Committee addresses water conservation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Water Policy Advisory Committee member Marcus Brice says fugitive water — water that runs off into the street during lawn watering — is a “humongous problem all over Clovis.” By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer The water policy advisory committee will form a subcommittee tasked with developing an ordinance addressing […]

Commission candidates talk water, retail

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer In a light-hearted dig, Rosalie Riley gave fellow city commissioner candidate Robert Sandoval a Target T-shirt during Thursday’s candidate forum at the Clovis Civic Center. “My biggest mandate from my constituents has been: See if you can get a Target store,” Sandoval said. On a more serious note, City […]

Ag center ramps up research

By Rex E. Kirksey: Ag Sense Agriculture is the economic mainstay of eastern New Mexico. For 60 years, the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center in Clovis has been conducting research and extension activities to help agricultural producers increase their economic and environmental sustainability. The center’s activities are guided by an advisory committee comprised […]

Nov. 8, 1976

The Clovis News-Journal reported the State Board of Educational Finance gave its stamp of approval to the master plan for the Eastern New Mexico University-Clovis campus. … A chicken dinner for four cost $5. … Clovis was named the site of the upcoming New Mexico Association of Natural Resource Conservation Districts annual convention, to be […]

Year-round water plan suggested

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder expects new water conservation ordinances to come into effect next summer. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A new plan city commissioners adopted in their last meeting will lead to year-round ordinances restricting water use next year. City commissioners adopted a water […]

Ethanol boom raises intriguing questions

By Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard requires U.S. fuel production to include a minimum amount of renewable fuels, starting at 4 billion gallons in 2006, and reaching 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. In addition, starting in 2013, the renewable fuels must include a minimum of 250 million gallons […]

Local Roundup: Hearing to evaluate new Novak evidence

CNJ staff The Air Force reopened an Article 32 hearing in the case of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of killing his wife in 2004, according to Cannon officials. The hearing, which begins today, will evaluate new testimony and evidence in the case, officials said. Airman Edward Novak II was charged with premeditated […]

Regional water plan accepted by ISC

CNJ Staff The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission has accepted the completed Northeastern New Mexico Regional Water Plan, the commission announced in a news release. The Northeastern New Mexico water planning region (Region 1) includes Union, Harding, Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. The plan addresses long-term water supply availability, water quality, water rights, municipal conservation, […]

Conservationists believe Ogallala Aquifer recharged through playa lakes

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Broadview rancher John Wood stands in the middle of the great saucer-shaped depression of the playa lake. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Birds dart toward the edge of the great saucer-shaped depression and disappear in a patch of yellowed grass. John Wood stands in the middle of his concave field, […]

New water rates to provide for long-term

By Kathy Wright: guest columnist As a lifelong resident of the Clovis area, I have been proud to see our community grow and prosper. I shared the joy of many to hear that Cannon Air Force Base has a new mission, and what a mission it is! Cannon is the economic engine of our community […]

Report urges protecting water rights, conservation

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Nine strategies for conserving water in arid Northeast New Mexico are evaluated in a preliminary water plan recently released by a water resources and environmental consulting firm. Municipal conservation, agricultural conservation, groundwater management, rangeland conservation and watershed management, water rights protection, Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, planning for […]

Hogg, John

John B. Hogg, 91, of Portales, died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, in Farwell. He was born Sept. 24, 1914, to John B. Hogg Sr. and Roxie Lee Hale Hogg at the family farm home at Jonesville, Quay County. On Oct. 28, 1949, he married LaVelle Cox Mitchell in Clovis. His father died when he was […]

Officials say water issues not cause for immediate concern

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico has been without significant rainfall since mid-October, and local entities are preparing for continued dry weather — but water issues are not cause for immediate alarm, officials said. “Right now, a number of our wells are not even pumping water out because the demand for water […]

Park management plan won’t destroy delicate balance

Freedom Newspapers Bush administration critics have been demanding to know what prompted it to draft a controversial new management plan for national parks, which detractors claim will sacrifice conservation values on the altar of commercialism. “First, I question the necessity of the proposed revisions,” Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., wrote in a Feb. 17 letter to […]

Udall vows to continue conservation program

By Tonya Garner Congressman Tom Udall is concerned about the USDA’s plan to dramatically reduce participation in the Conservation Reserve Program. According to Udall, D-N.M., 1,664 farmers and ranchers in New Mexico are currently enrolled in the CRP program. This keeps 596,624 acres of environmentally sensitive land out of crop production. The bulk of this […]

Program aimed at reducing water demands

CNJ staff New Mexican-American Water Co. is teaming up with Clovis’ Water Conservation Advisory Committee on a public awareness program aimed at reducing demands for water over the summer months. The water company is sending letters and running advertisements urging customers to water their lawns on designated days in hopes of reducing peak demand that […]

Black, Arvel L.

Arvel Lee Black Services: Have been held. Arvel Lee “A.L.” Black, 86, of Friona, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at Parmer County Community Hospital in Friona. He was born on July 16, 1918, in Hollene. He married Clyde Alice Caroland on July 16, 1939, in Clovis. They moved to Parmer County in 1944. He was […]

City, county back water conservation

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer City and county officials signed a joint resolution Tuesday to encourage and support water conservation in the local area. The resolution was designed to demonstrate solidarity among local entities in their efforts to preserve and conserve water. Clovis City Manager said the resolution will be sent to Santa Fe. […]

National parks: Our treasures

Clyde Davis When I was a kid, I loved to read stories about animals of all kinds. Fiction, truth, you name it, I loved to read stories in which the heroes had fur, fins, or feathers. I remember quite clearly that each time a bear was the focus of the story, the words used to describe […]

Officials: Water conservation working

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Clovis residents have been conservative with their water use since mid-June, when city officials set voluntary guidelines for “non-essential use.” Kathy Wright, vice president and manager of New Mexico American Water, said residents being frugal with their water and a recent surge of timely rainfall are keeping area water […]