Letters to the Editor: Academy’s name should honor Gattis

Clovis’ new freshman academy will be called the Clovis High School Freshman Campus. The educator for whom this school was named in 1957 — W.D. “Doc Gattis” — has been somewhat slighted. Perhaps I feel this way because my sister and I attended Gattis during the late 1960s. I had a paper route and the […]

Peanut crop pleases farmers

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Recent sightings of peanut trailers coming in from the fields to be off-loaded at the local peanut mills means it’s harvest time again. Sunland, Inc. CEO Jimmie Shearer said the majority of the peanuts being harvested at this time are from the Texas area, although a few are starting to […]

Wet weather means mosquitoes abound

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Francis Warner, a Vector Control Officer for the City of Clovis, looks at a test tube filled with creek water. Warner takes samples of water with mosquito larvae to test for West Nile virus. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the pre-dawn hours, while most residents are sleeping, Francis […]

Rain washes out some Labor Day plans

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksHomer Pena mows his grass Monday afternoon on Wrangler Way. Pena said he planed on having a barbecue with friends and family in the back yard later in the day. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Three days of rain caused most of the holiday weekend to be a washout. But […]

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 […]

Construction all wet

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Rain has delayed construction projects on Prince Street and thoughout Curry County. The city has received more than 3.5 inches of rain in the last nine days. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Nearly daily afternoon and evening rains are hampering street and building construction projects in the city. Ken […]

Rain hampers fair turnout

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Fair workers drive through one of the many deep mud puddles Tuesday at the Curry County Fair. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Rainy weather is dampening attendance at the Curry County Fair. Fair manager Justin Gee reported approximately 300 people attended the annual event on Monday. In 2005, fair officials reported an average of […]

Curry County: Twice as nice

By Ryn Gargulinski: Guest Columist Not unlike a fat, fattening Oreo cookie, life always comes full circle. I’m back in Curry County. OK, I’ll have to admit this particular Curry County is some 1,400 miles away in Oregon, while the other one is home in the Land of Enchantment, but I’ve found they have a […]

Nasty storm couldn’t slow McAlavy clan

Don McAlavy: Local Columist “A ‘baby tornado’ formed in the Claud community, on Saturday, July 5, 1930,” according to a letter received this morning (July 9) from the correspondent of the News-Journal at Claud, 12 miles north of Clovis. “Telephone lines were down and even the rural mail carrier could not make the trip through […]

Clovis American 10-11s eliminated

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis American 10-11 all-stars were ousted from state Little League competition on Monday in an 11-0 loss to Albuquerque South Valley. The first-round losers bracket game was postponed from Sunday night due to rain, and the start of Monday’s game was delayed 45 minutes by rain, American coach Ricky Wilson […]

Rain soothes growing pains, ag officials say moisture came at just the right time for thirsty area crops.

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Parmer County Extension Service agent Monti Vandiver said the rain the area received in the past week has put the cotton growth back on schedule.(CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Recent rain has come at a perfect time to help farmers in the region catch up on moisture, but it’s […]

Having a blast: Fireworks family affair

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More than 1,000 fireworks peppered the clear Clovis skies Tuesday at Greene Acres Park during the city’s annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The quartet drags five, heavy tarps from the trailer, and a city of fireworks is exposed. “Mainly, the tarps protect the […]

Rain has little impact

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A series of thunderstorms that dumped almost an inch of much-needed rain across the area isn’t enough to alleviate the hazardous fire conditions in eastern New Mexico, according to fire officials. Case in point — firefighters were called out to extinguish a burning boxcar mid-morning Friday on U.S. 70 […]

Rain, rain, don’t delay, we need you here today

Helena Rodriguez Local Columnist Being a weather forecaster is the most boring job this time of year. Today’s forecast: Hot and dry. Tomorrow, hot and dry, and this weekend, hot and dry with a snowball’s chance of rain. Yeah we’ve had a few sprinkles here and there, even a little thunder to tease us, but […]

Walkers brave storm clouds to march for Relay for Life

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Paul Zimmerman lights a candle Friday night at the Relay for Life to honor his father, who lost his battle with cancer. Zimmerman was one of 159 members on the ENMRSH team, which raised more than $9,000 in the event. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her daughter by her side, Birdina Lavere struggled to […]

First day of spring brings chill weather, wind

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Fruit trees blossom along Lew Wallace Street on Monday afternoon, signaling the onset of spring. Although Monday marked the first day of spring, temperatures stayed in the mid-to-low 40s. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer White, puffy clouds and a baby blue sky were somewhat deceiving signs. Yes, Monday was the […]

Farmers hope rain will continue

Freedom Newspapers Southwest Cheese had just received its first delivery of milk. The Civic Center and the roundabout were still under construction. Big Lots was still a month away from opening at 21st and Prince. Clovis was a lot different the last time it saw this much rain. The National Weather Service reported 0.72 of […]

Dry weather leads to lean cattle

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Absent from the usual High Plains landscape is the fresh green of winter wheat. But with little expected relief from drought-like conditions, crisp, amber fields are just one harsh reality farmers and ranchers in the region must confront. As the major source of food for cattle withers, many have […]

Wet weather keeping pest control officer busy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The nets Francis Warner uses to trap mosquitos are equipped with a few of the pest’s favorites things: light and carbon dioxide. Light bulbs and dry ice produce the elements, which mosquitos just can’t seem to resist. When the Clovis vector control officer captures the bugs, he sends them […]

Rainy weather not fazing livestock competitors at fair

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Scott Cutright and Larry McClendo of Wright’s Amusement set up the carrousel Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rain and mud were not halting progress Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Pickups and trailers began arriving Monday morning to unload pigs, lambs and steers that […]