Exploratory well comes up dry

CNJ staff An exploratory well completed last month by New Mexico American Water came up dry. The company said in a press release Thursday that what little water was found was not suitable for use. Since June 2010, New Mexico American Water has been drilling south of Clovis to the Lower Dockum Formation to determine […]

Club news

Clovis Quilters The Clovis Quilters met feb. 8 at Trinity Luthern Church with 16 members attending. Brenda Harpold called the meeting to order and reported on the VFW quilt. Beth Franks gave the treasurers report. The Hartley House donation quilt has been delivered. Amy Armenta reported on Operation Homefront and the guild. The next Clovis […]

Conservation is key for Ogallala

By Kathy Wright and Evan Jacobs: Guest columnists In the coming weeks New Mexico American Water is expanding our annual conservation campaign to discuss the water supply challenges we face and opportunities we have to secure a reliable supply of water to ensure that Clovis and all of eastern New Mexico thrives in the coming […]

A matter of taste

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CNJ Staff Photo Illustration: Tony Gutierrez and Rick White By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer A taste test of bottled water — we also slipped in Clovis tap water — conducted at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center in Clovis produced surprising results. City tap water tied with leading national brand Dasani for first place. Twelve people […]

Preserving Ogallala Aquifer a balancing act

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — People from different walks of life are meeting in Portales for one common goal — to slow the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer. The workshop, “Land Uses and their Effects on the Ogallala Aquifer,” is in its second day at the Memorial Building. Today’s meetings start at 8:15 a.m. and […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Small towns at risk

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The town of Yasso in western De Baca County is little more than a post office, dilapidated buildings and pastures. Without water restrictions, some state officials think other rural towns could suffer the same fate. By Gary Mitchell Could water shortages produce ghost towns throughout eastern New Mexico any time soon? It’s possible. “We do […]

Aquifer history goes back millions of years

By Claire Bushey The word “aquifer” comes from two Latin words, which together mean “to bring water.” That is what the Ogallala Aquifer has done for the High Plains for nearly a century. Named after the town of Ogallala, Neb., the aquifer covers 174,000 square miles in parts of eight states, including New Mexico and […]