Clovis fire chief: Hotel fire was arson

Darrell Todd Maurina Monday night’s fire at the Hotel Clovis was arson, Clovis Fire Chief Ron Edwards said. “We’re not going to classify the type of arson but we know it was a set fire,” Edwards said. “There were no utilities and there was no reason for it to start except people generating it.” Edwards […]

Hotel catches fire

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Firefighters surround the south side of Hotel Clovis, which was once New Mexico’s tallest building. CNJ staff photo Rick White. Darrell Todd Maurina A late-night fire at the Hotel Clovis spewed acrid smoke over downtown on Monday, but fire officials said no one appears to have been injured and damage was relatively light. Battalion Fire […]

Gray, Michael

Michael Gray Services: Have been held. Michael R. Gray, 50, of Hobbs, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, in Hobbs. He was born June 25, 1953, in Hobbs, to Kelly and Mary Ruth Gray. He married Sandra Kirby on May 3, 1986, in Hobbs. He retired from the Hobbs Fire Department as chief after serving 12 […]

Two Portales volunteers make a difference

By Mike Linn A couple of Portales residents have volunteered to install more than 100 smoke detectors in the residences of senior citizens, dedicating time and energy to a recent campaign spearheaded by officials at the Portales Fire Department. Carl Wilson, a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), has installed about 84 detectors, […]

Local Briefs

Darrell Todd Maurina Early risers for miles around Clovis could see a large dark plume of billowing black smoke from a Monday morning tire fire, according to Clovis Fire Department officials. Acting Battalion Chief Tim Peterson said 12 firefighers with three engines, a basket truck, and an ambulance responded at 5:42 a.m. to a tire […]

Portales firefighters promote plan for emergency access

By Kevin Wilson FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com The Portales Fire Department is encouraging business and home owners to think inside the box. The Knox Box is a small, metal mini-safe that is placed on the exterior of a building. It has space for keys, passwords or other devices that can provide access into a building and […]

Curry County Detention Center overcrowded

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CNJ Staff Photo: Eric Kluth Detention officer Patricia Rodriguez monitors prisoners in pod four Tuesday at the Curry County Detention Facility in Clovis By Jack King The Curry County Detention Center is overflowing again, Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine told county commissioners at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The adult detention center was designed to house 208 […]

Back-To-School fair to help kids stay healthy, safe

By Janet Bresenham Before area students head back to school, they will have an opportunity this week to play streetball, receive free dental, vision and scoliosis screenings and immunizations, play games, enjoy free refreshments and learn more about go-kart safety and fire safety. All the activities, which are free, will take place at this year’s […]

Fighting fire with air tractors

By Gary Mitchell When the summer wildfire season breaks out in the western states, one Clovis man and his crew get involved. Ted Stallings, owner/operator of Aero Tech in Clovis, has five firefighting aircraft called “air tractors” heavily involved in fighting fires in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. “Right now, we’re fighting fires big […]

Fired up for the Fourth

By Gary Mitchell Three-time Grammy Award nominee Holly Dunn will perform in concert during this year’s Smoke on the Water Fourth of July Celebration in Greene Acres Park. “Holly Dunn will be singing at 8 p.m., followed by the fireworks display,” said Liz Eisenbraun, events coordinator for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. “If people […]

High winds spark grass fire, cause minor damage to church.

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Sacred Heart employees Johnny Gallegos, left, and Jose Montoya survey the damage to the Sacred Heart School’s roof Thursday after a gust of wind ripped a piece from the building. Darrell Todd Maurina Despite Thursday’s high winds, Clovis was mostly spared from damage. One exception was Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where winds approaching 50 mph […]

Branches burst into flames

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A massive pile of dead branches caught fire around 10 p.m. Tuesday, sending an orange glow over much of the north side of Tucumcari. The branches were at the wastewater treatment plant north of town. “It was about 30 (foot) by 30 when we got here,” said Tucumcari Assistant Fire Chief […]

Mullins, Jim

Jim Mullins Services: Hve been held. Mr. J.L. “Jim” Mullins, 45, of Rogers, died Friday, April 25, 2003, at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1957, in Muleshoe, to Nelda and George L. Mullins. He married Kellye Love on Nov. 29, 1993, He grew up in the Dora area and graduated from Dora High […]