Investigators attempting to identify burned body

CNJ staff Investigators are working to identify a charred body found Tuesday in the sleeper cab of a burning semi truck near Tucumcari. The state medical investigator will determine identity and cause of death, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Motor Transportation police officers responded to a report […]

One house burned in fire

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Firefighters, from left, C.J. Watson, Mike Clark and Michael Mapp keep an eye on the still-burning ruins of county resident Weldon Carmichael’s house after a grassfire destroyed it Thursday. The fire burned 1,300 acres, but no injuries were reported By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A grassfire southwest of Causey […]

Kids learn how not to get burned

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis firefighter Sheryl Chavez answers questions from Kendra Aucutt’s kindergarten class at Zia Elementary School after a presentation from the fire department about fire safety. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Their hands clasped, two little girls skipped and twirled beside their classmates chanting, “Stop-drop-and-roll,” while their teacher Kendra Aucutt […]

Estimated burn area reduced

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Freedom New Mexico: Casey Peacock Portales Fire Department personnel travel down railroad tracks Wednesday along U.S. 70 spraying smoldering railroad ties. The smoldering ties resulted from the grass fire that burned through the area. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A day after an out-of-control grass fire ran for better than seven miles east of […]

Roosevelt County ablaze with more than 12 fires Sunday

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Lightning strikes caused havoc Sunday, starting more than 12 fires in Roosevelt County that burned more than 24,000 acres, according to local firefighters. There were no injuries or damaged structures reported because of the grass fires that occurred near Elida, Floyd, Arch, Milnesand, Highway and Crossroads. Firefighters from Roosevelt and […]

Legislators, lobbyists and Leno: Yikes

By Ned Cantwell: State coulumnist This is a wonderful time of year for civics students. They get to see how the system works here in New Mexico. Here’s how it works. We pay tax when we fill the tank, earn a paycheck, or eat a meal at a restaurant. For the test at the end […]

Residents can no longer be complacent

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Police warned us in September 2003. They presented a petition to city commissioners alleging Clovis is “one of the most dangerous places in the state to live.” Mostly, we waved them off. They were just a bunch of drama queens, we told ourselves, their credibility in question because of their […]

Floyd fire destroys one family’s home

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An unoccupied home west of Floyd was destroyed during Wednesday’s fire. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — “You could fit everything in two half-gallon buckets.” That’s how L.A. Davis of Floyd summarized his family’s loss following a devastating fire that swept across his property on Wednesday. Davis said their three-bedroom […]

Town’s relief efforts should be applauded

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What do a media professional, a hospital counselor, a fire dept. employee, and a law enforcement officer have in common? The first two I have the privilege to regard as my friends; the last two I haven’t known very long, or met only briefly. What is obvious is that they all […]

Burned remains found in car in Portales

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County authorities are searching for a blue 1997 Ford truck in connection with human remains found in a burned car. District Attorney Matthew Chandler said the initial investigation showed two bodies in the trunk of the car, which was found about 8 a.m. Thursday on a dirt road a […]