Year in review: Wildfires mark year

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File photo File photo Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones said an April 17 wildfire that burned 71,000 acres of south Curry County is expected to cost the agricultural community $16 million just this year with an estimated $40 million over time, according to an economic feasibility study. A dry, windy spring created conditions for […]

a view from under the pew: the valley of dry bones

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the valley of dry bones with all this dry hot weatheri let […]

Residents hope for support at water meeting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rosemary Metcalf picks up a young alpaca Tuesday to place back under the shade with the rest of the herd. Metcalf chose alpacas because they didn’t require as much water as other animals, but her well is having problems despite conservation efforts. Sharna Johnson Residents of south Clovis are hoping […]

Vegetable garden wife’s nightmare

Country folks always have a vegetable garden, and the faithful wife is supposed to can, freeze, dry and whatever else to all that food so the family can “live offa the land.” When I’m doing all that stuff the words to “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” go through my head over and over. […]

We should take care before we pray for rain

We drove home from Colorado last Sunday. Colorado was cool and we enjoyed the wonderful sensation of rain. As we came back through New Mexico around Raton, and then Springer, we noticed the dry brown grass that was on usual years green for pasture. When we headed toward the Caprock, we could see the smoke […]

a view from under the pew: amos faces hot dry summer

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos faces hot dry summer boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks […]

Rain snaps 4-month dry spell

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Thursday storm brought much needed rain to the area but weather officials say after Saturday the area will be dry for a bit longer. Sharna Johnson A welcome relief but still not enough, eastern New Mexico received its largest amount of moisture in four months on Thursday night. A […]

Southern Curry County wells going dry

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Resident Darlene Upham looks at her grandchildren’s handprints in the sidewalk in front of her home. Upham said she lives in fear everyday that her water well will run dry and she will lose her dream home. Sharna Johnson When Darlene Upham purchased her south Curry County property […]

Counties facing dry season

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter looks over his irrigated wheat field Friday afternoon northwest of Portales. Ledbetter said his dry land wheat is dead and his irrigated wheat is about two feet shorter than it should be due to dry weather. Alisa Boswell One word defines Curry and Roosevelt counties these […]

Warrant roundup comes up dry

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Clovis Police officers Dale Rice, left, and Josh Parkin knock on the door of a trailer in the 400 block of Dawn Loop in south Clovis Friday night during a warrant sweep. The resident said he hadn’t seen the woman they were looking for in more than a month. Sharna Johnson A team of four […]