Thursday briefing: Win a snake, happy Earth Day and big winds coming

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Stupid pet tricks Pet Parade video shoot is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4-Ever Pets in Portales. The pet store is providing hot dogs, drinks, and chips. They’re also raffling away a snake. Website of the day Follow the progress of Clovis’ Isaac Godwin […]

Residential developments make snake-bites common

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer As New Mexico’s population continues to grow, encounters with displaced wildlife are becoming common place in rural and suburban communities. For wildlife biologists Zach Jones and Tony Gennaro at Eastern New Mexico University, running into snakes in the field is common. Gennaro said he gets phone calls about snakes […]

Everybody has a snake story

What were your mother’s parting words every time you left the house? Right. “Watch for snakes.” In August, we were told to be extra careful because the rattlers would be shedding their skins, their eyes would be covered for a few days, and since they couldn’t see they would strike at the sounds we made […]

Snakes on the plains

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer It appears snake encounters by residents inside Portales city limits are on the rise. “We’re having more (calls) this year than in the past,” said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. During the year, the department does receive a few snake calls, but the number has been higher this year. […]

Snake hunter always ready

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers When most would run, Tom Watt hunts. He hunts even when he is not on the hunt. Like a January day he heard a soft rattle in his barn. He moved a pile of tin and exposed a 12-foot rattlesnake, coiled and ready to strike. “I got ready and grabbed […]

Snake stories hard to pass up

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Now that hot weather is blasting the High Plains — as if hot weather isn’t usually blasting the Plains — it’s high time for one of the coolest creatures to come lurking from its hole. Welcome the season of the rattlesnake. Perhaps the most regrettable aspect of my leaving New […]

Adventures with rattlesnakes will never be forgotten

By Bob Huber My first encounter with a bona fide rattlesnake left me with a lethal dose of ophidiophobia (Greek for fear of ophidios) complicated by lingering runny nose. It took place while I was on a pack-in fishing trip in the Colorado Rockies. I was there because in those days a group of young […]

Snakes scare me more than Social Security

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Is Social Security safe? We’re told that unless meaningful reform is implemented, the system will be bankrupt by the year 2050, which will plunge us into chaos, despair, and extreme whining. I don’t care, because I plan to be dead by then. So let’s forget about THAT problem. Instead, on […]

Be cautious, but do not fear rattlesnakes

Jim Lee Well, spring has sprung. The time has come to bask in the sunshine of warmer days, smell all those nice green things coming to life after their winter slumber, enjoy the tulips and daffodils peeking up through the soil, look at the buds coming out on the trees, and think about rattlesnakes. I […]