Land commissioner says he hopes to help make better use of state trust land

Tonjia Rolan State Land Commissioner Ray Powell hopes to partner with local officials to make better use of state trust land in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Curry County has 45,640 acres of state trust land, and Roosevelt county has 181,691 acres, according to Land office District Manager Erik Nelson. Cannon Air Force Base leased 11,000 […]

Bombing range lease signing ceremony Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico A signing ceremony is set for Wednesday in Santa Fe to pave the way for an expansion of the Melrose Air Force Range. A two-part process will lease about 11,000 acres of state trust land in Roosevelt County to the U.S. Air Force. The range currently includes about 66,000 acres in northwestern […]

Year in review: Wildfires mark year

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File photo File photo Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones said an April 17 wildfire that burned 71,000 acres of south Curry County is expected to cost the agricultural community $16 million just this year with an estimated $40 million over time, according to an economic feasibility study. A dry, windy spring created conditions for […]

Grassfire burns 60 acres

Freedom New Mexico Sixty acres of grass, three farm structures and farm equipment were destroyed by fire Wednesday around Curry Roads 21 and D, according to David Kube, Curry County wildland fire coordinator. Kube said fire units from Texico and Clovis called to the scene about 12:30 p.m. arrived to find a swather, a piece […]

Conservation program policies modified

CNJ staff The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, according […]

Our people: Clovis barber Tom Wade has helped develop city

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LILIANA CASTILLO: Freedom New Mexico Tom Wade has been a barber for 52 years. When he moved to Clovis, he said there was little developed above 21st Street. Clovis resident Tom Wade, 74, has been a part of big things in Clovis. He worked with the Junior Chamber to turn Greene Acres Park Lake from […]

Low water levels expose berm in Greene Acres Lake

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Due to drought conditions and low levels at Greene Acres Park, a berm was exposed in recent weeks in the southeast corner of the lake. Liliana Castillo A berm in the southeast corner of Greene Acres Lake has become exposed in recent weeks with drought conditions causing low water levels […]

Muleshoe fire burns more than 3,000 acres

CNJ staff A grass fire that closed U.S. 84 between Sudan and Muleshoe Tuesday night took West Texas fire departments about three hours to extinguish. Muleshoe volunteer firefighter Wayne Wallace said the fire was out by around 11:30 p.m. (CST). Bailey County Judge Sherri Harrison said the fire rekindled from earlier in the day, burning […]

Official says fire burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres

CNJ staff Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said Saturday’s fire near McAlister, nicknamed the Windy Fire, burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres. Initial estimates put that number around 25,000 acres. Jacobs said two fires started around the same time Saturday, both beginning near highways. Jacobs said a cause for the fires is unknown. He said […]

Wind festival set for Saturday

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The following trophies for the Downtown Wind Festival’s Pedal ARTitude Rally are on display at the Clovis MainStreet office. MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Baubien said the aim was to make the trophies tacky, “and I think we’ve excelled.” Kevin Wilson The joke goes, John Muir said, that wind helped establish […]

Fire damage estimate climbs to 71,000 acres

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan From left, Kenneth Workheiser of Transmatic Wrecker Service and Curry County Deputies Michael Brockett and Erica Romero man a roadblock on U.S. 70 near Southwest Cheese Company LLC during the grass fire April 17. Workheiser said he was there in case a fire truck needed help. Twenty-eight fire departments fought […]

Community recovering after 17,000-acre grassfire

Sharna Johnson For about $20,000, five miles of fence line can be replaced. But no amount of money can bring life back to burned grassland. Grass is priceless to Britni Sherwood and her family, who are left with nothing but charred and blowing sand after a massive fire Sunday consumed all but a small area […]

Families, officials assess damage from fire

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Courtesy photo: Missy Terry Britni Sherwood’s horses run from Sunday’s blaze in south Curry County. While all of Sherwood’s animals survived the fire, she said they are still going to have to sell their cattle because they no longer have anywhere to graze them. Sharna Johnson For about $20,000, five miles of fence line can […]

Officials worry Sunday fire just the beginning

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson High winds kept a large grass fire going nearly all afternoon Sunday, pushing it from Melrose to just west of U.S. 70 in Clovis. Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high […]

Wildfires force evacuations

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Travis Reynoles of the Texico Fire Department puts his gear on Saturday night at the Milnesand Fire Department as he prepares to be called out to a grass fire which started 15 miles north of Tatum. The fire was estimated to have burned 500 acres. Freedom New Mexico Wind-whipped wildfires […]

Three grass fires burn about 2,500 acres in Roosevelt County

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Firefighter Cody Padgett of the Portales Fire Department hoses down some newly erupted flames from one of three fires in Roosevelt County along New Mexico Highway 70 Tuesday afternoon while Firefighter Mike Chaves drives. The three fires burned about 2,500 acres along the highway. Freedom New Mexico Three grass fires […]

Industrial park seeking tenants

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Renewable Energy Group, which has a biodiesel plant, is the lone tenant in Clovis’ industrial park. Clovis Industrial Development Corporation officials said a bad economy has been a factor in the vacancy of the 25-lot park. Kevin Wilson Hundreds of acres to pick from. Railroad and utility access available. It’s […]

Grass fire burns about 4,000 acres

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Officials estimate 4,000 acres of Curry County grassland burned during a Sunday fire north of Clovis. Firefighters from multiple departments worked more than 11 hours to extinguish the blaze, the cause of which has not yet been determined. Sharna Johnson About 4,000 acres of grassland burned north of Clovis on […]

Grass fire consumes 150 acres

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire Friday morning northeast of Portales burned about 150 acres, according to a fire department spokesman. No one was injured in the blaze reported about 11:31 a.m., said Portales Fire Department Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said the fire started on Highway 467 and spread to Roosevelt Roads 2 and 3. […]

Grass fire cause still under investigation

CNJ staff The cause of a fire Wednesday that burned and estimated 8,000 to 10,000 acres 14 miles south of Elida wasn’t what firefighters at first thought, said Elida Fire Chief Darrell Chenault. He said there were no downed power lines, which were initially thought to have sparked the blaze, and state Forestry Division fire […]