Dry conditions fuel grass fires

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Blackened rangeland near Floyd on Thursday shows how close Wednesday’s 35,000-acre fire came to the eastern New Mexico town. The Air Force is investigating to determine the cause of the blaze, which began on the Melrose Bombing Range. (AP photo) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales Fire Chief Darwin Chenault said Wednesday’s massive grass fire […]

Officials: Training was taking place when fire broke out

Freedom Newspapers Air Force officials said Thursday that training was taking place at the Melrose Bombing Range when a monstrous grass fire broke out, but they said the cause of the blaze has still not been determined. A news release from Cannon Air Force Base reported the range was “being used for normal training sorties […]

Holiday weekend relatively quiet

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Fourth of July weekend was relatively quiet for area police, except for all the fireworks popping off in the sky above Clovis. From Friday to Tuesday morning, Clovis police received 112 fireworks complaints in the city, according to call logs from the department. “Every year we get a […]

Grass-cutting season back in full swing

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist A little bit of snow, a little bit of rain over the past few months and you get a green explosion in your yard here on the High Plains. High grass means it’s time to break out the lawn mower. This is the third season for the family grass cutter, […]

Respect the special children in this world

By Judy Brandon Several years ago, I was in the grocery store when my heart was sad as I watched a family shopping with their young children. The father was pushing the basket while the mother was braking out orders: “Stay in line!” “Don’t touch anything!” The toddler riding in the basket started to fumble […]

Group protects prairie dogs, called nuisance by others

Staff and wire reports A group of environmentalists, biologists and landowners in the Texas Panhandle hopes to keep the Texas black-tailed prairie dog off the endangered species list by conserving more than 293,000 acres of grassland habitat for the animals by 2011. But in Curry County, at least two cattle growers say they think of […]

Unfarmed fields explode into flames

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A large cloud of smoke rises behind a home north of Clovis as a brush fire burns in the background Friday near State Route 209 and Curry County Road 16. The fire burned 100 acres Friday and 40 Saturday (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina Officials from the Clovis Fire Department have […]

Scanlon, Lee

Lee Scanlon Services: Have been held. Mr. Lee Edward Scanlon, 68, of Grass Valley, Calif., died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, in Grass Valley. He was born on Dec. 14, 1934, in San Francisco, to Roy Scanlon and Lois Ziemer. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Ph.D. He served in the U.S. Army. He […]