Grass fire burns 300 acres of pastureland in Melrose

CNJ Staff A grass fire about five miles northwest of Melrose consumed about 300 acres of pastureland Tuesday evening, according to fire officials. The fire started about 7 p.m. between Curry roads 14 and 15 about a mile and a half west of New Mexico 268, according to Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs. Firefighters had […]

McCain needs to capitalize on momentum

Freedom New Mexico Well, Sen. John McCain has largely succeeded in his mission to firmly claim control of the Republican Party and to give his campaign the largest possible boost going into the fall contest for the White House. First off, McCain went to the Republican National Convention still struggling to convince the conservative grass […]

Turf’s long journey starts with single bead

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Clayton Church of Yukon, Okla., a turf installer with Pro Grass, pulls on a roll of turf Thursday that will stretch across the field of Leon Williams Stadium. The field is expected to be ready for the first game of the season Aug. 29. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The blades of turf soon […]

School board debates grass replacement

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School Board will vote Tuesday whether to take a pass on grass. At issue at the board meeting, set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bella Vista Elementary, is a proposal to outfit Leon Williams Stadium with an artificial surface. The change would cost roughly $600,000, Clovis […]

Multiple departments fighting Curry grass fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A pile of rail road ties burns as a result of a grassfire that began when someone burned trash Wednesday on County road AB. CNJ staff Firefighters from multiple departments are battling a large grass fire between Clovis and Melrose.

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 […]

Exhibitors channel pioneers at fair

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Even horses need pedicures. Placing the foot of his horse on a stand, Dusty Leatherwood clipped its hoof with oversized nail clippers, and smoothed the edges with a foot-long metal file. Shoenail never even whinnied. A professional farrier, Leatherwood said as long as he was careful, the horse would […]

Canine affair

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tom Clements of Wheatland, Mo. is sprinkled with water by cattle dog Flying Fiesta Monday during the Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Show at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The show will be performed three times a day during the fair. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Sporting a dog mask, 6-year-old […]

Ready for a fair time

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Glenn Shot of Clovis puts the final touches on his Noah’s Ark exhibit Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The Curry County Fair starts Monday. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Glen Shot and his wife placed a miniature replica of Noah’s Ark in their private booth at the Ag […]

Rain spells relief for local farmers

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Farmers are grinning and firefighters are catching their breath after a stormy weekend that first brought dry lightning, then soaking rain. Lightning sparked numerous grass fires Saturday night and Sunday morning. Cooler temperatures Sunday brought an end to the lightning, and with it, slow steady rainfall Sunday and Monday. “It […]

Neighbor’s advice gets mowed down

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist You’d think America’s scientists would have better things to do than conduct fruitless research into global warming and the expanding universe. Instead they should tackle problems vital to the nation’s welfare, such as when to stop mowing our lawns. A few years ago my attention became focused on cutting grass […]

German Nobel Laureate’s morality askew

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist The Nobel Laureate in literature, Gunter Grass, whose book “The Tin Drum” made him world renowned as Germany’s most prominent postwar novelist, had one major obsession: How all of Germany must be held guilty for the Holocaust. “The Tin Drum” itself harps on that theme and he has continued to […]

Today’s chaos is tomorrow’s memory

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Relgion Columnist One day several years ago, I saw an incident in the grocery store that made my heart sad. A mother and father were shopping with their two school-age children and a toddler. The father pushed the cart as the mother barked out orders: “Stay in line!” “Don’t touch anything!” […]

Zoo offering free compost

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Culled from animal pens and mixed with hay and dirt, the compost makes for excellent fertilizer, according to zoo officials. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It is a sort of secret garden. Through the winding paths of the Hillcrest Zoo lie four heaping piles of animal excrement. Culled from animal […]

Ag Sense: Spider mites threat to more than corn

By Mark Marsalis If the dry fall and winter are any indication of what to expect this summer, corn producers should be aware of the potential for damage from spider mite infestations. Mite outbreaks are most common in hot, dry, windy years and in drought-stressed corn, even in irrigated fields. In areas where spider mites […]

4/23 Local roundup

Firefighters: Lightning likely started grass fire Firefighters were battling a grass fire in Tolar on Saturday evening that likely was started by lightning, according to Lt. Tim Peterson of the Clovis Fire Department. Peterson said eight personnel and four units were dispatched to battle the blaze that he estimated was burning in a line across […]

Portales home destroyed in fire

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers High winds plus dry grass added up to little sleep for local firefighters over the weekend. One Portales home was destroyed and another damaged in separate fires on Sunday. About 2,000 acres of grassland were scorched near Causey, and local firefighters also helped battle a 100,000-acre grass fire between […]

Spring greening: Experts say a little work can lead to lush garden in summer

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Eastern New Mexico University grounds employee Danny Silva aerates the school’s soccer field Friday in Portales. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson Recent warm weather may have local residents inspired to begin sprucing up outside. Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones said it’s still a little early to begin gardening, but it’s a great […]

Dry weather here to stay

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Curry County officials say dry conditions in eastern New Mexico have left an abundance of fuel for grass fires across the region, such as the dry grass on this property north of Clovis on State Road 209. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The dry conditions that have spawned a series […]

County praised for fire response

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The monstrous grass fire last week at the Melrose Bombing Range that consumed 35,000 acres was the hot topic at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Road Superintendent Danny Davis recounted to the commissioners details of his department’s involvement in fighting the blaze. Davis said he assisted in fighting the […]