Tucumcari police officer resigns

QCS STAFF A Tucumcari police officer has resigned amidst a criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the unnamed officer resigned this morning. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Q. Johnson confirmed the officer was the subject of an investigation, but said “the identity of the officer and […]

AFSOC leads charge against ‘nature-deficit disorder’

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Jacobs Kenny Hasbrouck, left, works on a team building activity with children at the outdoor classroom at the youth center in September at Hurlburt Field Fla. In November the classroom became the 29th Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation-certified Nature Explore classroom in the country. Hasbrouck is a […]

Outdoor guide: Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Rio Grande Nature Center Park is the winter home to Canadian geese, sandhill cranes, various ducks and other water fowl. The nature center has a glass wall library to view birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park • Location: The park is […]

My turn: Nature has no schedule

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Patrick Lyons, 57, of Melrose has been hunter for 45 years and thought he had seen it all. Lyons, New Mexico’s commissioner of public lands for the last eight years and an incoming Public Regulation Commission member, has had his share of unexpected developments — fine targets in sight only to discover the safety was […]

Their view: Coyote hunts nature’s way of balance

Coyote hunts nature’s way of balance Another view regarding the weekend coyote hunt in Grady, this from Clovis letter writer Calvin Lary:

My turn: Mother Nature unstoppable

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It’s been said nothing can stop a speeding train. Well I beg to differ. Mother nature not only stops a train in this week’s video selection, she blows one off the track . During a storm in January 2008, featuring 165 mph winds, a train was traveling through McHenry County, Ill., and unsuspectedly into the […]

Tubin': Beauty of nature’s carnage

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Jared Tucker Nature is awesome. Even though it’s also graphic and brutal at times, it’s great to watch nature in action when someone captures it on video. A YouTube user named TabulaFilms posted a graphic, yet entertaining video of a tarantula (Theraphosa blondi) attacking a little white mouse, and parading it around its glass cage. […]

Mother Nature has mind of her own

Years ago there was a commercial that said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” followed by a catastrophe. Actually, fooling Mother Nature is a fool’s errand — it can’t be done. That’s why country people are inveterate weather watchers. I grew up in the drought times of the 1950s. When the earth was brown […]

My turn: Get creative with fishing rod

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People have the most interesting uses for a fishing pole, even if they never wet the hook. I heard about a professor who studies lizards by watching and sometimes catching them on a nature TV show. He took an old fishing pole and put a loop-type noose on the end that he can open and […]

Their view: Malkin’s combative nature appalling

Glenn McCoy, professor emeritus at Eastern New Mexico University, is not a fan of syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin. Here’s a letter he wrote after reading Malkin’s column headlined “White House cultivates corruption” in Sunday’s Portales News-Tribune: “Dear Ms. Malkin: “I seldom read your column, but when I am having an unusually good day I do […]

Drive offers glimpse of nature’s beauty

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist It was a brief respite but last Sunday’s rainstorm provided us with hope during a long dry winter. The evidence of that hope was everywhere as the wife and I rose before daylight Monday for a trip to Lubbock. The night before the rare February thunderstorm had left us eating […]

Mountain ski visit about getting back to nature

By Helena Rodriguez I had an altitude adjustment last weekend. Altitude Adjustment was the name of the ski retreat that my daughter Laura and I went with her church youth group on last weekend. It was high up in the snow-covered rocky mountains of Denver. Many people think of going off to the mountains as […]

Oasis State Park announces summer programming

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As summer rolls into the area, Oasis State Park is gearing up to offer visitors a variety of activities in which to participate. Sponsored by the Friends of Oasis, the second annual Old Tyme Music Concert will take place from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, said Valerie Russ, park technician […]

Local prairie chickens get unique protection

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sitting in the dark in the middle of nowhere with people I’d just met, everyone in the van was focused on one thing — prairie chickens. Soon, we started hearing them. I grew up around the prairie gobblers but their numbers were never great and I never paid them […]

Prairie Chicken Festival set for weekend

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor They’ll be up at sunrise, inflamed with passion and consumed with one purpose: Getting a glimpse of the mating dance of the lesser prairie chicken. Approximately 100 people — some avid birders and others just lovers of nature —will descend on the village of Milnesand for the sixth annual […]

Jan. 17, 1960

Members of the Wee-ko-ki Camp Fire Girls Group made picture books which they felt would be enjoyed by children patients at the hospitals and Thursday afternoon these were delivered with Mrs. Oscar Whitworth providing transportation for the girls. Members met at Presbyterian church fellowship hall after the close of school where a short business period […]

Nature Conservancy on mission to save lesser prairie chickens

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Members of the Nature Conservancy chapter in New Mexico listened about the importance of preserving the habitat of the lesser prairie-chicken on Friday night, then on Saturday got a first-hand look at what they were preserving. There was a reception held at Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble’s […]

Griggs had generous nature

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Eddie Griggs was a man whose generosity reflected his love and friendship. The second born of 12 children, Griggs mentored and inspired family members with his wisdom and positive attitude towards life. Shirley Moore, Griggs’ sister, said her brother often supplied family members, especially the children, with shoes when a […]

Next spring break try to get away — without your cell

Helena Rodriguez I’m in! First I was out, but now I’m in. But now that I’m in, I hope that doesn’t mean I’m more out. Know what I mean? I just got my first cell phone last week, so now I’m officially “in.” But I’m afraid that now that I’m more “in touch,” that I’ll […]