Afternoon rains pelt Portales, Clovis areas

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An SUV drives down Avenue C Saturday in Portales. Police closed Avenue C and 18th Street due to the amount of rainfall, but many motorists chose to drive on the roads regardless. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) Marc Schoder: Freedom Newspapers Afternoon monsoon rains Saturday flooded Portales streets and left several motorists stranded in high water. […]

5/19 Student Profile

Rosamond Garcia, 17, is the daughter of Steve and Francine Garcia. She is a senior at Clovis High School. Tell us a story about your mom or dad? Well, the story about my mom and dad, the first thing that comes to mind is how they are the best example of marriage and how they […]

Plant construction on target

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View of construction at the Southwest Cheese plant on Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Above-average rain totals in January have not slowed construction at the Southwest Cheese plant, officials said. The plant, which will become the largest cheese and whey plant in North America when completed, remains on […]

Wet 2004 makes big splash in savings

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A combine harvests wheat to the south and east of State Highway 209 and Curry Road 17 June 2004 as storm clouds build in the distance. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Mother Nature’s dousing of eastern New Mexico this year was a economic boon to the region, allowing farmers to cut […]

Disaster relief funds allocated for area

CNJ STAFF WASHINGTON — The department of agriculture has approved a natural disaster designation to Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties as part of a broader disaster designation covering a number of West Texas counties, according to a press release from Senator Pete Domenici, R-N.M. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Anne Veneman has granted the designation for five […]

Behind the scenes: When it rains we’re poorer

John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. After a week of smile-inducing, sunny-looking weather reports […]

I waned it to rain, so I washed my car

Bob Huber Last month folks in this neck of the republic glared at bleak and shadowy clouds and muttered, “All right, enough is enough!” They were, of course, referring to the soggy conclusion of the drought hereabouts and the beginning of what frontier historians would someday cite as “The Year When Everyone Had to Learn […]

Be careful what you pray for; you might get it

by Helena Rodriguez How many of you actually got some of your “save it for a rainy day” things checked off your list during this week’s rainstorms? That’s a good way to know whether someone is sincere about doing something. Nothing like a little bit of rain to bring out the truth. And nothing like […]

Flooding closes roads

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Richard Rees, 14, of Clovis walks on 14th Street past the lake at Chavez Park Tuesday afternoon. The level of the lake had risen within a couple feet of the road by late afternoon. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Sammy Cordova said he pushed at least 20 cars out of […]

Rain dumps on Clovis

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Jeremiah Staber (right) and Mark Garcia, both 10, play in the puddles Monday near their Clovis home. Clovis received 2.21 inches of rain from Friday night to 8 a.m. on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It’s getting hard to stay dry around here. […]

Clovis well ahead of pace to surpass average rainfall

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Jacob Sivers, 16, of Ignacio, Colo., is reflected in a puddle as he leaves the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena after a practice round Saturday for the Curry County Fair Arenacross event. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff reports Clovis is on pace for its wettest year in more than a decade after an early-morning […]

Heavy rains blanket Clovis, state

Staff and Wire Reports Clovis saw its wettest spell of the summer early Saturday morning, with more than 2 inches of rain and a flash-flood warning that hovered for nearly four hours. Officially, the city received 2.4 inches of rain — the most of any community in the state, officials at the National Weather Service […]

Heavy rains, wind pound area

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor An army of rain marched through eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday night, bringing big grins to those who work in agriculture and big frowns from motorists traveling through some of the more waterlogged areas. Portions of three major highways — State Highways 206 and 88 and […]

Lightning strikes officers

Staff and Wire Reports PORTALES — New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell had just finished helping two women and three small children from a vehicle in a flooded ditch. “I heard a loud crack and felt the pain on my head then went down,” Bateman said Wednesday from his bed at […]

Roosevelt county pounded by heavy rain

Freedom Newspapers Parts of Roosevelt County received up to 4 inches of rain Tuesday night, weather officials estimated, closing roads and leaving drivers with near zero visiblity at times. A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said no injuries were reported. But officials said parts of State Highways 88 and 206 south of Portales were closed and […]

Wet weather blankets area

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David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Linda Martinez came to Clovis from California’s San Bernardino Valley in search of a safer environment for her family. So far, the weather has not cooperated. A tree fell on her car Sunday night as a storm whipped through the region with lightning and winds at speeds in excess of 45 […]

Outlying communities hit hardest by cluster of thunderstorms

By Mike Linn: CNJ NEWS EDITOR A cluster of thunderstorms swept through Curry and Roosevelt counties Wednesday, dumping more rain in a few hours than had fallen in at least a month in some places. Clovis received about a half an inch of rain and Portales received about .40 of an inch, according to unofficial […]

Wheat farmers cash in on rain

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By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Wheat farmers in Curry County are feeling pretty good about their crops this year. Of course, had they been the recipient of one more timely rainfall, they would be feeling even better. Harvest on this season’s wheat crop began in earnest over the last week and dryland farmers, the majority […]

Balloon show to take place as scheduled

CNJ staff Two hot air balloon shows were canceled Saturday due to weather, but this morning’s ascension will go off as scheduled, weather permitting of course. The Bank of Clovis Balloon Jamboree balloon ascension at a site north of the Plains Regional Medical Center is slated for 6 a.m. this morning. Saturday morning’s launch was […]

Light rain brushes area; misses Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNj staff writer Most Clovis streets remained dry Wednesday night, but some areas north of Clovis may received up to 0.15 inches as a storm front passed through about 8 p.m. Another front will pass through this afternoon and is expected to carry rain, according to National Weather Service officials. “The […]