon freed

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Mike Linn A small falcon trapped in the press box at Greyhound Arena gave biologist Tony Gennaro a frightened stare as he tried to coax it to safety on Wednesday afternoon. Talking gently to the bird as if it were a scared 6-month-old child, Gennaro was able to corner and catch the male American Kestrel [...]

Rattlers shaking county residents

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Mike Linn Don’t get rattled, but the snakes are out. Just ask Elida resident Scott Beard, bitten by a rattlesnake this month while fixing a flat tire. Or the youth group at Dora Baptist Church. They stumbled on one coiled and nervous on the church sidewalk a week ago. Or ask pharmacist Doyle Potter, who [...]