McGee: Cowboy hats take getting used to

Grant McGee I got to thinking about cowboy hats the other day. Well, I should make myself clear; as a long-time resident of The West I know that they’re not “cowboy hats,” they are simply hats. This was shared with me by a real working cowboy from Chaves County, Cowboy Mike. Let me back up […]

Domestic wells going dry in Curry County

Argen Duncan Domestic wells in some areas of Curry County are drying up, while Roosevelt County wells are still pumping, although often with less volume, according to the Office of the State Engineer. This area of eastern New Mexico has three basins, geographical areas in which water drains to a specific point. Mike Barajas, OSE […]

Press release: Exploratory deep well in Clovis finds little water

CLOVIS, NM (Jan. 6, 2011) – Extensive testing of New Mexico American Water’s exploratory well into the Lower Dockum Formation has revealed a water source of insufficient quality and quantity to provide a supplemental source to the Ogallala Aquifer. The exploratory well was drilled to determine if the Lower Dockum Formation, which lies below the […]

Attractiveness lies with symmetry

While at a restaurant drive-through last week, I encountered a nice lady, maybe a little older than me, who told me … well, I can’t tell you exactly what she told me as it may prove a tad PG-13 for the Quay County Sun. Suffice it to say she made a flattering comment about my […]

Consider ways to reduce energy consumption

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES In support of Energy Awareness Month and beyond, here are smart, inexpensive ways to can reduce your energy and water consumption. Being aware and making smart choices saves you and the Air Force money that can be invested in aircraft operations and maintenance, construction and maintenance of facilities as well […]

Education column: Drama classes open doors for students

Sitting in on a couple of Clovis High School drama classes taught by long-time educator, Keith Ingram (who also happens to be a motivational speaker and published author), I was astonished by the skills and talent I had the privilege of observing. The sketch was underway when I entered the elongated drama classroom. As the […]

AgSense: Cows have smaller ‘footprint’ than believed

By Robert Hagevoort: NMSU-Clovis Ag Science Center In April of this year, we reported that recent scientific studies cleared cows from erupting more greenhouse gasses (GHG) than all of the trucks, planes, trains and automobiles combined; well it’s true, the cows are cleared! That’s good news for everybody because it just didn’t make any sense […]

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Blood drive planned at Clovis Community College Clovis Community College will be host to a blood drive Thursday. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the commons area Appointments are available. Donors much have a valid identification, weigh more than 100 pounds and be well. Information: 769-4154

McGee: I’m OK with going global

We might as well get used to customer service centers from the other side of the planet. I have this feeling we’re going to being dealing with them for more and more stuff. You’re familiar with what I’m talking about, right? Something goes on the fritz with some modern day electronic doomaflatchit, you call customer […]

Water company drilling second well

CNJ staff After the failure of a well, New Mexico American Water and contractors on the Lower Dockum Exploratory Deep Well project have received permission from the Office of the State Engineer to drill a second well near the site of the first well. The first exploratory deep well failed in August due to difficulties […]

Press release: American Water granted permission to drill second well

CLOVIS, N.M. (Aug. 19, 2010) – New Mexico American Water and its contractors on the Lower Dockum Exploratory Deep Well project have received permission from the Office of State Engineer to drill a second well near the site of the first well, which failed due to technical difficulties. “Our job is to make sure there […]

Press release: Public invited to see exploratory deep well

Clovis, NM (July 27, 2010) – New Mexico American Water is hosting a public site visit for its deep exploratory well into the Lower Dockum Formation, which lies more than 1,600 feet below the city of Clovis. The Lower Dockum Formation may provide an additional supply of water to help bridge the gap between the […]

Growing up in Clovis all about ‘little’ things

Don McAlavy Well, I came across some notes left me by the late Clovis historian Tom Pendergrass, and he too remembered the “little” things: “The town of Clovis was started in May 1907 with the original town site surveyed and sale of lots starting about the first of May 1907. Not long after that, my […]

Leave politics out of friendships

Yes, most of my friends have similar political convictions to mine. Actually, not just political but also more general philosophical ones, bearing on the theory of being, knowledge, the human good and even the nature of art. But I do have some genuine friends who disagree with me on important matters, including politics. How is […]

HAP aids military homeowners

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Like thousands of Amer-ican homeowners, John and Susan, a Coast Guard couple, were slammed financially by the real estate crisis. They saw the value of the $150,000 house they bought in Texas in March 2006 plummet, starting in 2007. This month they will sell it for $125,000, well below the […]

Press release: Lujan pushes New Mexico conservation bill

TAOS – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is joining the effort to preserve a large swath of public land in northern New Mexico. The New Mexico Democrat has introduced legislation in the House that is a companion measure to a bill introduced last year by Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. The legislation would set […]

Melrose mayor: Robbery handled well

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From left, Juana Griego, Marcos Maestas, Patrick Quintana and Santos Preciado. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For a village without a police department, Melrose’s mayor said things went considerably well after Monday’s bank robbery. When a robbery at American Heritage Bank was reported just after 9 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy in the area responded […]

Airman receives special field recognition

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Master Sgt. John Allen of the 3rd Special Operations Squadron was chosen as one of five remotely piloted aircraft sensor operators to receive the 2010 Team of the Year Award. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Each year, Air Force Association officials recognize a specific enlisted career […]

Signs point to spring approaching

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The signs are a bit mixed but spring may be lurking out there somewhere. I began to ponder spring the other morning as I left the warmth of my home to brave 19-degree temperatures and frost on my windshield that took a lot longer to scrape than I anticipated. After […]

Education column: Yucca family night makes math fun

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Have you ever had a fun filled evening doing math? Well, until the other night, I would have answered this question with a big no. So, what happened? It was Family Math Night at Yucca. I entered the halls of Yucca with great hesitation as math was never my […]