McDaniel announces candidacy for county commission

CMI staff Clovis businessman Ben McDaniel said Friday that he will be a candidate for Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard’s seat. It is McDaniel’s first bid for county office. Stoddard has already said he will be filing for re-election. Both are Republicans. All candidates for county and state office must file Tuesday at the Curry […]

First person: Tish McDaniel organizes Prairie Chicken Festival

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico Part of Tish McDaniel’s job with the Nature Conservancy is to coordinate the Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand each year. Born and raised in eastern New Mexico, McDaniel, 54, is glad she can do what she loves in a place she calls home. The issues: The grasslands are critically […]

Official: Playa lakes’ importance not understood

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Many people do not understand the importance of the playa lakes, according to Tish McDaniel, Southern Shortgrass Prairie coordinator with The Nature Conservancy. An integral part of the High Plains, playa lakes are the main source for recharging the Ogallala Aquifer, she said. McDaniel has been working with landowners, […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo begins today

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Founded in Clovis in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association still calls the city home. During the HPJRA Finals this week, some 250 contestants will also call Clovis home — at least temporarily. Participants younger than 8, and as old as 19, will culminate a circuit that started in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Daylight-saving time kicks into action

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Some people love it, others hate it. Either way daylight-saving time arrived early this year thanks to a law signed by President Bush in 2005. Officially the change should have been made at 2 a.m. this morning — local time. “It’s good for our business,” Portales Country Club pro […]

Groups work to ‘save the prairie chicken’

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Imagine southeastern New Mexico as it once was — lacking in cars, bustling with grasslands, and hopping with prairie chickens. Although the small foul still pepper the state in isolated regions — enough to hold an annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in their core area of Milnesand — […]

Nuttall leaves behind memories

By Ryan Lengerich While Clovis schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall spent this weekend in Missouri finalizing the terms for his future at a community college, his colleagues say his years in Clovis were marked by change nationwide and decisions locally. Nuttall accepted an offer to be president at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Mo., on […]

Fest takes closer look at prairie chickens

Tony Parra Lesser Prairie Chicken enthusiasts will be on their heels during the birds’ mating rituals at the 3rd Annual Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand. Lesser Prairie Chicken Biologist Dawn Davis said the orientation is at 7 p.m., today and lek viewing will be on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Lek is defined as a mating […]