Commissioner concerned about possible prairie chicken placement

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By Thomas Garcia: QCS staff writer An area county commissioner fears efforts to rejuvenate the declining lesser prairie chicken populations by the New Mexico Game and Fish authorities might effect wind turbine development for landowners. Bobby Casados, chair of the Harding County Commission, last month shared his concerns about the birds’ placement with the members […]

Ute Lake State Park hosts prairie fest

Freedom New Mexico Ute Lake State Park will host the second annual Ute Lake Prairie Fest today. Park officials said in a news release visitors may hear Kiowa legends and witness the “brilliant canopy of stars as the old timers saw them more than a century ago.” “This event will highlight the rich cultural and […]

Ute Lake State Park to host first Prairie Days Festival

Dubbed the short grass and tall tales festival, the inaugural Ute Lake Prairie Days Festival will be on July 19-20 at Ute Lake State park.“This event will highlight the rich cultural and natural history of the eastern plains of New Mexico,” said Park Superintendent Rodney Paris in a press release.The festival was launched to foster […]

Pigeons, prairie chickens can teach lessons

By Ryn Gargulinski: Guest Columnist Since New Mexico’s annual Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival hits the High Plains in Milnesand next weekend, I did a very logical thing — I went to look at geese. Although geese and lesser prairie chickens may seem miles apart from each other, mainly because they are, they do have certain […]

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Prairie chicken festival set Although the sign-up deadline for the fifth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival is April 1, early registration is urged because space is limited for the Milnesand event from April 7-9, according to a release from the state’s Department of Game and Fish. Cost is $80, which includes all field trips, […]