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 […]