‘Dale’s Restaurant’ in Melrose damaged by fire

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The interior of Melrose Tire, known to village residents as “Dale’s Restaurant,” burned Sunday night in a fire. The fire has left residents without a daily restaurant, a place to fix flats or get diesel fuel. Kevin Wilson The giant white block letters on the red facade couldn’t be more […]

For-profit colleges under fire

Even lobbyists for for-profit colleges must be stunned by their industry’s ability over the past two years to capture an enormous share of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits earned by Iraq and Afghanistan war era veterans. The gold rush is on and competition to sign veterans who have the most valuable education package since World War […]

Trophy elk donated to Elks Lodge

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Lash LaRue’s prize elk, propped in the corner of the Clovis-Portales Elks Lodge, will be officially donated to the lodge on Oct. 14. Benna Sayyed It only seems fitting that a trophy elk displaced by a fire at K-Bob’s two years ago has found a permanent home at the Clovis-Portales […]

Monday morning briefing: Fire chat, a peach of a birthday and a big wedding

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fire chat Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Department is the guest speaker Tuesday for the Curry County Republican Women. They meet 11:30 a.m. at Dakota’s Steakhouse. Information: Carolyn Shipley, 763-5315. Park meeting The Clovis Parks and Recreation Board meeting is 5:15 p.m. Tuesday […]

No injuries in feed elevator fire

CNJ staff Clovis firefighters were able to defeat a blaze in a feed elevator at Mesa Ingredients after more than six hours battling the Monday fire. Clovis Battalion Chief Tim Peterson said firefighters were called to the plant in the 300 block of Curry Road K around 9 a.m. Peterson said the plant processes milk […]

Officials concerned fire season could run long

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales Firefighter Chay Chenault checks fire equipment on one of the Portales fire trucks Tuesday afternoon. This fire season has marked one of the worst and the longest for eastern New Mexico and fire officials say it could last well into the fall. Alisa Boswell Usually, August and September would […]

Fire officials dissuade use of fireworks

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales fire officials say it would be better for local residents to not set off fireworks from home on Monday because of the state’s extreme drought conditions. Alisa Boswell With extreme drought conditions in New Mexico, local fire officials are saying it’s probably best for Clovis and Portales […]

Muleshoe fire burns more than 3,000 acres

CNJ staff A grass fire that closed U.S. 84 between Sudan and Muleshoe Tuesday night took West Texas fire departments about three hours to extinguish. Muleshoe volunteer firefighter Wayne Wallace said the fire was out by around 11:30 p.m. (CST). Bailey County Judge Sherri Harrison said the fire rekindled from earlier in the day, burning […]

Scientists monitor air as fire burns near N.M. lab

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — As crews fight to keep a New Mexico wildfire from reaching the nation’s premier nuclear-weapons laboratory and the surrounding community, scientists are busy sampling the air for chemicals and radiological materials. Their effort includes dozens of fixed-air monitors on the ground, as well as a “flying laboratory” dispatched by […]

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. […]

Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation. Officials at the nation’s premier nuclear weapons lab […]

Home severely damaged in Saturday fire

CNJ staff A home fire Saturday night cause severe damage before firefighters were able to extinguish it. Firefighters were called to the residence at Curry Roads 5 and L around 6:45 p.m., according to Fire Chief Ray Westerman. When they arrived, the home was fully engulfed. “It was defensive in nature upon our initial arrival […]

We should take care before we pray for rain

We drove home from Colorado last Sunday. Colorado was cool and we enjoyed the wonderful sensation of rain. As we came back through New Mexico around Raton, and then Springer, we noticed the dry brown grass that was on usual years green for pasture. When we headed toward the Caprock, we could see the smoke […]

Official says fire burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres

CNJ staff Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said Saturday’s fire near McAlister, nicknamed the Windy Fire, burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres. Initial estimates put that number around 25,000 acres. Jacobs said two fires started around the same time Saturday, both beginning near highways. Jacobs said a cause for the fires is unknown. He said […]

Wildfire prompts power outage in Tucumcari

Electrical power was restored in Tucumcari on Sunday after an almost six-hour outage apparently caused by a wildfire near Forest that took out a major power line. The city lost power just before 9 a.m. and began experiencing restoration shortly after 2:30 p.m. Xcel Energy Media Relations Director Wes Reeves said construction crews are still […]

Grassfire on Curry and Quay county line under control

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Officials believe five buildings were destroyed in a Saturday fire that burned 15 miles long and two to three miles wide at its widest point. A shed located near the intersections of Curry Road AB and Quay Road 34 was destroyed but a residence east of it was spared. Liliana […]

Dairy fire caused minor damage

CNJ staff A fire started by a tractor at a dairy Wednesday morning southeast of Clovis caused minor damage, fire officials said. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said the fire began around 8:30 a.m. at the Heritage Dairy on Curry Road F, south of U.S. 60/84 and quickly spread to hay and tire piles. Firefighters […]

No injuries reported in Texico fire

CNJ staff A grass fire Tuesday at the old Texico Feed Lot on Highway 108 took 17 minutes to contain, according to the Clovis Police Department. There were no injuries reported, according to Clovis PD dispatch. The fire, which burned from 5:22 p.m. to 5:39 p.m., was contained to four acres inside the Texico Feed […]

County burn bans include fireworks

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Sharna Johnson With ongoing drought and high fire risk, only the professionals get to play with fireworks in Eastern New Mexico this year. Burn bans are active in Curry and Roosevelt counties this year with officials going a step further to pass restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks out of fear of fire. […]

Smoke from Arizona wildfire drifts into area

Thomas Garcia The smell of smoke and the light haze reported in several areas in Quay County Tuesday was from the Wallow wildfire in eastern Arizona, according to Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry. Cherry said he was in Albuquerque, where he said the smoke conditions were strong. The Wallow fire has burned more than 300,000 […]