No such thing as normal weather

Early Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned eastern New Mexico to prepare for heavy, blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions on Monday morning. Instead, we received no significant moisture. The sun was out. Roads were clear. Just another example of how unpredictable the weather can be around these parts. Business promoters boast our average […]

AgSense: La Ni

Dry and windy conditions of the winter of 2010 and spring of 2011 decimated the dryland wheat crop and severely impacted the quality and quantity of irrigated wheat due to heavy evaporation of irrigation water and stronger than normal late winter freezes. Hot weather throughout the spring and summer and the lack of help from […]

Year in review: 2010 good year for cotton crop

Argen Duncan Agriculture this year saw good harvests overall, an increase in cotton and a little relief for dairy owners. Floyd farmer Allen Deen said Roosevelt County had 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, and Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated the county had 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the crop. Predictions […]

A view from under the pew: a loose nut encounters amos

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. a loose nut encounters amos boss […]

Students to get peek into county manager’s duties

CNJ staff Curry County will be hosting a program called County Manager for the Day as part of National County Government Month. Chosen students will follow County Manager Lance Pyle during a normal business day, according to a press release. The students will also accompany a sheriff’s deputy on a call and drive county roads […]

Student absences, flu concerns on rise

Incidents of flu in the schools: Relatively normal. Worry from some parents because of the H1N1 virus: Elevated. School officials across eastern New Mexico are experiencing what they often do this time of year — increased absence due to sicknesses like the flu. What Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari Schools, among others, are also fighting is […]

Fourth of July closures

In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, Clovis banks, credit unions, city and county offices and the Clovis Community College campus will be closed. Wal-Mart will be open with normal hours. North Plains Mall and its shops will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Experts: Dry winter contributed to high temperatures

By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt and Curry county residents can expect higher than normal temperatures through August, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. The high in Clovis and Portales reached 102 degrees Monday, according to the weather service, and is expected to hover around triple digits through Wednesday. This on top […]

Extremes are normal here

January temperature extremes are normal in the Clovis area. On this date in 1950, we had a high of 77 degrees. On this date in 1918, we set a record at 1 below zero, according to weather.com The warmest January day recorded in Clovis was 79 degrees in 1974. The coldest January day in almost […]

Winter weather headed to Plains

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer About a week of wintry weather is expected to begin today, bringing a temporary end to unseasonably warm temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “It’ll be a lot different than what you’ve been having,” said Brian Guyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. […]

Caring for the environment is imperative

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Recently, Earth Day was observed. Like so many days that call notice to some relationship of importance, the danger exists that we will simply stop action, worry about that focus for a day or two, then go back to life as normal. In this case, the ideal of ecology may preoccupy […]

Children set their own pace

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Parents seem to obsess about what’s normal for their children, wanting to make sure little ones fall within the right parameters for their ages. This obsession is not placated by the pediatrician’s reassurance that our children are indeed more than normal. We hope that they are and will be better than […]

School officials need civics seminar

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist The other day, I gave two teachers I know $300,000 apiece. Hypothetical money, that is. If $300k fell out of the sky, I said, and you could use it to improve your school, how would you spend it? Mary Ann, who works at an elementary school in Los Angeles, […]

Weather taking toll on cotton crop

By Betsy Blaney: The Associated Press LUBBOCK — Even after two straight years of bumper crops in Texas, cotton farmers like Billy Tiller are worried about the future. Tiller’s 5,000 acres are parched, thanks to triple-digit temperatures and one of the driest springs in the history of the nation’s top cotton-producing state. “I’ve never seen […]

Where there’s smoke, there’s moisture?

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Retired Parmer County farmer Joseph Weldon Crim says he uses an Indian spring ritual to predict weather. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tiny snowflakes hadn’t yet begun to fall from the sky Wednesday when Joseph Weldon Crim predicted the region would see slightly above average moisture this spring. The billowing smoke rising […]

Windfall tax detrimental to economy

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist In the wake of high gasoline prices and high oil company profits, House Speaker Dennis Hastert demands that oil companies explain why they are making so much money and what they plan to do to bring down the cost of gasoline. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., has introduced a 50 percent […]

Spate of anti-gay laws reveals inhumanity

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Gay Holocaust? That was the subject line of an e-mail I received last week from “Chris,” a lawyer in a red state. He wanted to know if anybody else sees a similarity between the beginning of the Holocaust — the nibbling away of rights and personhood that ultimately led to […]

Last-minute filers scramble for options

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Bernie Yruegas has a simple reason he waited until the last minute to do his taxes. “I just plumb forgot,” said Yruegas, whose wife called him at work and said, “taxes!” Yruegas was one of a handful of last-minute taxpayers in a back room Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public […]

Officials: flu season normal

CNJ staff State health officials are monitoring three cases of pneumonia in Curry County to see if each illness was spawned by influenza. “It’s not abnormally high (number of cases) … (but) the reason we’re monitoring it is because it’s related to the lung and there may be a viral connection and possibly related to […]

Society has fascination with celebrities

By Ned Cantwell Journalists never stop wondering what makes a reader pause and actually read a news story. Why, just then, did he put down the remote clicker and zone in on the CNN report? Some of the answer is obvious, of course. When nature proves no terrorist organization can match its wrath, the whole […]