Melrose cleaning up for centennial

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent It won’t be just another walk in the park come mid-August in Melrose. For one thing, many more pair of feet will be trodding across the city park. For another, the occasion — a celebration of the town’s 100th anniversary — takes on special significance. Just over a month away […]

Energy costs killing southwest industries

Jim Constantopoulos: Guest Columnist It is becoming increasingly clear that if industries in the southwest are to survive, something must be done to hold down energy costs. Of all fuels, natural gas requires the most immediate attention, because wholesale gas prices have tripled in the past four years. The key reason is that 90 percent […]

Common senses key in invasive species discussion

Freedom Newspapers A recently announced federal effort to eradicate so-called invasive species, if not taken to absurd lengths, is probably a good thing. But a lot of things are taken to absurd lengths in America, so we worry. There’s no question that exotic, non-native plants and animals have huge potential for remaking the landscape, frequently […]

Farmers see cotton study come to life on field day

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Randy Boman, an agronomist from Lubbock, checks the boll load in James Brown’s field north of Progress on Thursday during the cotton field day. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer PROGRESS, Texas — The farmers and researchers who gathered north of Progress early Thursday morning know there is much more to […]

If at plants you don’t succeed, try weeds

Jim Lee Plants hate me. When I watch those leaves, buds, and stalks (in other people’s yards) bobbing and swaying in the breeze and those emerging blossoms basking in the Portales sunshine, I see much more than meets the eyeball. Yes, I know what they’re doing. I can see through all that supposedly innocent plant […]

Park to be beautified for Melrose centennial

By Michelle Seeber: Freedom newspapers Melrose will celebrate its 100th birthday next year, and to prepare for that, the Melrose Park Committee is conducting a work day, starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, for the city’s Baxter Memorial Park. Members of the committee have been working since last June to beautify the park, and have planned […]

Hummers have happy home

By Michelle Seeber Gardener delights in turning Clovis yard into a colorful paradise. Hummingbirds love Betty Dunlap’s yard. They swarm to her gardens of hibiscus flowers and honeysuckle plants. “I put out about 20 hummingbird feeders a year,” Dunlap said. Dunlap, 69, is one of 15 members that make up the Encanto Garden Club in […]

Melrose preparing for celebration of a centennial

By Jack King A committee in Melrose is seeking donations and volunteers to help it beautify the village’s Baxter Memorial Park. In preparation for Melrose’s 100th anniversary celebration in August 2005, the committee is putting in new plants and flowers, and building benches, tree boxes and playground equipment. The Melrose Rotary Club has even donated […]

On-line xeriscaping class to be offered

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Cactus is used as a means to landscape a front yard in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez People who want to learn to xeriscape their lawns for themselves may want to head to the electronics store instead of the garden store. An on-line class at Eastern New Mexico University this fall will […]

Fourth annual Pond and Garden Tour set for Saturday

By Helena Rodriguez Picture this: A scenic array of stacked stones, the gurgling sound of rushing water, comfortable benches under shaded trees, birds and turtles dropping in, lush plants and fish. Now picture this in your backyard. According to Mike Hamilton, president of the Clovis Pond & Garden Club, home ponds began to get popular […]

Day trips — White Sands

By Angela Peacock One of the world’s greatest natural wonders can be found in New Mexico at White Sands National Monument. “White Sands is so unique because there is no other place like it on the planet and it is home to some of the most outstanding scenery you’ll ever see,” said John Mangimeli, chief […]