Fire season sparks warning

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Fire and weather officials say a big grass fire in Melrose should raise a red flag for everyone across eastern New Mexico. Strong winds Tuesday carried flames from a burning trash pit over dry grass, igniting a grass fire that ate its way across about 300 acres of grassland […]

Officials stress high fire danger

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson With wind, dry conditions and warm weather, the area’s wildfire danger is high, fire officials say. “There is a great chance, if everybody is not careful, that we could have a big grass fire again,” Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said. Rangeland has a lot of grass […]

Much of eastern New Mexico under wind advisory

Much of eastern new Mexico is under a high and dry wind advisory. The High Plains could see wind gusts of up to 55 mph today with sustained winds between 25 and 40 mph, according

Dry season could leave farmers’ wallets lighter

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer argen_duncan@link.freedom.com A dry winter, on top of a dry year, is leaving some area farmers worried and some just waiting to see what happens. Elida dryland farmer Greg Burris estimated that his crops have received much less than half of what is considered […]

Men can’t seem to pick and choose

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist My father-in-law and my husband bought 100 head of cows one year. It was a partnership deal, but when we unloaded them at the ranch they decided to split them 50-50 and each partner put his own brand on his half. It was early spring, so some of the cows […]

Dairy farmers express water concerns

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Concerned their water rights would be bled dry, dairy farmers requested the Clovis City Commission protest water rights consolidation efforts by New Mexico American Water Co. The commission voted unanimously for a conditional protest to the utility’s request to the Office of the State Engineer. The company wants to […]

Paths easy to remember with God’s help

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist My husband tells the story of his grandfather in the early days of farming in the hot and arid land near Phoenix. It was remarkable that the dry desert was turned into cotton producing fields by using ditch irrigation and row water. Many times Charlie’s grandfather and his family would […]

Writing highlights mom’s journey

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Columnist My pen runneth dry. This is the part of the movie where we each go our separate ways and the little blurry words, too small to read, come down the screen, along with notes of thanks to people too numerous to name while my many bloopers roll in the upper […]

Fire attributed to dry weather, high winds

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Courtesy illustration A grass fire swept across 20,000 acres in Bailey County on Monday. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer A dangerous combination of dense grass, high winds and dry weather produced the massive grass fire Monday in Bailey County that burned an area bigger than Clovis, according to Muleshoe City Manager David Brunson. And […]

Nov. 29, 1919

A resolution was passed by the Clovis City Council providing outlines curtailing electrical service due to a shortage of coal. … Clark Callicott accepted a position with Jernigan Jewelry Co. … Petticoats, ranging in price from $6.50 to $9 could be purchased at Kendall Dry Goods Co. … And Marilyn Acker Blair, a Clovis housewife, […]