Bingaman: New Mexico fire departments to benefit from federal funds

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that eight New Mexico Fire departments will benefit from $584,918 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. With the exception of the Velarde Valley, the following New Mexico Fire Departments will receive funding for operations and safety programs […]

Year in review: Major crimes down

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CNJ file photo An investigator holds up homicide victim Clifford Webber’s New Mexico driver’s identification card found in his wallet by collecting evidence at a house on west 14th Street. The case was one of three homicides in Clovis and Curry County during 2009. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement focused on […]

Press release: State departments see no reason to close schools for flu concerns

For Immediate Release

Udall urges N.M. police departments to apply for recovery act funding

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that New Mexico police departments can apply for Department of Justice (DOJ) grants to help them hire new officers. The recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Udall supported, provides $1 billion to help police departments across the country through the popular and successful Community Oriented Policing […]

House considering creation of two cabinet-level departments

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Fire destroys barn in Curry County

Fire destroyed a barn near Pleasant Hill Saturday, according to Texico fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper. Fire departments from Clovis, Texico, Pleasant Hill and Farwell responded to a barn fire Saturday on 1720 curry Road C, according to Cooper. The fire started around 1:30 p.m. and no injuries were reported, according to Cooper. The Pleasant […]

Multiple departments fighting Curry grass fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A pile of rail road ties burns as a result of a grassfire that began when someone burned trash Wednesday on County road AB. CNJ staff Firefighters from multiple departments are battling a large grass fire between Clovis and Melrose.

Fire plan focuses on grasslands

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Recent wildfires in California only accentuate the area’s need to be prepared, officials said. Curry County Road Superintendent Danny Davis said such a plan is in development for the county. Focus is being given to areas surrounded by rural grasslands, which are more vulnerable to large scale fires, Davis […]

Fire departments concerned about liability

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Residents living in Roosevelt County wishing to perform a controlled burn must have fire departments on standby as part of the ban that was kept intact by Roosevelt County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. Local area fire departments are concerned with the issue of standbys primarily because of liability. “It’s […]

Volunteer firefighters provide safety net for rural areas

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Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said his members perform their roles as volunteers for personal enjoyment and for their community. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The 9-1-1 report said the caller was “bleeding profusely.” Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said he and fellow firefighters rushed to the […]