In search of ponies: Animals go wild on spring break

You don’t need a calendar to know that spring is around the corner when you have critters around. Us humans aren’t the only ones who get cranky and restless when the weather is oppressive, but while we live mired in the dark days of winter convinced that it will never end, somewhere deep in their […]

Distance makes fantasy fonder

Every year at about this time, give or take a week, I begin the slow process of winter self torture by purchasing a copy of either Telluride or Steamboat magazine, and wondering what it would be like to actually go on a winter vacation to either of those places. My reference, of course, is to […]

In search of ponies: Blizzard becomes feather-raising experience

When the winter waves hit, the dogs came in, the horses got an extra scoop of sweet feed and the firewood was stacked high. Everything was ready for the bitter wind and clinging ice…Until I suddenly remembered, I had no interest in frozen chicken. Namely because a frozen chicken is wasted on a vegetarian, but […]

New Mexico struggles with winter blast aftermath

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico dealt with the aftermath Tuesday of a severe winter blast that left at least one person dead and closed more schools and highways in the southern part of the state. Interstate 40 from Albuquerque to Gallup — part of the historic Route 66 — and Interstate 25 between […]

Snow expected tonight, Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Wind turns to snow as NM prepares for winter blast

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Wind has turned to snow in New Mexico, as wintery weather shut parts of Interstate 40 for a few hours and caused dangerous driving conditions through Raton Pass. Forecasters expected the worst of the storm to hit western and central New Mexico Friday night into Saturday. Meanwhile, strong winds shut […]

Four to 8 inches of snow predicted

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The heaviest band of snow in the approaching winter storm system will set up west of Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Jennifer Palucki of NWS said snow accumulation will not be as high in the southern portions of eastern New Mexico. Overall, […]

Officials offer winter driving advice

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Big Valley Auto Technician Ysidro Gonzales works under the hood of a truck in his shop. Big Valley Service Manager Billy Bagwell said as winter approaches, people need to take their cars in to be winterized. Alisa Boswell Blankets, a flashlight and some nonperishable foods are items drivers should always have […]

Experts offer advice on avoiding flu

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Camellia Gallegos, a nationally certified medical technician at Clovis Family Healthcare, draws up a flu vaccine. Benna Sayyed Winter is right around the corner, temperatures are dropping and the flu season is here. Essie Means, director of Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center, is at ground zero for the battle against […]

AgSense: Conserving rainfall challenge of dry season

Many people who have spent more than half a century in the southern High Plains say that they have not seen a year like this before. This year is unique. Rainfall stopped after a wet summer in 2010 and less than three inches has been received in the last nine months. Distribution is also erratic. […]

Spring season full of surprises

Winter may slip up on us quietly but spring has a way of surprising even the most prepared. Carl Sandburg described the fog as coming in on little cat feet, sitting on silent haunches, then moving on. I think spring is like that same cat blasting off from its haunches to pounce on a mouse. […]

Produce prices jump after freeze

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Freddy Canales, a Super Save employee in the produce department, stocks tomatoes and jalepenos Friday afternoon. Produce Manager Veronica Rodriquez said tomatoes recently increased by 10 cents due to the freezes in California and Mexico. Alisa Boswell This winter marked a harsh season for the tropical areas in and around […]

AgSense: Soil temperature key to crop survival

We are slowly warming up from the record breaking low temperatures of early February. Although it is too early to assess the damage on many crops, reports on damage to different crops are appearing in news reports. The growing tip or crown of most winter crops, including winter wheat, is below soil surface. In northern […]

Traffic slows as winter storm hits New Mexico

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A winter storm blasted New Mexico with snowfall and freezing temperatures Tuesday, causing icy roads and littering streets with fender-benders. The morning commute in Albuquerque was lengthy and treacherous as cautious motorists slowed to negotiate ice-covered roadways. Schools were closed in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Rio Rancho and placed on […]

Press release: Police issue weather tips

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 5 PM this afternoon to 11 AM MST Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011. ***THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW… 2” to 5” of snow are predicted in the local area.*** The Clovis Police Department would like […]

Wheat farmers bracing for dry winter

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Frank Blackburn of Clovis shows the effects of dry weather — a sparse winter wheat field. Alisa Boswell Two months into the winter growing season, farmers in Curry and Roosevelt County are asking one question: Where’s the rain? With 60 to 70-degree days and less than normal precipitation, the two […]

Thursday morning briefing: Breakfast date, winter break and snow threats

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Wait ‘til next year Eastern New Mexico University is closing for winter break at 5 p.m. today and will resume classes Jan. 3, according to information from the university. The spring semester begins Jan. 18. Currently enrolled students can register any time at www.enmu.edu […]

Storm may bring first snow of season

CNJ staff A winter storm heading toward eastern New Mexico will likely bring the first snow of the season. National Weather Service meteorologist David Craft in Albuquerque said there is a winter storm watch in effect for Thursday evening through Friday morning. He said the watch means there could be “a few to several inches” […]

Winter weather presentations offered

CNJ staff ENMR-Plateau is hosting two winter weather presentations today at their offices north of Clovis. Ken Oswald, safety and security manager at ENMR-Plateau said Chief Meteorologist Steve Kersh with KVII in Amarillo will be the presenter. Oswald said Kersh will talk about the winter forecast and provide tips for dealing with winter storms and […]

Local experts provide winter tips

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CNJ staff photo: Alisa Boswell Juan Olguin of Guthals Nursery loads outdoor plants onto a trailer to take to the indoor nursery in preparation of winter. Alisa Boswell Winter weather is approaching the Clovis and Portales areas, which means it’s the time of year when electric bills jump higher, lawns hibernate and driving to work […]