Cowboys work while ranchers play

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist The terms cowboy and rancher are not interchangeable. The cowboy knows the cattle. He can tell you which cow missed having a calf this year, and which cow lost her calf to coyotes. He knows how to tell if a cow is barren (never going to give birth to a […]

Wholey Cow Deli closes

CNJ staff The Wholey Cow Deli has closed. The sandwich shop at Sixth and Pile streets has “For Rent” and “For Sale” signs on the window, and a note on the door indicating it closed Saturday. The shop opened in 2004 and was a popular downtown lunch location. The restaurant’s ownership transferred from Barbara George, […]

Retiree continues creating art

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Armenta paints in his Base Exchange studio. Armenta creates custom designs and has other original artwork for sale. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Military aircraft fly, a cow’s skull rests against a fence post in the snow and a child’s eyes gaze at the world, all on the walls of […]

Jan. 13 Business Digest

Deli to stay open The Wholey Cow Deli will stay open under new management. Renea and David Hughes of Clovis said they lease the deli, which was scheduled to close Friday. Located on the corner of Seventh and Pile streets, the business opened in 2004. “We think they have a fantastic product and we hated […]

Official: “Cow tax” reports unfounded

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Cows wait in the milking barn on Monday to get milked at Rajen Dairy in Curry County. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Livestock officials are concerned the federal government is considering charging fees for air-polluting animals. They contend the “cow tax” is a possible consequence of a highly technical Environmental Protection Agency report released […]

Cow dogs: Rancher’s best friends

Glenda Price Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish). If a cantankerous cow decided to quit the herd, my dad would say, “Get her, Oso,” and he’d chase her down. Before long she’d decide […]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Glenda Price Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

Cow dogs: Rancher’s best friends

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By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish). If a cantankerous cow decided to quit the herd, my dad would say, “Get her, Oso,” and he’d chase her down. Before […]

It’s their business: Wholey Cow Deli

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Name: Wholey Cow Deli Location: 121 E. 7th Street What they do: They serve deli sandwiches, soup, salads, smoothies and sugar-free, fat-free frozen yogurt. Who’s in charge: Margaret George Employees: Four How long in business: Three years Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Contact: 769-1452 […]

Kids appreciate cow experience

CNJ staff Marisa Michael of Sandia Elementary and Kaleigh Autrey of Texico Elementary won top honors in the Kids, Kows & More Essay Contest, according to a news release from the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service. They each receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond. Their essays were chosen from almost 1,000 fourth-graders from […]

Cow know-how

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cody Lightfoot of Southwest Dairy Farmers talks to fourth-graders from Texico, Grady, Melrose, Farwell, Clovis Christian School and Portales Wednesday about how cows are milked at Kids, Kows and More at the Curry County Fairgrounds. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Children, cows and mud came together at the Curry County […]

Manure’s allure

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A chick sits on a bag of chicken manure. Many in the agriculture field value manure, setting it apart from commercial fertilizer for adding nutrients and organic material to soil. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Chicken, horse, cow, bat and even human manure are nothing to turn your nose […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats blitz Tascosa to advance to finals

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Clovis High’s Michael Lewis is fouled by Tascosa’s Ruben Solis as he attemptsa layup during Friday’s Milk Cow Classic semifinal game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After one half, host Clovis seemed in jeopardy of suffering its first loss of the year — in the semifinals […]

To dust we, and cows, must all return

By Grant McGee: Local columnist While bicycling along the country lanes of Curry County I’ve seen a lot of dead bovines by the side of the road. If I were one of those high-dollar journalists who write books and attended soirees in Santa Fe and Sedona, I suppose I could write “purple prose” about the […]

Day Trip: Tatum Cow Pasture Golf Course

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Courtesy photoMarcia Hilburn and Allen Jones, background, look on as Ray Hilburn takes his tee shot on the second hole at Tatum’s “Cow pasture golf course.” Tatum will host the second annual Cow Pasture Golf Tournament Oct. 21. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers It’s possible to play golf among cow patties and coyotes at Tatum’s […]

Testing decision should be government-free

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist If a hospital wanted to advertise that it upholds sanitary standards higher than any required by the government, no one would object. A used car dealer that decided to offer only vehicles with the best crash-test scores would be free to do so. But after a meat packer announced plans […]

Two cows explain politics

Bob Huber You haven’t reached life’s high-water mark until your grandkids ask, “What’s the difference between Republicans and Democrats?” The upshot is, if you’re smart, you’ll devise a basic list of replies designed to be understood by children. Take my personal favorite, the “Two Cows Response.” Here’s a sampler. It begins with, “If you are […]

An infamous day at Ricardo post office

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist The community of Ricardo, now lost to just memory, was 13 miles southwest of Fort Sumner. The Santa Fe Railroad put in a depot and a water station there when the Belen Cutoff was built. By 1908, a small town had sprung up and many wannabe settlers came to find […]

Cow carcasses smelly problem

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The body of a dead cow is seen Wednesday on Curry Road 7 southeast of Clovis. According to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher, illegal dumping of cows is only getting worse as the cattle industries continue to grow. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Dust storms, blowing tumbleweeds and […]

Rancher backs beef ban

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Correspondent Mary Nordtome said she can look out her kitchen window and see for miles. She and her husband single handily operate a 22,000-acre ranch in Fort Sumner and have been in the ranching industry for more than 50 years. When she talks about the industry she has built her life […]