Farmer: More rain needed to beat drought

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn, who farms 6,000 acres five miles west of Clovis in the Ranchvale community, checks on his beef cattle. He purchased these calves in September 2011. Benna Sayyed Local farmers say recent precipitation in the area has helped their crops a little but much more is […]

Rain expected through 10 a.m.

Widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue across eastern New Mexico through 10 a.m. today, according to a news release from Clovis Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. The release said most areas will receive “a few hundredths to one quarter inch” of rain. Some areas could see half an inch of rain, […]

Officials break ground on Ute pipeline project amid protests

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Protesters in boats filled Ute Reservoir during the Thursday groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. Kevin Wilson As a light rain sprinkled over the Ute Reservoir, the sounds of protest drowned out officials’ optimistic vision of progress and a long-term solution for […]

Local areas get rainfall

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Monday’s rainfall dropped about .20 inches on Clovis, according to the National Weather Service. Freedom New Mexico That water dropping out of the sky is called rain and weather forecasters are speculating it could mark the end of a months-long drought and the beginning of a much needed monsoon season […]

Farmers: Last week’s rain little help

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune A pivot sprinkler waters Colin Chandler’s corn field Saturday morning on N.M. 236. Even though he hasn’t turned the sprinklers off since February, Chandler said, the irrigation can’t keep up with the drought. Half an inch of water evaporates from the soil a day, and the sprinkler takes six days to […]

Rain falls, but no more in sight

CNJ staff Much needed rain pelted most of eastern New Mexico and West Texas late Monday in a gusty thunderstorm that was also blamed for igniting a series of grass fires near Muleshoe. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting 1.22 inches of rain fell in Clovis. Officials at Clovis Airport recorded .14 inches […]

We should take care before we pray for rain

We drove home from Colorado last Sunday. Colorado was cool and we enjoyed the wonderful sensation of rain. As we came back through New Mexico around Raton, and then Springer, we noticed the dry brown grass that was on usual years green for pasture. When we headed toward the Caprock, we could see the smoke […]

Rain snaps 4-month dry spell

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Thursday storm brought much needed rain to the area but weather officials say after Saturday the area will be dry for a bit longer. Sharna Johnson A welcome relief but still not enough, eastern New Mexico received its largest amount of moisture in four months on Thursday night. A […]

Brief rainfall grazes region

Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area saw spotty rain Tuesday night. The National Weather Service has reports of two-tenths of an inch of rain 6 miles southeast of Portales and one-tenth of an inch 3 miles north-northwest of Texico, NWS Hydronet technician Maxine Pacheco said. No other sites in Roosevelt, Curry or Quay counties […]

Food at the speed of life: Thankful for rain of chocolate chips

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On Thanksgiving, I have to say I’m thankful for those irreplaceable things in my life: the love of God and redemption from Christ, the warmth and companionship of friends and family, good health, food in my belly, a roof over my head, living in the land of the free and the home of the brave. […]

Forecasters: Hurricane unlikely to stir up storms

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Jared Tucker The path of tropical storm Hermine is projected to barely miss eastern New Mexico, but can the area expect to see any significant weather activity produced by the storm? Probably not, according to area weather forecasters. Ken Widelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Lubbock, said the best chance for eastern […]

Rain always cause for celebration

Glenda Price We got some rain last night. First thing this morning I went out and checked my back yard rain gauge. It showed four tenths of an inch. As I emptied it so the next hoped-for rainfall could be measured, I celebrated. I even said, “Yippee” as I skipped around. Yes, they got too […]

Summer rain means weeds growing problem

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A house located at 600 Maple, which neighbors said has long been vacant, is overrun with weeds in the front yard. Kevin Wilson Melissa Newman, or anybody else in Clovis, might take a day off from weed pulling. The weeds, thanks to a summer full of rain, aren’t taking any […]

Thunderstorm hammers Clovis

Clovis dealt with flash flooding and hail late Saturday night. As of 11 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service in Albuquerque had recorded .76 inches of rain at the Clovis Municipal Airport and .67 inches at Cannon Air Force Base. About 9:45 p.m, spotters reported heavy rain and flooding from a group of thunderstorms over […]

Baskett golf tourney goes off without hitch

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hank Baskett III watches his shot from the fairway during his Tee’d Off About Child Abuse tournament Saturday at Chaparral Country Club. The charity event drew 30 teams. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A light rain wasn’t enough to dampen the desire to golf in Hank Baskett III’s Tee’d […]

Friday morning briefing: Lotta brass, school’s out and rain

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing. Video of the day Take in Abrazos Adventure…it’s right in “Your backyard.” Lotta brass Eastern New Mexico University’s

Thursday morning briefing: Need you, wind and rain and the history of April Fool

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. You’re needed The Curry County Wellness Council is in dire need of volunteers to help out with the April 10 Stay Teen Parent-Youth Summit at Clovis Community College. The summit features author and lecturer Dallas Jessup of “Just Yell Fire” fame. To volunteer, call 575-763-6016 or click […]

Snow dusts Clovis area

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Caleb Roehrig, 6, shovels snow off of his family’s trampoline in his backyard on Lew Wallace Drive. Roehrig said he had to shovel it because he and his friends wanted to jump on it later. CNJ staff The first day of spring brought snow to Clovis. National Weather Service meteorologist […]

Winter storm warning issued

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sue Ann Smith of Clovis winds around puddles as she crosses Pile Street Wednesday. Smith said she was out running errands on her lunch hour. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After rain and snow Wednesday, a National Weather Service winter storm warning for heavy snow in Curry, Quay and […]

Storm dumps hail, rain on Portales

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Portales got some much needed rain, but some residents took a battering in the process. Heavy rain caused problems in troublesome areas of town with flooding leading the Police Department to block off roadways. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said they had to block off Third Street and Kilgore Avenue […]