Historic springs

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By Ruth White Burns: Special to the PNT Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles, to run the next two Sundays, describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. Why does a town on the Eastern Plains of New Mexico, far from the Rio Grande and its Hispanic settlements, have […]

Prairie chicken sponsors call for poster contest entries

PNT Staff Report Sponsors of the High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival, to be held April 11-13 in Milnesand invite artists of all ages to participate in a poster contest. The grand prize winning entry will be reproduced as the festival poster, according to a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish news release. The grand […]

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. […]

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 chickens making comeback

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The lesser prairie chicken was once prolific across the shortgrass prairies of the Great Plains. The birds were often the only meat on a pioneer family’s table in hard times, which never seemed to go away for the plains sodbuster. Experts say the birds nearly met their demise, not […]

The Mating Game

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A crescent moon shines above the pre-dawn eastern horizon as a passenger van pulls to a stop on a lonely ranch road near Milnesand. Inside are people from various parts of New Mexico and Texas who sacrificed a few hours of sleep to witness one of the stranger wonders […]

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 […]

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 […]

State recommends against listing prairie chicken

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer After a six-year investigation of lesser prairie chicken populations and habitats, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced June 9 in a press release that they will recommend against listing the species as threatened or endangered in the state. According to the results of the study posted […]

Winning artwork chosen for prairie chicken festival

PNT Staff Report MILNESAND — A watercolor painting by Ranchos de Taos artist Valerie Graves has been selected as the winner of the 2006 High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest. Graves will receive $300 for her winning artwork of lesser prairie chickens at sunrise, which will be reproduced as a poster and distributed at […]