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NMSU Equestrian Team Dedicates Show to Pirtle

LAS CRUCES -- Patrick Pirtle planned to be in the saddle for New Mexico State University's Equestrian Team in regional competition in Las Cruces this past weekend. He had delayed graduation one more semester so he could compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

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Late Winter is Good Time To Plan Vegetable Garden

LAS CRUCES -- A garden that provides nutritious, high-quality vegetables starts long before the first seed is planted, said a horticulture specialist with New Mexico State University.

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McKay Retires After 30 Years With Cooperative Extension Service

LAS CRUCES -- Mary Ellen McKay, department head of New Mexico State University's Extension Home Economics and Family and Consumer Sciences departments, retired Jan. 30 after 30 years of service.

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NMSU Social Scientist Studies How Dress Helps Define Identity

LAS CRUCES -- From scrutinizing drag queens to prom queens, Jane Hegland has made a scholarly career out of people-watching. Good observation skills have come in handy for this New Mexico State University social scientist who studies the relationships between the human body, dress and identity.

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N.M. Range Management Society Proposes Mediation on Elk Population Issue

LAS CRUCES -- The New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management recommends mediation to help solve conflicts over the state's increasing elk population.

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NMSU Professor Emeritus Wins Cotton Award

State University, received the 1997 Cotton Genetics Research Award last month at the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conference sponsored by the National Cotton Council.

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Festival Offers Homemade Pecan Treats

LAS CRUCES -- Orchard tours, homemade pecan treats and arts and crafts will highlight the Cuchillo Pecan Festival Feb. 28 in Cuchillo.

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NMSU Equestrian Team Ranked First in Region

LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State University Equestrian Team is ranked first in the region in Western-style riding.

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NMSU Entomology Students Place Second in Contest

LAS CRUCES -- How many people in the United States had malaria in the 1930s? What is the origin of the Periplaneta americana -- American cockroach?

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Pump Septic Tanks Regularly For Effective Operation

LAS CRUCES -- "Out of sight, out of mind" may describe some homeowners' attitudes about their septic systems. Unless something goes wrong, they usually don't think about the importance of pumping the septic tank to keep it working properly.

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Variety Trials Give Glimpse of Cotton's Future

LAS CRUCES -- Harvesting cotton was more complicated than usual in one of Charles Tharp's fields northwest of Las Cruces last fall. Each of six different cotton varieties was harvested separately and made into individual modules as part of on-farm research trials with New Mexico State University.

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Public Screening Set for Survivors in the Sand Documentary

LAS CRUCES -- The first public screening of "Survivors in the Sand," an environmental documentary from New Mexico State University, will take place March 25 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Reservations are required. "Survivors in the Sand" tracks scientists' quest to unlock the secrets of the world's deserts. Filmed in Australia, the Middle East and the American Southwest, the hour-long documentary tells the stories of desert dwellers struggling to earn a living in fragile, arid environments.

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Anner-Bolieu Hired as Extension Home Economist

LAS CRUCES -- Lynn Anner-Bolieu began work March 2 as the home economist for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service in McKinley County. She will start and support home economics programs for adults and children, including 4-H youth.

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NMSU Equestrian Team to Host National Invitational

LAS CRUCES -- The National Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Invitational will be held at 9 a.m., March 14, at New Mexico State University's equestrian center.

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Herbalist To Speak at NMSU in April

LAS CRUCES -- Steven Foster, an internationally known herbalist, will give free public lectures on medicinal plants April 5 and 8 at New Mexico State University as part of the Distinguished Visiting Professor program.

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Quality Bulls Auctioned at Northern New Mexico Bull Test Sale

LAS CRUCES -- Livestock producers from Colorado and New Mexico will sell 37 performance-tested bulls March 28 in Abiquiu at the El Sueno Del Corazon Ranch off County Road 155.

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Orchard Management Key to Top-Quality Pecans

LAS CRUCES -- To the untrained eye, most of the entries on display for the International Pecan Show at the Las Cruces Hilton March 8-10 looked yummy. But the competition was tough in the 32nd Western Pecan Conference, with judges analyzing qualities important to the commercial industry.

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Spring is Best Time to Control Pinon Needle Scale

LAS CRUCES -- Spring is the best time to control a tiny insect pest on pinon trees called the pinon needle scale, said a New Mexico State University forest entomologist. The insects cause early needle drop and can severely weaken trees after several years of early defoliation.

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Bagworms Becoming More Common in Northern New Mexico

LAS CRUCES -- Bagworms are becoming a major problem in parts of central New Mexico. The insects are moving in from eastern areas of the United States and New Mexico on infected nursery stock, said a New Mexico State University forest entomologist.

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NMSU Equestrian Team Places First in Region

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexico State University's Equestrian Team placed first in the region at a show held Feb. 27-28 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

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