Burn ban prohibits setting off fireworks in county

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File photo Under restrictions imposed by the state forestry department, use of fireworks is banned on private or state lands outside city and federal lands. Sharna Johnson People may still be able to buy fireworks in the state, but if they use them in the county they can be cited for violating a burn ban […]

County burn bans include fireworks

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Sharna Johnson With ongoing drought and high fire risk, only the professionals get to play with fireworks in Eastern New Mexico this year. Burn bans are active in Curry and Roosevelt counties this year with officials going a step further to pass restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks out of fear of fire. […]

Press release: Prescribed burn by Cannon at Melrose range

The 27th Special Operations Wing will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30 – May 3. These scheduled fires clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such as lightning. If weather conditions are not […]

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 […]

County approves burn ban ordinance

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners adopted an ordinance Tuesday granting them authority to invoke a burn ban during periods of high fire danger. The ordinance, passed on a 4-1 vote, also identifies types of burning allowed during times of low fire risk. Burning of refuse in piles or back yard burn barrels, small fires for […]

Friday morning briefing: Getting burned and class openings

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Did you know You can be fined for failing to notify the fire department before you burn trash or weeds in the county.

MSU outlasts Hounds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern guard Jordan Romero goes up to the basket against Midwestern State forward Charlie Logan during the first half of Saturday’s game. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer By Kevin Wilson Freedom New Mexico kwilson@cnjonline.com Midwestern State had plenty of talent, and speed to burn, and the outmanned Greyhounds couldn’t […]

April 5, 2009 On the shelves

Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn features the deadly and charismatic hero Mitch Rapp as he wages a counter-terrorism war against a new enemy with the help of a fellow soldier who is as dedicated and as lethal as they come. iPod and iTunes by Guy Hart-Davis shows how to download music, videos, photos, podcasts, calendars, […]

County enacts burn ban

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer All open fires with few exceptions are now banned in Curry County. County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to start the burn ban, citing extreme fire danger. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman told commissioners the risk of fire is high, and, “if we don’t get some relief soon it will […]

Texico fire controlled burn

CNJ staff Texico city officials reported Friday morning a fire on the outskirts of Texico is a controlled burn. Just before 10 a.m., personnel at the city clerk’s office reported a farmer was burning a wheat field and the fire chief had gone to the scene.

Teaching safety with fire

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Melrose elementary students stood about 100 yards from a burning house Thursday, part of a fire safety demonstration. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Popping and crackling sounds filled the crisp morning air as flames jetted through collapsing windows and dark smoke colored the sky. Firefighters moved to and fro, […]

County Commission restricts fireworks

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Chairman Tim Ashley jokingly referred to himself as the “Grinch who stole the Fourth of July” at Thursday’s special meeting of the Curry County Commission. The reference to the famous Dr. Seuss holiday-stealing character came after the commissioners adopted an ordinance restricting fireworks. The ordinance bans the sale and […]

County manager urges caution lifting fire ban

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Recent rainfall has Curry County residents questioning the need for the continuation of the countywide burn ban. County Manager Dick Smith told the County Commission on Tuesday his office has received several phone calls from citizens asking if the ban has been lifted. The burn ban, which encompasses all […]

Passion of 1960s giving way to old age

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnit It began with the Magnificent Montague. He was a disc jockey on KGFJ, 1230 on your AM dial, back in the days of Supremes and Miracles, Sam Cooke singing “You Send Me” and James Brown testifying about papa’s brand-new bag. KGFJ was the very heartbeat of black Los Angeles, and […]

Controlled burn gets out of hand

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A resident intended to burn some wheat stubble on his land, when the fire got out of control and threatened area homes. (staff photo: John Eisel) CNJ staff A controlled burn got out of hand Friday evening, sending towers of gray smoke into the Clovis sky. The Clovis Fire Department responded to a call by […]

Muleshoe burn victim critical

CNJ staff A 78-year-old Muleshoe man injured Saturday in a house fire in Muleshoe was still in critical condition Wednesday night, according to hospital officials. Larry Hall was taken to the burn unit at University Medical Center in Lubbock on Saturday night where he was treated for burns covering about 30 percent of his body, […]

Christmas trees take care

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Christmas trees line the parking lot of Allsup’s during Thanksgiving weekend in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Christmas tree is a venerated and centuries-old symbol of Christianity and the holiday season. Not to mention a beacon of joy for children come Christmas day. But it can also be […]