Drought assistance available to farmers

CNJ staff Federal disaster assistance is available to farmers and ranchers in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties who have endured economic hardship as a result of the region’s continuing drought, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) has announced. For information about low-interest emergency loans, contact the Farm Service Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at […]

Wood, Gladys

Gladys Alverna Wood, 101, of Portales, died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Aug. 14, 1904, on a farm near Abilene, Kan., to Samuel Aaron and Laura Ellen Kopenhaver Romberger. She graduated from Abilene High School in 1924. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing and participating in […]

Donald Ray Read

Donald Ray Read, 66, of Portales, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at his farm outside Portales. He was born April 21, 1939, in Levelland, Texas, to Lura and Homer D. Read. He began his career with El Paso Natural Gas Company in the welding shop in Jal. Upon graduation from the College of the Southwest […]

1/24 Local roundup

Woman dies in one-vehicle wreck A Muleshoe woman was found dead Monday morning after officials said she was ejected from her pickup truck on Farm to Market Road 298, 22 miles southwest of Muleshoe. Kathleen Dann Waggoner, 42, was found on the west side of the road. Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety […]

12/27 Business Digest

Graduate employed by Capital Farm Sarah R. Cortese, a 2005 graduate of Texas Christian University, is now employed by Capital Farm Credit in its Mason and Kerrville, Texas, offices, according to a company news release. She is the daughter of Buddy and Mary Ann Cortese of Fort Sumner.

Thanksgiving time to be grateful for each moment

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude for faith, family, friends, health and our wonderful, free country. To add a somewhat different perspective on Thanksgiving, I want to thank God for the gift of time. Every minute of every day should be spent in thankfulness to God for the gift of […]

Wind farm near Elida close to completion

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The wind farm near Elida is nearing completion and will be generating power to homes in New Mexico, West Texas and Oklahoma by the beginning of 2006. Dave Hayward, field engineer of the wind-farm project, said 98 of the 120 wind turbines are in place and the completion date for […]

Area Farm Service Agency offices under consideration for merger

By Marlena Hartz A federal initiative to modernize the Farm Service Agency could lead to a merger of the Portales and Clovis offices. The agencies serve as federal program liaisons for thousands of local ranchers and farmers. According to an FSA press release, the consolidation is a result of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns initiative to […]

Market should determine prices

CNJ Editorial Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed like a good idea at one time and no longer does, but extricating yourself presents as many problems as the status quo? If so, you know how the federal government must feel as it tries to end its involvement in tobacco growing. Begun […]

10/8 Local Briefs

Police seeking identity of Caucasian female Clovis Police are seeking assistance in identifying a Caucasian female found Friday lying in an alley in the 3100 block Ross Street. Unable to relay information to emergency officials, she was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment before being transported to a Lubbock hospital, according to police. […]

Weathering the storm — hurricanes have early impact on pumpkin market

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Servando Lopez (left) and Carlos Gonzales unload pumpkins from a truck to a conveyor belt to be sorted Monday afternoon at Davis Farms in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson)photo: Sharna Jo By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Every October, Jacqueline Davis searches for the perfect pumpkin. Her mission, however, is a little different than average […]

Joe Burford

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Joe Burford Date of birth: Feb. 8, 1920 Dates of service: May 1942 to Dec. 1945 Hometown: Friona Theater and location of […]

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 […]

Government farm programs hinder free trade

Freedom Newspapers One of mankind’s earliest inventions was agriculture. Growing their food rather than chasing it around or wandering in search of it enabled people to stay in one place. This stability allowed the development of other trappings of civilization: towns, trade, regional culture and government. But agriculture provided the foundation upon which all else […]

Hopefuls for new reality show converge on Farwell

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Eleisha Murillo of Clovis, with daughter Ava, fill out a sheet for the show “Three Wishes” on Sunday at the Farwell Community Center. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Farwell Community Center was full of hopeful folks Sunday afternoon, all wishing for a better future with a little help from […]

Hispanic heritage lesson inspires students to try to rename a street

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Anne Corsey’s six-grade class at Bella Vista Elementary wanted to change the name of a nearby street. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer A lesson in Hispanic heritage inspired sixth-graders from Bella Vista Elementary to honor civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. Their efforts to rename Jefferson Street in honor of […]

In Tribute: Auctioneer known for wit

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer For more than 40 years, Haney Tate was known in the eastern New Mexico farm auction circuit for his dry wit. Tate started auctioning farm equipment about the time World War II was beginning and ran his business, Tate Auction Service, until about 20 years ago. Tate died Feb. […]

Sachs, Melvin

Melvin Sachs Services: Have been held. Melvin Sachs, 90, of Clovis, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on June 18, 1914, at the XIT Excarbada Ranch House in the southwest corner of Deaf Smith County, Texas, to George and Clara Sachs. When he was 3 the family […]

Area students learn farm safety

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Third-graders from Clovis Christian School and Faith Triumphant School react to a controlled grain dust explosion Thursday during the Clovis Fire Department’s eighth-annual Farm Safety Day camp at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo by Eric Kl By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Bob Maher stood surrounded by about 30 third-grade students, crammed inside a […]

Kizer, George W.

George W. Kizer Services: Have been held. Mr. George W. Kizer, 98, of Portales, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at his home. He was born on May 23, 1906, near Hollis, Okla., to Phoebe Annie and John Strauther Kizer. He married Bernie “Bill” Helmer on April 15, 1933, in Portales. They lived in Oklahoma for […]