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 […]

Military mama: Soothing children’s fears part of parental duties

There are so many times in life that I wish that I were more eloquent and far faster on the trigger when it comes to answering tricky questions. I never thought that I would be stumped long before the birds and the bees need be addressed. It started with a lightning storm. Kaleb is terrified […]

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 […]

Prescribed burns to be conducted at Melrose range

The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30 through May 3. The burns are intended to clear vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such as lightning. If […]

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 […]

4/23 Local roundup

Firefighters: Lightning likely started grass fire Firefighters were battling a grass fire in Tolar on Saturday evening that likely was started by lightning, according to Lt. Tim Peterson of the Clovis Fire Department. Peterson said eight personnel and four units were dispatched to battle the blaze that he estimated was burning in a line across […]

12/16 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. lefty the lightning bug we have a radical left-wing lightning bug terrorizing the church pew underworld boss and it s driving a few of us more insane than usual of course with his being […]

Weather expert expected injuries

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A meteorologist said he’s suprised lightning did not cause more injuries on Tuesday night, as the National Weather Service recorded 6,000 lightning strikes in one hour within a 60-mile radius south of Portales. New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell were struck near New Mexico Highway […]

Lightning strikes officers

Staff and Wire Reports PORTALES — New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell had just finished helping two women and three small children from a vehicle in a flooded ditch. “I heard a loud crack and felt the pain on my head then went down,” Bateman said Wednesday from his bed at […]

Soaring to new heights

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A warning system on Capt. Christina Hooper’s F-16 fighter jet was destroyed by a lightning strike in the first few days of the Iraq war. Courtesy photo. By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Christina Hopper has weathered some storms in her life. One of them — when lightning struck the F-16 fighter jet she was flying […]

School evacuated after power outage

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Gattis Junior High School students await permission to return to their classrooms Monday after being evacuated for a fire alarm. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. By Darrell Todd Maurina Leftover damage from an earlier lightning strike knocked out power to more than a thousand students and staff at two schools Monday morning, and also shut […]

Shocking statistics

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore […]

Manager, officials at odds over weather

By David Stevens A Clovis Little League baseball manager said he was forced to choose between forfeiting a game and playing in unsafe weather conditions on Friday night in Portales. Teddy Marez, manager of the 10-12-year-old Zia Astros, said his team was ordered onto the field by tri-county league officials even though lightning was in […]