Gas prices soaring statewide

Gas prices continue to rise across the nation due to supply and demand issues. Clovis pump prices Sunday averaged $1.89 a gallon. By Monday morning, several local gas stations had increased prices to $1.96 a gallon. (CNJ staff photo: Leslie Radford) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer o Prices in Clovis jumped as much as […]

Federal officials holding up pipleline

Senator Jeff Bingaman An affordable supply of good quality water is critical to sustaining future economic opportunities, not to mention our state’s culture and way of life. Drought, population increases, and depleting aquifers make water management one of the most difficult and important issues facing New Mexicans. Nowhere is this more evident than in eastern […]

Clovis businesses celebrate 75 years

By Don McAlavy In 1929, a small-town newspaperman came to Clovis from Kansas to start a dynasty. Not only did Mack Stanton combine two weekly newspapers into a daily — the Clovis Evening News Journal at 215 Main — he also created a printing plant to do commercial printing at 313 Main and he called […]

President can’t put brakes on rising gas prices

Editorial P retending the president can somehow wave a wand and magically reduce soaring gasoline prices is a typical Washington conceit, little different from the equally misleading idea that he controls the economy or the distribution of jobs. Encouraging such fantasies isn’t unheard of in a presidential campaign season, as candidates attempt to woo the […]

Cannon policies protect the water supply

Carla Givens An article recently published in the Clovis News Journal quoted a local citizen who expressed concern that Cannon Air Force Base is not participating in water conservation efforts. For years, water use has undoubtedly been one of the most polarizing issues in New Mexico and prolonged drought has made the issue yet more […]

Back to school so soon?

Sandra Beaulieu shows clothes to her daughter, Hanna Flatow, 9, both of Clovis, as the two look for back-to-school deals on Saturday at the North Plains Mall. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez Three words children most dread to hear each summer have begun flashing across TV screens and are now posted at local […]

Officials to discuss water supply

By Mike Linn Portales is hosting a workshop this week on examining ways to slow the rapidly declining water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer. In areas north of Portales, water from the Ogallala declines four times as fast as it is replenished, conservation officials explain, and even with modern farming irrigation systems the extended future […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Water quality: Right as rain

The Ogallala Aquifer is an excellent source for drinking water because it acts like a natural filter for impurities. By Gary Mitchell One good thing about having to drill so deeply for water in this region is it helps ensure its purity, water experts say. The primary water source for this area is the Ogallala […]

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 […]