Clovis man killed by hay bale

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Oscar Brooks, 61, was unloading a trailer of round bales at a farm owned by his family when he was killed, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. CNJ staff A 61-year-old Clovis man is dead following an afternoon farm accident Wednesday. Oscar Brooks was killed when a large round hay bale […]

Ticket feature: Pumpkin farm offers maze of hay, mountain of pumpkins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kenneth Davis’ Pumpkin Patch includes a hay bale maze, sea of pumpkins and a pumpkin mountain. The display is made up of 6,000 pumpkins. Freedom New Mexico Just north of Clovis, a hay bale maze leads past a pumpkin mountain on the way to a sea of pumpkins. Those are […]

Poet’s interest in Cowboys has roots in childhood

By Don McAlavy: Local historian Don McAlavy has written poetry since he was a farm boy at his family’s home 16 miles north of Clovis. He fell off the first horse he rode, herding “woolies” with his father. As a gangling long-legged youth he worked on the Joe Bailey ranch in the Frio Draw and […]

Marijuana farm discovered near Tucumcari

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Courtesy photo Marijuana plants ready for harvest were seized by DEA agents Friday north of Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Federal drug officials, along with 25 soldiers from the New Mexico National Guard, raided a San Miguel County ranch on Friday and found 1,500 pounds of marijuana. The pot was valued at $2 […]

Farm Service Agency clarifies livestock eligibility program requirements

Farm Service Agency Clarifies Livestock Eligibility Program Requirements – Emphasis on Insurance Requirements ALBUQUERQUE — Sept. 28, 2009 – Salomon Ramirez, Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New Mexico, announced earlier this month that New Mexico FSA offices statewide are now accepting applications for benefits under the provisions of the Emergency Assistance […]

ENMU rodeo program receives donation from wind farm operator

Freedom New Mexico The rodeo program at Eastern New Mexico University got a $10,000 boost from a local wind generating company for a covered practice facility. Edison, which operated wind turbines near Elida, donated the money to go to the 120 x 240-foot facility which is scheduled for completion in 2010.

Wind farm receives state health and safety award

NextEra Energy Resources, located near Fort Sumner, was recognized Friday as the state’s eighth company to achieve Zia Star Voluntary Protection Program status, according to a news release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The program recognizes companies with exemplary health and safety management systems that maintain injury and illness rates below the national average […]

Area farmers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom J. Vilsack has declared Roosevelt County a disaster area in a move that also affects Curry and Quay counties. Roosevelt is among seven New Mexico counties listed as disaster areas because of production losses from high winds and drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Curry […]

Officials: No new information on egg farm fire

CNJ Staff A parent company has reported no new information regarding Thursday’s fire at an egg plant near Farwell. Tim Dawson, chief financial officer for Cal-Maine, based in Jackson, Miss., said there is no new information beyond what the company released Friday, one day after a fire destroyed four laying buildings and killed approximately 800,000 […]

Author found success after struggle

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist I grew up to be 16 on a small farm, driving a tractor, pulling a one-way and plowed all day and dreamed of being a cowboy. My hero was none other than Zane Grey and yet not a cowboy, but the best writer of the west. Recently I’ve had time […]