In Search of Ponies: ‘You go Gilligan’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Yeah, he likes the turtle neck… and the cardigan too. And the brighter the color, the bouncier his step. Poor Gilligan, yes, I’m outing him. I’d like to think he just appreciates the extra warmth, but it’s pretty obvious it’s not that simple. And no, I don’t think it […]

Stolen turtle returned to zoo

Freedom New Mexico A Hillcrest Park Zoo employee told police he wants to press charges against a man accused of stealing a turtle and trying to sell it on the Internet. A Clovis Police Department report states Officer Cameron Reeves responded to a call made by zookeeper Cody Machen Tuesday. According to Reeves’ report, Machen […]

County fair celebrates local culture

Clyde Davis It all began with the turtle — or, more properly, the tortoise, the box tortoise. Sorry, but before switching to education in college, I was a wildlife biology major. Those little distinctions distract me. It is a tortoise, not a turtle; it is a bison, not a buffalo. Anyway, the huge tortoise was […]

Slow, steady wins race

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sterling Muse, 7, of Clovis gets ready for the start of the Great American Turtle Race Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. In the end, he didn’t win the race, but said he can’t wait until next time. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Max Whitaker had trained his turtle, […]

Turtle’s life isn’t just day at the races

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The other day I encountered a smooshed Southwestern box turtle on Kimberly Lane while tooling along on my bicycle. I paused for a minute to look at the little guy. No fuss, no muss, the turtle was just smooshed. “Well, I guess you won’t be in the turtle race,” I […]

12/9 amos

Editor’s note: When the cold air blew in this week, one of Amos’ avid readers requested that Amos reprint the column about the old turtle’s tale about cold weather. Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation except dashes […]

Melrose residents reminisce at annual Old-timers’ Day

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Peggy Pruitt-Laney-Fletcher, of Midland, Texas, takes a picture of her family name, Pruitt, in a brick Saturday during the Old Timers’ Day celebration at Baxter Memorial Park in Melrose. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Buddy Hepler said his family settled in Melrose in 1898, seven years before the village became […]

Area youngsters get a feel for reptiles in zoo’s library demonstration

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The Blue-Tongued Skink was one of several Reptiles on hand during “Leapin’ Lizards” Monday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program was a hands-on program by the zoo to teach kids about amphibians and reptiles. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer When Clovis’ Becky Huerta was a little girl, she said she […]

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 […]

Fair is steep in tradition

Clyde Davis The routine didn’t vary much, from year to year nor from fair to fair. We would skirt around the lights and crowds of the midway, which was already beginning to fill with groups of kids shuffling through the twilight. We would move beyond its smells of French fries and sugar-laden cotton candy, roast […]