Melrose mayor orders dog-shooting investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mayor of Melrose has launched an investigation into the whether the town’s chief of police was justified in shooting a wandering dog. Mayor Lance Pyle said he ordered the investigation after receiving a complaint from a Wisconsin family visiting the area whose dog was shot and killed Sunday […]

Off-duty PRMC surgical nurse helps deliver baby boy

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Donna Morrow arrived at the Curry County Animal Hospital for her dog’s shots — instead she delivered a baby. A surgical nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center, Morrow was waiting for her Chihuahua to be seen Tuesday when she heard a woman scream. Morrow followed the sounds to a […]

Letters to the editor 7/23

Prairie dogs ruin land, have no valueIn response to Susan Hubby’s letter about prairie dogs (July 16 CNJ), I wonder if she has been on ranches being ruined by these prairie dogs. I suggest she drive down CR17 on the south side of Ned Houk Park and see the damage to the Good Sams park […]

July 18, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Killing prairie dogs illegal and senseless Regarding the June 30 CNJ report on prairie dogs: While the prairie dog is not on the endangered species list, the burrowing owl is, along with the black-footed ferret, both of which are protected by federal law. Prairie dog burrows provide homes for these and a variety of other […]

Letters to the Editor 7 / 16

Regarding the July 7 CNJ article about the task force wanting to “spruce up” Clovis for the Special Operations personnel and their families who are coming from Florida: What about the Cannon Air Force Base personnel and their families already here? I know when I arrived here a year and half ago from Travis AFB […]

Lil Bitt goes long way to stop break-in

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin WilsonLil Bitt, an 11-month-old toy dachshund, licks his owner, Jerry Martin of Texico. The doge alerted Martin to a break-in early Sunday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer TEXICO — When Jerry and Elaine Martin first heard their toy dachshund barking excitedly about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, they dismissed it and tried […]

Endangered coyotes may endanger you

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist A visitor from New Mexico is lurking behind my California home. No, it’s not a prairie dog, a rattlesnake or Gov. Bill Richardson. It is a coyote. And it wants to eat my dog. Actually, my mom, who is visiting from Michigan, is the one who spotted the coyote when […]

Small animals cause big problems for farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleA population explosion for prairie dogs has intensified what is a constant struggle for Curry County farmers and ranchers. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in […]

Dogs ponder meaning of Fourth of July

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I know I am not supposed to overhear these conversations. They generally take place late at night, in the back yard, when no humans are around. Since our dogs sleep outside in the summer, they have the chance to sort out and process events with no human ears present. Normally, only […]

Pets can be fussy about their look too

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Beau, a miniature schnauzer peeks over the tub during his bath Firday at Paw Paw Dog Grooming morning. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She jaunts across the little shop, her long hair dyed in streaks of red, white, and blue, with one tuft pulled in a spunky, ponytail on her […]

Missing: One dog in need of bath

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico dog that has been perpetually running away for more than a year to find a girlfriend has taken off again. When he was gone a week, we formulated a theory. He found a girlfriend. When his absence stretched to 14 days, we got a new theory. He […]

Gift to mom taking kids to drive-in

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Mother’s Day always reminds me of a time when I supported a family, a dog pack, an ancient Ford, a cigar addiction and the federal government on $400 a month. In those days I put all our bills in a hat each month and drew one out to pay. If […]

Dog toy sound effects could use improvement

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers The other morning’s meditation was blanketed with its usual soothing lulls; but it was also punctuated by a new sound — a sickly, squeaky noise. My dog was eating my pet rat! As I bolted out of the semi-lotus position, nearly knocking over the Chinese red spice incense, I hurled […]

Something to be said for dog’s taste in food

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The family dogs are named Jessie and Tilly. Jessie is the shepherd mix, Tilly is an Airedale. Their dominion is the back room and back yard. We would let them into the rest of the house to join the family but Tilly has forgotten she was housebroken. The Lady of […]

5/2 Letters to the editor

Dumping dead pet as litter crosses line My family and I live on the edge of Clovis, just far enough in the country that people think it is acceptable to dump their unwanted trash onto our land. For years, we have picked up branches, boxes and other articles without any complaint. However, while picking up […]

April showers signal advent of spring workouts

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers April usually means flowers and showers — except, of course, in New Mexico — but the month also has another important classification attached to it. It’s time to prepare for bikini season. True, the High Plains don’t really have a lot of surf where one can loll around in the […]

Reporter’s notebook: Dog rescues family

In Arabic, “obed” means worship, but to the Reid family, Obed is synonymous with hero. Obed is a 1-year-old, blonde cocker spaniel acquired by Clovis resident Christy Reid from friends who were relocating. Reid said she awoke last Thursday night to the sound of her newly acquired dog urgently barking. Arising to investigate why the […]

Changing dog size just part of transition to California

By Ryn Gargulinski: Guest columnist When I moved to California from New Mexico, I had to leave some things behind — constant sunshine, people I love and my 50-pound puppy, Lulu. It’s not that I didn’t want to keep the big ball of fur and raucous energy (referring to the puppy, not the people I […]

Dogs reported poisoned

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three dogs in a Clovis neighborhood were poisoned Sunday with a household chemical wrapped in uncooked bacon. One family is mourning the loss of a beloved pet as a result. Divot, a small, Lhasa apso mix owned by the Curtis family, died Monday afternoon after ingesting organo-phosphate, a chemical […]

Working dogs at Ag Expo

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Sooner, a border collie, works to get a sheep back with the rest of the herd at Raymond Reeve’s house on U.S. Highway 60/84. (File photo) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Raymond Reeves didn’t have a special fondness for dogs the first 40 or so years of his life until he was give a border […]