Dog’s bird obsession fascinating

Karl Terry It’s hard to believe the energy the slumbering black dog at my feet is capable of expending. We adopted Ranger about eight months ago because his previous owner said he had a fixation toward cats and her sister’s cats were being terrorized. I’m not sure about a cat fixation but I know he […]

Drug-sniffing dog donated to Curry County

Jared Tucker Portales police are helping the Curry County Sheriff’s Office take a bite out of crime — they’re donating their only drug-sniffing dog. Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill told City Council members on Tuesday that his only certified canine officer has resigned to pursue his passion for ranching, and none of his other officers […]

Dog pee dampens job interview

Sharna Johnson I’d like to begin with the disclaimer that this is a story I probably should never tell anyone, much less put in print. It’s the story of the day I got my job with the Clovis News Journal. It was a Saturday and my interview was scheduled for mid-day. Overwhelmed with nervous energy, […]

Ticket feature: Events center hosting dog agility trials

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File photo The second annual Stars and Stripes AKC Dog Agility Trial at the Curry County Events Center is expected to be fun for the whole family. 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 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: the largest pencil and something to sing about

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: the world’s largest pencil. Details Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the district board room. The meeting is open to the public. Something to sing about The Eastern New Mexico University annual Spring Choral […]

Dog names reflect habits

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Sometimes a given name just doesn’t suffice for a dog. A nickname sometimes works better. The new dog at the Terry household, Ranger, earned one early on in his residence for his tendency to find out of the way, even hiding places to sleep. We found him behind the couch […]

Dog deaths under investigation

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating half a dozen dog deaths in a northwest Clovis neighborhood. Since Feb. 2, six dogs residing in the area surrounding Tall Grass Lane have died, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Waller said at this time investigators do not have any evidence to suggest the animals were intentionally […]

Clovis man charged in non-fatal shooting

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James Fitzpatrick, 61, of Clovis is charged with shooting his neighbor in the neck Wednesday night and injuring another woman. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 61-year-old Clovis man is charged with shooting his neighbor in the neck Wednesday night and injuring another woman. The victim, Sandra Bousquet, 36, was in stable condition Thursday […]

New dog presents challenges

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The Terrys are once again a two-dog family. After last summer’s death of a dog we’d lived with for 13 years, we had been a single-dog family. But I knew it wouldn’t last. We’ve had more than one pet for most of the 27 years my wife and I’ve been […]

12-31 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 p.m. Dec. 20 an officer responded to a residence in the 900 block of Jones for a report of a vicious dog. The resident said he shot his dog because it attacked him. The 61-year-old said he got up from […]

Wheelchair-bound dog ‘Tuddy’ remembered for perseverance

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CNJ file photo Tuddy’s family found him dead on Oct. 4 at around 10 p.m. He had gone out for his normal evening walk about 30 minutes before, and Ramon Sena said his son drove up and found the Chihuahua dead on the driveway. By Kevin Wilson:CNJ staff writer When they adopted Stud the Chihuahua […]

80 short dogs compete in first Clovis event

Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico More than 80 short dogs converged on Hillcrest Park on Saturday for the Wiener National race with one hot dog walking away the winner of the first time event in Clovis. Esperanza Martinez, of Farwell, and her dog Lacey took the $250 check from the Wienerschnitzel of Clovis. Esperanza said […]

Tucumcari mayor accused of dragging dog

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca, accused of dragging a dog alongside his car, has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, according to court records. Apodaca’s attorney, Donald Schutte, said the mayor is innocent of the charges. “There is a rational explanation to what occurred and […]

Rabid skunk reported in Curry County

CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson The first rabies report in Curry County for the year was reported today by the New Mexico Department of Health. A rabid skunk bit an unvaccinated dog in the Clovis area, said Chris Minnick with the Department of Health. The remains of the skunk were submitted for testing and the […]

Dog owner fined, pet spared

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Pet owner Dale Mattingly said he is relieved a judgment for a vicious dog citation he received orders him to pay a fine and fix his fence instead of executing his dog, Kujo. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer All things considered, Dale Mattingly believes a $100 fine and an […]

Dog goes to court without attorney

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson After his dog, Kujo, was denied a court-appointed attorney, Dale Mattingly says he doesn’t know the law and fears he can’t adequately defend Kujo in a courtroom. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Dale Mattingly believes his dog Kujo is entitled to a court-appointed lawyer to defend his interests. Kujo […]

March 22, 2009 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught between past and present in a tale of two Boston families and their battle for survival and power at the end of the First World War. 101 Dog Tricks: […]

Pit bull injures Muleshoe students

CNJ staff Police say 19 children received superficial wounds Wednesday from a pit bull running loose in a Muleshoe school playground. It happened during a lunch recess for fourth-graders at DeShazo Elementary School. Animal control officers later captured and quarantined the dog. Police Lt. Benny Parker said teachers were attempting to get the children back […]

Striking back

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Animal neglect comes in many forms, including neglecting to address health risks or medical conditions, Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Erica Romero said as she views a case file photo of the stomach and chest of dog that was covered in ticks. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They approach her […]

Review: “Marley and Me”

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ Staff Writer A dog is a man’s best friend, according to “Marley and Me,” a movie that opened Christmas Day based on the book by John Grogan. The story follows Grogan and his wife, Jenny, through their marriage and the effect their 97-pound yellow Labrador had on their lives. The movie […]