Police blotter — March 21

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Monday • 7:31 a.m.: Call in reference to a stray dog chained to a tire. Dog has dragged the tire and gotten wrapped around the caller’s porch swing. Caller has tried to help it but it growls at her, 200 block of Circle Drive. […]

Police blotter — March 20

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Saturday • 12:20 a.m.: Caller reported that her sister attacked her, 1000 block of County Road 5. • 1:12 a.m.: Caller reported an officer responded to a domestic dispute, said there were four males outside who were waiting for him and threatened to shoot […]

Police blotter — March 18

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Thursday • 9:12 a.m.: Caller reported his back door was left unlocked. There is now a set of keys on the kitchen table that don’t belong to him or his roommate, 200 block of Ruth. • 2:07 p.m.: Call in reference to a female […]

Police blotter — March 16

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday • 8:13 a.m.: Call in reference to a suicide attempt, 500 block of Hinkle. • 9:03 a.m.: Caller reported passing by a driveway and seeing a pickup with window broken out, 3100 block of Wicks. • 9:26 a.m.: Caller reported the apartment next […]

Police blotter — March 15

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday • 11:16 a.m.: Caller reported driving by and seeing a male hitting a female and then go inside, 100 block of Aspen. • 11:32 a.m.: Caller reported her ex came into her home uninvited and took items, 2100 block of Howard Cowper. • […]

Police blotter — March 14

Here are police, sheriff and fire call logs from Monday through 11 a.m. Tuesday: • 12:45 a.m.: Caller reported a group of teenagers causing problem in the playground, 4300 block of Lew Wallace Drive. • 12:49 a.m.: Caller reported an unknown male kicked in his door and walked away, 800 block of Beta. • 2:07 […]

Officials preparing for high-alert fire season

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CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Portales Firefighter Chay Chenault checks a fire truck’s water and fluids, a daily check to prepare for the day and very important during high-risk fire seasons. Christina Calloway Portales and Clovis fire departments are preparing for another high-alert fire season and officials want to make sure residents and farmers are […]

Fire destroys sorghum, hay on ranch east of Portales

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune A fire, which broke out on a ranch east of Portales, claimed more than $1 million in sorghum and hay Thursday afternoon. Wes Fraze, son-in-law of the ranch owner said some corn may have also been threatened. Fire destroyed an estimated $800,000 worth of ground hay and sorghum this afternoon on […]

Commission approves burn ban

CNJ staff Curry County residents face severe restrictions on open fires under a Fire Danger Emergency resolution approved Tuesday by county commissioners. The resolution — a burn ban — was approved on a unanimous vote after commissioners were told the 90-day weather forecast for calls for less than average precipitation, continuing a severe drought. The […]

Fire destroys motorhome interior

CNJ staff A fire early Monday morning destroyed the interior of a motorhome parked in the driveway at 2201 Marvin Hass, according to Lt. Rick Qualls of the Clovis Fire Department. According to Lt. Qualls: • There were no injuries reported. • The fire was called in at 3 a.m. • The cause is not […]

Investigators rule fire accidental

CNJ staff A fire that gutted Clovis Apartments and displaced 12 families Feb. 1 was ruled accidental by the Clovis fire marshal. “The fire originated in the attic space above apartments 93 and 95 of Building 8 and was not intentionally set,” Fire Marshal Allan Silvers said in a press release. Silvers said the purpose […]

Apartment fire’s cause still under investigation

Tonjia Rolan Fire Marshal Allen Silvers said the cause of Wednesday’s fire at Clovis Apartments is still under investigation. He said investigators believe they have the start of the fire traced to an apartment, but the cause is still unknown. Investigators started sifting through the rubble while hot spots were still being put out. “We’re […]

Monday morning briefing: Help for fire victims and a slight chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fire victims Donations are needed for 12 families left homeless by a recent fire at Clovis Apartments. Money is most needed and cash or checks can be mailed or dropped off at United Way of Eastern New Mexico, 1200 N. Thornton St., Suite G, […]

Fire victims assistance meeting

New Mexico Emergency Management Director Kenneth De Los Santos asked that all families displaced by the Clovis Apartment fire meet at the Lighthouse Mission 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Red Cross will assess the needs of fire victims and arrange for temporary housing and other services. Clovis Apartment Manager Judy Portillo said Belle Vista school will […]

Twelve families displaced by Clovis Apartments fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firemen from the Clovis Fire Department take time Wednesday to rest and regroup before continuing their battle with the fire at the Clovis Apartments. Tonjia Rolan Nathan Alvarado was home with his 5-year-old son Kaiden and his mother, Angela Copeland, when the fire started Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments. […]

Letters to the editor — Dec. 29

Agencies performing admirably Born and raised in Clovis, I have never witnessed what has gone down this year. Local law enforcement has spent more time literally in the field than the farmers due to the increase in theft of copper and other materials. I also have never seen such activity in grass fires as this […]

Year in review: Wildfires mark year

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File photo File photo Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones said an April 17 wildfire that burned 71,000 acres of south Curry County is expected to cost the agricultural community $16 million just this year with an estimated $40 million over time, according to an economic feasibility study. A dry, windy spring created conditions for […]

None injured in mobile home fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis firemen put out flames Wednesday on a mobile home that caught fire on Connie Lane. Richard Hausmann, who lived in the home, said he was away shopping for a get well card and gift for his girlfriend and learned of the fire on returning home. CNJ staff No one […]

Grassfire burns 60 acres

Freedom New Mexico Sixty acres of grass, three farm structures and farm equipment were destroyed by fire Wednesday around Curry Roads 21 and D, according to David Kube, Curry County wildland fire coordinator. Kube said fire units from Texico and Clovis called to the scene about 12:30 p.m. arrived to find a swather, a piece […]

Apartment destroyed in fire

CNJ Staff One Clovis apartment was destroyed, but no injuries were reported in a chimney fire Sunday night in the 300 block of Innsdale Terrace. Battalion Fire Chief Mike Nolen said six residents were evacuated from four apartments in the complex, but only apartment B sustained major damage. The fire was reported at 9:16 p.m. […]