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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Prairie dogs wreaking havoc in area grasslands

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in Grady. Nonetheless, Grau said, the rodents are irksome, and he wishes them gone. “I fight them constantly,” said Grau, who prefers to keep […]

Dog’s work never done

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By William Thompson Portales resident Raymond Reeves, 55, didn’t have a special fondness for dogs the first 40 or so years of his life, but around the age of 45 he was given a border collie pup and within a few years he became a nationally-known trainer of border collies for gathering livestock. Visitors to […]

Melrose area resident charged with 58 counts of animal cruelty

By Andy Jackson A Texas man was arraigned Wednesday in Clovis’ Magistrate Court on 58 counts of animal cruelty after officials said they discovered dozens of dead cats and dogs last month at the Curry County home he was renting. A Curry County sheriff’s deputy found 33 dead cats and dogs and 25 more in […]

Dog owners teaching canines agility course

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Through a tunnel. Over an A-frame. Weave through poles. Lay down on the platform. Jump the hurdles. Good dog. Where dog shows are beauty pageants for pampered pets, dog agility is an Army obstacle course for man’s best friend. A dog maneuvers the course while its owner leads and instructs. Dogs are […]

Clovis resident works to save prairie dogs

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The wet and confused prairie dogs huddled together in cages, unaware their lives had just been saved. They were captured at a future construction site as part of a rescue effort spearheaded by Clovis resident Susan Hubby. Using a method that flushes the guinea-pig-sized member of the squirrel family from their […]