Twelve families displaced by Clovis Apartments fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firemen from the Clovis Fire Department take time Wednesday to rest and regroup before continuing their battle with the fire at the Clovis Apartments. Tonjia Rolan Nathan Alvarado was home with his 5-year-old son Kaiden and his mother, Angela Copeland, when the fire started Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments. […]

Year in review: Wildfires mark year

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File photo File photo Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones said an April 17 wildfire that burned 71,000 acres of south Curry County is expected to cost the agricultural community $16 million just this year with an estimated $40 million over time, according to an economic feasibility study. A dry, windy spring created conditions for […]

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 […]

Dry, windy weather raises fire concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Clovis Fire Department sent two fire trucks and two tankers Monday morning to extinguish a fire in animal pens at a residence on south Prince Street. High wind was a concern, but firefighters were able to keep the fire contained, Chief Ray Westerman said. Sharna Johnson A dry winter […]

One dead in Clovis fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks An unidentified man was found dead Monday morning in a trailer home at 917 Delta Street by firefighters who extinguished a blaze in the residence. Freedom New Mexico Police believe a 73-year-old man found dead in a burning mobile home early Monday morning died from smoke inhalation. Firefighters responded to […]

No arrests announced in fire

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said Friday no arrests have been announced in relation to the fire that gutted K-Bob’s Steakhouse on Wednesday. Officials at the fire department said the case is still under investigation. The Clovis Police said Wednesday the case is being investigated as an arson.

Clovis Fire Department turns 100

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman looks up documents from the “history file” at the Clovis Fire Department. The department turned 100 Friday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In his 34 years at the Clovis Fire Department, Ray Westerman has seen things that made him laugh, things he never wants […]

Clovis firefighters extinguish structure fires

CNJ Staff Firefighters extinguished two structure fires over the weekend, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. Friday night just before midnight, firefighters responded to an unoccupied residence at Grand Avenue and Davis Street. Westerman said the upper level of the two story residence was fully engulfed. Firefighters were on scene for about an hour […]

Morning fire destroys home

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis firefighter Bill Baca looks into a house at 207 Wallace St. that was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning. Officials said the fire started around 7:30 a.m. There were no injuries. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Overcome with emotion and wiping tears from her eyes, Lupe Nunez sat on […]

Winter weather headed to Plains

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer About a week of wintry weather is expected to begin today, bringing a temporary end to unseasonably warm temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “It’ll be a lot different than what you’ve been having,” said Brian Guyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. […]

Mall hosting emergency exercise

CNJ Staff Local emergency responders are conducting an exercise at North Plains Mall this morning to simulate a mass casualty incident, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. Westerman said the exercise was sprung on responders this morning to put them through the paces of responding to a large scale incident. “Everything’s going real well,” […]

Mobile home catches fire, no one harmed

CNJ staff An unoccupied mobile home suffered excessive damage when it caught fire Friday, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. Firefighters were called to the home, located at 324 Ewing St. on the west side of Clovis, around 7:30 a.m., Westerman said. “The extinguishment was uneventful,” he said. The cause of the fire is […]

Chief: Structure fires suspicious in nature

CNJ staff Clovis firefighters have responded to three fires at vacant residential structures since Saturday, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. “They are all suspicious in nature,” he said. “It is unusual for us to have so many at a time.” Fire and law enforcement are working together on the investigations, he said. Including […]

Commission rejects fire department pay increase

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission voted down a proposed pay increase for city fire department employees. The plan called for using about $240,000 from five vacant firefighter positions to increase the pay of about 50 middle-range jobs, which includes paramedic, lieutenant and driver/operator posts. Commissioner Robert Sandoval, who voted against […]

Fire damages Kripple Creek restaurant

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A fire started about 1 a.m. Monday at the Kripple Creek restaurant and caused significant damage to the kitchen, fire officials said. CNJ staff A fire early Monday morning caused significant damage to the Kripple Creek restaurant on north Prince Street, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. The business […]

Fire chief promotes new pay plan for staff

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman introduced his plan to retain experienced firefighters in a study session following Thursday’s City Commission meeting. Westerman said the $272,000 plan that calls for revamping the pay and benefits scale for 74 of the department’s 78 positions doesn’t require additional funding. “I achieved that […]

Commission passes $49 million budget

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commission adopted a $49 million budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year at Thursday’s meeting, over the opposition of Commissioner Ron Edwards, who faulted it for not addressing pay adjustments for firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Edwards said the fire department is “headed for a train wreck” because […]

Fire chief: $400,000 in funds expected

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The city should receive about $400,000 in state fire funds in the coming fiscal year that will help pay for equipment and station improvements, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. The money is enabling the fire department to continue to work to improve its fire protection classification, Westerman […]

CFD rates among best in state

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Lt. Ricky Mitchell, center, watches as driver-operator Shane Warner, left, and probationary firefighter Shane Woodard practice ladder drills behind the main fire station earlier this month. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A topnotch fire department translates into more state funding and lower insurance rates for city homeowners and businesses. Clovis […]

Time capsule unearthed

CNJ Staff A time capsule buried in downtown Clovis was unearthed Thursday. Buried in 1957, the capsule was discovered on the north side of the Clovis Fire Department beneath a sidewalk. “(The capsule) looks great … for being buried for 50 years,” Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said Friday. The exact locale of the capsule […]