Hail damage claims through roof

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Juan Flores, left, and Manuel Morales of R.G. Construction apply shingles to a new home Monday on Springwood Drive. As 2010 gets ready to bid its farewell, hail damage from a pair of June storms is hanging around some houses like the Griswolds’ cousin Eddie. The storm caused millions of […]

Hail to Steinbrenner and other rambling thoughts

Kevin Wilson Rambling thoughts while debating whether I should antagonize my editor when my baseball team beats his baseball team: • That free credit score website is having a national campaign for viewers to choose the site’s new “spokesband.” I watch and I can’t help but wonder the average credit score of these struggling bands. […]

Insurance agencies classify hailstorm as ‘catastrophic’

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Michael Lawson, a State Farm insurance adjuster from Ft. Worth, Texas, examines the hood of a vehicle Wednesday afternoon at a mobile claims center in the Lowe’s parking lot on North Prince Street. Sharna Johnson A hailstorm that moved through the area in a span of about 30 minutes more […]

Agencies flooded with hail damage repairs, claims

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Zane Brothers pulls dents on a car hood caused by a June 12 hail storm. Brothers said he has been busy all week with repair jobs from the storm. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week after a storm dumped more than an inch of rain and pelted Clovis […]

Most area crops escape major hail damage

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Seth Bright helps harvest a wheat field farmed by Bruce Lee between Elida and Floyd on Friday. Farmers say crops are growing well in the area but need rain. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Crops are growing well in much of Roosevelt and Curry counties, although hail and excessive […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Video games and hail worries

Freedom New Mexico Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing

Weather causes extensive crop damage

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hail from a series of thunderstorms last week caused at least $10 million in crop damage in Parmer and Bailey counties, according to agricultural officials. Bailey County Extension Agent Curtis Preston said the hail — some as big as baseballs — destroyed about 25,000 acres of corn, cotton and […]

Storm activity produces damage

CNJ staff Officials for Parmer and Bailey counties said residences and vehicles sustained hail damage Tuesday evening from severe thunderstorms that made their way through the area. Bailey County and Muleshoe Emergency Management Coordinator Terral King said golf ball- to baseball-sized hail and strong winds were reported in the Muleshoe area. King said the tornado […]

Farmer tries luck with anti-hail cannon

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist About 13 years ago I was suddenly awakened early one morning by a loud boom, and then another boom, and I thought we were being bombed. At this time I was living on the Pleasant Hill Highway northeast of Clovis and the booms came from the southeast. It sounded like […]

Revving in the rain

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Clovis High School cheerleader waits Monday to greet a Great Race competitor on Main Street. Racers compete in the 4,000-mile endurance race across the country for the chance to win $270,000, according to race officials. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Through sunshine in central Texas and hail east […]

Resident: ‘I’ve never seen hail like this’

Freedom Newspapers Thunder, lighting and a feisty spell of hail hit the Tucumcari area between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Fluctuations in power flickered lights. Tucumcari Police officers directed traffic at Highway 54 and Route 66 because the signal lights were out. Hail was about three to four inches deep in that area. […]

Nasty storm couldn’t slow McAlavy clan

Don McAlavy: Local Columist “A ‘baby tornado’ formed in the Claud community, on Saturday, July 5, 1930,” according to a letter received this morning (July 9) from the correspondent of the News-Journal at Claud, 12 miles north of Clovis. “Telephone lines were down and even the rural mail carrier could not make the trip through […]

Cotton crop damaged by hail

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Todd Lingnau stands over his ruined crop of cotton on County Road 3 east of Farwell. Recent hail storms totaled the field, which Lingnau said should have been budding by now. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of acres of cotton have been damaged or destroyed by hail damage in […]

Virgin Mary figure has endured centuries

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe are printed on jewelry and T-shirts. Rivers, mountains and towns bear her name. Her image is displayed in homes and cathedrals and both males and females are named after her. Since the first reported apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico in 1531, […]

Disaster relief funds allocated for area

CNJ STAFF WASHINGTON — The department of agriculture has approved a natural disaster designation to Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties as part of a broader disaster designation covering a number of West Texas counties, according to a press release from Senator Pete Domenici, R-N.M. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Anne Veneman has granted the designation for five […]

Heavy rains, wind pound area

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor An army of rain marched through eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday night, bringing big grins to those who work in agriculture and big frowns from motorists traveling through some of the more waterlogged areas. Portions of three major highways — State Highways 206 and 88 and […]

Hail hits Cannon

CNJ staff report The National Weather Service reported hail in Clovis and the surrounding areas early Sunday evening. Cannon Air Force Base received the brunt of the wet weather reporting 1 3/4 inches of golf-ball size hail and 0.30 inches of rain. Five miles north of Clovis received an inch of hail and had wind […]

Forecaster says smoke in wind foretells weather

By Jack King Local long-time practitioner repeats ceremony taught by Plains Indians. In a more than 80-year-old spring ritual, Weldon Crim built a bonfire at his Parmer County family farm Monday to predict the weather in the coming year. Crim, 67, of Clovis, said setting the fire is a weather-forecasting method his grandfather learned from […]

Weather hasn’t been friend to this year’s cotton crop

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Monti Vandiver, integrated pest management extension agent for Parmer and Bailey counties, holds a cotton plant damaged by the weather Tuesday in a field north of Farwell. By Gary Mitchell FARWELL — After a month of devastating winds, rain, hail and blowing sand, area cotton farmers are now hoping for just a little sunny weather. […]

Storms hit area again

By Darrell Todd Maurina Friday evening’s thunderstorms brought high winds, pea-sized hail, and heavy rain to the Clovis area, but area law enforcement agencies reported no major weather-related damage. “We did have some streets flooded, which is normal due to all the rain,” said Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. “The flooding […]