Press release: West Texas communities asked to conserve power

Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in Sudan, Muleshoe, Farwell and Morton its Texas service territory to conserve energy after a Tuesday evening wildfire damaged a key transmission line supplying electricity those towns and the surrounding areas.

Elida, Texico face loss of grant money on water projects

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A view of the Texico wastewater treatment plant. Argen Duncan The towns of Elida and Texico are facing the loss of grant money, and further stalling on key projects, and town representatives are blaming what they say are unreasonable requirements from the New Mexico Environment Department. If the towns can’t […]

Baby central: PRMC provides area’s lone obstetrics department

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nurse Kaylynn Fahsholtz finishes paperwork for a patient in the labor and delivery department at Plains Regional Medical Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center has a unique distinction among the hospitals that dot eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas towns — they are the […]

Albuquerque Journal halts local home deliveries

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Falling on hard financial times, the Albuquerque Journal is canceling distribution of its paper to more than 30 New Mexico towns including Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari. The paper will terminate home delivery and rack sales in outlying communities on Jan. 31 because of falling advertising revenue and rising production […]

Boring is good

Small towns have a lot of problems. So do big towns.

Post offices don’t constitute ghost towns in county

By Don McAlavy Years ago a book called “Ghost Towns and How to Get to Them” listed eight ghost towns in Curry County. Don’t blame it on the Chamber of Commerce. Curry County had no Hispanic settlements or mining towns. 1. Contara — The word means “pitcher” in Spanish. This so called ghost town was […]

Small towns sometimes have biggest stories

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist I recently came across a book filled with the writings of the late Paul Crume, humor columnist for The Dallas Morning News. What a surprise to find this big city journalist writing about where he grew up, in Lariat over in Parmer County, Texas. You know Lariat. It’s on the […]

Holiday memories fueled by variety of experiences

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What are the pieces that compose the collage of memories that you have marked “Christmas and holiday season?” What are the sights, the sounds, and the special places that they take you in your mind at this time of year? In the middle of all the frantic juggling of schedules and […]

Daydreaming of Mexico’s border towns

By Grant McGee A Robert Earl Keen CD was in the hi-fi, the song “Gringo Honeymoon” was playing. It’s about a couple going to Mexico, crossing into the country via a romantic rowboat ride. There are the people and things they see, then they go home. That’s one of the things I miss about living […]

U.S. interference in foreign affiars has failed in past

Freedom Newspapers The ongoing violence and endemic misery in Haiti should offer some lessons for Americans who might still be tempted to support future humanitarian interventions or who believe sufficient American muscle will bring on democracy and a vibrant civil society in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. It’s also a lesson in […]

Readers react to government, water, energy

Project: Reader Reaction Members of Project: Reader Reaction were recently asked for comments on any issue they had on their minds. Some responses: “It looks like our governor is on the right track when he suggests that we make more stringent rules for (repeat offenders) of driving while intoxicated. “All well and good by locking […]

Small towns at risk

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The town of Yasso in western De Baca County is little more than a post office, dilapidated buildings and pastures. Without water restrictions, some state officials think other rural towns could suffer the same fate. By Gary Mitchell Could water shortages produce ghost towns throughout eastern New Mexico any time soon? It’s possible. “We do […]