Police: Homicide victim likely knew attacker

CNJ Staff Police say they suspect a 54-year-old Clovis woman found dead inside her burning house Saturday morning was killed by someone she knew. The victim is identified as Elizabeth McAdams, 1600 N. Lea St. Her body was discovered shortly after 7 a.m. by Clovis firefighters responding to a house fire. Police said smoke was […]

Local firefighters battle blaze

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan Crews work to build a firebreak to stop a grassfire northeast of Portales Tuesday afternoon. Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from around the area had a Roosevelt County grassfire 90 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. The fire started earlier Tuesday afternoon. Bridges said […]

Clovis firefighters extinguish structure fires

CNJ Staff Firefighters extinguished two structure fires over the weekend, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. Friday night just before midnight, firefighters responded to an unoccupied residence at Grand Avenue and Davis Street. Westerman said the upper level of the two story residence was fully engulfed. Firefighters were on scene for about an hour […]

Firefighters bring granary fire under control

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — A small fire at Attebury Grain on West Railroad Avenue was brought under control about 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry. A two-block area surrounding the elevator, including about 15 residents of the Mountain View and Chaparral apartments, was evacuated about 2 p.m., according to officials. […]

Aug. 3, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon July 26 an officer responded to a fire station on Mitchell Street for a battery victim. Firefighters said a man came in and reported 10-15 male subjects had battered him at a residence he owns on Thornton Street. The 83-year-old […]

Multiple departments fighting Curry grass fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A pile of rail road ties burns as a result of a grassfire that began when someone burned trash Wednesday on County road AB. CNJ staff Firefighters from multiple departments are battling a large grass fire between Clovis and Melrose.

Firefighters monitoring blaze at Curry County dairy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis firefighters Nate Joy, left, and Jim Austin attempt to contain a fire Thursday at the South Pole Dairy north of Texico. The fire started in a hay barn and the wind spread the fire to a silage pit, according to Capt. Reed Wheeler of the Texico Fire CNJ staff […]

Teaching safety with fire

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Melrose elementary students stood about 100 yards from a burning house Thursday, part of a fire safety demonstration. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Popping and crackling sounds filled the crisp morning air as flames jetted through collapsing windows and dark smoke colored the sky. Firefighters moved to and fro, […]

Trash catches fire while in truck

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighter Steve Ervin sprays foam on a burning pile of trash in an empty lot at 14th and Pile Streets around 11:30 a.m. Thursday while city workers look on. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis city sanitation truck driver dumped a burning load of trash at an empty […]

Firefighters put their rescue skills to test

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Firefighter Jarod Baldwin drags Rescue Randy during a competition Thursday between firefighters. Randy, a training dummy, weighs 180 pounds. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Chad Healer ran from challenge to challenge, his teammates chanted his name along with words of encouragement. He climbed a 70-foot ladder, carried […]

Firefighters quell two weekend blazes

The Clovis Fire Department responded to fires at two homes over the weekend, according to Battalion Chief Ike Burns. Around 10 a.m. Saturday, firefighters made entry to a mobile home at 2405 1/2 Alabama. Burns said a bathroom in the home was fully engulfed but firefighters were able to get the fire under control quickly. […]

Oct. 7, 1961

Tech Sgt. William E. Boatman was commended for his efficiency in helping to save an F-100 fighter plane lost near Tucumcari. … Elvis Presley starred in the movie “Wild in the Country,” which was showing at the La Fonda drive-in theater. … City firefighters were called to a fire at Torrence’s Leather shop at 217 […]

Hay fire erupts at Roosevelt County dairy

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Freedom New Mexico Staff Firefighters from multiple area departments were on the scene Friday night fighting a hay fire at Grande Vida Dairy, approximately nine miles east of Portales. As darkness fell flames could be seen by motorists traveling U.S. 70 between Portales and Clovis. According to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill his […]

Letters to the Editor: Selling alcohol would be bad influence

I’d like to commend Curry County commissioners who voted against the events center applying for a license to sell alcohol, the dollar being the bottom line. If the financial support of the center depended on alcohol ad sponsorship and sales by the sponsors to survive, this issue should have been addressed long before now in […]

Blaze destroys Portales business

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Karl Terry Firefighters were called to a blaze at Pioneer Woodworkers, east of Portales, around 11 p.m. Thursday. Freedom New Mexico Staff Joe Chandler says he was just 50 feet from his shop when lightning struck Thursday evening sparking a fire. The Portales custom furniture business was destroyed by the blaze […]

Mayor: Firefighters’ pay adequate

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Phil Davis said he owes his life to the paramedics that came to his aid two weeks ago. Paramedics found him unconscious at his Clovis home within two minutes of his wife calling for help, he said. He shared his story Thursday at the Clovis City Commission meeting in […]

Firefighters plan to present petition

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis firefighters plan to attend today’s City Commission meeting and ask commissioners to reconsider their decision on a pay plan designed to retain firefighters. Commissioners voted against a pay plan Fire Chief Ray Westerman presented to the commissioners earlier this month that would increase salaries of 50 mid-level emergency […]

Letters to the Editor: Firefighting dangerous business

Sometimes I find it hard to believe smart people with educations can have such a lack of common sense. This whole issue with firefighters’ pay is a no-brainer. Most city employees don’t have the continuing education that a firefighter/paramedic must have to keep his or her license. I understand that the police fill in for […]

Firefighters continue push for raises

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Members of a newly formed Clovis Fire Fighter’s Association are circulating a petition asking the City Commission to reconsider a plan for department pay raises. The firefighters plan to present the petition at Thursday’s City Commission meeting. During a Sept. 6 meeting, the City Commission voted 4-3 against a […]

Sept. 11 events include concert

CNJ Staff A 9/11 concert will be held at the Patriot Outdoors center from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Christian music artist Van Walworth will be performing and retired Air Force Col. Penny Bailey will speak about escaping the attack on the Pentagon six years ago. Other events include a breakfast for police and firefighters […]