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Tumbleweeds bury Clovis homes
KRQE ^ | 1/28/14 | Emily Younger

Posted on 01/30/2014 11:27:22 AM PST by Kartographer

Clovis city officials say the whopping weeds are covering homes and blocking streets and residents are calling it the tumbleweed invasion of 2014.

“It looked like a herd of cows coming in,” said Clovis resident Lee Cassidy. “The tumbleweeds were just rolling in.”

After those tumbleweeds rolled in, they got stuck.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: clovis; tumbleweeds
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STAMPEDE!!!
1 posted on 01/30/2014 11:27:22 AM PST by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

2 posted on 01/30/2014 11:28:11 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: CedarDave; LegendHasIt; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; OneWingedShark; ...

NEW MEXICO PING!!!


3 posted on 01/30/2014 11:29:06 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

HA! They blew in from the Antelope Valley and Mojave Desert...

I was wondering where all of ours end up...now I know.


4 posted on 01/30/2014 11:29:39 AM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Kartographer

A common sight in eastern Wyoming.


5 posted on 01/30/2014 11:30:43 AM PST by lesko
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To: Kartographer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWR6FLnPack


6 posted on 01/30/2014 11:32:03 AM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: Kartographer

If you have a leaf blower, can you send them to the neighbors?


7 posted on 01/30/2014 11:33:22 AM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Kartographer
They've come to spawn!!



Either that or this is officially the most empty/dead town in west.
8 posted on 01/30/2014 11:33:43 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Kartographer

Tumbleweeds are basically standard scene material in all Western movies.

The interesting thing is they were not native to the U.S. but were brought to America by Russian immigrants in the 1890s. They were accidentally mixed in with their wheat seeds.


9 posted on 01/30/2014 11:34:33 AM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: RightGeek

When they get piled up the only way using a pitchfork.


10 posted on 01/30/2014 11:35:03 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Kartographer

“TUMBLEWEEDMAGEDDON”


11 posted on 01/30/2014 11:35:58 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: yarddog

-— The interesting thing is they were not native to the U.S. but were brought to America by Russian immigrants in the 1890s -—

Cool info. Thanks.


12 posted on 01/30/2014 11:36:39 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Kartographer

I’m gonna go out a bit tinfoil-y and call it a prophecy of things to come as the disastrous Obama economy turns many cities into virtual ghost-towns.


13 posted on 01/30/2014 11:39:44 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

It is less commonly called “Russian Thistle”.


14 posted on 01/30/2014 11:40:27 AM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Kartographer

15 posted on 01/30/2014 11:40:48 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: RipSawyer

Or better yet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOplBXTO8io


16 posted on 01/30/2014 11:41:14 AM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: yarddog

Migrating invasive species.


17 posted on 01/30/2014 11:46:38 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Kartographer
Here in Ohio we have wind-driven snowballs. One ended up in my front yard.
18 posted on 01/30/2014 11:50:12 AM PST by JoeFromSidney (Book: Resistance to Tyranny. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

They look like something that would burn, I’d torch them.


19 posted on 01/30/2014 11:51:35 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are Affirmative Action for Slackers! .)
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To: Rebelbase
"Migrating invasive species."

Like Democrats?
20 posted on 01/30/2014 11:52:10 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: SandRat
The Albuquerque Water Authority builds one alongside Interstate 40 every winter.


21 posted on 01/30/2014 11:52:13 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Beagle8U

It’s not uncommon to fork them into drums and burn them, but just lighting up a pile in the backyard would be a very bad idea.


22 posted on 01/30/2014 11:53:16 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Kartographer

Is this New Mexico ???


23 posted on 01/30/2014 11:58:32 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana
Yep, it's NM. We get strange stuff happening all the time.

This is the Clayton Hail Glacier of August 2004.

24 posted on 01/30/2014 12:00:27 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: RipSawyer; All
Yeah, a late '50s western had him singing on their show..
(surprisely) pretty good, awhole lot better than
Rawhide's "Yowdy Yates" (clint eastwood :)
trick question: who sang it's theme song.

25 posted on 01/30/2014 12:07:18 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Kartographer

I remember those days from my youth.

1956, McKormic School in Farmington NM. We kids made tumbleweed forts on the play ground. Had lots of fun in them till the weekend and the next Monday we found the custodian had burned them. And HE did not even have to pile them.

1961, Carlsbad NM. The radio (KAVE) issued warnings on what streets to avoid due to tumbleweeds blocking the roads.

1967 Walker AFB Roswell NM. The service building entrances were blocked so bad it took about an hour to clear a way in. If the Russians had launched and attack we would have been toast.


26 posted on 01/30/2014 12:07:51 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: SZonian
Years ago, I decided to drive out a bit and round up three in varying sizes to connect as a desert snowman for Christmas, which ended up working quite well.

The only problem was that our car had velour upholstery and I was never, ever able to completely get rid of the stickery leftover chaff.


27 posted on 01/30/2014 12:08:41 PM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: Kartographer

http://www.wimp.com/tumbleweedinvasion/


28 posted on 01/30/2014 12:09:41 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Whoa! ..time for a wennie roast.

29 posted on 01/30/2014 12:10:25 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I always wondered who put that there. I always got a kick out of it.


30 posted on 01/30/2014 12:10:54 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Kartographer

Which do I hate most? Tumbleweeds or goatheads (Sandburrs). I think it would be goatheads. No wonder the goat head is a sign of Satanists.


