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Company announces end of first phase Broadview Energy announced on Friday completion of its first phase of a project leasing and deployment of towers to a wind energy project in Curry County. The new company spans across the northeastern portion of Curry County as well as western Deaf Smith County, Texas, covering about 130 square […]

Not all rural deliveries welcome

Where we lived when I was a kid gave Rural Free Delivery (RFD) a whole new dimension. It was two miles to the mailbox, dirt road of course, and the mailman only drove the 25 miles from town twice a week. My brother and I ordered stuff through the mail. I sent in a boxtop […]

Fire burns 5,000 acres near Melrose

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A grassfire burned about 5,000 acres Tuesday afternoon near Melrose. The fire was contained after about three hours. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk said the fire is believed to have started off the side of the highway by either sparks from a vehicle or a discarded cigarette. Sharna Johnson A grass […]

Brief rainfall grazes region

Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area saw spotty rain Tuesday night. The National Weather Service has reports of two-tenths of an inch of rain 6 miles southeast of Portales and one-tenth of an inch 3 miles north-northwest of Texico, NWS Hydronet technician Maxine Pacheco said. No other sites in Roosevelt, Curry or Quay counties […]

Families, officials assess damage from fire

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Courtesy photo: Missy Terry Britni Sherwood’s horses run from Sunday’s blaze in south Curry County. While all of Sherwood’s animals survived the fire, she said they are still going to have to sell their cattle because they no longer have anywhere to graze them. Sharna Johnson For about $20,000, five miles of fence line can […]

Prairie Chicken Festival on course despite fire

Alisa Boswell A fire that broke out nearly 10 miles west of Crossroads on Saturday afternoon burned nearly 25,000 acres of land. Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon said the fire, aided by winds of 45 to 55 miles per hour, jumped Highway 258, came close to Highway 206 and missed Milnesand by about one […]

Wildfires force evacuations

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Travis Reynoles of the Texico Fire Department puts his gear on Saturday night at the Milnesand Fire Department as he prepares to be called out to a grass fire which started 15 miles north of Tatum. The fire was estimated to have burned 500 acres. Freedom New Mexico Wind-whipped wildfires […]

Grass fire cause still under investigation

CNJ staff The cause of a fire Wednesday that burned and estimated 8,000 to 10,000 acres 14 miles south of Elida wasn’t what firefighters at first thought, said Elida Fire Chief Darrell Chenault. He said there were no downed power lines, which were initially thought to have sparked the blaze, and state Forestry Division fire […]

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]

Club notes — Oct. 17

Daughters of the American Revolution The El Portal Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, met Oct. 9 at the Miles Anthropological Museum at ENMU in Portales with Cori Snobble and Pam Wallace as hostesses. The program was presented by John Montgomery, professor of anthropology at ENMU and director of Blackwater Draw Museum. Miles […]

Elbow grease better than WD-40

Glenda Price I volunteered to go pick up this two-horse trailer and bring it home. It was only about 25 miles away, so I figured it was no problem, and took off on my merry errand. A really nifty gal named Rita had been storing it at her place. It had been a couple of […]

Clovis part of scenic route

Don McAlavy The route from Fort Worth, Texas to Las Vegas, N.M., is 639.8 miles, and it runs through Clovis, New Mexico. The subject of this Route Book I’ve had for many years is furnished to tourists accurate and reliable information that will aid them in traveling through one of the most picturesque portions of […]

Official: ‘Small’ tornado was spotted south of Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Storm clouds darken the sky over Texico and Clovis Tuesday afternoon. CNJ staff Real life alert sirens sounded in Clovis for the first time since the March 23, 2007, tornado. Funnel clouds were spotted Tuesday south of Clovis but apparently moved through the area without causing damage. Aside from weekly […]

Candidates log thousands of miles on road to state office

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Since Roosevelt County rancher Matt Rush filed for the state land office race, he’s logged 30,000 miles on his truck, with only one trip to Lubbock and the rest across New Mexico. “My one piece of advice to anyone who’s considering running for a statewide office,” Rush said, while […]

Memorial to be built for little known black community

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Courtesy photo Members of Geni Flores’ “Teaching Multicultural History of the Southwest” class at ENMU visited the Blackdom site and historic marker last spring. By Helena Rodriguez: FNM Correspondent A small black community between Roswell and Artesia was an epicenter of social life during its heyday in the early 1900s. Before succumbing to ghost town […]

Country life not for squeamish

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist The ranch I grew up on was in the northeastern New Mexico mountains. It was two miles to the mailbox, and we had a wind charger — which most of the time didn’t work — to make electricity. In other words, we lived in the boonies. Besides the usual dogs […]

State police: Clovis girl killed in vehicle rollover north of Melrose

CNJ staff An 11-year-old Clovis girl was killed when her mother’s minivan rolled north of Melrose Friday night. Sonya Trujillo died at Plains Regional Medical Center, where she was taken following the crash, according to a press release from state police.

Two words tacked onto the ‘Great Commission’

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist My wife and I and some fine friends just returned from a four-day motorcycle trip to the Texas Hill Country. It was wonderful! As we were rolling back into the Greater Muleplex on Sunday evening, trip meters rolled to 1200 miles. It takes time to get back into the normal […]

Two Words Tacked Onto the “Great Commission”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist My wife and I and some fine friends just returned from a four-day motorcycle trip to the Texas Hill Country. It was wonderful! As we were rolling back into the Greater Muleplex on Sunday evening, trip meters rolled to 1200 miles. It takes time to get back into the […]

Two darling little ladies born in Clovis

By Don McAlvy: CNJ columnist Oscar Klein and his wife moved to a dugout home about 15 miles northwest of Clovis. Soon the family moved into Clovis around 1909. They had two daughters, Elizabeth, born in 1911, and Virginia, born in 1913. Oscar Klein bought the three houses on the northwest corner of Main and […]