Monarch butterflies remind us of beauty in nature

Orange is a color that comes into its own this month: Glowing pumpkins, crisp leaves, dazzling marigolds, and for those of us lucky enough to live around here, fluttering butterflies — Monarchs to be precise — making their unlikely journey south for the winter. One October of my childhood, a number of the evergreen trees […]

Farmers predict fewer, smaller pumpkins

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Seasonal employees at the Davis Farms Pumpkin Patch prepare pumpkins to be shipped commercially. The farm has managed to thrive despite the pumpkin shortage that has severely affected West Texas farmers and decreased business for New Mexico farmers. Benna Sayyed Pumpkins will be fewer and smaller in size this Halloween, […]

Ticket feature: Pumpkin farm offers maze of hay, mountain of pumpkins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kenneth Davis’ Pumpkin Patch includes a hay bale maze, sea of pumpkins and a pumpkin mountain. The display is made up of 6,000 pumpkins. Freedom New Mexico Just north of Clovis, a hay bale maze leads past a pumpkin mountain on the way to a sea of pumpkins. Those are […]

First person: Prepping pumpkins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gene Terry has painted pumpkins for the fall festival at Kingswood Methodist Church for eight years. Gene Terry has spent the last two weeks painting 20 pumpkins for Saturday’s fall festival at Kingswood Methodist Church. Each of the pumpkins has a different face, and some even have hats. Pumpkin harvest: […]

Pick your pumpkin

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Vivian Grimes, a reference librarian at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, makes an adjustment Thursday to one of the entries in a pumpkin decorating contest. The pumpkins were decorated by library employees and patrons can vote for their favorite pumpkin until Wednesday

Police on lookout for pumpkin smashers

CNJ Staff About half a dozen Clovis residents woke Thursday morning to discover their vehicles had been damaged by thrown pumpkins, according to police. Capt. Patrick Whitney said there were five calls from the northeastern area of town, in the area of Lew Wallace Street, Northglen and Circle Drives, reporting broken vehicle windows and other […]

Letters to the Editor: Pumpkin smashing disrespectful act

On Wednesday morning as I was driving to work, I noticed several smashed pumpkins in front of my neighbor’s house and in his driveway. The last few years have been difficult for him; he suffers, as many of us do, from the pain and loneliness that is caused by depression. My neighbor loves Halloween, and […]

Pumpkin crop pops up

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Rogelio Nieto, right, tosses pumpkins to Albert Lopez, left, at Davis Farms. Lopez loads the pumpkins on a conveyor belt where they are sorted. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Lining fences and decorating yards, pumpkins provide a splash of vivid color to the landscape and are a sure sign that […]

Weathering the storm — hurricanes have early impact on pumpkin market

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Servando Lopez (left) and Carlos Gonzales unload pumpkins from a truck to a conveyor belt to be sorted Monday afternoon at Davis Farms in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson)photo: Sharna Jo By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Every October, Jacqueline Davis searches for the perfect pumpkin. Her mission, however, is a little different than average […]

Peddling the fall harvest

By Helena Rodriguez About this time of year, as leaves turn auburn, orange and yellow; bright pumpkins, straight from the patch, add to the colors of the season as they begin appearing at roadside stands. Fall time also means harvest time, a time when passersby can still get the last tastes of summer — in […]