Forecasters: Recent rains still not enough

Staff and wire reports New Mexico is seeing some late summer rainfall, but weather forecasters say it hasn’t been enough to make up for a year of drought. Wednesday night’s downpour resulted in .68 inches of rain for Clovis, said Mark Fettig, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. But the bad news […]

Recent rain gets mixed reviews

Argen Duncan The recent abundant rains have been both a help and a hindrance to area residents. The downpours have damaged roads and made weeds grow. But they’ve also watered crops and urban grass. In Portales, City Manager Tom Howell said parts of streets where water has pooled will need patching. He said he wouldn’t […]

Clovis summer water use down

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Drivers navigate Grand Avenue where rains Tuesday covered one of the street’s two lanes. A New Mexico American Water official said the abundance of recent rains have helped keep water demand down. On Tuesday, 1.42 inches of rain fell in Clovis, according to the National Weather Service. Liliana Castillo Water […]

Rains bring relief, worry of disease-bearing insects

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Veterinarian David J. Orton of Clovis Equine Center, gives Duce a vaccine Thursday to fight against West Nile, encephalitis, and tetanus. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Just add water. It’s a good thing for some recipes and maybe a Chia Pet. And in eastern New Mexico, few dispute the […]

Rains flood county jail

Weekend storms created a stink at the Curry County Detention Center. Administrator Lois Bean said the problems began Friday night and got worse as rains poured and the city’s main sewer line began flooding in the annex of the center. Bean said the inmates simply kept out of the way of the detention center’s maintenance […]

Heavy rains keep road crews busy

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Chad Crosswhite of Clovis takes time to fish Monday at Greene Acres lake. Crosswhite said the water is usually 10 to 15 feet away from the bench By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City and county road crews worked around the clock over the weekend clearing drains and culverts and […]

Former residents describe Ruidoso flooding

Staff and wire reports Clovis native Bruce DeFoor, who retired and moved to Moon Mountain in Ruidoso two years ago, said flooding in Ruidoso was a shocking surprise after steady but gentle weekend rains. “It had rained Saturday, on and off most of the day, but it was just a real light rain,” DeFoor said. […]

Recent rains benefit farmers’ market vendors

Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Local growers say the crops are looking good and they’re ready for the official opening of the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market will be open at a new time — 5 p.m. — Mondays and Thursdays through the end of October, said Margie Plummer, market manager. “We got a lot […]

Man escapes from police

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fugitive escaped police custody Saturday morning under the guise of helping them recover property stolen in local burglaries, according to a police report. Michael Gutierrez, 22, of Clovis was arrested around 10 a.m. Saturday on an outstanding warrant, the report said. The warrant was for burglary, larceny, conspiracy […]

Rains wipes out LSC crossover event

CNJ staff IRVING, Texas — Rain forced the cancellation of the final few games on Friday and all of Saturday’s schedule in the Lone Star Conference softball crossover tournament. Fourteen games were scheduled each day — pitting teams from the LSC’s South Division against teams from the North — but only eight were completed on […]