Portales Past: March 8, 1960

March 8, 1960: The Portales News-Tribune reported on two lost dogs. Jane Lee’s “small, brown dog” would answer to the name of “Mim” if located. The Rev. Grady McCullough was looking for a “fuzzy puppy” the paper said he “claims is a cross between a Chihuahua and a collie.” The front-page story provided phone numbers […]

County mulling lenient animal rules

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County could have more lenient rules on dogs and cats running loose if the county commission votes for changes in the relevant ordinance today. The commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the county courthouse. County Attorney Rick Queener said the county is considering changing a county […]

Airmen connect with students

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Staff Sgt. Christopher Sandefur helps demonstrate the capabilities of Suk, a military working dog. Suk was told to attack Sandefur for a demonstration held Tuesday at the Clovis High School Freshman Campus. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The Clovis High School Freshman Academy campus went to the dogs Tuesday as […]

Student group questions greyhound acquisition

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Not everyone is thrilled with the prospect of a pair of live greyhounds serving as mascots at Eastern New Mexico University. One group on campus is questioning the expense of caring for the dogs, potential liability and the psychological adjustment the dogs must make. But university President Steve Gamble […]

ENMU adopting pair of greyhounds

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University is going to the dogs, and not in a bad way. The school is getting a pair of retired racing greyhounds to serve as official mascots. The greyhounds will begin appearing at university and community events starting early next year. A committee of student leaders […]

Losing family pet always rough

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist Without human offspring, dogs have always been like children for my wife and I. This week we’re grieving the loss of a family member. Our pets give us so much love and fill lonely voids with soft ears to stroke. When they die they rip our hearts out. We knew […]

Local dogs compete in Wiener National

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer More than 80 short dogs converged on Hillcrest Park on Saturday for the Wiener National race with one hot dog walking away the winner of the first time event in Clovis. Esperanza Martinez, of Farwell, and her dog Lacey took the $250 check from the Wienerschnitzel of Clovis. Esperanza […]

Organization works to save, relocate prairie dogs

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Prairie dogs aren’t exactly held in the highest regard by those who make a living off the land. In fact, many local farmers, ranchers and developers view the small mammal mostly as a pest to be rid of. Joann Haddock of Lorenzo, Texas and her partner Susan Hubby of […]

Dogs main attraction at competition

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico If the dogs at the Curry County Special Events Center don’t know they’re the main attraction immediately, Heather Partain said, they figure it out pretty quick. “They pick up the nerves and everything,” from their owners, Partain, a pet photographer and dog handler, said at Friday’s American Kennel Club […]

May 5, 1981

Portales resident Ruth Sherrod spoke in front of the City Council to plead with them to enforce city laws regarding stray animals. She brought up complaints of accidents and incidences involving stray dogs. City Manager Don Hudson responded that although Sherrod has a right to complain, it is difficult to do anything about the problem […]

March 13, 2009 legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 8 The living daylights: The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 7-1 on Thursday in favor of a bill to abolish daylight saving time in New Mexico. In a news release, bill sponsor Sen. Mary Jane Garcia, D-Dona Ana, said “There are so many reasons for New Mexico to exempt itself from […]

Old dogs, outdoorsmen never quit

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor I tried to get out the door without him, but he’d seen me reach for my hat and he wasn’t having any of it. My old dog was demanding to go on the walk with me. We hadn’t walked since his seizures in the fall. He just hadn’t been […]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

State official frets over possibility of rabies

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two recent encounters between skunks and dogs in Roosevelt County have a state official concerned about the possible spread of rabies. Both skunks involved in fights with dogs were tested. The results on one skunk were inconclusive and the other was negative, according to Carol Morgan, a nurse with […]

Competitive K-9s

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer While cows were tied up just yards away, several Portales and Clovis canines had free run of green grass and challenging obstacles with the Clovis/Portales Kennel Club on Friday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Dee Durlande of Clovis has been training dogs for more than 20 years, including several […]

Honor important to maintain

Anita Doberman This past week, I took a short vacation with my children and some relatives visiting from Italy. We headed to Disney World for one of the hottest and fun-filled weeks of our lives, and greeted Mickey, Pluto, Shrek and the many characters circulating the amusement parks. While I was gone, I made arrangements […]

Wildlife specialist speaks at meeting

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Wildlife caused $28,000 in agricultural losses last year in Roosevelt County, according to a Department of Agriculture report. Pat Jaureguiberry, a wildlife specialist with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, spoke Tuesday to Roosevelt County commissioners about the various wildlife control efforts he is pursuing in the county. […]

Bailing out on duty never acceptable

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist This past week, I took a short vacation with my children and some relatives visiting from Italy. We headed to Disney World for one of the hottest and fun-filled weeks of our lives, and greeted Mickey, Pluto, Shrek and the many characters circulating the amusement parks. While I was gone, […]

Canine career

Cannon Connections photo by Andy Delisle Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. Richard Crotty assists Staff Sgt. Tanya Perez with an exercise to teach Ben, a military working dog, to protect her while she searches a suspect. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections A high, metal gate opened and Ben stepped into a fenced training area […]

Author of dog tales visits ENMU

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A pint-sized dog that captured the hearts of the World War II generation has wiggled her way into a connection with Portales and Eastern New Mexico University. Bill Wynne, author of the book “Yorkie Doodle Dandy” about a Yorkshire Terrier named Smoky that Wynne trained while overseas in World […]