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 […]