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 […]

Business digest —

Haying approval possible New Mexico farmers can gain approval for haying Conservation Reserve Program acres that will be converted from a Lovegrass, Bluestem or Klein grass to a native grass species cover, according to a press release from New Mexico’s Farm Service Agency. Producers have until Sept. 30, 2012, to request approval, which will be […]

Police blotter — July 31

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 a.m. July 20 an officer responded to a church in the 2500 block of Norris Street for a report of criminal damage. A church representative showed the officer tire marks on the sidewalk and grass of the church and said […]

Fire closes highway between Muleshoe, Sudan

CNJ staff Muleshoe fire crews were working Tuesday night to contain a grass fire that closed U.S. 84 between Muleshoe and Sudan due to visibility issues from smoke. Bailey County Judge Sherri Harrison said one business, Track Dairy, was threatened by the 3,000-acre fire, which was 60 percent contained as of 8:30 p.m. Central time. […]

We should take care before we pray for rain

We drove home from Colorado last Sunday. Colorado was cool and we enjoyed the wonderful sensation of rain. As we came back through New Mexico around Raton, and then Springer, we noticed the dry brown grass that was on usual years green for pasture. When we headed toward the Caprock, we could see the smoke […]

Grassfire on Curry and Quay county line under control

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Officials believe five buildings were destroyed in a Saturday fire that burned 15 miles long and two to three miles wide at its widest point. A shed located near the intersections of Curry Road AB and Quay Road 34 was destroyed but a residence east of it was spared. Liliana […]

No injuries reported in Texico fire

CNJ staff A grass fire Tuesday at the old Texico Feed Lot on Highway 108 took 17 minutes to contain, according to the Clovis Police Department. There were no injuries reported, according to Clovis PD dispatch. The fire, which burned from 5:22 p.m. to 5:39 p.m., was contained to four acres inside the Texico Feed […]

Fire damage estimate climbs to 71,000 acres

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan From left, Kenneth Workheiser of Transmatic Wrecker Service and Curry County Deputies Michael Brockett and Erica Romero man a roadblock on U.S. 70 near Southwest Cheese Company LLC during the grass fire April 17. Workheiser said he was there in case a fire truck needed help. Twenty-eight fire departments fought […]

Massive fire all but contained (Updated)

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Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from more than 30 departments struggled most of Sunday to contain a massive grass fire that erupted near Melrose and quickly spread through Curry and Roosevelt counties, damaging homes and forcing several evacuations near Clovis and Portales. The fire started about 11:30 a.m. after a tire on a vehicle blew out […]

Wildfires force evacuations

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Travis Reynoles of the Texico Fire Department puts his gear on Saturday night at the Milnesand Fire Department as he prepares to be called out to a grass fire which started 15 miles north of Tatum. The fire was estimated to have burned 500 acres. Freedom New Mexico Wind-whipped wildfires […]

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 […]

Ruidoso fire claims five houses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A wind-driven New Mexico grass fire that has destroyed five houses and several barns, forced evacuations and knocked out power to about 1,000 homes and businesses has tripled in size, but fire crews hoped improved weather conditions would help them Monday, officials said. More than 100 people at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack […]

Grass fire burns about 4,000 acres

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Officials estimate 4,000 acres of Curry County grassland burned during a Sunday fire north of Clovis. Firefighters from multiple departments worked more than 11 hours to extinguish the blaze, the cause of which has not yet been determined. Sharna Johnson About 4,000 acres of grassland burned north of Clovis on […]

Grass fire consumes 150 acres

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire Friday morning northeast of Portales burned about 150 acres, according to a fire department spokesman. No one was injured in the blaze reported about 11:31 a.m., said Portales Fire Department Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said the fire started on Highway 467 and spread to Roosevelt Roads 2 and 3. […]

Grass fire cause still under investigation

CNJ staff The cause of a fire Wednesday that burned and estimated 8,000 to 10,000 acres 14 miles south of Elida wasn’t what firefighters at first thought, said Elida Fire Chief Darrell Chenault. He said there were no downed power lines, which were initially thought to have sparked the blaze, and state Forestry Division fire […]

Commentary: Take care of yourself; learn your limit

By Tech. Sgt. Heath Fortenberry: Flight Safety NCO On the artificial grass of a new and fancy flag football field, I sat nursing a sorely strained and possibly pulled hamstring. This newest injury I just experienced led to an epiphany for me. This sudden realization was that I seem to get these nagging injuries all […]

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 […]

Man dies after attempting to extinguish grass fire

CNJ staff A 79-year-old Curry County man died Monday after trying to extinguish a grass fire on his property. The fire ignited about 3:30 p.m. Charles Petty was pronounced dead at Plains Regional Medical Center after being transported there by ambulance for possible smoke inhalation, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. “Mr. Petty was attempting to extinguish […]

Stickers summertime nuisance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Charles Guthals recommends monosodium methyl arsenate, a herbicide known as MSMA, for getting rid of grassburs. Grassbur is a summer grassy weed that is adapted to dry, sandy soils. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Stickers, sticker burs, grass spurs, sticky burs, sand burs — whatever the name, a common […]

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. […]