Nov. 27 Obituaries

Charlotte Pergeson Services: 2 p.m. (CST) Monday at the New Sulphur Free Will Baptist Church in Prairie Grove, Ark. Charlotte Fern Pergeson, 64, of Prairie Grove, Ark., died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at her residence. She was born Jan. 6, 1941, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to David Woodrow and Marguerite Fern Hadley Welch. She was [...]

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 [...]

Groups work to ‘save the prairie chicken’

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Imagine southeastern New Mexico as it once was — lacking in cars, bustling with grasslands, and hopping with prairie chickens. Although the small foul still pepper the state in isolated regions — enough to hold an annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in their core area of Milnesand — [...]

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 [...]

Festival attracts U.S. bird watchers

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers MILNESAND — More than 100 people flocked from as far as Massachusetts and as close as Portales this weekend to attend the fourth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival. The highlight of the weekend is the lesser prairie chicken’s mating ritual. Right before the springtime sunrise, male prairie chickens congregate [...]

This one’s for the birds

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Jim Weaver has a ranch in Roosevelt County where a somewhat rare bird can be found this time of year. It is mating season for the lesser prairie-chicken, an event that has turned into a unique celebration for the residents of Milnesand. The fourth annual High Plains Prairie-Chicken Festival is [...]

Fest takes closer look at prairie chickens

Tony Parra Lesser Prairie Chicken enthusiasts will be on their heels during the birds’ mating rituals at the 3rd Annual Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand. Lesser Prairie Chicken Biologist Dawn Davis said the orientation is at 7 p.m., today and lek viewing will be on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Lek is defined as a mating [...]