James, Chad T.

Chad Thomas James, 29, died Oct. 26, 2005 in an automobile accident in rural Mora County. He was born June 9, 1976, in Los Alamos. He attended Santa Fe High School for three years. He moved to Corona for his senior year and played football and basketball for the Corona Cardinals. He graduated valedictorian in […]

For the birds: Cranes makes Muleshoe regular stop

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Sandhill cranes take flight in huge flocks this time of year. Wildlife managers are studying their shifting migration patterns. (KRT photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer MULESHOE — From the cab of his white pickup truck, Harold Beierman scans the quiet lakes. He is checking up on some seasonal guests. Peering through a pair […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wildlife service could designate Canadian River critical habitat for shiner

By Tova Fruchtman: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI —The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority heard concerns Wednesday about the possibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declaring the Canadian River a critical habitat for the Arkansas River shiner. Doug Murray of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission said the Arkansas River shiner critical habitat designation […]

Reporter’s notebook: Elk Foundation holds annual banquet

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 11th annual banquet on Saturday is the group’s primary fund-raiser of the year, according to member Allan Myers. “We typically have an attendance of over 400 people at our annual event,” he said. “People from all over the country attend our banquet. ” But due to high security at Cannon […]

Feds should trust Native Americans with own affairs

Freedom Newspapers A lot of people in Washington like to hold up Native Americans as paragons of environmental virtue, and to talk up a storm about helping tribes finally step out from under Uncle Sam’s long shadow and stand on their own. But when tribes actually reach out for some of that autonomy, this talk […]

Beauty and the Beast Are Engaged!

By Curtis K. Shelburne Well, now it’s official. The Hulk is engaged! Our second son, Jeffrey, the one who when he was a little guy we we always thought would stay a little guy — it turns out we didn’t have any little guys — the one who somewhere in his growing up years mutated […]

Coyotes ugly for ranchers

Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Pat Jaureguiberry sometimes likes to relate stories about how few people actually know what a coyote looks like. Although common in the area, the medium-dog sized animal is seldom seen as it hops from spot to spot seeking food. But Jaureguiberry has seen them plenty of times. And so have local […]