Year in review: Wildfires mark year

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File photo File photo Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones said an April 17 wildfire that burned 71,000 acres of south Curry County is expected to cost the agricultural community $16 million just this year with an estimated $40 million over time, according to an economic feasibility study. A dry, windy spring created conditions for […]

a view from under the pew: the valley of dry bones

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the valley of dry bones with all this dry hot weatheri let […]

Residents hope for support at water meeting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rosemary Metcalf picks up a young alpaca Tuesday to place back under the shade with the rest of the herd. Metcalf chose alpacas because they didn’t require as much water as other animals, but her well is having problems despite conservation efforts. Sharna Johnson Residents of south Clovis are hoping […]

Vegetable garden wife’s nightmare

Country folks always have a vegetable garden, and the faithful wife is supposed to can, freeze, dry and whatever else to all that food so the family can “live offa the land.” When I’m doing all that stuff the words to “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” go through my head over and over. […]

We should take care before we pray for rain

We drove home from Colorado last Sunday. Colorado was cool and we enjoyed the wonderful sensation of rain. As we came back through New Mexico around Raton, and then Springer, we noticed the dry brown grass that was on usual years green for pasture. When we headed toward the Caprock, we could see the smoke […]

a view from under the pew: amos faces hot dry summer

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos faces hot dry summer boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks […]

Rain snaps 4-month dry spell

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Thursday storm brought much needed rain to the area but weather officials say after Saturday the area will be dry for a bit longer. Sharna Johnson A welcome relief but still not enough, eastern New Mexico received its largest amount of moisture in four months on Thursday night. A […]

Southern Curry County wells going dry

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Resident Darlene Upham looks at her grandchildren’s handprints in the sidewalk in front of her home. Upham said she lives in fear everyday that her water well will run dry and she will lose her dream home. Sharna Johnson When Darlene Upham purchased her south Curry County property […]

Counties facing dry season

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter looks over his irrigated wheat field Friday afternoon northwest of Portales. Ledbetter said his dry land wheat is dead and his irrigated wheat is about two feet shorter than it should be due to dry weather. Alisa Boswell One word defines Curry and Roosevelt counties these […]

Warrant roundup comes up dry

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Clovis Police officers Dale Rice, left, and Josh Parkin knock on the door of a trailer in the 400 block of Dawn Loop in south Clovis Friday night during a warrant sweep. The resident said he hadn’t seen the woman they were looking for in more than a month. Sharna Johnson A team of four […]

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, […]

No money for Ute water project in 2012 budget

Kevin Wilson If Monday was any indication, 2012 might be a dry year for the Ute Water Project. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, unveiled Monday, has no money set aside for the $500 million project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to members of the Eastern New Mexico Water […]

Dry, windy weather raises fire concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Clovis Fire Department sent two fire trucks and two tankers Monday morning to extinguish a fire in animal pens at a residence on south Prince Street. High wind was a concern, but firefighters were able to keep the fire contained, Chief Ray Westerman said. Sharna Johnson A dry winter […]

Wheat farmers bracing for dry winter

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Frank Blackburn of Clovis shows the effects of dry weather — a sparse winter wheat field. Alisa Boswell Two months into the winter growing season, farmers in Curry and Roosevelt County are asking one question: Where’s the rain? With 60 to 70-degree days and less than normal precipitation, the two […]

Domestic wells going dry in Curry County

Argen Duncan Domestic wells in some areas of Curry County are drying up, while Roosevelt County wells are still pumping, although often with less volume, according to the Office of the State Engineer. This area of eastern New Mexico has three basins, geographical areas in which water drains to a specific point. Mike Barajas, OSE […]

Fishing report — Oct. 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 20, 2010: NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cimarron […]

Fishing report – Sept. 28

NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cimarron River – The flows are 43 […]

Lubbock wet-dry election set for Saturday

LUBBOCK (AP) — When prohibition was lifted way back in 1933, Texas was a little slow to catch on. It wasn’t until two years later when the state finally repealed its own alcohol ban, and even then Texas allowed local governments to remain booze-free. While many areas to this day remain dry, on Saturday the […]

Winter weather hits area

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Desiree Romero of Clovis helps out a friend by clearing the snow from their truck Friday on Mabry Drive. Romero said the snow was totally unexpected, but it’s March and “nothing here in Clovis surprises me with weather.” CNJ staff Much of eastern New Mexico was expected to receive “significant […]

3/11 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon Feb. 22 an officer responded to a school in the 400 block of Lockwood Drive for a burglary report. An administrator said a teacher had discovered a window open in her classroom, a computer was stolen and someone had written […]