Too much flouride can stain teeth

By Gary Mitchell Most experts agree Clovis’ main water supply is low in chemicals that could cause major health problems. But it is not problem free. “The water in the Clovis area is a little high in naturally occurring fluoride. And it can do some cosmetic discoloration on teeth,” said Robin Casale, regional water quality […]

Cloud seeding director undaunted by critics

By Haley Rice Duncan Axisa believes he can make it rain. Axisa said this power is available to him through cloud seeding, the process of dropping silver iodide crystals into the supercooled upper parts of clouds. The crystals act as a gathering point, attracting and freezing the microscopically small droplets of water that make up […]

Agriculture chief water user in area

By Tony Farkas Agriculture is the foundation for eastern New Mexico’s economy. The cotton gins that didn’t stop production even on Thanksgiving Day, the farm implements seen along the roads and highways every spring and fall, and the aroma from the local feedlots and dairies offer plenty of physical evidence to support the statement. Statistics […]

Dryland farming may not be a viable option

By Tony Farkas Since the High Plains’ economy is based on agriculture, and since water for crops and livestock may soon be in short supply, one solution seems obvious: Farmers should stop irrigating and raise dryland crops. But that won’t work, most agricultural experts agree. “I don’t see that happening, not in my lifetime,” said […]

Dairies large, efficient water users

By Gary Mitchell Dairy operations in the region tend to use large amounts of water, but proponents say they use it efficiently — with little impact to the area’s ground-water source. “Sure they use a lot of water, but their water is never wasted,” said Stan Jones, Curry County extension agent. “The water is used […]

Cattle operations criticized over wastewater

By Gary Mitchell Cows have long had homes in eastern New Mexico, in pastures and feedlots. So why are environmentalists concerned about dairy farms? Wastewater. “Feedlots tend not to be generating a large volume of wastewater,” said Maura Hanning, program manager for groundwater pollution prevention for the New Mexico Environment Department. “Dairies are the big […]

Branches burst into flames

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A massive pile of dead branches caught fire around 10 p.m. Tuesday, sending an orange glow over much of the north side of Tucumcari. The branches were at the wastewater treatment plant north of town. “It was about 30 (foot) by 30 when we got here,” said Tucumcari Assistant Fire Chief […]

County tables railroad contract

By Jack King The Curry County Commission tabled discussion on a proposed contract with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad at its meeting Tuesday, saying more negotiations with the railroad are needed before it can approve the contract. Commissioners voted April 15 to close a railroad crossing at Wheaton Street, which would allow BNSF to build […]

Pioneer Days planning under way

By Jack King “Flying High in Clovis” is the theme of this year’s Pioneer Days celebration scheduled June 2-8, said Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos. This year, in addition to the annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, Pioneer Parade, Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Pioneer Women of the West breakfast and beauty pageants, Pioneer […]

Crash victim placed on ventilator

By Jack King A Clovis man who rammed his truck into a train just off of U.S. Highway 60-84 Monday was listed in critical condition and has been placed on a ventilator at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday. Derek Glidewell, 41, had been listed in undetermined condition at Covenant Hospital on […]

Richardson to visit area

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to tour 11 communities — including Clovis and Portales today — during a three-day swing through southeast New Mexico, according to a news release from his office. Richardson will discuss the recent legislative session, and talk about upcoming initiatives, including the education-reform election in September […]

County to consider tax hike

By Jack King Curry County is facing a $200,000 shortfall in its 2002 budget and may have to increase taxes to cover it, County Manager Geneva Cooper told the commission Tuesday. To cover the shortfall, the county could increase property taxes by 1 or 2 mils of value or increase gross receipts taxes by one-eighths […]

Tornado safety tips

CNJ Staff The National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross offer these tips on preparing for a tornado: Tornado safety – Develop a plan for yourself and your family, at home, at work or at school. – Know your community and keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement. […]

Residents enjoy Cinco de Mayo celebration

By Janet Bresenham A festive mood filled the American Legion Post #25 Saturday night, as people of all ages and backgrounds celebrated a Cinco de Mayo festival with music, dancing and food. The evening was organized as a fund-raiser for the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series. “It’s supporting the cultural arts,” said CCC Cultural […]

Cannon’s Services Squadron named best in Air Combat Command

By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon’s 27th Services Squadron recently was selected as the “best of the best” in Air Combat Command competition, despite being shorthanded throughout the competition year. “Even with a large number of our squadron deployed in support of operations worldwide, we were still able to maintain the level […]

One injured in truck-train collision

By Jack King A Clovis man was at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock on Monday after ramming his truck into a train just off U.S. Highway 60-84 between Clovis and Texico, officials said. His condition was unknown at press time. Derek Glidewell, 41, was westbound on U.S. 60-84 when the wreck occurred at 9 a.m. Monday […]

Tornado season upon us

By Jack King May and June are peak tornado times for eastern New Mexico, which is on the far western edge of the nation’s Tornado Alley. And local officials take regular steps to prepare for potential storm damage, said Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos — even though tornadoes are rare around […]

Business Digest

The city of Clovis is seeking applicants to serve as representatives from Districts 1 and 4 on its Economic Developent Tax Advisory Board, according to a city press release. The board meets at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. It makes recommendations to the Clovis City Commission regarding allocation of economic development […]

Foam roofing provides durability

By Jack King The closed-cell urethane foam two Clovis roofing contractors are offering makes a lighter weight, better insulating, roofing material than traditional substances and is more convenient to apply, both for the contractor and the customer, they said recently. Trace Bailey, of T.S. Bailey Enterprises, said he has been in the business of spraying […]

Reporter’s notebook — Last Meal

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants for their last-meal request. One response, from Ken De Los Santos of Clovis: “I would want to have all my favorite junk foods, which include hot wings, fried zucchini, fried pickle slices, fried chicken strips with ranch dressing, and — for dessert — turtle cheesecake, yellow cake […]