Family suspects dogs responsible for goat deaths

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Beatrice Gutierrez looks at her lone surviving goat Tuesday afternoon. Gutierrez said her family doesn’t know what killed the other five goats Saturday night. Sharna Johnson Shocked to find five goats dead in their pens Sunday morning with only one survivor left behind, Beatrice Gutierrez speculates the culprits were stray [...]

Goats provide effective weed control

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Remember that old song, “Bill Grogan’s Goat?” After the goat ate three red shirts off the clothesline Bill “gave him a whack” and tied him to the railroad track. When the whistle blew and the train drew nigh the goat “gave three groans of awful pain, coughed up those [...]

Portales resident, pet goat reunited

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Karl Terry Robert Villanueva and Margie, his pet goat, sit Wednesday on the deck of Villanueva’s home. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A Portales resident and his pet goat are back together again. Robert Villanueva said his nanny goat was missing for three days last week before she was discovered [...]

Occupational dreams fill busy weekend

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Pondering being a goat herder, selling fudge from town to town, riding a Spanish bicycle, looking for treasure in Clovis, visiting a Celtic Faire in Amarillo … it was all part of a High Plains weekend. Afterward, it occurred to me there’s plenty to do around here. Come along through [...]

New addition to goat family came in with clamor

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist My four goats were on fire. Or dying. Or on fire and dying. There would be no other way to explain the mind-splitting bleats coming from the goat pen that sunny New Mexican afternoon. Being the good goat mom, I immediately ran outside with a bucket of water and that [...]

KFC leftovers manna from heaven — for goats

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist TUCUMCARI — Just as the food of the gods is billed as ambrosia — whatever that is — I recently discovered the food of the goats. Contrary to the months of sweet grain, hand-fed and carefully sliced carrots side-dished with fresh corn tortillas, this breakfast had them licking their chops [...]

Memories of past winters dog former New Yorker

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ columnist The hazards of winter have already hit our humble abode. Sure, they are not like New York winter hazards — slushy subways, frozen taxi seats, yellow snow — but they are hazardous all the same. Actually, I was lucky enough to avoid the foremost hazard, which would have occurred had [...]

Unwanted houseguests wear out welcome soon after arrival

Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers We all know those pesky things — those things notorious for using all our hair conditioner, eating all our garlic-flavored Triscuits and leaving toenail clippings in the bathroom sink. Yes, the infamous house guest. Perhaps Mark Twain said it best: “Fish and house guests smell after three days.” My boyfriend and [...]