Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series can give fans quick rodeo fix

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers For nearly three decades, Charlie Thompson has produced winter training rodeos. This season’s rodeo offers spectators a chance to get a glimpse at potential future world champions, in addition to names they may already recognize. What is it? The Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series was spawned from a small organization called […]

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 […]

Moody planetarium hosts holiday shows

Freedom Newspapers Need a day trip diversion for the week between Christmas and New Year? The Moody Planetarium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock has a couple of special holiday programs going on through Jan. 8 that could just fill the bill for the whole family. A little science mixed with the […]

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 […]

Memories of past winters dog former New Yorker

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ columnist The hazards of winter have already hit our humble abode. Sure, they are not like New York winter hazards — slushy subways, frozen taxi seats, yellow snow — but they are hazardous all the same. Actually, I was lucky enough to avoid the foremost hazard, which would have occurred had […]

Pet owners seek ways to help animals weather winter

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Chica, a 7 year old miniature Pinscher, licks her owner Al Lewis Monday afternoon at Al’s Pets in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer This week’s cold weather has residents bundling up in sweaters and winter coats. Parents have started adding mittens and scarves to their children’s wardrobes while […]

Winter cost-cutting: Some residents turning to heating alternatives

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Clayton Ortiz cuts pinon and pine Tuesday at David’s Firewood on 21st Street. The pieces of wood will be packaged and sold in stores. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County residents will be paying more to heat their homes this winter. On Wednesday, the Energy Department predicted winter heating […]

Spring is in the air

Clyde Davis Driving down New Jersey Route 539, the traffic-laden central part of the state begins to give way, slowly, to the more open road of the southern stretch, less crowded and therefore less stressful. Though the morning ground was sugarcoated with frost and the air held a see-your-breath chill, the March sun has warmed […]

amos encounters greg the groundhog

Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos encounters greg the groundhog boss i am so happy to see january melting away surely february will […]

A safe, warm and cost-effective winter is all about preperation

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Jake Cavanaugh, 3, plays in the freshly fallen snow in Truckee, Calif., Oct. 26. The Sierra Nevada city got about a foot of the white stuff in the latest storm. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Before cars, heaters and grocery stores, fall was a season dedicated to preparing for winter, but modern conveniences haven’t […]

Winter is also a beautifu season

Clyde Davis I’ve never been a big fan of being politically correct, at least not as an obsession or from fear of reprisal. Oh yes, I believe equality is best, but only if it’s heartfelt, not a concession to popular culture. Imagine my surprise, then, when I became inspired to followup last week’s column by […]

Why limit love?

By Clyde Davis Let’s look at it this way, folks. Valentine’s Day was a week ago. The obligatory rose and chocolates have been given. We have reassured the object of our affection that she is indeed the love of a lifetime. So we can put away our romantic tendencies for another year, right? Hey, wait […]

CNJ readers snow how to handle the weather

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Josh Martinez of Clovis sails through the air toward a patch of snow Saturday, after being unexpectedly separated from his skateboard. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Project: Reader Reaction Project: Reader Reaction participants were recently asked for snow stories. Some responses: “I spent most of my elementary school years in North Dakota, so snow days […]

Almanac’s weather appears to beat the professionals

By Tom DiFrancesca III Seems like a pretty strange winter we are having. One day it’s cold, the next day we are out washing our vehicles in short sleeves. I seem to recall that during the fall — the National Weather Service had predicted that this part of the country was in store for a […]

Education Calendar 12/4

Dec. 4 — New Mexico All-State Band Auditions – ENMU, Portales. Dec. 4 — Highland Winter Program – Highland Gym, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 — Lockwood Christmas Program – Marshall Auditorium, 7 p.m. Dec. 4 — Parkview Winter Program – Parkview Gym, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 — Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy […]

Cold Snap

By Jack King With the temperatures dropping, some Clovis merchants and the Clovis Fire Department had tips for residents Sunday on how to protect their homes, yards and cars from the icy effects. Clovis Fire Department Lt. J. D. Hileman said with furnaces and heaters going on inside, the department urges everyone to obtain carbon […]

Rattlers run wild

By Mike Linn Don’t get rattled, but the snakes are out. Just ask Elida resident Scott Beard, bitten by a rattlesnake this month while fixing a flat tire. Or the youth group at Dora Baptist Church. They stumbled on one coiled and nervous on the church sidewalk a week ago. Or ask pharmacist Doyle Potter, […]