Raccoons don’t wash their food

Tony Gennaro The word “lotor” is part of the Latin scientific name for the raccoon; it means “the washer.” Apparently, the person who named the raccoon assumed the animal washed its food before eating it. That is what captive raccoons appear to do. They put their food in water and manipulate it with their hands. […]

Friut can jazz up ordinary bread pudding

June Crozier Towers If ordinary bread pudding is not enough, jazz it up with apples, coconut and pecans. A plain-Jane dessert suddenly becomes a star. Top it with heavy cream or vanilla ice cream, and this bread pudding becomes a real crowd-pleaser. How nice that it takes just minutes to toss it together and only […]

Lack of funding threatens water conservation

Mike Linn New incentives for farmers to conserve water in the area lack the compensation funds and may have come too late to save considerable amounts of water in area wells, local conservation specialists said. Financial incentives to save water will never outweigh the income irrigation provides through the harvesting of water-thirsty crops, the specialists […]

Officials concerned about cities’ finances for proposed water plan

Jack King Federal and state officials raised questions Wednesday about some eastern New Mexico communities’ ability to pay for their share of the renewable water delivery system proposed by the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The authority has been created to develop a pipeline project to distribute water from Ute Reservoir to communities in […]

City threatens to cut off nursing home’s water

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By Mike Linn The city of Portales may soon cut off the water to a nursing home unless an overdue bill totaling more than $10,000 is paid. Portales City Attorney Stephen Doerr sent a letter dated June 5 to Heartland Continuing Care Center explaining that the water debt is $10,760.87. The letter said if the […]

Dinosaurs once roamed near Clayton

Angela Peacock Less than a three-hour drive north of Clovis is one of the largest discovery of dinosaur tracks in the world. Clayton Lake State Park, located 12 miles north of Clayton, is home to more than 500 dinosaur tracks. The prehistoric footprints, which experts say were made more than 100 million years ago, were […]

It’s all part of the job, and then some

Mike Linn Last Wednesday, following a trek through rain-drenched city streets seeking photos of what a wicked storm left behind, I earned a new nickname. I am “Noah.” A few of my editors thought it was funny that I accidentally locked my keys in my car — while it was still running mind you — […]

Board meets regarding Ute pipeline project

By Mike Linn The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met on Wednesday to once again discuss many pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the Ute water pipeline project. The meeting included the bonding of 12 entities — including the cities of Portales and Clovis — when officials from each signed on to […]

Windmills helped settle the West

By Don McAlavy John Gordon “Spud” Greaves homesteaded southeast of Elida near Nobe in 1907. He was the father of Gordon Greaves, late publisher of the Portales News-Tribune. This is his story: “With the passing of 1908, we had consumed 80 days in water hauling, and decided if we were to remain on the homestead, […]

Water meeting slated for today in Portales

PNT Staff The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at The Roosevelt restaurant for their monthly meeting. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega praised the efforts of the authority — which includes 12 entities including Clovis and Portales — by stating that combined efforts on the Ute Water Project are gathering […]

Stipulation in bill could cost county $100,000

By Mike Linn A minor stipulation in a bill that unanimously cleared the legislative process may cost Roosevelt County a hardy chunk of cash. House Bill 229, drafted to increase cash allocations to small counties in the state, requires that counties with a property value over $200 million must have three general gross receipts taxes […]

Dry weather plagues local farmers

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]

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 […]

What if water use is restricted?

By Claire Bushey In the Sandia Mountains community of Madrid near Albuquerque, lack of water translates to lack of toilets. The New Mexico town with its population of 149 attracts a number of tourists due to its shops and galleries. But because of extreme water conservation measures, it only has four businesses with toilets available […]

Small towns at risk

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By Gary Mitchell Could water shortages produce ghost towns throughout eastern New Mexico any time soon? It’s possible. “We do have the prospect of ghost towns in the future with the Ogallala Aquifer drying up,” said Lee Tillman, executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. “Elida, for example, is at risk because they don’t […]

Water quality: Right as rain

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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 Aquifer, which is accessed by drilling 300 to 400 feet, depending on location. “Because of that, you don’t have […]

Top names in water

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By Haley Rice Editor’s note: The following are profiles of movers and shakers in the world of water — from the man who dug the first wells on the Llano Estacado to the high-profile voices in the ongoing debate about the future of our water supply. Although each presents a different solution to the problems […]

State oversees water issues

By Claire Bushey In New Mexico, water is such a precious resource it naturally follows that many people and organizations devote their efforts to researching and managing it. The two major state organizations that control water-related matters are the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and the Interstate Stream Commission. Separate government agencies, they […]

Too much water 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 […]