Drought, fires may affect local economy

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sand dunes in the area around State Road 467 and a “dust bowl” effect are becoming more common in Curry County as wildfires continue in the midst of drought conditions. Sharna Johnson In the midst of drought and wildfires, Eastern New Mexico looks more like a dust bowl everyday. But […]

High winds expected Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a high wind warning in effect from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. West to southwest winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 or 65 mph are expected. The strongest winds are expected across Guadalupe, DeBaca and Chaves counties. Blowing dust is possible, […]

Sorry ’bout the tech difficulties

Yes, we know the Web site has been acting odd most of the day. We’re adding some new features and it looks like we’ll have some glitches to work through. We hope to have everything back to normal before Monday. • • • Rio Rancho pulled away for a 39-30 win over Clovis in a […]

San Jon church turns 100

The First Baptist Church of San Jon will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on June 1. A fellowship coffee will be served at the church at 9 a.m. that day, followed by a worship service at 10. The San Jon Community Center will host lunch at noon. • • • The New Mexico Environment Department […]

Dust is bad … duh

The New Mexico Environment Department issued a news release on Thursday warning about health risks associated with dust storms. “Inhaling dust can cause respiratory and lung problems including coughing, wheezing and runny noses and it can also worsen existing medical conditions such as asthma,” according to the release. Environmental Protection Division Director Jim Norton tells […]

Take doomsayers with grain of dust

By Guest Columnist: Brett Johnson The April 6 CNJ article “Dusty days may be ahead” made me laugh. Am I the only person who watches the weather forecast to see how far the weatherperson will miss it? For instance how about the snow we had on March 30? Did anyone get an advance notice about […]

Jesus present through worst of storms

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I am writing on Sunday afternoon, the day after the big snow. Reports are that a foot of snow fell on Clovis. We see that no matter what, the weather cannot be altered or changed. Even history shows us that. On any day I will take a foot of snow […]

Dust bowl days stuck in memories

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleGrace and Foy Bailey were married in 1933 during the Great American Dust Bowl. They have lived in the area most of their lives and are among the few eastern New Mexico residents who lived through the Dust Bowl. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Traces of their frontier life are […]

Panning for gold pans out

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, schools shut down each June to give enterprising students a chance to get rich. Taking into account the prevailing economy at the time — a nickel bought a Coke that included a 2-cent rebate for the bottle, if you could find a nickel — whenever I […]

City being considered for movie

CNJ staff Clovis is being considered as a site for a movie called “Seasons of Dust,” Mayor David Lansford said. Set in 1930, the movie will portray an Oklahoma farming family forced to move to the city after being unable to eke out a living due to dust storms. Lansford said Clovis is being considered […]

Musical nostalgia lousy advertising tool

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Nothing makes me want to rush out and buy a bottle of Mylanta for my heartburn more than hearing the theme song to “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Yeah, right! Continuing with an eloquently titled topic I started a few weeks ago “How stupid do they think I am?” I’m not going […]

Winds integral part of life in New Mexico

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s a New Mexican in Washington, D.C. who has told me when the wind blows there it reminds her of home. Yes, we have the wind here. Phoenix has its heat, there are hurricanes for the Gulf Coast and the West Coast has earthquakes. Here in eastern New Mexico and […]

Two months living in Clovis and counting — ya’ll

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer J une 1 not only marks National Tailors Day, but it strums home a grand celebration of sorts for myself — my two month anniversary in Clovis. Appropriately moving from New York City to this small town on April Fool’s Day, I have been through wind, dust and sun […]

Clutter becoming more inviting in home

My friend Mary Reyes of Abilene, Texas, does not have a messy house. I repeat: Her house is not messy. I call it “tastefully cluttered.” Maybe you know someone like Mary. I believe there’s a little charm to this term, “tastefully cluttered,” which I coined myself. You are not likely to hear it used on […]

Light rain brushes area; misses Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNj staff writer Most Clovis streets remained dry Wednesday night, but some areas north of Clovis may received up to 0.15 inches as a storm front passed through about 8 p.m. Another front will pass through this afternoon and is expected to carry rain, according to National Weather Service officials. “The […]

Nature, military aggression tests Curry County residents

Don McAlavy “From 1931 to 1934 was the driest years I ever saw in New Mexico, and there were a lot of sandstorms,” said Lee Merrill, who owns a 10,000-acre ranch in Running Water Draw. “Back then, you could buy all the groceries you could carry for $1.50. During the big drought in 1934, the […]