Nominations could use some fireworks

Freedom New Mexico The Democrats’ nominating convention in Denver at the end of the month is shaping up to be more interesting than the scripted-for-television displays of party unity these dreary affairs have become. Maybe it won’t be as interesting as the conventions of yore dominated by smoke-filled (perish the thought nowadays!) back rooms where […]

Lighting up the sky

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Penny White holds her sparkler in the wind as her mother, Carrie White, sits nearby on a blanket, handing out sparklers to any child who wanted one Friday at Greene Acres Park before the fireworks display. By Liliana Castillo and Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writers Boats filled the lake, music […]

First Person: Fireworks fan

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tom Martin coordinated the Smoke on the Water fireworks display in Clovis for 13 years. After the Smoke on the Water fireworks display was dropped for a few years in the early 90’s, Tom Martin, a Clovis business owner, decided to pick them back up in 1994. His first concern […]

Local area fireworks shows planned

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CNJ file photo The annual Smoke on the Water fireworks show will begin at dusk Friday at Greene Acres Park. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Husband and wife team Jay and Debbie Scott of Oklahoma have shot off the traditional Independence Day fireworks for Clovis the past eight years, but they say it is […]

Fireworks sales starting to explode

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Amanda Herrera totals up the Salinas family’s purchase of fireworks at a fireworks stand north of Clovis. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Fireworks vendors in Curry and Roosevelt counties said sales are picking up as July 4 nears. “We have been open since June 20 and have already had […]

Fireworks can lead to trouble

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether local governments should outlaw the sale, use and/or purchase of fireworks in our hot, dry conditions. Responses: • “Every year we hear of fires set by fireworks. Some are of little consequence, while others are tragic.

Are you ready for some fireworks?

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether local governments should outlaw the sale, use and/or purchase of fireworks in our hot, dry conditions. Responses: • “Yes fireworks should be banned except for the professional show like the one at Green Acres Park. It is frightening around my neighborhood every Fourth because it is dry […]

Donations sought for annual fireworks

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File photo The Smoke on the Water Fireworks display is held at Greene Acres Park in celebration of Independence Day. CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce is making a fundraising push for its annual Smoke on the Water Fourth of July fireworks display. Funds received so far for this year’s show total $12,000, according […]

Fair concludes without typical rainy weather

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Ticket sales for the Curry County Fair totalled about $88,000. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Preparations for this year’s Curry County Fair included roof work and chip sealing of the food court area in case of rain. But not a drop fell during last week’s fair, a rarity according […]

Fourth festivities: Display not dampened

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Jared Vander Dussen, 13, stands at the bow of his team’s boat Wednesday during the Dairy Boat Race, one of several Fourth of July activities held at Greene Acres Park. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Thirteen-year-old Jared Vander Dussen stood majestically at the stern of the boat like Captain […]