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 […]