In search of ponies: Success understood across species

We just didn’t speak the same language. And it wouldn’t have been such a big deal if he didn’t have the ability to run over me like a Mac truck, a point which was driven home with every nervous or confused twitch he made. I can still see him standing there, nose to the fence, […]

Editorial: Endangered species put economy at risk

It could be a tough summer — unless one is a lizard. Fears of a stalling economy sent the Dow on a plummet last week. Housing values fell to their lowest in 10 years. Federal estimates of 180,000 new private-sector jobs in May fell short by 142,000. Pain at the pump approaches $4 a gallon, […]

Sumner Lake remains closed to boating until at least June 14

CNJ staff State Park officials will make a determination on opening Sumner Lake to boating following the June 14 Carlsbad Irrigation District Board meeting. Sumner Lake was closed to all watercraft use May 27 after laboratory test results found indications of aquatic invasive species. Personnel from State Parks and Game and Fish decontaminated 18 boats […]

Letter to the editor: Educational system is to blame

Regarding Thursday article about the so-called Hispanic students gap in Clovis: It will never cease to amaze me to what extent the intelligentsia will go to seek self-actualization. They have now managed to sub-divide the Caucasian race into a sub-species by skin color. And since your article addresses Caucasian as whites then it would be […]

Game commission will consider aquatic invasive species rule changes

SANTA FE — The State Game Commission will consider rule changes under the Aquatic Invasive Species Control Act that will allow state agencies and contractors to take appropriate actions to prevent the introduction and possible spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in state waters. AIS will be among several items on the agenda for the […]

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. […]

Analysts shoot for more hoots

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The burrowing owl is the subject of a Department of Defense study that includes Cannon Air Force Base and other Defense Department installations. (Courtesy Photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A single feather holds the biography of a burrowing owl. The atoms inside can reveal its diet, its source of water, its birth place. […]

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 […]

Protectionists contribute to pupfish plight

By Freedom Newspapers We have followed the plight of the Devil’s Hole pupfish, a rare creature confined to a single limestone cave in remote Death Valley, whose already tenuous existence has taken a turn for the worse since winning federal protection as an endangered species. Unlike many listed species, the pupfish really is a rarity […]

At-risk animal programs need federal overhaul

A fter a process that at times took on the tone of the Spanish Inquisition rather than a scientific inquiry, a panel of experts has declared the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse a bona fide subspecies once again — giving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all the political cover it needs to keep “mighty mouse” […]

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 […]

DNA study bad news for mouse, endangered species list

Freedom Newspapers We’ve seen a lot of nuttiness routinely perpetrated in the name of the Endangered Species Act as a way of protesting the U.S. Senate’s refusal to act on ESA reform this year. One of the most bizarre ESA sagas involves the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse. The story, much like Alice’s Wonderland, just gets […]

Species Act’s double standards make little sense

Freedom Newspapers With each day that passes, the chances diminish that Congress will act on Endangered Species Act reform this year. Should Democrats make substantial gains in this fall’s elections, or take control of the House or Senate, the opportunity to update ESA will slip away, just when it seemed within reach. The House approved […]

Conchas Lake State Park popular spot for watersports

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Conchas Lake State Park has been a popular daytrip or weekend camping destination for eastern New Mexico residents for more than 50 years. That same charm of a large body of water in the desert landscape attracts visitors still today. The lake was formed when the Canadian River was dammed […]

2/28 Letters to the editor

State involvement could improve protection act

Freedom Newspapers Another year, another stab at re-writing the Endangered Species Act. Last year, the House of Representatives actually managed to pass a bill containing some promising provisions, including one requiring that compensation be paid to people whose property values are diminished by a federal listing. Now the action moves to the U.S. Senate — […]

Grizzly de-listing would strengthen endangered act

Freedom Newspapers We’ve frequently lamented the stubborn unwillingness of many major environmental groups to acknowledge good news on the environmental front, lest a retreat from the relentlessly apocalyptic script stop the donations from flowing and cause the media spotlight to turn away. So it’s only fair that we take note when a green group bucks […]

Day Trips: Bitter Lakes refuge offers variety of activities

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The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge was established in 1937 to provide migratory birds a suitable habitat for wintering location and to preserve critical wetlands in the Southwest. (Courtesy photo) The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area […]

Mating rituals same across species

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Grackles are everywhere around Clovis and the High Plains. They’ve been doing their “rites of spring” thing. No doubt you’ve seen these big black birds too. The males fluff themselves up, arch their wings and vibrate their feathers. I wonder what goes through the females’ minds while watching the males […]

Government care not always best for animals

CNJ staff O ne of the last known sanctuaries for the Devils Hole pupfish, only 180 of which are known to exist in the wild, became a scene of devastation and carnage earlier this month — but not because of bulldozing land developers, industrial toxins or greedy commercial fishers. Nearly half the fish were killed […]