The mating game: Prairie chicken known for colorful ritual

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A male lesser prairie chicken used the rock he’s on top of as part of his mating display Saturday. A hen checks him out in the background. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A crescent moon shines above the pre-dawn eastern horizon as a passenger van pulls to a stop on a […]

Prairie chickens making comeback

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Joe Whitehead of the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Clovis shows a field trip group attending the sixth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival a clump of native little bluestem grass. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The lesser prairie chicken was once prolific across the shortgrass prairies of the Great Plains. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wall, Billie L.

Billie LaRue Wall, 77, of El Paso died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at her residence in Grand Prairie, Texas. She was an employee of Coldwell Banker until 2003. She was a member of the El Paso Realtors Association and a longtime member of the Westside Church of Christ in El Paso. She was preceded in […]

New care facility opening in Clovis

By Jean Verlich: CNJ new editor A new adult residential care facility will help fill the need for assisted living in Clovis when it opens late next year, according to the project coordinator. Prairie Meadows will be built on Dillon Street next to its sister facility, Retirement Ranch. Four buildings each will house two one-bedroom […]

Geese bring back fond memories of prairie chickens

By Ryn Gargulinski: Guest columnist Since New Mexico’s annual Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival hits the High Plains in Milnesand next weekend, I did a very logical thing — I went to look at geese. Although geese and lesser prairie chickens may seem miles apart from each other, mainly because they are, they do have certain […]

Pergeson, Charlotte

Charlotte Fern Pergeson, 64, of Prairie Grove, Ark., died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at her residence. She was born Jan. 6, 1941, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to David Woodrow and Marguerite Fern Hadley Welch. She was a member of the Nazarene Church in Tatum where she served as treasurer. She was also a member of […]

Resident spearheads prairie dog rescue

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Lynda Watson, “the prairie dog Lady” holds up one of the rescued rodents at a vacant lot in Clovis that is a planned site for a new Clovis National Bank. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The wet and confused prairie dogs huddled together in cages, unaware their lives had just […]

Prairie chicken activists going overboard

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist So many New Mexicans take for granted the wealth of cultural, educational and celebratory events offered by communities that strive to broaden the horizons of our citizens. And why is that? I’ll tell you why. It is because lazy New Mexicans would rather sit on their butts complaining about nothing […]

Initiative under way to preserve prairie chickens

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Federal program seeks to enhance the number of habitable acres for New Mexico’s lesser prairie chicken. (New Mexico Game & Fish) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Imagine southeastern New Mexico as it once was — lacking in cars, bustling with grasslands, and hopping with prairie chickens. Although the small fowl still pepper the state […]

Prairie chickens draw crowds

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A male prairie chicken performs part of his elaborate mating dance Saturday morning at the fourth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand. (CNJ staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer MILNESAND — More than 100 people flocked from as far as Massachusetts and as close as Clovis this weekend to […]

This one’s for the birds

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Jim Weaver has a ranch in Roosevelt County where a somewhat rare bird can be found this time of year. It is mating season for the lesser prairie-chicken, an event that has turned into a unique celebration for the residents of Milnesand. The fourth annual High Plains Prairie-Chicken Festival […]

Spring brings memories of meals past

By Grant McGee Do you think we’re going to have an early spring? I was driving on Manana Boulevard the other day and I thought I saw a hint of green in the globe willows in that neighborhood. The mild weather got me thinking about groundhogs, prairie dogs and other critters. Groundhog Day has come […]

Rushing, Mattie

Mattie Rushing Services: Have been held. Mattie Carrington Rushing, 106, of Friona, Texas, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at Prairie Acres Nursing Home in Friona. She was born on June 1, 1898, in Natural Dam, Ark., to Stephen and Serena (Ausmus) Carrington. She married Eric Vance Rushing on May 30, 1917, in Francis, Okla. Family […]

Prairie chickens given safe haven

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A nature gorup has purchased a pair of rancxhes near Milesnad in hopes of further protecting the lesser prairie chicken indigenous to the area. (File photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s rare lesser prairie chickens just got 12,000 acres safer. The New Mexico Nature Conservancy recently acquired the Pearce and Creamer ranches […]

Someone cares about prairie chickens

By Ned Cantwell: Guest Columnist Sometimes, if he is any kind of fair, a columnist has to say he was wrong. It’s not easy, but here goes. Five years ago, I was just plain mean to the lesser prairie chicken. Here’s what I said: “Far be it for me to offend a single, solitary person […]

Group protects prairie dogs, called nuisance by others

Staff and wire reports A group of environmentalists, biologists and landowners in the Texas Panhandle hopes to keep the Texas black-tailed prairie dog off the endangered species list by conserving more than 293,000 acres of grassland habitat for the animals by 2011. But in Curry County, at least two cattle growers say they think of […]