Prep notes: Final shot wins tourney for Muleshoe

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Muleshoe’s Kasey Wood hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Mules a 49-46 win against Nazareth in the championship of the Nazareth tournament. The Lady Mules rallied from seven points down in the final minutes of the game. Muleshoe had a couple of key steals down […]

Be careful what you pray for; you might get it

by Helena Rodriguez How many of you actually got some of your “save it for a rainy day” things checked off your list during this week’s rainstorms? That’s a good way to know whether someone is sincere about doing something. Nothing like a little bit of rain to bring out the truth. And nothing like […]

Our weather a breeze compared to some

By Grant McGee Clovis was blessed with a real gullywasher of a thunderstorm last Saturday night. That’s the way it is here on the High Plains, a place of weather extremes: windy periods or periods of hot air with no movement; drought or day after day of afternoon thunderstorms; the dry line to our west, […]

Light rain brushes area; misses Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNj staff writer Most Clovis streets remained dry Wednesday night, but some areas north of Clovis may received up to 0.15 inches as a storm front passed through about 8 p.m. Another front will pass through this afternoon and is expected to carry rain, according to National Weather Service officials. “The […]

Farmers thrilled by rain

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local farmers say they’re overjoyed with some of the best rainfall totals they’ve seen in years. For one outlying community, it’s not just “a good year” — it’s a record. “This was the wettest February on record for Friona since 1931,” said Bill Ellis, a cotton and grain sorghum farmer. “The […]

2003 was most arid year in two decades

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The drainage area on East Seventh Street in Clovis is bone dry as the sign reads no swimming, wading or boating. Clovis received less than 13 inches of rain this year, making it the driest year since 1980. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Michelle Seeber Sticky, hot and nasty. Those were the words U.S. […]

Hot, dry weather hard on farmers

By Mike Linn A stretch of hot and dry weather during the summer had a negative impact on the harvest of produce on area farms. And too often when moisture did arrive, it came in the form of hail, which in large sizes can wipe out acres of crop land in less than an hour, […]

City’s dry spell broken

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Danny Acosta, 10, rollerblades as he enjoys the rain Sunday outside his home in the 600 block of Gidding Street in Clovis. This was the first measurable rainfall Clovis has received in more than a month. Photo by Eric Kluth. Freedom Newspapers Clovis officially ended an historic dry spell on Sunday, recording its first measurable […]

Drought aggravates area water problems

By Gary Mitchell Clovis’ water supplier has asked residents to stop watering their lawns for a few days, but company officials insist the request does not signal major water shortages in the near future. New Mexico-American Water Co. officials said during a Thursday press conference that the shortage is temporary and due to an unusually […]

July blanked in precip so far

CNJ Staff Clovis recorded its wettest June in four decades last month. Late Wednesday, it was a few hours from potentially recording its first dry July in almost a century of record keeping. National Weather Service officials said the city has not recorded any measurable precipitation since June 29. NWS records show the city has […]

Lack of moisture hampers planting

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]

Tornado season upon us

By Jack King May and June are peak tornado times for eastern New Mexico, which is on the far western edge of the nation’s Tornado Alley. And local officials take regular steps to prepare for potential storm damage, said Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos — even though tornadoes are rare around […]