Communities join for Pony Express mail delivery

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Steven Lopez, of Rogers, rests his horse Lightning in front the Pep Post Office Saturday after bringing the mail crosscountry from Rogers. Lopez said the ride was rough but the hardest part of the day was catching the horse that morning. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Despite heat, dust […]

Community keeps it cool

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CNJ staff photo: Keely McDowell The Dubose sisters Mindi, 10, at left, and Kandice, 7, cool each other down at the O.G. Potter Memorial Park Pool on Saturday. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer With the temperature rising to 95 degrees Saturday, Clovis residents are finding ways to stay cool. Sonic Drive In on Prince […]

Swimming safely

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Satiago Marshall of Clovis takes part in a recent lifeguard training class at the Clovis Aquatic Center. Once certified, he said he wants to become a lifeguard at the center. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico With warmer temperatures and summer on the way, more and more children and adults […]

Recipe of the day: Crustless Spinach Quiche

Crustless Spinach Quiche INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained 5 eggs, beaten 3 cups shredded Muenster cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper DIRECTIONS 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan. […]

Recipe of the day: Deviled Chicken Breasts

Deviled Chicken Breasts “Quick and easy, this is an excellent mid-week dish.” INGREDIENTS 1/8 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/2 teaspoon ground savory 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 (4.5 ounce) can sliced mushrooms 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey mustard DIRECTIONS […]

Recipe of the day: Cheddar Broccoli Chicken and Mashed Potatoes

Recipe: Cheddar Broccoli Chicken and Mashed Potatoes “Tender chicken, broccoli flowerets and a cheesy sauce are served over creamy mashed potatoes for a winning one-dish supper.” INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 (10.75 ounce) can Campbell’s® Condensed Broccoli Cheese Soup or Campbell’s® Condensed 98% Fat Free Broccoli Cheese Soup 1/3 […]

Recipe of the day: Rosemary Chicken with Orange-Maple Glaze

Rosemary Chicken with Orange-Maple Glaze: “Chicken breasts adorned with a fresh rosemary rub, then sauteed and braised in a sauce of orange juice, white wine and maple syrup. This wonderfully rich glaze makes an elegant, quick dinner to serve to guests. To serve, place chicken on top of hot cooked rice on each plate and […]

Recipe of the day: Broccoli cheese soup

Excellent Broccoli Cheese Soup INGREDIENTS * 3/4 cup butter * 3/4 cup all-purpose flour * 9 cups chicken stock * 9 cups milk * 1 teaspoon salt * 1 1/2 teaspoons white pepper * 5 cups fresh broccoli florets * 1 1/2 pounds processed cheese, shredded * 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese DIRECTIONS 1. Melt […]

Turning off heat at night not always efficient

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With evening temperatures in the low 40s this week, eastern New Mexico residents will be pulling out extra blankets and mugs for hot chocolate and cider. They’ll also be looking for ways to heat their residences. A few small steps can make a home warm, safe and efficient. Andy […]

Chile’s heat can be hard to handle

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The smell of green chiles roasting — ahh, it’s in the air now. I was walking by a Clovis supermarket the other day and had a whiff of those chiles turning round and round over an open flame. It’s one of my favorite New Mexico aromas along with pinon smoke […]

Mercury reaches triple digits

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis experienced its first two triple-digit temperature days in 2007 on Sunday and Monday. The temperature climbed to 103 degrees on Monday after peaking at 100 on Sunday, according to AccuWeather.com The record high for Aug. 20 is 105 set in 1930, according to AccuWeather.com data that dates to […]

Gee getting shot in independent league

CNJ staff After a year away from the game, Clovis High and Eastern New Mexico University grad Justin Gee is trying to restart his baseball career. Gee signed to play for the Texas Heat, an independent league team in Addison, Texas, near Fort Worth. In its first year, Continental Baseball League will have four teams, […]

Seniors in fix after storm

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer At the age of 84, Anna Corlington relies heavily on the hospitality of neighbors when winter weather hits. The longtime Clovis resident, who was widowed more than a decade ago, found herself housebound after more than 10 inches of snow covered the area. “I know my limitations,” Corlington said, […]

Going metric

Ryn Gargulinski : Local Columnist Summer is still a few days away, but that means nothing to New Mexico. Temperatures have already blasted well beyond the “comfort zone” defined by local meteorologists as 82.61347 degrees, and the High Plains has already seen high digits, often going triple. It’s a “dry heat” locals say, not as […]

Time to chill out the heat

Candace Weaver Water, rest, keys to reducing weather stress When the body cannot cool itself by sweating, several heat-induced illnesses such as heat exhaustion and more seriously heat stroke can result High temperatures, humidity, direct sun or heat, limited air movement, physical exertion, poor physical condition and some medications are factors influencing heat exhaustion. The […]

Some like it hot

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Becky Queener, 22 of Clovis, sits in the sun during her shift a lifeguard at Potter Park Pool. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Freedom Newspapers With summer around the corner and temperatures climb toward triple digits, staying cool can be a challenge — even more so when it involves working outside. Here are profiles of six […]

Winter cost-cutting: Some residents turning to heating alternatives

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Clayton Ortiz cuts pinon and pine Tuesday at David’s Firewood on 21st Street. The pieces of wood will be packaged and sold in stores. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County residents will be paying more to heat their homes this winter. On Wednesday, the Energy Department predicted winter heating […]

Zoo animals beat heat

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Just monkeying around, this juvenile spider monkey is undaunted by the afternoon heat Wednesday at Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The camel at the Hillcrest Park Zoo is shedding. Strands of thick hair dangle from its side. Patches of skin are revealed in a haphazard pattern, […]

Triple digit temperatures call for extra precautions

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Dusty Lovorn, of Clovis, finds shade under a flat bed truck while drilling a water well for a dairy farm Thursday north of Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Mark Friesen has maintained residential lawns in the area for eight years and is thankful this summer has been more forgiving […]

Local athletes compete at national meet

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in Albuquerque over the weekend was special, in itself, for the quality of athletes invited. Many of the top high school athletes of the past school year competed and six national bests for the season were set on Saturday. But for twins Sandy […]