Invasive plants suck New Mexico dry

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS It may not be an invasion of leaf-eating beetles or the body snatchers, but conservationists say the influx of salt cedar trees in New Mexico may be equally as dangerous. Perhaps for indigenous plants the body snatcher allusion is not too far off, according to experts from New Mexico State University, […]

Ag experts seek to stamp out salt cedar

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may declare lands along the Canadian River “critical habitats” — limiting access to the land even to owners — later this year if progress is not made in controlling the spread of salt cedar, officials said. John Williams of the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority said the federal agency […]

Christmas gift giving – TV style

TV Hagenah I admit it. I hate Christmas shopping. It would make sense if people wanted intelligent gifts but none of the people I buy for seem to want that. At least, that’s my wife’s contention. Personally, I think a couple of four-ply tires are a great Christmas present, but my wife always says off-putting […]

Area goats combatting salt cedar

LOGAN – About 1,000 goats have been feasting on salt cedar along Ute Creek for the past five months. Like a swarm of locusts, they devour up to 10 acres of invasive trees everyday. “They’re ravenous eaters,” said Kelly Boney, a rancher and goat herder from San Jon. “We expect them to raze about 2,500 […]

Bus tour showcases salt cedar removal methods

New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a bus tour Thursday, Aug. 12, to explore various eradication programs working to rid northeastern New Mexico of the salt cedar. Quay County Extension agriculture agent Pete Walden said the tour is designed to portray the actual spraying and let everyone see what is working in […]

Salt cedar to face aerial attack

TV Hagenah There is an invader in the area and a handful of area residents are taking it on. They will begin with an aerial assault and finish going hand to hand with the invader on the ground. The Invader is the Salt Cedar shrub also known as tamarisx and the battle is between the […]

Cedar decorations mean great deal

By Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyon As we enter this new year, we need to take a few minutes to thank two local ladies for the gift they gave to Quay County and the travelers along Highway 209. Mrs. Bert Waterman and Mrs. Dorothy Kingston took the time to decorate a beautiful little cedar […]