Firefighters make house calls to promote safety

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighters Steve Garcia, center, and Garrett Nash, right, discuss fire safety door hangers with Joe Gomez Wednesday in front of his home. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Joe Gomez said he has never used smoke detectors in his home, but after talking with Clovis firefighters Wednesday he welcomed their […]

Mercury reaches triple digits

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis experienced its first two triple-digit temperature days in 2007 on Sunday and Monday. The temperature climbed to 103 degrees on Monday after peaking at 100 on Sunday, according to AccuWeather.com The record high for Aug. 20 is 105 set in 1930, according to AccuWeather.com data that dates to […]

Firefighters look to fill the boot

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighter Robert Seno and his fellow firefighters are out today to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association with the department’s “Fill the Boot” campaign. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis firefighters will be on street corners throughout today raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Termed “Fill the Boot,” […]

Fire destroys historic Tucumcari building

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Freedom Newspapers: Chelle Delaney Firefighters battle a blaze Friday that destroyed the Sands Dorsey building in Tucumcari. By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Fire destroyed the historic two-story Sands Dorsey building at Second and Main streets in Tucumcari Friday. No injuries were reported. The blaze erupted about 5 p.m. Firefighters were still on the […]

Firefighters dispense safety tips to seniors

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Three young Clovis firefighters were on a mission Wednesday morning. Their goal was to visit homebound senior citizens and install new smoke detectors. According to Vee Lucas, director for the Older Adults Division of the city of Clovis, the Clovis Fire Department and OAD are collaborating in an effort […]

Letters to the Editor: Individual disrespect for rules hurts others

I recently witnessed a disturbing incident outside a local store. The father and son parked beside me had just finished putting their purchases in their car and the young boy (perhaps 10 or 12) took the shopping cart and gave it a great shove. It sped across the drive and into the parking spaces for […]

On the job: Clovis Fire Department

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Firefighter Dustin Oliver demonstrates the correct way to use the pole. The fire station on Mitchell Sreet. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The average Clovis firefighter is 31 years old, male, works 24-hour shifts, makes $25,500 a year and has been on the job between two and 16 years. “Ladder […]

Fire destroys Portales business

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl TerryPortales Fire Department crews work early Friday morning on a blaze at 2018 South Globe. When firefighters arrived, the shop building, owned by Jack Jennings of Portales, was fully engulfed in flame. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A fire early Friday morning destroyed a trucking business shop building on South Globe in […]

Roosevelt County ablaze with more than 12 fires Sunday

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Lightning strikes caused havoc Sunday, starting more than 12 fires in Roosevelt County that burned more than 24,000 acres, according to local firefighters. There were no injuries or damaged structures reported because of the grass fires that occurred near Elida, Floyd, Arch, Milnesand, Highway and Crossroads. Firefighters from Roosevelt and […]

4/23 Local roundup

Firefighters: Lightning likely started grass fire Firefighters were battling a grass fire in Tolar on Saturday evening that likely was started by lightning, according to Lt. Tim Peterson of the Clovis Fire Department. Peterson said eight personnel and four units were dispatched to battle the blaze that he estimated was burning in a line across […]

Portales home destroyed in fire

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers High winds plus dry grass added up to little sleep for local firefighters over the weekend. One Portales home was destroyed and another damaged in separate fires on Sunday. About 2,000 acres of grassland were scorched near Causey, and local firefighters also helped battle a 100,000-acre grass fire between […]

57-year-old man pulled from burning house

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The Clovis Fire Department responded to 1013 Maple St. in Clovis on Thursday evening where they pulled a 57-year-old man from the home. He was transported to a Lubbock hospital. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Firefighters pulled a 57-year-old man from a burning home on Thursday night and he was flown to a Lubbock […]

Winds wreak havoc

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Winds that reached as high as 61 mph Sunday knocked down power lines on Norris Street. (Courtesy photo: Brad Drake) CNJ staff Firefighters had a busy day around the region on Sunday. In addition to the downtown fire in Clovis, an estimated 600 tons of cotton bur caught fire in Parmer County, closing a portion […]

Floyd fire destroys one family’s home

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An unoccupied home west of Floyd was destroyed during Wednesday’s fire. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — “You could fit everything in two half-gallon buckets.” That’s how L.A. Davis of Floyd summarized his family’s loss following a devastating fire that swept across his property on Wednesday. Davis said their three-bedroom […]

Officials: Training was taking place when fire broke out

Freedom Newspapers Air Force officials said Thursday that training was taking place at the Melrose Bombing Range when a monstrous grass fire broke out, but they said the cause of the blaze has still not been determined. A news release from Cannon Air Force Base reported the range was “being used for normal training sorties […]

Fire scorches grassland

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A Portales Fire Department brush truck fights a wildfire off N.M. 267 about four miles northwest of Floyd. The fire, fanned by high winds, was believed to have started at the Melrose Bombing Range, officials said. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes […]

Fire destroys 35,000 acres

By Tony Parra Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as a grass fire swept across the Melrose Bombing Range then south to Floyd, destroying an estimated 35,000 acres, officials said. There were no reports of major injuries, though at least one individual was treated for respiratory problems. Some structures […]

Even workers feast on Thanksgiving

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Hillcrest Park Zoo dietitian Lisa Fox feeds Thanksgiving supper to black-handed spider monkeys Thursday at the zoo. (Staff photo: Andy Jackson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer They ate turkey, green-bean casserole, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. The five black-handed spider monkeys at Hillcrest Park Zoo enjoyed the same meal many of the […]

Volunteer firefighters provide safety net for rural areas

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Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said his members perform their roles as volunteers for personal enjoyment and for their community. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The 9-1-1 report said the caller was “bleeding profusely.” Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said he and fellow firefighters rushed to the […]

Firefighters are like family says retiring chief

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lovis Fire Chief Ron Edwards will be retiring at the end of the month after 31 years with the Clovis Fire Department. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Much has happened in the 31 years Fire Chief Ron Edwards has been employed with the Clovis Fire Department: He was among several […]