Chile study burns up taxpayer dollars

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Putting our hard-earned tax dollars where their mouths are, researchers have discovered that chile peppers date back to ancient times and even taco chips are at least 6,100 years old. Now I’m not talking about the taco chips at Wal-Mart. According to these sizzling new findings, which were published in […]

Business digest: Portales man takes first in corn contest

Kevin Breshears of Rheanie Farms in Portales captured first place in the A non-irrigated division of the 2006 National Corn Growers’ Association’s Corn Yield Contest in New Mexico, according to a Pioneer Hi-Bred International news release. He won with a yield of 65.31 bushels per acre. The annual competition honors the highest producing corn growers […]

Address follows historical suit of false hope

By Freedom Newspapers You could tell this was a president for the first time facing a Congress controlled by the opposition party, and not coming from a position of strength. President Bush was sober, almost somber at times, and his proposals at least gave the appearance of being calculated to appeal to more than a […]

Corn cropping up

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Jimenez Custom Harvest company harvests corn for silage in southern Curry County. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Fields of corn baked in the sun all summer, and late in the growing season, were pounded by rain. But local corn growers have reported good yields, despite less than desirable weather […]

Research center field of greens

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Paul Gutierrez, the associate dean and associate director of the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service, outlines his vision for the school’s dairy program Wednesday during a field day at the school’s research center north of Clovis. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Around a bend on a narrow road, pockets of sorghum, canola, sunflowers, […]

Rain soothes growing pains, ag officials say moisture came at just the right time for thirsty area crops.

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Parmer County Extension Service agent Monti Vandiver said the rain the area received in the past week has put the cotton growth back on schedule.(CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Recent rain has come at a perfect time to help farmers in the region catch up on moisture, but it’s […]

Study: Ethanol impact limited

By H. Josef Herbert: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Ethanol is far from a cure-all for the nation’s energy problems. It’s not as environmentally friendly as some supporters claim and would supply only 12 percent of U.S. motoring fuel — even if every acre of corn were used. A number of researchers, the latest in […]

Is Ethanol the fuel of the future?

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The ethanol plant coming to Clovis will use 45 to 50 million bushels of corn a year, officials said (CNJ photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A 105 million-gallon per year ethanol plant will be online in Clovis by 2007. Construction will begin this October. The plant is a joint venture of […]

Ag Sense: Spider mites threat to more than corn

By Mark Marsalis If the dry fall and winter are any indication of what to expect this summer, corn producers should be aware of the potential for damage from spider mite infestations. Mite outbreaks are most common in hot, dry, windy years and in drought-stressed corn, even in irrigated fields. In areas where spider mites […]

4-2 School menus

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast —French toast, cold juice and milk. Lunch — Hamburger on a bun, french fries, pickle slices, chilled peaches and cold milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Cowboy bread, cold juice and milk. Lunch — Fajitas/salsa, sunshine corn, crisp lettuce, chilled pears and cold milk. Wednesday: Breakfast — Blueberry muffin, cold juice, and milk. […]

3/21 Business digest

Clovis dentist graduates from dental program Clovis dentist Dr. Glen Hisel graduated from Orognathic Bioesthetics International in Salem, Ore., where he studied chewing and its relationship to temporomandibular joint disorders, according to news received from his office. Fewer than 200 dentists have completed the program, the news release said. Dr. Hisel has practiced in Clovis […]

School Menus (11/13 week)

CNJ staff Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast burrito, cold juice and milk. Lunch — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot homemade roll, fresh apple, milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Cereal and graham cracker, cold juice and milk. Lunch — Italian spaghetti, garden fresh salad, ranch dressing, fruit jello, milk. Wednesday: School favorite Thursday: Breakfast […]

Nov. 7 Week School Lunch Menus

Clovis Elementary Monday— Breakfast: Blueberry muffin, juice, milk. Lunch: Tacos w/ salsa, seasoned pinto beans, crisp lettuce, watermelon slice, milk. Tuesday— Breakfast: Sausage biscuit, milk. Lunch: Italian dunkers, garden-fresh salad, ranch dressing, pineapple tidbits, milk. Wednesday— Breakfast: French toast, juice, milk. Lunch: Egg roll, steamed rice, vegetable medley, chilled grapes, milk. Thursday— Breakfast: Bageler, milk, […]

Roswell High slips past Cats

CNJ staff Roswell High’s Dylan Thomas scored toward the end of the first half and the Coyotes made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Clovis High Tuesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. The Coyotoes fired 21 shots on goal to 11 for the Cats, but Clovis coach Shaun Gill said his team had most […]

Lubbock corn field transformed into 12-acre agricultural maze

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Courtesy photo The corn-field maze is cut into a 12-acre corn field using a laptop computer to link a mower with a global positioning system. Complied by Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Lose yourself, and maybe even your family in Lubbock beginning this weekend and running through Nov. 26. The original “Corn-field Maze” is once again […]

Wet weather keeping pest control officer busy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The nets Francis Warner uses to trap mosquitos are equipped with a few of the pest’s favorites things: light and carbon dioxide. Light bulbs and dry ice produce the elements, which mosquitos just can’t seem to resist. When the Clovis vector control officer captures the bugs, he sends them […]

Fair food: priceless

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson With a fist full of curly fries, Alexis Kinley, 3, and big brother Bailey Kinley, 8, enjoy a mid-morning trip to the fair. Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers COMMENTARY Armed with an empty stomach, 20 bucks, a notepad, and a cheap pair of boots, I rode into the Curry County Fair […]

Dairy farming program exposes kids to agriculture

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Floyd fourth-grader Aracel Mendoza listens to Roosevelt County 4-H Agent Patrick Kircher talk about corn and its uses Thursday during the Southwest Dairy Farmer’s annual Kid, Kows and More program. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer A group of fourth-grade students listened attentively Thursday as Kay Lindsey separated the […]

Fireworks bring fond memories

By Grant McGee That big fireworks display, “Smoke on the Water” is at Greene Acres Park this Sunday. Clovis’ Tom Martin sparkplugs the event every year. Tom and I have something in common: Our fathers were both hotel managers. Hotels. Fireworks. Fourth of July. These things whirl around in my mind and I remember my […]

School Menus 1/4

Clovis Elementary Monday: Staff development — no school. Tuesday: Breakfast — Banana nut muffin, juice, milk. Lunch — Chicken pattie on a bun, tater tots, lettuce, pickles, pears, milk. Wednesday: Breakfast — Waffles, juice, milk. Lunch — Pizza, veggie sticks, ranch dressing, mixed fruit, milk. Thursday: Breakfast — Bagel with cream cheese, juice, milk. Lunch […]