Lawmakers consider renewable energy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Advertisement Rep. Jose Campos thinks the winds of eastern New Mexico could fuel economic growth and the state’s energy options. Windmills would be advantageous to farmers and ranchers, and 200 windmills already spin in Quay and De Baca counties, Campos said. “Some (ranchers and farmers) are making more (money) […]

Lawmakers consider renewable energy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Rep. Jose Campos thinks the winds of eastern New Mexico could fuel economic growth and the state’s energy options. Windmills would be advantageous to farmers and ranchers, and 200 windmills already spin in Quay and De Baca counties, Campos said. “Some (ranchers and farmers) are making more (money) on […]

Winds integral part of life in New Mexico

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s a New Mexican in Washington, D.C. who has told me when the wind blows there it reminds her of home. Yes, we have the wind here. Phoenix has its heat, there are hurricanes for the Gulf Coast and the West Coast has earthquakes. Here in eastern New Mexico and […]

Wind farm near Elida close to completion

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The wind farm near Elida is nearing completion and will be generating power to homes in New Mexico, West Texas and Oklahoma by the beginning of 2006. Dave Hayward, field engineer of the wind-farm project, said 98 of the 120 wind turbines are in place and the completion date for […]

High Risers

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer From the ground, the wind can seem tame. It is almost always deceptive, though, according to recent college grad Eric Denton. He spent a big chunk of the last five years up in the air — his only protection, a harness. Denton discovered the hard […]

Skydiving team taking flight over Cannon Air Force Base

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Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth U.S. Army Sgt. Hector Ceja, left, and Sgt. First Class Paul Sachs, right, prepare for their jump along with other members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights aerial demonstration black team Friday in the skies. Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The take-off wasn’t as graceful as you might imagine. The C-27 […]

Profiling key method for recognizing Texans

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s lecture will cover the methods employed by airport security officers to recognize dangerous persons and then delay them until their plane has been retired, scrapped, and turned into a fleet of riding lawn mowers. It’s called “profiling,” the evil scourge of the 21st Century. No one is safe from […]

Storm hits area

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers – Heavy rain, hail and high winds reek havoc on area yards, farms. The night skies across New Mexico were alight with red, white and blue on the Fourth of July, but the fireworks were about the only illumination for Tucumcari residents. More than 4,500 homes and businesses lost power […]

6/19 Letters to the editor

Congress’ silence condones Bush’s lies Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition, defines hypocrite as “a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion.” From my vantage point, here in the expensive seats (I’m a middle-income taxpayer), hypocrite describes the 109th Congress perfectly. As I recall recent history, that is the group of citizens […]

Congress should get serious about nuclear energy

Freedom Newspapers Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is urging his congressional colleagues and President Bush to get serious about curbing not only global warming but also porkbarrel spending. One excellent way to do both is to get serious about nuclear-generated electricity. America has been in a nuclear-energy funk since things went haywire at the Three Mile […]

New Mexico land commissioner visits Elida

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — New Mexico’s land commissioner visited Elida on Wednesday to speak about the incoming Padoma Wind Energy plant south of the community. “Not only is this a prime opportunity for the industry but it will provide yet another form of economic development in eastern New Mexico,” Patrick Lyons said. […]

Two months living in Clovis and counting — ya’ll

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer J une 1 not only marks National Tailors Day, but it strums home a grand celebration of sorts for myself — my two month anniversary in Clovis. Appropriately moving from New York City to this small town on April Fool’s Day, I have been through wind, dust and sun […]

Balloon ride has controlled crash landing

By Don McAlavy, Local Columnist Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was published in last Sunday’s Lifestyles section. We were about to land, and were low on fuel. We had taken the ‘wind blows’ route while the chase crew (our rescue crew) had to stay on the […]

Clovis beats Highland, will host La Cueva for state championship

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Clovis junior Tanner Fickling tries to get a couple extra yards as he is tackled by Highland junior Jerrell Miller, bottom, and senior Phillip Harrison during the first half of the Class 5A semifinal game Saturday in Clovis. By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis is a tough place to play catchup football on a […]

Our weather a breeze compared to some

By Grant McGee Clovis was blessed with a real gullywasher of a thunderstorm last Saturday night. That’s the way it is here on the High Plains, a place of weather extremes: windy periods or periods of hot air with no movement; drought or day after day of afternoon thunderstorms; the dry line to our west, […]

Some ranchers against Cannon airspace increase

By Mike Linn Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion has any number of vocal supporters. Community leaders and economic development officials believe the expansion is important in helping the base remain open after the government’s base realignment and closure process, or BRAC, which should be completed in 2005. “The airspace would make Cannon […]

CHS prepares for baseball season

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Clovis senior catcher Richard Urdan, getting in his swings Wednesdy in the batting cage, is one of seven returning staters for the Wildcats. By Rick White Richard Urban wrings the handle of the wooden bat with his strong hands, the easterly wind nipping at his smiling face like a 2-month-old puppy. The infield grass only […]

Clovis weathers the storm

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Monday’s high winds blew down more than 20 power poles and knocked out power to about 500 customers of Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, including the Clovis wastewater treatment plant. Although the treatment plant lost its power source from 10 a.m. until shortly before 5 p.m., Lance Adkins, general manager of the electric […]

Conservation and windmills can’t power growth

Jim Constantopolous If we want to avoid a serious national energy crisis, we need to move beyond temporary fixes and focus on workable long-term solutions. Congress is about to make that choice. Let’s hope it doesn’t settle for politically popular steps that would have no impact on the real energy problems we face. In considering […]

Cats breeze to invite title

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Matt Appelman (right) and Brian Romero led Clovis to the team title at Saturday’s Clovis Invite at Ned Houk Park. Dave Wagner The conditions were far from ideal, but the results were satisfactory for Clovis High. Senior Matt Appelman led a 1-2-3 sweep as the Wildcats cruised to their third consecutive […]