County readies for annual Ag Expo

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Two days, 400 vendors, two animal trainers and no admission charge — and it’s all headed to the Ag Expo this year. The annual show of new agricultural technology, among other things, is set for Feb. 24-25 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. “I think the Ag Expo is a [...]

Council reviewing animal ordinance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales City Council is looking at revising parts of its animal ordinance today. City Manger Debi Lee said there has been some discussion at the state legislature about destroying animals humanely. “We were way of ahead of what was coming for this,” Lee said. “If you go out to [...]

Researcher studies ways to help cows bear more calves

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer An animal scientist’s research is exploring ways to save dairy farmers thousands of dollars a year by helping prevent miscarriages in cows. Eastern New Mexico University Assistant Professor Darron L. Smith said research suggests a “significant number” of dairy cattle pregnancies — 17 percent to 20 percent — are [...]

Clovis animal shelter closes black cat adoptions

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Black cats in Clovis get a holiday, too. Animal Control Supervisor Louisa Maestas said black cats are not available for adoption until Monday, after Halloween has passed. The intention is to protect them from abuse in connection with Halloween, Maestas said. Interest in black cats perks up around Halloween, [...]

Clovis animal shelter turning away animals

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Animal Shelter is turning animals away this week while it awaits a resupply of carbon monoxide for its gas chamber, according to police Capt. Ron Hutchison. Hutchison said it is merely a temporary supply issue and he hopes the gas will be delivered next week. “We’re asking [...]

Cupcakes featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: PNT Columnist Information on making animal shaped cupcakes and remedies for dust allergies in the house will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Nancy Siler, Wilton Enterprises, will demonstrate how to turn a baked and iced cupcake into a variety of [...]

It’s Their Job: Tracie Hanks

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Name: Tracie Hanks Job: Animal Control, Level 2 Certified with National Animal Control Association. Background: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and animal rescue in New York, and 15 years being a military spouse in places around the world such as Germany, Japan and Panama. Time on the job: Three years. Q. [...]

Another area biofuel company delays construction

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico An Australian company that plans to turn animal fat into biodiesel is delaying the construction of a plant in Clovis by two to three months, company CEO Ross Garrity said Monday. The company was scheduled to start construction this month. Garrity said an increase in the price of animal [...]

Zoo officials ensure tiger attack couldn’t happen

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to Blondie, a 450-pound Siberian tiger rescued from an Oklahoma exotic animal operation two years ago. The tiger involved in the [...]

Pet finds place in columnist’s heart

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The way our society cares for animals, especially our pets, is maybe a sign we’ve become highly evolved. Or maybe we’re just crazy. I’m by no means an animal rights activist or anything like that. I grew up on a farm and I know where that hamburger came from. [...]