Bingaman talks about bill to create national conservation area in northern New Mexico

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked about a bill he wrote that seeks to protect and enhance cultural, ecological, recreational, and scenic resources on public lands in Northern New Mexico. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman111411m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about the […]

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Haying approval possible New Mexico farmers can gain approval for haying Conservation Reserve Program acres that will be converted from a Lovegrass, Bluestem or Klein grass to a native grass species cover, according to a press release from New Mexico’s Farm Service Agency. Producers have until Sept. 30, 2012, to request approval, which will be […]

Conservation program policies modified

CNJ staff The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, according […]

Press release: Clovis customers asked to limit water use

New Mexico American Water is renewing its call for water conservation by urging all of its Clovis customers to continue to limit their outdoor water use during the current hot spell. “We are asking customers to reduce outdoor water usage to ensure our ability to meet demand,” said Daniel Bailet, New Mexico American Water’s vice […]

Press release: Xcel continues to ask for conservation

Wes Reeves AMARILLO, Texas – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in Texas and New Mexico to join their neighbors across the region in conserving energy as regional utility systems struggle to meet high demand with diminished resources. The utility company is not planning rotating outages in the area at this time, but is cautioning […]

Press release: Xcel Energy asks for power conservation

Xcel Energy ROSWELL, N.M. – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in eastern New Mexico to conserve energy because of expected high demand on the area’s electric distribution system. The utility company urges customers in eastern New Mexico to limit their power use for the next 24 hours in order to reduce the strain on […]

Education column: Students going green with conservation programs

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Ever had cookies baked in a solar oven? How about cooking your own solar personal pan pizza? Students in the Clovis Municipal Schools have. The CMS Energy Program and other energy conservation projects headed up by our own Mike Thomson, district energy manager for Clovis Schools, are teaching students about […]

Texico institutes water conservation measures

CNJ staff The city of Texico has initiated water conservation measures. Watering of lawns and landscape is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and a car may only be washed if a bucket or shut-off hose is used. Residents with odd-numbered addresses may water outside on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Residents with even-numbered […]

Water officials holding conservation workshop

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Public Works Director Clint Bunch said the city is conscientious in maintaining its parks and grounds, using the minimal water needed to keep things green and be conservative at the same time. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Water officials are holding a community workshop Monday to talk with residents […]

Press release: Lujan pushes New Mexico conservation bill

TAOS – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is joining the effort to preserve a large swath of public land in northern New Mexico. The New Mexico Democrat has introduced legislation in the House that is a companion measure to a bill introduced last year by Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. The legislation would set […]

Water conservation tour coming to Clovis

CNJ staff Border States Electric of Clovis is hosting a stop Wednesday on the Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour. The tour, sponsored by American Standard, shows how an average four-person household could save an average of $293 and 48,000 gallons of water annually through the use of water-saving products. The products will be featured in […]

USDA schedules conservation meeting

CNJ Staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service is signing up agriculture producers for its new Conservation Stewardship Program. A public information meeting about the program is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 4 in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program encourages conservation practices in agriculture and forestry. The […]

Conservation is key for Ogallala

By Kathy Wright and Evan Jacobs: Guest columnists In the coming weeks New Mexico American Water is expanding our annual conservation campaign to discuss the water supply challenges we face and opportunities we have to secure a reliable supply of water to ensure that Clovis and all of eastern New Mexico thrives in the coming […]

Ute Commission focused on water conservation

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The Ute Reservoir Water Commission plans to consider different approaches to conserving water in droughts to keep Ute Lake’s water level from dropping to the point communities are no longer allowed to withdraw water. After discussing the value of planning for droughts at their meeting Thursday in Portales, commissioners […]

Bingaman will be honored for his conservation work

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman will be honored on Wednesday by the Wilderness Society for his work on land conservation issues.

USDA offers workshops

Freedom New Mexico Farmers can sign up for a U.S. Department of Agriculture 2009 Producer Sustainable Workshop on Aug. 26 in Clovis. The event focuses on resource management that illustrates several conservation practices, and includes hands-on experience. Natural Resources Conservation Service agronomist Rudy Garcia said the steps the workshop outlines are critical to sustainability. Registration: […]

Texico may implement stricter conservation measures

CNJ staff In recent meetings the Texico City Council discussed the possibility of moving to Phase II water conservation, which would implement fines for residents who did not comply with the conservation efforts, according to city officials. The city is currently at Phase I of water conservation which is voluntary, but drought weather and the […]

Committee addresses water conservation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Water Policy Advisory Committee member Marcus Brice says fugitive water — water that runs off into the street during lawn watering — is a “humongous problem all over Clovis.” By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer The water policy advisory committee will form a subcommittee tasked with developing an ordinance addressing […]

Commission candidates talk water, retail

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer In a light-hearted dig, Rosalie Riley gave fellow city commissioner candidate Robert Sandoval a Target T-shirt during Thursday’s candidate forum at the Clovis Civic Center. “My biggest mandate from my constituents has been: See if you can get a Target store,” Sandoval said. On a more serious note, City […]