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 […]

Elimination of federal fire roads makes no sense

Freedom Newspapers Five feet and just a few seconds: That was the difference between life and death for 23-year-old firefighter Eva Schicke on Sept. 12, when she perished while battling a blaze in California’s Stanislaus National Forest. Schicke and other members of an elite helicopter forest fire fighting team suddenly found themselves scrambling for their […]

Some city jobs come with long hours

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“We need to add police and firefighters and we need to add sanitation workers to speed trash pickup, and employees to do upkeep on our alleys.” Raymond Mondragon, city manager By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Clovis officials say overtime and longevity are the most important factors in determining the size of employees’ salaries. Assistant […]

Fire damages downtown business

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Clovis firefighters battled a blaze Saturday at 120 Connelly for about two hours after semi trailers and packing crates caught fire in the yard next to Moberly Moving and Storage. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina A fire fueled by wooden packing crates swept through a storage area of a downtown moving […]

Firefighters long hours taxing on family life

By Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Family time is typical in most households — especially on Father’s Day. Each night families in eastern New Mexico gather around the dinner table to chat, play games or even watch television. However, for firefighters and their families spending time together can be more difficult. After working 24-hour shifts at […]

Fire totals barn

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Flames shoot out of a barn that caught fire on Jones Street between 10th and 11th streets in northwest Clovis on Sunday. Five trucks responded to the blaze and authorities said the cause is still under investigation. (CNJ Staff Photo: Loretta Kos) By Ryan Lengerich Dorothy Frohnhoner was driving down Clovis’ Jones Street on Sunday […]

Fire razes Clovis home

CNJ staff report The Clovis Fire Department is still searching for the cause of a fire that did about $65,000 damage Thursday morning to a one-family home at the 1800 block of Gerry. According to fire department reports, the department responded at 7:49 a.m., arriving at the scene five minutes later with six trucks and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Firefighters fill the boot

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A driver stops to give a donation to Clovis firefighter Clay Wilhoit for the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association “Fill the Boot” campaign Sunday afternoon at the intersection of First and Prince streets. Photo by Janet Bresenham. By Janet Bresenham Every year near Labor Day, firefighters in Clovis and across the nation take to the streets […]

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 […]