Fire burns 5,000 acres near Melrose

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A grassfire burned about 5,000 acres Tuesday afternoon near Melrose. The fire was contained after about three hours. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk said the fire is believed to have started off the side of the highway by either sparks from a vehicle or a discarded cigarette. Sharna Johnson A grass […]

Wildfires burning near Milnesand, Tucumcari

TATUM, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters in New Mexico are battling a wind-whipped grass fire near Tatum but have another blaze near Tucumcari 95 percent contained. The so-called Kizer 5 fire has burned an estimated 5,000 acres of state and private land about 15 miles north of Tatum. State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says about six […]

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 […]

Police blotter — Aug. 24

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 a.m. Aug. 11, an officer responded to a report of arson in the 100 block of Manana Boulevard. A woman said she found what appeared to be a burning box of fried chicken under a coworker’s car, got some water […]

March 8, Letters to the Editor

Open burning needs to be addressed The Clovis News Journal recently published two stories regarding grass fires.Both articles missed great opportunities to do something to curb the occurrence of grass/wild fires in our area.Open burning of refuse has been banned by state regulations since 2004. Why? Because a major portion of today’s wastes contain plastic. […]

Police: Homicide victim likely knew attacker

CNJ Staff Police say they suspect a 54-year-old Clovis woman found dead inside her burning house Saturday morning was killed by someone she knew. The victim is identified as Elizabeth McAdams, 1600 N. Lea St. Her body was discovered shortly after 7 a.m. by Clovis firefighters responding to a house fire. Police said smoke was […]

Resident reports sign burning

Freedom New Mexico

Allowing flag burning honors our forefathers

Freedom Newspapers Syndicate The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday took a step toward limiting the First Amendment by sending to the Senate floor a constitutional amendment that allows Congress to ban flag desecration. Conservatives have been trying to get the amendment through Congress since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down flag protection laws in 1989. […]

4/23 Local roundup

Firefighters: Lightning likely started grass fire Firefighters were battling a grass fire in Tolar on Saturday evening that likely was started by lightning, according to Lt. Tim Peterson of the Clovis Fire Department. Peterson said eight personnel and four units were dispatched to battle the blaze that he estimated was burning in a line across […]

57-year-old man pulled from burning house

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The Clovis Fire Department responded to 1013 Maple St. in Clovis on Thursday evening where they pulled a 57-year-old man from the home. He was transported to a Lubbock hospital. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Firefighters pulled a 57-year-old man from a burning home on Thursday night and he was flown to a Lubbock […]

Mouse fire still hot news

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A Fort Sumner firefighter looks on as Luciano Mares attempts to extinguish a fire Saturday at his house on Grove Street using a garden hose. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Luciano Mares was just trying to protect his cats. He didn’t want them to eat the mouse he caught in […]

Mouse takes down house

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Luciano Mares uses a garden hose to help the Fort Sumner Fire Department extinguish a fire Saturday at his house at 1137 Grove Street. Mares said he inadvertently started the fire when he tried to burn a mouse. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Dry conditions throughout the region have resulted […]

Dry conditions fuel grass fires

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Blackened rangeland near Floyd on Thursday shows how close Wednesday’s 35,000-acre fire came to the eastern New Mexico town. The Air Force is investigating to determine the cause of the blaze, which began on the Melrose Bombing Range. (AP photo) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales Fire Chief Darwin Chenault said Wednesday’s massive grass fire […]

Air regulations should be lifted during cost crisis

Freedom Newspapers Anybody else smell what we smell? It’s that time of year when the evocative aroma of wood smoke can be detected wafting through many area neighborhoods. And this year that smell could be a bit stronger, as high heating bills have residents turning to wood stoves and fireplaces to keep their homes cozy. […]

Flag amendment not Congress’ most pressing concern

Freedom Newspapers With an ongoing war in Iraq, Osama bin Laden still in hiding, massive federal budget deficits and necessary Social Security and Medicare reform on the table, one would think that Congress would have a full plate of serious issues to tackle. Instead, the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 286-130 to push forward […]

Police Blotter 12/22

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Two vehicles sustained heavy damage in a Dec. 12 crash about 4 p.m. at the corner of Seventh and Grand streets. Police reported a 1998 Dodge pickup was westbound in the right lane of Highway 60/84 and a 2000 Ford car was […]

Jesus the light in a darkened world

By Judy Brandon The summer before my senior year in high school, my sister Susie and I traveled with Mother and Daddy to Kansas City for a church convention. Because we were near a community where Daddy once pastored, my parents decided to take the next week as vacation and attend a revival. They wanted […]