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 […]