Fire restrictions lifted

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Forestry Division has lifted bans on smoking, fireworks, campfires and open fires for all counties, according to a press release distributed by the agency Friday. The statewide bans were imposed in April and June. “Now that rainfall has returned and the fire danger has diminished, we feel the […]

Fireworks light sky

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The $25,000 pyrotechnics exhibition Smoke on the Water lit the sky for 30 minutes at Greene Acres Park. Kevin Wilson The annual Smoke on the Water fireworks, like many years before it, saw music, fun and a Clovis sky full of colorful explosions. On its perimeter, citizens practiced self-restraint. Fire […]

Fireworks choreographer shares tricks of trade

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File photo Flight of Red Comets – To Red, White, Blue Peony Liliana Castillo Gary Caimano with Western Fireworks has choreographed the Smoke on the Water show in Clovis for more than a decade. Caimano said because Smoke on the Water show is choreographed to music, he feels he works with a cast of characters […]

McGee: Fireworks plan backfires

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist “Some guy was on the radio saying, ‘Be sure to bring your dog to the fireworks on the Fourth of July,’” said The Lady of the House. “Can you imagine?” I rolled my eyes and whistled nervously. “Oh, please tell me you never took a dog to a fireworks show,” […]

Fire officials dissuade use of fireworks

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales fire officials say it would be better for local residents to not set off fireworks from home on Monday because of the state’s extreme drought conditions. Alisa Boswell With extreme drought conditions in New Mexico, local fire officials are saying it’s probably best for Clovis and Portales […]

Burn ban prohibits setting off fireworks in county

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File photo Under restrictions imposed by the state forestry department, use of fireworks is banned on private or state lands outside city and federal lands. Sharna Johnson People may still be able to buy fireworks in the state, but if they use them in the county they can be cited for violating a burn ban […]

Fireworks display still short on money

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File photo Clovis’ annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display is $10,000 short of its $25,000 goal. Liliana Castillo Clovis’ annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display is scheduled to explode over Greene Acres Park on July 4 despite drought and high temperatures. That is, if another $10,000 can be raised. Smoke on the Water […]

County burn bans include fireworks

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Sharna Johnson With ongoing drought and high fire risk, only the professionals get to play with fireworks in Eastern New Mexico this year. Burn bans are active in Curry and Roosevelt counties this year with officials going a step further to pass restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks out of fear of fire. […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, fireworks and drive-in movies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch Two governing bodies in Roosevelt County are meeting Tuesday: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes a report on the proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered and the designation of county precincts. • Portales […]

Coach Roanhaus wins 300th

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Clovis head coach Eric Roanhaus sends in a play with senior wide receiver Corbin Best in Friday’s game against Alamogordo. Clovis beat Alamogordo 40-0 for Roanhaus’ 300th win. Kevin Wilson Cannon blasts filled the air, as they have so often on Clovis Friday nights, and the fireworks lighted the night […]