Unfarmed fields explode into flames

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A large cloud of smoke rises behind a home north of Clovis as a brush fire burns in the background Friday near State Route 209 and Curry County Road 16. The fire burned 100 acres Friday and 40 Saturday (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina Officials from the Clovis Fire Department have […]

Neighbors pitch in to help fight blaze

By Darrell Todd Maurina As Wayne Palla saw thick smoke rising over his two-story house north of Clovis, he gathered up his tools and went out along with other neighbors to help the firefighters. “Everybody really chipped in,” Palla said. “I think that’s one of the benefits of living in a rural community — everybody […]

Fire drill proves pupils’ prowess

By Darrell Todd Maurina As the fire alarms blared at La Casita Elementary, the teachers followed the practices they’d been taught in numerous fire drills over the previous months and years. In classroom after classroom, teachers directed their students to remain calm and exit the room in an orderly manner. The teachers did a head […]

Fire rips through area home

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Clovis firefighters try to contain a fire at a house off U.S. Highway 60/84 Saturday in Clovis. Firefighters from Clovis, Cannon, and Texico were called to the fire around 9 p.m. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Michelle Seeber Investigators spent Sunday trying to learn the cause of two weekend house fires. A Saturday night […]

New Year brings about ‘Super Blitz’

Cops and Courts 12/28 The Clovis police department is part of the national “You drink, you drive, you lose” crackdown on drunk driving. Clovis police will conduct DWI “Super Blitz” checkpoints until Jan. 4, with the goals of educating drivers, checking for seat belt use and drunk drivers. According to a department press release, last […]

Fire victim recovers from burns

By Ryan Lengerich What happened to Timothy Clem more than six years ago was a tragic accident. What has happened since then, his sister said, is a miracle. On Sept. 1, 1997, Timothy was enjoying an afternoon at Greenbelt Lake outside Clarendon, Texas, near his hometown of Amarillo. His uncle was priming a carburetor with […]

Clovis weathers the storm

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Monday’s high winds blew down more than 20 power poles and knocked out power to about 500 customers of Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, including the Clovis wastewater treatment plant. Although the treatment plant lost its power source from 10 a.m. until shortly before 5 p.m., Lance Adkins, general manager of the electric […]

Holiday season can reduce fire awareness

By Tony Parra The Christmas season brings with it presents, joy and time to spend with family. But it also brings with it distractions which add to fire dangers, fire officials say. “There are so many distractions that parents have to deal with during the holidays,” Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Prevention Center said. […]

Depperman, Carol

CAROL DEPPERMAN Services: Have been held. Carol Lavon Kemp Depperman, 68, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at her home. She was born on Sept. 4, 1935, in Muleshoe to Walter A. and Grace Fish Kemp. Her family moved to Portales where she graduated from high school in 1953. She married Warren Bell Depperman […]

Clovis blaze may be arson

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Fire Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office suspect arson caused a Tuesday morning blaze near the corner of 21st and Sugarbeet on the northeast end of Clovis. “The fire was suspicious and will be treated as such until proven otherwise,” said Capt. Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Department. […]

Fund could help put out financial flames

Eric Butler o Fire victims could face ‘very small’ Christmas. By Eric Butler CNJ CORRESPONDENT The holiday season is a budget cruncher for most people, but especially for those with low-paying jobs. For Lauren (not her real name), the season became particularly difficult when fire struck her family home recently. Her three daughters — ages […]

Police Blotter 11/23

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded about 10 a.m. Tuesday to the 1800 block of West Seventh Street regarding fraudulent use of a Clovis man’s phone card. The man reported that someone obtained his access code and PIN, using it to make $306.50 worth of fraudulent […]

Renovations planned for Clovis schools

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Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent for operations at Clovis Municipal Schools, points out renovations in a Bella Vista classroom Tuesday during a tour of the city’s schools. CNJ photo: Sue Gilmore By Sue Gilmore There are some pretty old schools in Clovis. But, like wine, they keep getting better with age thanks to a decision by […]

Texico Fire Department receives grant for $67,500

Cops and Courts The Texico Volunteer Fire Department has received a $67,500 federal grant through the U.S. Fire Administration. According to U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, a co-sponsor of the bill that created the grants, the money will be used to help the Texico fire station with overall operations. “Fire departments in New Mexico are typically […]

Police Blotter 11/16

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to a report that paintballs were being shot at cars passing the 1100 block of South Prince. Officers found numerous broken paintballs and splattered blue paint in a front yard on the block and a large […]

Police Blotter 11/14

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A gas company meter reader called police about 10:30 a.m. Monday regarding an unauthorized gas meter at the 600 block of Sheldon Street that had been taken from the 500 block of Merriwether Street. The owner of the Sheldon Street residence had […]

There’s a hot new house in Clovis

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Capt. Karen Burns with the Clovis Fire Department demonstrates new features on the stove in the fire safety house on Tuesday. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Fire Department has a new and improved version of one of its more popular pieces of equipment — a “fire safety house” used by […]

Cops & Courts 11/2

The man accused of a crime spree through Fort Sumner, Melrose, and Portales didn’t have his preliminary hearing on Tuesday in the De Baca County Magistrate Court, as had been scheduled. John C. Cates, 19, is being held in the De Baca County jail on a $360,000 bond facing 37 charges including kidnapping, aggravated burglary, […]

Clovis man arrested on arson charges

By Darrell Todd Maurina Police arrested a Clovis man Wednesday night in connection with a house that burned down last weekend. Police said Matthew Southers, 20, admitted to burning down a house at 820 1/2 Jones late Saturday night. They said he is also suspected in connection with an arson early in the morning of […]

AEDs to be available in rural areas

By Gary Mitchell Heart attack victims in rural eastern New Mexico will have greater access to medical attention, thanks to a recent $251,709 grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Rural Health Policy. The grant — for the placement of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in rural areas of the state — […]