Wet weather doesn’t stop air show

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Izabela Reid, 2, sits in the lap of her grandmother Susan Reid, both of Tucumcari, and waves to an airplane during the 13th annual Rotary Air Show Wednesday at the Tucumcari Municipal Airport. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Wednesday’s cold, wet weather did not deter retired pilot John Tuel […]

Weather dampens fair attendance

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Trucks bearing carnival rides from last week’s county fair began pulling out from the Curry County Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon. Fair officials believe poor weather hampered the turnout at the fair this year. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The first week of school and a series of evening thunderstorms contributed […]

Rainy weather not fazing livestock competitors at fair

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Scott Cutright and Larry McClendo of Wright’s Amusement set up the carrousel Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rain and mud were not halting progress Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Pickups and trailers began arriving Monday morning to unload pigs, lambs and steers that […]

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. […]

Spring means severe weather

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Gusting winds that roared across the plains Tuesday at up to 63 mph and packed enough punch to down power lines is an early indication of the volatile weather that accompanies spring in eastern New Mexico. However, National Weather Service officials said it’s too early to tell what kind […]

Storm blankets Clovis

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Linden Brown, 5, reaches to tackle his sister Jenneal Brown, 6, both of Lampasas, Texas, as they play Tuesday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer A powerful eastbound storm that blanketed most of New Mexico and parts of West Texas sent a reminder to […]

Weather or not, Wildcats ready to start season

CNJ staff If winter is making one its last gasps before giving way to spring, it must be time for the season-opening Clovis Invitational baseball tournament. A year after two games were delayed by a few inches of snow and two years after an inch of hail covered the field, the weather is expected to […]

Weather takes toll on herds

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Drooling is a sign of illness in cattle, as this heifer calf is experiencing Tuesday at Roberts Farms south of Clovis By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Cows with pneumonia stuck in the mud is both a picture of helplessness, and for area cattle raisers, a symbol of lost profits. This year’s wet weather and […]

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 […]