Weather could drench festivities

Clarence Plank Roosevelt and Curry counties, along with much of eastern New Mexico, could get drenched during the Fourth of July holiday, courtesy of a hurricane hundreds of miles to the south. Local emergency management leaders are also warning of possible flash flooding. Two to 4 inches of rain are being forecast and experts say […]

Thumb drives, flash media still prohibited

By Capt. Christina R. Hoggatt: Air Force Space Command Public Affairs PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The ban on flash media use in the Air Force is still in place, although U.S. Strategic Command officials at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., issued an order Feb. 12 allowing limited use of removable flash media devices […]

Military officials ease thumb drive, flash media bans

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — New guidelines from U.S. Strategic Command officials allow servicemembers to use “thumb drives” and other flash media to store computer data under specific circumstances. Strategic Command officials banned use of thumb drives and flash media in November 2008, after the use of the media infected a […]

Officials working to combat speeding in school zones

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer School and city officials are working together to research the cost of radar signs in school zones. The radar signs, which will flash at drivers and display a vehicle’s speed, run between $3,000 and $5,000 each, city officials said. Gene Bieker of Clovis Municipal Schools said school officials are […]

Weather service issues flash flood watch

With thunderstorms expected today and Saturday, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for areas of the Eastern Plains. Quay, Roosevelt and Curry counties, as well as other portions of north and central New Mexico lie within the area of concern, according to a morning bulletin from the National Weather Service. The […]

Memories best gift to leave behind

Memories flash across my mind and cause my thoughts to turn back to times well over a half century ago, to a time of my earliest recollections, and starts a chain reaction of memories to begin unwinding,” wrote Vernon “Pistol” Payne,

Flash flood watch issued

CNJ staff

Flash flood watch

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING…   THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A     * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO…       INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…CAPITAN/NORTHERN SACRAMENTO       MOUNTAINS…CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS/ESTANCIA VALLEY…CHAVES COUNTY       […]

This week is New Mexico Flash Flood & Lightning Awareness Week

Lightning is the MOST UNDERRATED weather hazard. On average, only floods kill more people. Lightning makes every single thunderstorm a potential killer, whether the storm produces one single bolt or ten thousand bolts.In the United States, lightning routinely kills more people each year than tornadoes and hurricanes COMBINED. Tornadoes, hail, and wind gusts get the […]

National Weather Service: severe weather potential today

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque said there is potential for severe weather in eastern New Mexico this evening. The primary threat is thunderstorms that could produce large hail, damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and areas of heavy rain capable of producing flash flooding, mainly along and east of a line from Colfax […]

‘Flash’ can still compete

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Despite Flash’s relative lack of size, the 20-year-old horse has been doing rodeos since before his rider, 7-year-old Brogan Macy, was born. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Twenty-odd years ago, Flash the basset hound was a regular on the original TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard. Right around that time, […]

Weekend rain soaks city, more expected

By Ben Kessler The recent dousing of Clovis may well have been a blessing for local gardeners, said Lowe’s hardware store employee Elmo Garcia. The zone manager for the store said the inclement weather is beneficial to plants and flowers. “I wish it (the rain) would go on all summer,” he said adding that gardeners […]

Shocking statistics

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore […]

Tumbleweeds toss memories to mind

By Bob Huber As long as we’re preoccupied with plucking tumbleweeds from our teeth, it should be noted that guys in white jackets label this rambling sticker bush Solsola tragus. A less scientific moniker is “Russian thistle” or “pig weed,” which is related loosely to the goosefoot family. I knew you’d want to hear that. […]