Lightning cancels cross country meet

CNJ staff JOPLIN, Mo. — Saturday’s Missouri Southern Stampede cross country meet was cancelled due to lighning storms in the area. Eastern New Mexico University’s teams were scheduled to participate. The Greyhounds and Zias are idle until Oct. 1 when they travel to Stillwater, Okla., for the Oklahoma State Jamboree. “We’re very disappointed that the […]

Tax law changes could drive up house payments

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Deputy Assessor Shelly Brown goes through property cards Wednesday afternoon. The assessor’s office often receives calls from homeowners whose escrow was calculated incorrectly after property tax laws were changed in 2005. Sharna Johnson Homeowners who purchased residential property since 2005 may get struck with lightning — tax lightning […]

Friday morning briefing: The buzz, rummage time and lightning strikes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. The buzz Calling all gardners. There’s an organization out to do a bee census of sorts and they want your help. YourGardenShow.com is asking gardners and any other nature lovers to spent July 18 counting bees. It’s part of a nationwide effort to help […]

Property ‘tax lightning’ raises ire

Liliana Castillo The Payne’s property taxes jumped 60 percent the year after they purchased their Curry County home. James and Robbie Payne were victims of what is being called tax lightning. Tax lightning is caused by a 2001 state law that put a 3 percent annual cap on how much assessed value could rise for […]

View from under the pew: Lefty the lightning bug

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Lightning strikes fire station, restaurant

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place but it struck twice in different parts of Clovis on Monday evening. A Clovis fire station was damaged and lightning was also blamed for setting Red Lobster’s sign on fire. Fire Chief Ray Westerman said the damage to Station 3 at Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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Rain spells relief for local farmers

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Farmers are grinning and firefighters are catching their breath after a stormy weekend that first brought dry lightning, then soaking rain. Lightning sparked numerous grass fires Saturday night and Sunday morning. Cooler temperatures Sunday brought an end to the lightning, and with it, slow steady rainfall Sunday and Monday. “It […]

Melrose’s opener at Tatum postponed by rain

CNJ staff TATUM — Heavy rain and lightning forced the postponement of Friday’s Melrose-Tatum football game, the 8-man season opener for both teams. Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said the Buffaloes made the trip to Tatum and were warming up when the inclement weather struck. The teams will attempt to make up the game a 6 […]

Fire near Floyd burns about 4,500 acres

CNJ staff A fire started by lightning Friday burned approximately 4,500 acres of grassland about 16 miles east west of Floyd, according to Floyd Fire Chief Leland Terry. Terry reported no injuries or structure damage from the fire, which started about 2:30 p.m. “With the hot and dry conditions and the lightning, this has been […]