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 […]