In search of ponies: Joining the rat race

Sharna Johnson I had a rat roaming around in my house. Before you get alarmed or too disgusted, he wasn’t the kind found in New York subways or unsavory restaurants, not that that minor detail entirely mitigates the situation, but it helps a little. To the contrary, he was a nutritionally well-balanced, plump, not-so-little morsel […]

a view from under the pew: a christmas paradox

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: When Amos went shopping recently, he encountered the trials of last-minute Christmas shoppers. In frustration, he called out for the real meaning of Christmas. Just then, Sammy Salamander wiggled by and pointed him to a little nativity scene far from the malling crowd but in the heart […]

Amos the Church Mouse: the great toilet paper diversion

marcellus the mangyungodly cat has beenrunning amuck here bossterrorizing little micehamsters guinea pigs andeven experimental whiterats like willifred in fact boss we little micekept hidden away in our littlecramped mousey corners scarcely daring to breathe much less take a stroll to thekitchen grocery store something s gotta be donesays willifred the white raton his soapbox […]

Rodents don’t deserve bad reputation

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It’s getting about that time for rats and mice to start making their way into our homes to keep warm. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen a Clovis mouse. I’ve never seen a Clovis rat, but I bet Clovis rats would be normal sized compared to the […]

Trouble named Rufus runs overhead

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I just heard Rufus again as he ran across the attic in my sons’ house in Mbale, Uganda. Though we hear him fairly regularly, mainly at night, we’re not sure that anyone has ever actually seen Rufus. But we’re 99.9 percent sure that Rufus, who is actually Rufus II […]

Jan. 14, 1950

Brown ‘n Serve hot rolls were “newer than new” at your favorite grocer. … City Sanitarian Warren Griffin was offering tips on “rat-proofing” city eating and drinking establishments. Among his tips: Holes in walls around pipe fittings should be filled. … Spence Hall was the new president of Clovis American Business Club, succeeding Al Taylor.

Rats! That’s one big varmint

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis woman was surprised Tuesday when her pit bull puppy brought her a gift. Laying in the yard with two scrounged socks was a large, dead rat. Wilma Stotts said the rodent’s size startled her. “I’ve never seen a rat that big; that rat was longer than my […]

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 […]

West Texas residents seeing cotton rat resurgence

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer An eruption of unwelcome and unsightly visitors has disrupted the lives of residents in Parmer County and other West Texas communities. Rick Gilliland, USDA Wildlife Services representative, said favorable weather conditions have fueled a “population explosion” of the hispid cotton rat, an indigenous pest to west Texas and surrounding […]