NWS releases rainfall totals

According to the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, the Portales and Clovis area received the following rainfall from Sunday through Friday: • 1.12 inches in Portales • 2.74 inches 3 miles west of Portales • 0.52 inches 10 1/2 miles west of Portales • 0.82 inches 8 miles east of Portales • 1.13 inches […]

Recent rains signal beginning of monsoon season

Freedom New Mexico That water dropping out of the sky is called rain and weather forecasters are speculating it could mark the end of a months-long drought and the beginning of a much-needed monsoon season for eastern New Mexico. A late evening thunderstorm Monday dropped .20 inches of rain near Clovis and between .37 to […]

New state laws benefit veterans

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect Friday, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services. […]

Federal programs offering assistance

Federal programs are offering help to those affected by recent wildfires. Services offered include help for the direct loss of homes, infrastructure, community facilities, crops, livestock, and processing facilities, according to a press release from the USDA. For information, contact: z Farm Service Agency (505) 761-4900 www.fsa.usda.gov/nm z Natural Resources Conservation Service (505) 761-4400 or […]

Finally rain but no more in sight anytime soon (updated)

Much needed rain pelted most of eastern new Mexico and West Texas late Monday in a gusty thunderstorm that was also blamed for igniting a series of grass fires near Muleshoe. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting 1.22 inches of rain fell in Clovis. Officials at Clovis Airport recorded .14 inches and Cannon […]

Their view: Capping program would cut service

F.J. Pollak is president, CEO, and co-founder of TracFone Wireless. He writes about the need to preserve subsidized phone service for low-income Americans. Federal regulators recently announced a move that could deprive millions of low-income Americans of one of modern life’s necessities — the telephone. Officials at the Federal Communications Commission are considering a series […]

Their view: Disaster farm aid needs to be renewed

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director New Mexico Farm Service Agency, says no industry is more vulnerable to nature’s wrath than agriculture. Hence, the need for disaster programs.

Sen. Ingle being honored for public service

CNJ staff State Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, is one of 10 New Mexicans being honored for public service at the New Mexico First Forum Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards. The awards are part of the annual First Forum Lecture Series on May 25 at the University of New Mexico’s Keller Hall. The event will […]

Great Lake Airlines essential air service contract renewed

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it has renewed Essential Air Service contracts with Great Lakes Airlines for Clovis, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Great Lakes will provide two round trips per day and each weekend to Albuquerque from Clovis, with a federal subsidy rate of […]

Campaign highlights family service

There’s a sacrifice gap in America today that many don’t see but that some — military families — see and feel every day. Blame the professionalism of a volunteer force that is able, into a 10th straight year, to wage war against enemies far from the homeland. The uncomfortable reality is that only 1 percent […]

Dry weather plagues counties

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Alisa Boswell One word defines Curry and Roosevelt counties these last six month: Dry. Bone dry, say officials who keep track. The National Weather Service said New Mexico average precipitation for March was ranked as the third driest since 1895, when they started keeping count. The weather service reports from October through March, Clovis received […]

DoD celebrates Month of the Military Child

By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Children of U.S. service members around the world will be honored throughout the month of April for their contributions to their families’ well-being and sacrifices on behalf of the nation, a Defense Department official said. Each April, Americans pause to recognize the nation’s 1.8 million military […]

Area under fire weather watch

PNT staff report The National Weather Service has a fire weather watch in effect this afternoon through this evening and Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. A transmission from the service advises of sustained winds of 20 miles per hour with gusts exceeding 35 mph, with relative humidity in the single digits Tuesday and 10-15 percent […]

Reader-submitted content: Elida student to go on youth tour

Roosevelt County Rural Telephone Cooperative recently selected Randy Jasso of Elida High School as the winner of the 2011 Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour to be held June 4-8 in Washington, D.C. Randy is the son of Emiliano Jasso Jr. and Carmina Jasso. Each year, in collaboration with National Telecommunications Cooperative Association member companies, […]

Some prior service officers eligible to retire early

By Lt. Col Ann Stefanek: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced plans recently to allow some prior service officers the opportunity to retire earlier than expected. As a result of the Fiscal 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, eligible officers with prior enlisted service who have completed 20 years […]

Sandwich shop to reopen

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Argen Duncan Do Drop In sandwich shop is reopening with a culinary school graduate and a military family at the helm. The restaurant on Avenue A closed Dec. 12. Previous owner Joann Rackler said she wanted more time, especially since her grandchildren are in Albuquerque. New owner Kamille Mountjoy said her family always wanted such […]

Press release: The National Weather Service issues wind advisory

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a wind advisory which is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST) today. This includes Curry and Roosevelt Counties. West Winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Wind speeds will increase by mid morning. The strongest winds are expected during the […]

It's their business: No Hassle Auto Service

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Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte No Hassle technician Jason Romero, left, and co-owner John Kuchta use an electronic scan tool on an SUV. No Hassle Auto Service • Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays by appointment. • Location: 1820 W. Seventh St. • Owner: Cliff and John Kuchta • Type of business: […]

In tribute: Volunteer remembered for commitment to service

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Robert Lydick had a personality nobody would forget, son Chad Lydick said. But something else wasn’t forgotten — his commitment to service. “That was his philosophy, and it’s become mine too,” Chad Lydick said of his father, who died Feb. 7. “We felt that everyone should give something back.” Lydick was known for volunteerism at […]

Storm spotter course offered in March

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service of Albuquerque will be holding two free sessions of a storm spotter’s course in the area in March, according to a news release. The March 22 sessions are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Clovis city hall assembly room and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. […]