On the cold front

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Robert Osborn uses his 4-wheeler to pull his sons Blaze, 9, left, and Camron, 7, down the street. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A prolonged cold spell pushed the average temperature in January in eastern New Mexico well below normal. According to AccuWeather.com, the average daily temperature last month was […]

Peanut crop pleases farmers

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Recent sightings of peanut trailers coming in from the fields to be off-loaded at the local peanut mills means it’s harvest time again. Sunland, Inc. CEO Jimmie Shearer said the majority of the peanuts being harvested at this time are from the Texas area, although a few are starting to […]

Rain soothes growing pains, ag officials say moisture came at just the right time for thirsty area crops.

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Parmer County Extension Service agent Monti Vandiver said the rain the area received in the past week has put the cotton growth back on schedule.(CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Recent rain has come at a perfect time to help farmers in the region catch up on moisture, but it’s […]

Rain has little impact

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A series of thunderstorms that dumped almost an inch of much-needed rain across the area isn’t enough to alleviate the hazardous fire conditions in eastern New Mexico, according to fire officials. Case in point — firefighters were called out to extinguish a burning boxcar mid-morning Friday on U.S. 70 […]

Dryland wheat looks promising

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A fungus called rust reported in some Curry County wheat fields reduces crop yield and nutrient value, costing farmers money, state agronomist Mark Marsalis says. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Dryland wheat farmers in Curry County are cautiously optimistic about having one of their best years in a while. […]

Storm blankets Clovis

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Linden Brown, 5, reaches to tackle his sister Jenneal Brown, 6, both of Lampasas, Texas, as they play Tuesday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer A powerful eastbound storm that blanketed most of New Mexico and parts of West Texas sent a reminder to […]

Wet 2004 makes big splash in savings

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A combine harvests wheat to the south and east of State Highway 209 and Curry Road 17 June 2004 as storm clouds build in the distance. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Mother Nature’s dousing of eastern New Mexico this year was a economic boon to the region, allowing farmers to cut […]

Clovis experiencing wettest November in recorded history

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Water drains from a field at Guy Leeder Softball Complex in April. (Staff file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Local farmers are holding out hope that the rain will stay away in the coming weeks so they can continue to harvest cotton. But the National Weather Service is predicting wetter than normal weather […]

Rain dumps on Clovis

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Jeremiah Staber (right) and Mark Garcia, both 10, play in the puddles Monday near their Clovis home. Clovis received 2.21 inches of rain from Friday night to 8 a.m. on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It’s getting hard to stay dry around here. […]

Moisture system makes ground ‘smart’

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Sprinklers add water to the already flooded field at Marshall JUnior HIgh. Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer In an effort to save taxpayer dollars and conserve water, the Clovis school district is testing a new moisture control system on its athletic fields, Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Leslie said. The system — […]