Recent rainfall favors farms and ranches

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer For months, when Clovis area farmers and ranchers smiled, it may have looked more like a grimace. But that has all changed in recent weeks. Over the past week, Clovis has received more than 2 inches of rainfall, prompting big grins and the forecast of big bucks for those […]

Mad cow disease fears lead to layoffs at beef plant

By Darrell Todd Maurina Company officials announced Friday that the Excel beef processing plants in Friona and Plainview will lay off about 100 to 150 people at each plant. The layoffs are due to bovine spongiform encephalitis, also known as “mad cow disease,” according to Bill Rupp, executive vice president of Excel. “A number of […]

Area ranchers lose money to mad cow scare

Mike Linn A few days can cost a cattle rancher hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue — especially when one of those days beef from a Canadian Holstein is found infected with mad cow disease. Since news broke of the infected Holstein in Washington, cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, […]

Producers: Dairy food still safe

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local dairymen and beef producers said the discovery of mad cow disease in a Canadian-born dairy cow raised in Washington state shouldn’t cause Americans to shun beef or dairy products. Wayne Palla, chairman of the Southwest Council of Dairy Farmers of America, cited a DFA national press release on dairy safety […]

State status on bovine TB downgraded

By Jack King Negotiations between a Roosevelt County dairyman and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the destruction of a herd of cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis have reached an impasse. Destroying, or “depopulating,” the herd — and a second infected herd in Roosevelt County — could help New Mexico regain its TB-free status in […]

State considers killing TB-infected cattle

By Jack King Officials are discussing with the owners of two Roosevelt County dairies the possibility of killing their cattle to eliminate all traces of bovine tuberculosis, State Veterinarian Dr. Steve England said Wednesday. The recent discovery of the disease led the United States Department of Agriculture to announce it will downgrade New Mexico from […]

Cattle disease detected

By Jack King Bovine tuberculosis has been found in two dairy herds in Roosevelt County, which means the infected animals must be destroyed and beef and dairy cattle owners statewide could lose money, officials said Thursday. Because of the diagnosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will downgrade New Mexico from “bovine tuberculosis free” status to […]

Best quotes long forgotten

By David Stevens One of the all-time great movies was released 40 years ago this week. “Hud,” starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal, was filmed in Claude, Texas, just east of Amarillo, about two hours from Clovis. The black-and-white Western classic was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three of them. It […]

Traffic concerns, character lead P&Z to deny zone change

By Jack King Twenty-eight residents of an east-Clovis neighborhood appeared at the city’s planning and zoning commission meeting on Wednesday to oppose a request to build four duplexes in the 2400 block of Fred Daugherty Drive. Commissioners present at the meeting — Chairman Jim Wilkerson, Bill Bollinger, Juan Garza, Tom Martin, Richard Vela — voted […]

Clovis History Tied to Land

Don McAlavy David Calvin Myers and his family stand outside of their home at 123 Prince St. in Clovis in 1916. Photo Courtesy of High Plains Historical Foundation. “The old-time cowmen were a type of which we will never see again. They are as distinct as gold is from silver. They came from the same […]