On the cold front

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Robert Osborn uses his 4-wheeler to pull his sons Blaze, 9, left, and Camron, 7, down the street. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A prolonged cold spell pushed the average temperature in January in eastern New Mexico well below normal. According to AccuWeather.com, the average daily temperature last month was […]

Rollers rare occurence

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Snow rollers were visible across Tucumcari throughout the weekend. Tucumcari Elementary School secretary Kim Garcia said, “The last time I saw them was when we had that really big snow in 1986.” (Courtesy photo) By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Women likened them to jellyrolls, or rolls of batting. Men described them as looking like logs […]

Snow joke: City blanketed

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Robert Osborn uses his four-wheeler to pull sons Blaze, 9, left, and Camron, 7, right, down the street on a snowy Saturday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A winter storm that lingered over the middle of New Mexico dumped more than 10 inches of snow across parts of […]

Sluggish storm headed to area

Freedom Newspapers A strong winter storm was creeping toward New Mexico Thursday and is expected to bring heavy snow and cold temperatures to the eastern New Mexico area through the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning from noon today and last through 5 p.m. Saturday for Roosevelt and Curry counties. Forecasts […]

Roads clear, snow possible tonight

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A snow storm that dumped 4 inches of snow in the Clovis/Portales area since Thursday is melting away. However, one road, U.S. 285 between Vaughn and Clines Corner, remained closed on Monday and the area is bracing for more possible snow. “We encourage people to call our toll -free number, […]

Ski season launches

Ernie Blake Ski School instructor Jeff Mugleston leads a class of skiers at Taos Ski Valley. (Courtesy Photo: Jeff Caven) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With five ski resorts operating in New Mexico and more scheduled to open in the coming days, this ski season is shaping up to be much improved over last year’s, […]

Rain has little impact

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A series of thunderstorms that dumped almost an inch of much-needed rain across the area isn’t enough to alleviate the hazardous fire conditions in eastern New Mexico, according to fire officials. Case in point — firefighters were called out to extinguish a burning boxcar mid-morning Friday on U.S. 70 […]

Wet 2004 makes big splash in savings

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A combine harvests wheat to the south and east of State Highway 209 and Curry Road 17 June 2004 as storm clouds build in the distance. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Mother Nature’s dousing of eastern New Mexico this year was a economic boon to the region, allowing farmers to cut […]

Clovis experiencing wettest November in recorded history

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Water drains from a field at Guy Leeder Softball Complex in April. (Staff file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Local farmers are holding out hope that the rain will stay away in the coming weeks so they can continue to harvest cotton. But the National Weather Service is predicting wetter than normal weather […]

Rain dumps on Clovis

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Jeremiah Staber (right) and Mark Garcia, both 10, play in the puddles Monday near their Clovis home. Clovis received 2.21 inches of rain from Friday night to 8 a.m. on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It’s getting hard to stay dry around here. […]