Snow business takes over county

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Frank Gutierrez of Clovis shovels snow Thursday from his driveway on Putman Street. Gutierrez was glad to be able to use the new shovel he picked up at a garage sale recently. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell and Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writers Curry County residents awoke Thursday morning to find the […]

Tumblelievable

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Christian Madden Jr., 2, of Clovis, looks out his window Tuesday to see tumbleweeds piled high blocking the front door of his house. Clovis experienced sustained winds of 38 mph with gusts over 50 mph. (Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Trapped by an ocean of tumbleweeds, little Christian Madden Jr., […]

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 […]

Wives gets taste of potential new home

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleSpouses of Air Force officers and airmen who visited Clovis and Portales with the Hurlburt delegation talked to the news media Friday. They are, from left, Tricia Bauernfeind, Brandy Hewins and Lisa Dunaway. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Having a special needs child, Lisa Dunaway was most concerned with the […]

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 […]

Know what to do during severe weather season

Clovis Emergency Management officials test their sirens every Wednesday at 4 p.m. This test usually lasts 1-3 minutes and the sirens are heard throughout Clovis. 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Tornado season is almost upon us and since Cannon is approximately 18 miles from “Tornado Alley,” it is important for local residents and Cannon […]

Weather watchers

Janet Taylor-Birkey A misconception about the job of forecasters at Cannon is that they simply look at the weather outside and tell everyone the obvious, said James Kratzer, Cannon meteorologist. But the Cannon Weather Station does not deal in the obvious; Their job is to examine and interpret weather data, for the safest execution of […]

Winds whip city

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Wind gusts peaked at 75 mph in the afternoon, according to Carlos Arias, manager of Blue Sky Aviation at Clovis Municipal Airport, and averaged around 45 mph. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Southerly winds sandblasted the area Thursday, blanketing the sky with a coffee-with-cream hue and making driving difficult and […]

Area receives first measurable snow in almost a year

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Kyle Logan, 10, makes a snowball Wednesday outside his home on Lore Street. Kyle and his older sister, Mattea, said they were outside all afternoon in the snow. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The calendar said spring but old man winter wasn’t cooperating. Curry and Roosevelt counties were hit Wednesday […]

Where there’s smoke, there’s moisture?

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Retired Parmer County farmer Joseph Weldon Crim says he uses an Indian spring ritual to predict weather. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tiny snowflakes hadn’t yet begun to fall from the sky Wednesday when Joseph Weldon Crim predicted the region would see slightly above average moisture this spring. The billowing smoke rising […]

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 […]

WILTING AWAY: Area dryland wheat in dire need of moisture

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Cattle graze in a field north of Clovis off State Highway 209 Friday morning. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Lack of significant moisture since mid-October has area wheat farmers desperately hoping for rain. One wheat farmer, Dale Miller, said if it doesn’t rain or snow in the next couple of […]

January ranks 12th warmest on record

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Jason Wolfe, a detailer for Big Country Ford, washes vehicles on the sales lot Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Under normal winter circumstances, Delores Montoya would be sipping hot chocolate. Not a frozen strawberry daiquiri. Brad Props would be practicing his golf swing inside. Not on a golf […]

Dry weather here to stay

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Curry County officials say dry conditions in eastern New Mexico have left an abundance of fuel for grass fires across the region, such as the dry grass on this property north of Clovis on State Road 209. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The dry conditions that have spawned a series […]

Winter chill grips area

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Clay Burch, the industrial pretreatment coordinator at the Clovis wastewater treatment plant, makes a routine check on the equipment Wednesday afternoon as he monitors the condition and the operation of the plant. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Area residents awoke Wednesday morning to single-digit temperatures and, and found their yards […]

Road safety main factor in snow days

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It is not often that Mother Nature wreaks havoc — in the form of snow and ice — on eastern New Mexico. But when and if she does, Clovis Municipal Schools will be prepared, according to school officials. Whether or not to bestow its approximate 8,000 students with a […]

Rains threaten harvest of bumper peanut crop

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Up until this week, it was all good news for peanut farmers, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Many peanut fields still need to be harvested and, until consecutive days of warm weather with no moisture come, the crop remains at risk. Still, farmers and mill operators say […]