Mouse fire still hot news

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A Fort Sumner firefighter looks on as Luciano Mares attempts to extinguish a fire Saturday at his house on Grove Street using a garden hose. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Luciano Mares was just trying to protect his cats. He didn’t want them to eat the mouse he caught in [...]

Mouse takes down house

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Luciano Mares uses a garden hose to help the Fort Sumner Fire Department extinguish a fire Saturday at his house at 1137 Grove Street. Mares said he inadvertently started the fire when he tried to burn a mouse. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Dry conditions throughout the region have resulted [...]

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 [...]

Air regulations should be lifted during cost crisis

Freedom Newspapers Anybody else smell what we smell? It’s that time of year when the evocative aroma of wood smoke can be detected wafting through many area neighborhoods. And this year that smell could be a bit stronger, as high heating bills have residents turning to wood stoves and fireplaces to keep their homes cozy. [...]

Flag amendment not Congress’ most pressing concern

Freedom Newspapers With an ongoing war in Iraq, Osama bin Laden still in hiding, massive federal budget deficits and necessary Social Security and Medicare reform on the table, one would think that Congress would have a full plate of serious issues to tackle. Instead, the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 286-130 to push forward [...]

Police Blotter 12/22

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Two vehicles sustained heavy damage in a Dec. 12 crash about 4 p.m. at the corner of Seventh and Grand streets. Police reported a 1998 Dodge pickup was westbound in the right lane of Highway 60/84 and a 2000 Ford car was [...]

Jesus the light in a darkened world

By Judy Brandon The summer before my senior year in high school, my sister Susie and I traveled with Mother and Daddy to Kansas City for a church convention. Because we were near a community where Daddy once pastored, my parents decided to take the next week as vacation and attend a revival. They wanted [...]