Local man predicts dry spring

CNJ staff Chief Joseph Crim of the Plains Indians predicted the weather for the rest of 2011, using methods handed down from his ancestors. Crim said the wind came Tuesday morning out of the southwest, which meant little precipitation. “That’s a bad omen,” Crim said. “It will be dry this spring.” The tradition, Crim said, […]

Reporter’s notebook: Indian weatherman predicts fair spring

CNJ staff Chief Joseph Weldon Crim of the Plains Indians said Tuesday the wind indicates fair spring weather. Every March 22, Crim goes to his ranch in Lazbuddie, Texas, to build a campfire. The direction of the smoke is a guide to the upcoming spring weather “I have to get out of town because the […]

Local predicts weather old-fashioned way

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer A local weather forecaster predicts this spring will be a little dryer than normal. Joseph Weldon Crim is up early in the morning every year on March 22 to build a bonfire before sunrise. At sunrise, he looks to see which way the wind is blowing and uses this […]

Day Trip: Plainview, Texas, display honors cattle drive

Courtesy photo One of 48 decorated cow statues in Plainview, Texas, hitches a ride in a color-coordinated vehicle. In addition to the painted bovines, the town also offers a variety of shops. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers For a different twist on a cattle drive, head on over to Plainview, Texas, and take a drive […]

Day Trip: Plainview, Texas, display honors cattle drive

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One of 48 decorated cow statues in Plainview, Texas, hitches a ride in a color-coordinated vehicle. In addition to the painted bovines, the town also offers a variety of shops. (Courtesy photo) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers For a different twist on a cattle drive, head on over to Plainview, Texas, and take a drive […]

Some baby names don’t come from books

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist The story is that G. D. Anderson, president of the Security State Bank in Farwell, back in 1966 had a farmer friend named J. W. Crim who had a brother named Bromo. Unlike the uncultivated yahoos of north Abilene, Texas, the Plains country people do not go around remarking that […]

Where there’s smoke, there’s moisture?

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Retired Parmer County farmer Joseph Weldon Crim says he uses an Indian spring ritual to predict weather. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tiny snowflakes hadn’t yet begun to fall from the sky Wednesday when Joseph Weldon Crim predicted the region would see slightly above average moisture this spring. The billowing smoke rising […]

Forecaster says smoke in wind foretells weather

By Jack King Local long-time practitioner repeats ceremony taught by Plains Indians. In a more than 80-year-old spring ritual, Weldon Crim built a bonfire at his Parmer County family farm Monday to predict the weather in the coming year. Crim, 67, of Clovis, said setting the fire is a weather-forecasting method his grandfather learned from […]