Communities prepare Easter events

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sierra Strait, 8, and Joseph Snodgrass stuff Easter eggs at Living Stones Community Church Wednesday for a city egg hunt Saturday. With 20,000 eggs to stuff, Snodgrass, the church’s children’s pastor, said volunteers plan to work most of Thursday. Alisa Boswell Easter eggs, by the hundreds, will be scattered across […]

Portales rescinds water alert

Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales rescinded its mandatory water alert Monday. Watering lawns was banned under the alert starting Thursday because of broken pumps in city wells. City Manager Tom Howell said one pump was fixed Friday, one Monday and one would be repaired Tuesday. After the city asked residents to stop watering […]

Portales water restrictions likely will be lifted Monday

Freedom New Mexico A mandatory water alert in Portales will be lifted Monday if all goes according to plan, said City Manager Tom Howell. The water restriction, which bans watering lawns, was enacted Thursday because two pumps in one of the city’s well fields were malfunctioning. The decreased production meant the city storage tanks couldn’t […]

Rash of property damage reported to police

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer More than 30 reports of damage to lawns, outdoor Christmas decorations and vehicles trickled into Clovis police Saturday and Sunday. Dispatcher call logs show residents in several different areas of the community reported broken vehicle windows, punctured, destroyed or stolen decorations, and lawns and landscape damaged by vehicles. Juanita […]

New water rates will penalize citizens

Letter to the Editor Regarding water rates and conservation, a few questions come to mind. Most of us have homes, which were designed a long time ago. Lawn sprinklers, swimming pools, fish/water ponds, usually come with the homes. With New Mexico American Water Company’s philosophy, one will have to change out appliances, eliminate pools, ponds […]

City asks for voluntary water conservation

CNJ staff The city of Clovis is initiating a Stage 1 water watch and asking residents to monitor water usage. “We (New Mexico) are in a drought situation,” said City Manager Joe Thomas. “This is a reminder to people to conserve water.” Thomas said the Water Authority Advisory Board determined earlier in the year that […]

Officials say water issues not cause for immediate concern

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico has been without significant rainfall since mid-October, and local entities are preparing for continued dry weather — but water issues are not cause for immediate alarm, officials said. “Right now, a number of our wells are not even pumping water out because the demand for water […]

April showers could beat record

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Clovis City Worker Juan Bolaños drains water from field four of the Guy Leeder Softball Complex Tuesday during a light rain shower. League play is scheduled to begin Wednesday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich The seemingly unending April rain has turned lawns green, soaked streets and brought smiles to people in an […]

Cold Snap

By Jack King With the temperatures dropping, some Clovis merchants and the Clovis Fire Department had tips for residents Sunday on how to protect their homes, yards and cars from the icy effects. Clovis Fire Department Lt. J. D. Hileman said with furnaces and heaters going on inside, the department urges everyone to obtain carbon […]