Area sent into a deep freeze

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Eric Barela, 16, eludes the tackle of Jared West, 16, as he makes his way to the end zone for a touchdown Wednesday at Spencer Field in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Cassie McClure: CNJ correspondent When most people were sleeping early Wednesday morning, city street department employees were braving the chilly, snowy air, […]

Business feature: Area cotton farmers catching up on harvest after wet weather

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Cotton is harvested Saturday in a field off Texas Farm-to-Market Road 145 east of Farwell. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Warmer weather and sunnier skies have allowed the delayed cotton harvest to get back into full swing. However, cotton producers say the record yields predicted earlier this year probably won’t […]

Clovis experiencing wettest November in recorded history

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Water drains from a field at Guy Leeder Softball Complex in April. (Staff file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Local farmers are holding out hope that the rain will stay away in the coming weeks so they can continue to harvest cotton. But the National Weather Service is predicting wetter than normal weather […]

Wet weather dampens cotton outlook

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Rain soaked cotton remains on the plant in a field south of Melrose. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Farwell farmer Randy Cain said there’s little chance his cotton crop will produce quality T-shirts this year. And the more it rains the greater the chance his 220 acres of cotton […]

Snow can’t stop pride

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Players on the Cowboys in the junior division warm up in front of the heater during half time of their Play Inc. semifinal game against the Rams Saturday at Jim Hill Field. The tunnel effect was from condensation on the lens. (Photo by Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Snow was in the […]

Wintry storm blows through area

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Voters make their way through the snow to the polls Tuesday at Zia Elementary School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A batch of cold and snowy weather waltzed through Curry County Tuesday, leading to slick and icy roads and a chilly wind that made freezing temperatures seem much colder. Clovis […]

Behind the scenes: Plan changes costly

By Cotty Chubb: Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s 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. The sun is shining brightly down here in Portales, while we’re shooting […]

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 […]

Weather changes shooting plans

By Cotty Chubb: Believe in Me Producer Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s 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. We’re glad your drought’s broken, but wow! At […]

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. […]

Our weather a breeze compared to some

By Grant McGee Clovis was blessed with a real gullywasher of a thunderstorm last Saturday night. That’s the way it is here on the High Plains, a place of weather extremes: windy periods or periods of hot air with no movement; drought or day after day of afternoon thunderstorms; the dry line to our west, […]

‘Gustnados’ create stir

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A gustnado was spotted shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday near the Curry and Roosevelt County line. A gustnado is a small, weak, short-lived tornado that occurs along the leading edge of a thunderstorm. Courtesy photo by Randy Holland. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor At least three side-winding tornado-look-a-likes moved across the plains of eastern […]

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 […]

Weather expert expected injuries

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A meteorologist said he’s suprised lightning did not cause more injuries on Tuesday night, as the National Weather Service recorded 6,000 lightning strikes in one hour within a 60-mile radius south of Portales. New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell were struck near New Mexico Highway […]

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 […]

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 […]

Emergency management officials: Residents must stay informed

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base and the Clovis-Curry County Office of Emergency Management use different systems to report severe weather — and residents should be aware of it to avoid confusion, officials of the two entities said Friday. The Clovis-Curry County Office of Emergency Management relies on the National Weather […]

Outdoor activities most popular

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for favorite warm-weather activities. Some responses: “Nothing in this world makes me happier then being in one of my junk cars, running down the highway listening to ’60s music and hearing the rumble of the exhaust and feeling the warmth of the sun on my […]