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Education column: Elementary schools getting facelifts

Continuing with news from the Clovis Schools’ Operations Department and their summer activities: The front of Barry Elementary got a facelift recently. The multi-colored rocks and plants replaced the long row of juniper trees along the front of the building. The new look is cleaner, crisper and there’s no more chance of junipers blowing over […]

Club notes — June 19

Encanto Garden Club Encanto Garden Club met June 8 in Melrose at the homes of members Jeanne Augenstein and Lori Frazure. Friends and neighbors accompanied the Master Gardeners through the raised vegetable beds, ground covers, flowers and bushes. Winding paths showcased various plants, which survive and thrive in this harsh southeastern New Mexico climate. Refreshments […]

We must open ourselves to flow of God’s love

The month of June reminds me of the days of summer and finding activities to occupy the children. Some of those activities were unplanned and free. Annie, John Scott and Buffy were in grade school when we lived on the edge of town. A large vacant field surrounded our house and that was the scene […]

Prevention of summer annual weeds in lawns

Summer annual weeds can be an eye-sore for all turfgrass sites. Weeds, in general, like to invade sites where turfgrass is weakened and where the overall density of the turf has been reduced. Therefore, maintaining a healthy, dense turf is the best approach for weed management. But, if you do have problems with these summer […]

Despite change, God’s love constant

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist My sister lives in Rochester, Minnesota. If someone were to walk down her street and around to the back of her house, there is one distinguishing thing that would make her house stand out. In the back of her house, on the deck on the second story of her home, […]

More than 100 pot plants found in Clovis backyard

The Associated Press A search for a man wanted on drug charges resulted in an arrest and the discovery of more than 100 marijuana plants growing in the backyard of home in this eastern New Mexico city. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office said investigators had received a tip that Jarrod Martin, 25, was staying at […]

Monumental decision places coal off limits

By Freedom New Mexico Then-president Bill Clinton’s surprise creation of the 2-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in September 1996 may seem like ancient history to many Americans, if they recall it all. But the decision, made in secret, implemented by executive order and timed by Clinton to solidify the support of environmental groups in the […]

Lady Bird Johnson epitome of strong Southern belle

By Freedom Newspapers We join Texans — and Americans — everywhere in mourning the loss of a great lady, Lady Bird Johnson, who died Wednesday at age 94 at her Austin, Texas, home. Johnson, as much as anyone, embodied the legendary Southern charm and Texas hospitality with her warm, genteel demeanor. That outward calm belied […]

Pot plants pilfered

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Fort Sumner police chief said he discovered a break-in of his department’s evidence storage area two weeks ago when he spotted a trail of dried marijuana leaves. Wayne Atchley said dried marijuana plants were stolen May 10 from a batch of about 2,500 plants in the village’s evidence […]

Q&A: Ethanol manager confident of plant safety

Kirk Johnson is the manager of the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant. The son of a dairy farmer, Johnson has worked for ConAgra for 24 years and grew up in a small community in southern Minnesota. Q: At what stage is Clovis Ethanol in the air permit process? A: (Clovis Ethanol was originally supposed to have […]

Police: Marijuana plants seized

CNJ Staff Marijuana plants with an approximate street value of $51,200 were confiscated from a Clovis house Friday afternoon by police and drug task force agents, according to officials. No arrests were made at the scene and no suspects were at home at the time of the search, the Clovis Police Department said in a […]

Day trip: Living Desert offers sampling of native desert wildlife

Compiled by Paula Cronic The Living Desert State Park and Zoo near Carlsbad includes places for fishing and hiking, and is home to many desert animals. Established in 1971, the park is a living museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits and trailways that display many native animal species and hundreds of plants that naturally grow […]

Official wants ordinance aimed at rendering plant

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rendering plants in Clovis should be regulated more strictly, according to Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval, who is crusading to pass an ordinance that would clean up rendering plants within city limits. “It is something I am very passionate about,” said Sandoval, an elected representative of District Three, where […]

Global warming issue deserves closer inspection

Freedom Newspapers Tree worshippers and wood nymphs will take this news hard, but scientists are increasingly pointing to forests as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. This challenges the widely held belief that mankind is the primary cause of the problem and that we can slow the rate of climate change, and offset industrial […]

Students learn about plants by helping prep the school grounds

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Mesa Elementary third grader Robin Howe pulls weeds with her class Wednesday morning, in front of the school. The children learned how to recognize weeds from plants before moving to the garden. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Mason Odom knelt among the woodchips and intently unearthed a weed. The 8-year-old […]

Researchers talk peanuts on ag tour

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Ronald Henning of Nitragin, based in Oklahoma, gestures towards a peanut demonstration plot during Thursday’s peanut day sponsored by New Mexico State University. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — In the midst of concrete and asphalt in the city of Portales there is the essence of nature and eastern New […]

Zucchini plants: Gift that keeps on giving

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist One of the neatest things about coming home to Clovis after our summer vacation was how the garden exploded into a lush green paradise. When we left town, all the little guys (corn, beans, yellow squash, zucchini, pumpkins, watermelons) were just sprouting. We came home to 3-foot tall corn stalks, […]

There’ll be hail to pay

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer H aving your garden thrashed by a summer storm is not a pleasant thing. It actually hurts to awake and find a group of ripped roots, a fleet of mashed beets, and torn rows of corn. Nor is it like suffering the death of a cat, the loss of […]

Melrose cleaning up for centennial

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent It won’t be just another walk in the park come mid-August in Melrose. For one thing, many more pair of feet will be trodding across the city park. For another, the occasion — a celebration of the town’s 100th anniversary — takes on special significance. Just over a month away […]