31 posted on 01/30/2014 12:13:08 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: VanDeKoik

Clovis is a pretty good-sized town in eastern NM. There’s an Air Force base there and everything. It’s the last stop on Hwy 60/84 in NM before you come to the thriving metropolis of Lubbock, TX. :^)


32 posted on 01/30/2014 12:14:23 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Goatheads.... GRRRRRRR


33 posted on 01/30/2014 12:15:02 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: ErnBatavia

Nice! Nice homepage as well...can’t remember the last time I saw a RoadRunner around here...had to be sometime in the early 2000 time frame at Edwards AFB...awesome birds...watched a program on NGC about them a few weeks ago...quite informative.


34 posted on 01/30/2014 12:16:28 PM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Goatheads are evil...hate them things...


35 posted on 01/30/2014 12:18:12 PM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I lived in the Farmington area for 4 years. Learned the joy of burning large piles of tumbleweeds.


36 posted on 01/30/2014 12:24:18 PM PST by JimSp
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I always thought that about the goat head shape.


37 posted on 01/30/2014 12:25:37 PM PST by JimSp
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To: JimSp

[ I lived in the Farmington area for 4 years. Learned the joy of burning large piles of tumbleweeds. ]

They make wonderful crackling noises!!!


38 posted on 01/30/2014 12:52:28 PM PST by GraceG
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To: yarddog

Yeppir. Russian Thistle. I bought one to put “fairy lights” on a couple of Christmases ago.

While looking for them online, I came across a site that said they were used (or being used) to clean up radioactivity somewhere. I didn’t really fathom how.

They’re vicious little critters, a mass of thorns. Warning should anyone try to use them as a decoration (handle with extreme care & leather gloves), but they’d make a pretty fair deterrent piled up against a fence, better than Pampas Grass.


39 posted on 01/30/2014 12:53:26 PM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Decades ago I was driving a low slung 914 across New Mexico and went into a tumbleweed filled wind storm coming out of the south crossing my highway path at right angles.

In some cases you could see them coming and in other cases highway fringe grades would hide their approach until they popped out in front of you at 40 miles an hour driven by the winds. Some of them were 48 inches in diameter so they were much taller than my horizontal vision line.

It took a lot of steady nerve to keep driving right through them and initally now swerve, brake or flinch at my young age at the time. I had no raditor/fan/belt combination in front to get clogged or debris filled, so it was simply a matter of bashing through the hundreds I encountered in a 200 mile streatch of 1970s erea highway.

If I had been in a tall sedan or pickup, it would not have been so bad, but a low sportscar — wow.


40 posted on 01/30/2014 1:03:49 PM PST by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: KC Burke

***I had no raditor/fan/belt combination in front to get clogged or debris filled,

it would not have been so bad, but a low sportscar***

VW? Karmann Ghia?


41 posted on 01/30/2014 1:13:01 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Pretty good? A lot more than that I think! Curtis Gates, aka Ken Curtis, aka Festus Hagin was a professional singer before becoming an actor, he was lead singer for the Sons of the Pioneers and replaced Frank Sinatra as the vocalist for the Tommy Dorsey band when Sinatra left the job. Pretty impressive I would say. This https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RQ-wRfhJT4is his performance of “Breathless” with Shep Fields, he looks nothing like Festus in this video. In fact I would say he was better looking than the average guy without a doubt. He may have been one of the most underrated and overlooked entertainers in history. The “Festus Hagin” character was one you either loved or hated, personally I always liked watching the episodes that put Festus out front but even if you hated the character you would have to say Curtis played the part to perfection.

Oh, the Rawhide theme song of course was done by the one and only Frankie Laine who only stopped performing in 2007 at the age of 93 and Eastwood played “Rowdy” Yates, not Yowdy.


42 posted on 01/30/2014 1:18:52 PM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I think goatheads were the reason green Slime for tires was invented. My kids’ bike tires were continually being punctured on the way to school.

Until now, I didn’t know what they were called.


43 posted on 01/30/2014 1:42:13 PM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Kartographer

In 1950s southern California, on our street that was a really a long steep hill, we made land-rafts out of wood with bolted on roller skates for wheels, collected dozens of tumbleweeds from the vacant acres above our subdivision, tied them in bunches of a dozen or so and used them as “sails” to catch the Santa Anna winds and drag our land rafts down the street. It was as good as our snow sleds on the hills were in the winter when we lived “back east” in earlier years. Later, more subdivisions and other developments ended nearly all the open land and the tumbleweeds were eventually all gone; like the orange groves that went away almost as fast.


44 posted on 01/30/2014 1:53:08 PM PST by Wuli
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas; yarddog

Supposedly, ground zero was Odessa Texas. That was the main camp for the Russian laborers building the railroad, who named the camp Odessa and it became the town/city, just west of Midland, which is called Midland because it is midway between Dallas and El Paso.


45 posted on 01/30/2014 2:37:06 PM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

VW almost. It was a first year Porsche 914 before they ruined them. They started out 30% Porsche / 70% VW but by ‘73 they were almost all VW. With 4.6” of ground clearance it was like you were sitting 7” above the asphalt, but boy would they corner, track and brake. You could snake through traffic with the most precision of anything I have ever had — not a lot of power but they only weighed about 1990 lbs as I recall.


46 posted on 01/30/2014 2:48:29 PM PST by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

47 posted on 01/30/2014 3:04:16 PM PST by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: AZLiberty

In the late 50s and early 60s, we would wear those flipflops with the thick rubber soles. At the end of the day, we would have to scrape the goatheads off, as they covered the entire bottoms of the flipflops.

Frequently, some of the broken off ‘needles’ would work their way through the rubber and still stick the bottom of the feet.

Those were the days.


48 posted on 01/30/2014 3:25:05 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Kartographer

Russian thistle.

Imported on the hoves of cattle.


49 posted on 01/30/2014 3:51:10 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Kartographer

There might be something in the name
“Clovis.” Clovis California has lots of them too.

Just don’t get the bright idea to set them on fire....


50 posted on 01/30/2014 3:54:13 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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