In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another [...]

Cowboys knew how to have fun at work

My mother was a teenager during the 1930s. That decade was one of the busiest for the cattle and sheep raisers in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. In 1885, the railroad company built a spur line from Socorro to Magdalena. Livestock growers then had a market for their cattle and sheep. They drove their [...]

All animals need someone to follow

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I believe animals are gifts from God and where would we be without them? I am always amazed when I read Genesis 2:19. God formed all the animals and brought them to Adam for a name and whatever he named them that was the name. Living near the edge of [...]

Australians leading way in innovative thinking

By Baxter Black: Guest Columist The sign in the health food store in Sydney, New South Wales read, “Sheep Placenta — On Sale! Half Price!” It was also printed in Chinese. My first thoughts were “Do they eat it? Rub it on? Make party favors of it? Kick it around like a soccer ball?” I’m [...]

All sheep need a good shepherd

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist One night while visiting in the living room with friends we heard “pitter-patter” step sounds on our front porch. My husband turned on the porch light and there stood seven little sheep. They stared at him as if to say, “Will you help us please?” Emmitt opened the gate to the [...]

Fair teaches life lessons for entrants

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By Laurie Stone The Roosevelt County Fair is underway as entrants make their last-minute preparations. This year’s fair has undergone a few changes which opens the door to a wider variety of participants. “From our livestock, entertainment, vendors and carnival, we have the best fair around,” said Kent Best, president of the Roosevelt County Fairboard. [...]