Conservation and windmills can’t power growth

Jim Constantopolous If we want to avoid a serious national energy crisis, we need to move beyond temporary fixes and focus on workable long-term solutions. Congress is about to make that choice. Let’s hope it doesn’t settle for politically popular steps that would have no impact on the real energy problems we face. In considering […]

Cats breeze to invite title

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Matt Appelman (right) and Brian Romero led Clovis to the team title at Saturday’s Clovis Invite at Ned Houk Park. Dave Wagner The conditions were far from ideal, but the results were satisfactory for Clovis High. Senior Matt Appelman led a 1-2-3 sweep as the Wildcats cruised to their third consecutive […]

Company plants seeds for wind turbine farm

By Angela Peacock Taking advantage of New Mexico’s most abundant natural resource — the wind — Caprock Wind, LP announced its plans Tuesday to install up to 80 wind-driven turbine generators near Tucumcari. The wind farm, which will be located about 20 miles southeast of Tucumcari, is the second of its kind for Quay County. […]

Business looking up for farmer who sells parachutes

By Gary Mitchell Clovis farmer Scott Pipkin checks the air sock just outside his house to make sure the wind isn’t too strong for takeoff. He enlists his brothers, Stan and Spencer, to help him spread out the parachute. Then he climbs into what looks like a sophisticated go-cart contraption, fires up the two-stroke, 65-horsepower […]

Ballooning an uplifting experience

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By Janet Bresenham When it comes to hot air ballooning, it’s all about the wind. How fast it’s blowing on the ground. How much speed it gathers climbing to higher altitudes. How fast it could carry a balloon. How much balloon enthusiasts wish it would calm down long enough to lift aloft and assure a […]

Pioneer Days celebration takes to the skies

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Airabelle the Cow, a heifer-shaped balloon sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, will be one of many balloons launching Saturday. By Janet Bresenham When 31 hot air balloons get ready to launch from Clovis on Saturday morning, John Sando hopes he will be aboard a special one named “The Desert Dancer.” “That would be awesome,” […]

Melrose bears brunt of Monday’s storm

By Todd Darrell Maurina Monday evening’s thunderstorms sent bright lightning crackling through the sky west of Clovis and caused judges at the Little Buckaroos Rodeo to call an early end to their event, but by the time the storm hit Clovis, it dropped only .05 of an inch of rain in town. “(The storm) started […]

High winds spark grass fire, cause minor damage to church.

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Sacred Heart employees Johnny Gallegos, left, and Jose Montoya survey the damage to the Sacred Heart School’s roof Thursday after a gust of wind ripped a piece from the building. Darrell Todd Maurina Despite Thursday’s high winds, Clovis was mostly spared from damage. One exception was Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where winds approaching 50 mph […]

Area placed under tornado watch

By Jack King The National Weather Service called the first tornado watch of the season for Curry and Roosevelt counties at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, based on observations of wind speed, temperatures and instability in low levels of the atmosphere, said Jess Michalski, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Albuquerque office. But, Michalski said, no tornadoes […]