In search of ponies: Rats capable of selflessness

Few in the animal world have obtained a reputation quite as bad as theirs. In fact, their name is so bad, it has become ingrained in clich

Officials: Drought may affect fair entries

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Alisa Boswell The drought could change the competition in plant and livestock entries this year at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairs. According to county agriculture officials and local residents who will compete in the annual events, the eastern New Mexico dry weather has definitely had an impact on their plant and animal life. Roosevelt [...]

Nothing derogatory about animal sayings

Common language on fauna betrays an anthropocentric bias… “Words such as ‘pets’, ‘wildlife’, and ‘vermin’ are derogatory…” says the director of the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics. I imagine there are people in England who take the director seriously. But, as we watch this once-powerful nation disintegrate before our eyes, it may be observed that [...]

Wild horse, burro adoptions set

A three-day wild horse and burro adoption is scheduled to be held at the Curry County Event Center July 14 through 16. Offering more than 50 animals, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management begins adoption bidding at $125. Adopters must be qualified through an approved application which is available on site. To qualify, an adopter [...]

Breeding debate proves emotional

Last fall the animal rights groups put Proposition B on the ballot in Missouri. The bill was written to reduce the number of breeding kennels that produce usually purebred puppies for pet stores. The bill was opposed by the Missouri Veterinary Association, the American Kennel Club and other animal-related groups. The bill failed in 111 [...]

Animal behavior not unlike ours

In drought times the water in dirt tanks evaporates, soaks into the ground or otherwise disappears — except for a little puddle in the deepest part, usually the middle. Cracks form in the ground around the edges, making a design much like a jigsaw puzzle. Animals smell the water and plod through the fractured earth [...]

High schoolers organize animal shelter volunteer group

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Alisa Boswell There’s a new patrol on duty at the Portales Animal Shelter — the “Puppy Patrol.” That’s the name 15 high-schoolers have given their group, a volunteer organization addressing animal abandonment. Jamie Thomas, one of the original five members of the group, was approached by her father, Portales City Councilor Keith Thomas, with a [...]

In search of ponies: Animal ‘collecting’ takes balance

“Exactly how many animals do you have?” asked a man who said he reads my column regularly. I have to admit, I had to run a quick count. And a couple weeks ago when a nasty funk developed in the garage, the smell of death led me to conduct a head-count to make sure the [...]

Special needs children tour fair

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Argen Duncan During his field trip to the Roosevelt County Fair, Portales third-grader Nathan Rose said he was able to pet every kind of animal, except a chicken. He wasn’t allowed to pet chickens because they bite, he explained. Nathan also helped with County Commissioner Bill Cathey’s rope and whip trick performance for the group. [...]

Time to welcome foreign large animal vets

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Typically smaller, more rural communities have no veterinarian, or at least none that will take a calving call or a horse colic emergency. Veterinary schools, veterinary associations, concerned farmers and isolated ranchers continue their search for new veterinarians interested in practicing Food Animal and Equine medicine. While we are searching [...]