NM road crews mopping up after blizzard

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A day after blizzard conditions stranded motorists overnight and caused accidents that killed at least four people in New Mexico, highway crews Tuesday were mopping up and getting pre-holiday traffic back on the roads before another system moves into the state Thursday. Forecasters said the next storm isn’t likely to […]

Fire closes highway between Muleshoe, Sudan

CNJ staff Muleshoe fire crews were working Tuesday night to contain a grass fire that closed U.S. 84 between Muleshoe and Sudan due to visibility issues from smoke. Bailey County Judge Sherri Harrison said one business, Track Dairy, was threatened by the 3,000-acre fire, which was 60 percent contained as of 8:30 p.m. Central time. […]

Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Clovis firefighters prepare to hose down the remains of a grass fire along New Mexico Highway 202 Tuesday afternoon. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Shannon Lee said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the […]

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 […]

No injuries reported in grass fires

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Firefighters in Roosevelt County had their hands full Monday afternoon with three fires officials said they believed were caused by lightning strikes. The first two fires ignited near Floyd and burned a combined 40 acres. The third and larger fire burn The Dora Fire Department arrives Monday at a grass fire near Roosevelt roads 12 […]

Official: Repairing potholes game of catch up for crews

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Public Works employees Jose Escarsega, left, Lavaughn Mayfield, middle, and Jesus Garcia fill potholes Friday with coal mix on Mabry Drive. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For city street crews, the worst part of winter storms is just beginning. They’re busy filling and repairing potholes. “We are always […]

Portales outage leaves estimated 1,800 homes dark

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Cynthia Clark (left) and Terry Dawson read a newspaper Saturday while waiting at the Memorial Building for power to be restored at their home. An overloaded substation blew about 3 a.m. and Xcel crews have been working all day to restore electricity. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An estimated […]

Holidays less trashy than previous year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Chances are the day after Christmas you took a heap of trash out to a bin that was either full, almost full or overflowing with garbage. But area trash crews report collecting less waste after Christmas compared to last year. And they are not expecting much of an increase […]

Area paramedics aid in Ike recovery

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Courtesy photo Apple Wood, an EMT-Intermediate for Causey, left,; Wiley Teal, an EMT-Intermediate for the Milnesand Fire Dept., center,; and Rhonda Gorrell, an EMT-Basic for Dora, stock an ambulance prior to deployment to assist in hurricane recovery efforts. CNJ staff Nearly three dozen paramedics from a dozen New Mexico counties are helping with recovery efforts […]

Heavy rains keep road crews busy

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Chad Crosswhite of Clovis takes time to fish Monday at Greene Acres lake. Crosswhite said the water is usually 10 to 15 feet away from the bench By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City and county road crews worked around the clock over the weekend clearing drains and culverts and […]