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 […]

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 […]

Fire attributed to dry weather, high winds

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Courtesy illustration A grass fire swept across 20,000 acres in Bailey County on Monday. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer A dangerous combination of dense grass, high winds and dry weather produced the massive grass fire Monday in Bailey County that burned an area bigger than Clovis, according to Muleshoe City Manager David Brunson. And […]