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 […]

12-31 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 p.m. Dec. 20 an officer responded to a residence in the 900 block of Jones for a report of a vicious dog. The resident said he shot his dog because it attacked him. The 61-year-old said he got up from […]

Airmen lend hand in shopping spree

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Senior Airman Kurt Rodriguez, left, and Staff Sgt. Joseph Howard from the 27th SOW Security Forces Squadron help children select toys Monday during the Shop with a Cop program at Clovis’ Wal-Mart. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Leaning out of the Wal-Mart shopping basket, staring at the nearby toy isle, […]

Cops give kids early Christmas

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jaden Philips, 6, holds out his hand to McGruff the Crime Dog Monday morning during the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart. Philips and his three siblings were each taken on a $100 shopping spree by local law enforcement. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Leaning out of the […]

March 27, 2009 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 a.m. March 16 an officer responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Chaparral for a vehicle fire. When the officer arrived, he observed an SUV parked in the carport of the residence fully engulfed in flames and a […]

Nearby bases utilizing Cannon’s runways

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A C-17 was seen flying over west Clovis Wednesday. The Oklahoma plane was making test runs at Cannon Air Force Base. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is lending its airfield to aircraft from nearby air bases to practice maneuvers while the base continues its transition […]

Fair food ranges from traditional to unique

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Phillip Gillmore flips turkey legs filling a large grill behind his stand at the Curry County Fair. Gillmore has worked as a food vendor for 16 years. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Jacque Schaap of Clovis and her five children make sure to visit the food stands at the […]

Local residents enjoy annual parade

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Madeline Smith, left, and Norma Patterson, members of the Red Hat Floozies, wave to the crowd lining Main Street during the Pioneer Days Parade. The Red Hat Floozies’s float was dedicated to going green. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The 6-year-old redheaded girl pointed at the nearby horses and […]

Caprock Amphitheatre offers nearby hiking

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe Airman 1st Class Mitch Mead, 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Celeste Myers, 27th SOCS, hike some rugged terrain near the Caprock Amphitheatre. The amphitheatre is located about an hour north of Clovis. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs […]

Sickness: Something to be shared

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist The Lady of the House and I were paying our tab at a Clovis eatery when I overheard some of the waitresses on break in a nearby booth.“You had ‘The Crud’ yet?” asked one. “I’ve had it twice and I had the flu shot. I was in bed for two […]

High Plains offers plenty for travelers

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Columnist Summer tourists will soon be flocking to the shores of California, unbending their maps and looking lost on New York City’s subways and even popping their heads into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While New Mexico has it made with places such as Santa Fe and Taos, until Julia Roberts wrecked it, […]

Motorbikes not for later years of life

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Just when I was beginning to enjoy my twilight years, our youngest offspring ran out of money in her quest for a Guinness record for years in college. Her husband, once removed, pressured me into tiding them over by temporarily buying his overpriced motorcycle — a Kamikaze 500 or something […]

Bovina man leads police on chase

CNJ staff A Bovina man was being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on multiple charges Saturday after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended near Tolar, according to New Mexico State Police public information officer Jimmy Glascock. Marco Garcia, 20, was apprehended around 2 a.m. Saturday by State Police on U.S. 60/84 […]

Controlled burn gets out of hand

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A resident intended to burn some wheat stubble on his land, when the fire got out of control and threatened area homes. (staff photo: John Eisel) CNJ staff A controlled burn got out of hand Friday evening, sending towers of gray smoke into the Clovis sky. The Clovis Fire Department responded to a call by […]

Police Blotter 10/20

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police received two calls shortly before midnight Tuesday regarding drive-by shootings According to a man at the 2100 block of Ross Street, two vehicles were driving south when the man heard a sound that may have been a shotgun discharge. Two people […]