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 […]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

Water takes on even more importance in the High Plains, where agriculture is one of the leading businesses. By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water […]

Farmers already feeling effects of disappearing water supply

Donald Jones of Farwell said lack of water and increased costs have driven him out of farming. By Haley Rice and Dave Gragg Donald Jones has been farming 29 years, but he has had enough. He loves farming and would continue, but said he’s running out of water on his Farwell farm. And Jones is […]

Community college event unites cultures

By Janet Bresenham A festive mood filled the American Legion Post No. 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 […]

Service with a smile: Cannon wins top award

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 […]

CNJ wins 19 awards in annual contest

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal and several of its news and photography staff members received a total of 19 awards Saturday night at the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors annual banquet. In the smaller-paper division, the Clovis News Journal won best-of-show for the second straight year, taking first place in […]

Q&A with Bill Ellis

Bill Ellis is retiring as owner of the Friona Star and the Bovina Blade. In 2001, he was named Man of the Year by the Friona Chamber of Commerce, as well as being elected to the Panhandle Press Association’s Hall of Fame. Q: How long have you been active in the field of journalism? A: […]

CNJ to explore water issues

Water is the mixture of two gases: hydrogen and oxygen. It is a vital solvent for human life. Given that 70 percent of the body is water, it makes obvious sense that water is necessary for the human body to function properly, said Dr. Newton Hilliard, a chemistry professor at Eastern New Mexico University. “Water […]

Runoff may be needed for Combest’s seat

By Jack King The special election to replace U.S. Rep. Larry Combest, R-Lubbock, in Texas, seemed likely to go into a run off at press time Saturday. Although there were clear leaders, none of the 17 candidates in the race had the “50 percent plus one vote” needed to win, according to the Texas Secretary […]

Fiesta celebrated

By Jack King Father Sotero Sena took time out for a shower Saturday after serving as a target in the pie-throwing booth, but in no time he was back in the food tent downing a funnel cake. Being a mainstay of Our Lady of Guadalupe/San Jose Mission’s annual fiesta is hard work, said Sena, the […]

Relay raises almost $45,000

By Janet Bresenham As the sun rose above Ned Houk Park Saturday morning, weary Relay for Life campers drank coffee, ate breakfast and recalled a night spent having fun and honoring cancer survivors, as well as those who lost their valiant fights against the disease. The Curry County Relay For Life, sponsored by the local […]

17 candidates are vying for U.S. Rep. Larry Combest’s seat

By Gary Mitchell Texas voters will make their way to the polls Saturday for local elections as well as a special election to decide on a replacement for U.S. Rep. Larry Combest, R-Lubbock, in District 19. There are 17 candidates running for the District 19 seat, according to Parmer County officials. Those 17 include: E.L. […]

Muleshoe man killed in one-vehicle rollover

By Angela Peacock A Muleshoe man and Bailey County employee was killed Thursday in a one-vehicle rollover involving the work truck he was driving. Mario Melendez, 24, was 13 miles south of Muleshoe driving westbound on FM 746 when his right inside rear tire blew out causing him to lose control and roll the Bailey […]

Commission considers closing Wheaton Street

By Jack King Residents from the Wheaton Street area argued heatedly Thursday the City Commission should postpone considering an ordinance that would close a portion of street to make way for a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad expansion. Charging the expansion will put BNSF’s new tracks near their backyards and Curry County needs more time […]

Ethanol plant escapes fines for dumping

By Mike Linn Scientific test results show an ethanol byproduct spill in Melrose in mid-September contaminated the area’s soil, forcing a local ethanol manufacturing company to clean up the mess. High Plains Ethanol officials dug up the soil and disposed of it at a licensed landfill and received no fines for the mishap, said Christina […]

Clovis liquor establishments stung

By Gary Mitchell A minor working with area law officers was able to purchase alcoholic beverages from half of the Clovis businesses he visited on Saturday, the Department of Public Safety says. The man, 20, was able to purchase alcohol in eight of the 16 businesses he visited, officials said. “This is not good,” said […]

Second man arrested in double slaying

By Gary Mitchell A Clovis man was arrested and charged Wednesday with two open counts of murder in the February shooting deaths of Alex Rodriguez and Wesley Griest. Dominic Murphy, who turned 25 on Tuesday, was also charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of tampering with evidence and […]

Annual Relay to kick off

By Janet Bresenham This weekend, people from throughout the community will come together to raise money for cancer research, while enjoying food, games and activities during the eighth annual Curry County Relay For Life. “It’s all about having fun and remembering cancer survivors, those who are fighting cancer and those who have lost their lives […]

Cannon celebrates Earth Day

Cannon officials plant a tree in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day Monday at the intersection of DL Ingram and Casablanca streets with the help from children with the Cannon Child Development Center in honor of Cannon being a Tree City USA. By Gary Mitchell With the wind chill factor in the upper 30s, […]

City hall renovating

By Jack King Innovative thinking and the elbow grease of two city employees has helped the city of Clovis save thousands of dollars in the renovation the Bert Cabiness City Government Center, City Manager Raymond Mondragon said this week. Using leftover funds from a reroofing project, the city now has new offices in its Building […]