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 restrictions lifted

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Forestry Division has lifted bans on smoking, fireworks, campfires and open fires for all counties, according to a press release distributed by the agency Friday. The statewide bans were imposed in April and June. “Now that rainfall has returned and the fire danger has diminished, we feel the […]

McCain wrong to make fiery accusations

Freedom New Mexico J ohn McCain started the Arizona forest fires. OK, so we’re making this up. McCain the flamethrower probably did not start the fires. But this much is true. Freedom Newspapers had no less to go on when blaming McCain than McCain had in blaming immigrants. McCain may not be well. Here’s what […]

Our view: Forest clearing necessary to prevent fires

Forest fires rage out of control this time each year, as Arizona reminds us, because we manage our federal forests poorly. Scientists say we’ve created the “monster fire” era. It has become so common the public is almost numb to it. A fire gets out of control, luxury homes burn, and when it’s over the […]

Two more fires break out in Roosevelt County

Alisa Boswell The Portales Fire Department is estimating 2,200 to 2,500 acres for the Blackwater Fire that ignited Tuesday on a U.S. 70 median then moved northeast towards New Mexico Highway 202. The New Mexico State Forestry Division said Wednesday the fire has been slowed, but is not yet contained. Another fire broke out on […]

Drought, fires may affect local economy

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sand dunes in the area around State Road 467 and a “dust bowl” effect are becoming more common in Curry County as wildfires continue in the midst of drought conditions. Sharna Johnson In the midst of drought and wildfires, Eastern New Mexico looks more like a dust bowl everyday. But […]

Three grass fires burn about 2,500 acres in Roosevelt County

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Firefighter Cody Padgett of the Portales Fire Department hoses down some newly erupted flames from one of three fires in Roosevelt County along New Mexico Highway 70 Tuesday afternoon while Firefighter Mike Chaves drives. The three fires burned about 2,500 acres along the highway. Freedom New Mexico Three grass fires […]

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 […]

No injuries reported in grass fires

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Firefighters in Roosevelt County had their hands full Monday afternoon with three fires officials said they believed were caused by lightning strikes. The first two fires ignited near Floyd and burned a combined 40 acres. The third and larger fire burn The Dora Fire Department arrives Monday at a grass fire near Roosevelt roads 12 […]

Texas Tech officials: Leach committed defiant act of insubordination

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — Texas Tech fired Mike Leach on Wednesday after the coach took the school to court to try to overturn his suspension for alleged mistreatment of an injured player. “I’m very sad to say there’s only one person to blame for this and it’s Mike Leach,” Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance […]

Two fires extinguished Monday night

CNJ staff Two separate fires in residential structures kept Clovis firefighters moving Monday night. Just before 4:30 p.m., fire fighters were called to investigate smoke at an apartment complex at 501 Pile Street. About an hour later, the second call came in saying an unoccupied, condemned apartment complex in the area of Second and Ross […]

Program offer airmen, families counseling services

By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs Relationship problems, financial difficulties or upcoming deployments are all brush fires airmen and their families face these days. And if these emotional “fires” don’t get put out, quality of life and job performance begin to suffer. The Military and Family Life Consultant program provides airmen another tool to […]

Grass fires consume 5,000 acres of land

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico More than 5,000 acres of grassland have burned in three days from multiple fires in Quay and Harding counties. Eleven fire agencies responded to five fires ignited by lightning in Harding County, said Logan Fire Chief Rex Stall. “The different crews did an outstanding job of containing and putting […]

Portales seeks outside investigators’ help on local fires

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — The State Fire Marshal’s Division is investigating three commercial fires in Portales that occurred over a 10-day period at the request of local authorities. The latest was Sunday afternoon at Portales Valley Mills. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Sunday’s fire appeared to have started on the […]

County enacts burn ban

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer All open fires with few exceptions are now banned in Curry County. County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to start the burn ban, citing extreme fire danger. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman told commissioners the risk of fire is high, and, “if we don’t get some relief soon it will […]

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. […]

Woman fires on intruders in her home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sarah Nahmens points out the bullet hole left in her door after she shot at two intruders. Nahmens said her mother, whom she lives with, said even when they replace the broken door, they will cut out the piece with the bullet hole in it as a keepsake. By Sharna […]

Clovis firefighters extinguish structure fires

CNJ Staff Firefighters extinguished two structure fires over the weekend, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. Friday night just before midnight, firefighters responded to an unoccupied residence at Grand Avenue and Davis Street. Westerman said the upper level of the two story residence was fully engulfed. Firefighters were on scene for about an hour […]

Sept. 21, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Our votes can turn country around Is America self-destructing? Why so many fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, properties destroyed, Americans killed, so much immorality that destroy the family unit, failing economy caused by greed and thievery by some corporations? Are we bankrupting our nation toward another 1929 financial disaster? This November we will elect new leaders. […]

First person: Passion for art

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ramona Beltran likes to paint sculptures of Indians. She thinks it’s because of the Indian in her blood. Ramona Beltran is known as the ceramics lady at the Friendship Senior Center. Beltran pours, fires and paints ceramic figurines that the center sells to raise money. The passion: I’ve done the […]