Nominations could use some fireworks

Freedom New Mexico The Democrats’ nominating convention in Denver at the end of the month is shaping up to be more interesting than the scripted-for-television displays of party unity these dreary affairs have become. Maybe it won’t be as interesting as the conventions of yore dominated by smoke-filled (perish the thought nowadays!) back rooms where […]

Lighting up the sky

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Penny White holds her sparkler in the wind as her mother, Carrie White, sits nearby on a blanket, handing out sparklers to any child who wanted one Friday at Greene Acres Park before the fireworks display. By Liliana Castillo and Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writers Boats filled the lake, music […]

First Person: Fireworks fan

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tom Martin coordinated the Smoke on the Water fireworks display in Clovis for 13 years. After the Smoke on the Water fireworks display was dropped for a few years in the early 90’s, Tom Martin, a Clovis business owner, decided to pick them back up in 1994. His first concern […]

Local area fireworks shows planned

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CNJ file photo The annual Smoke on the Water fireworks show will begin at dusk Friday at Greene Acres Park. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Husband and wife team Jay and Debbie Scott of Oklahoma have shot off the traditional Independence Day fireworks for Clovis the past eight years, but they say it is […]

Fireworks sales starting to explode

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Amanda Herrera totals up the Salinas family’s purchase of fireworks at a fireworks stand north of Clovis. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Fireworks vendors in Curry and Roosevelt counties said sales are picking up as July 4 nears. “We have been open since June 20 and have already had […]

Fireworks can lead to trouble

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether local governments should outlaw the sale, use and/or purchase of fireworks in our hot, dry conditions. Responses: • “Every year we hear of fires set by fireworks. Some are of little consequence, while others are tragic.

Are you ready for some fireworks?

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether local governments should outlaw the sale, use and/or purchase of fireworks in our hot, dry conditions. Responses: • “Yes fireworks should be banned except for the professional show like the one at Green Acres Park. It is frightening around my neighborhood every Fourth because it is dry […]

Donations sought for annual fireworks

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File photo The Smoke on the Water Fireworks display is held at Greene Acres Park in celebration of Independence Day. CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce is making a fundraising push for its annual Smoke on the Water Fourth of July fireworks display. Funds received so far for this year’s show total $12,000, according […]

Fair concludes without typical rainy weather

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Ticket sales for the Curry County Fair totalled about $88,000. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Preparations for this year’s Curry County Fair included roof work and chip sealing of the food court area in case of rain. But not a drop fell during last week’s fair, a rarity according […]

Fourth festivities: Display not dampened

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Jared Vander Dussen, 13, stands at the bow of his team’s boat Wednesday during the Dairy Boat Race, one of several Fourth of July activities held at Greene Acres Park. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Thirteen-year-old Jared Vander Dussen stood majestically at the stern of the boat like Captain […]

Farmers sponsor July 4 boat race

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Local dairy farmers will sponsor the first Greene Acres Boat Race this afternoon as part of the city’s Fourth of July activities. The race is a part of a fund-raiser for the Matt 25 Hope Center. Coordinator Kent Ware said $80,000 has been raised from entry fees and other […]

Business Feature: Vendors say fireworks sales booming

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Monica Ortiz, manager of Mr. W fireworks stand, shows fireworks to Alexis Lopez, 8, front, Marisol Lopez, 11, and Jacob Dominguez, 3. The children said they were saving their fireworks for the holiday, but their mother doubts they will last that long. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Planet Fireworks manager Rick Fry said he […]

Fireworks show required hard work, flexibility

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Thirty-nine years ago on July Fourth, a man and his wife and two children were sitting around thinking there ought to be something to do. The only celebration of July Fourth was some fireworks at the drive-in theater north of Clovis, and people had to pay to get in. Charlie Wade, […]

Festivities involve more than fireworks

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer This year’s Smoke on the Water Fourth of July celebration at Greene Acres Park will be the biggest held, according to Jenni Gee of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. While previous celebrations included fireworks displays, this year’s will also include live music and a boat race. “Everybody’s so […]

Business Feature: Bigger bang can be bought

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Paul Bennett, owner of Wholesale Fireworks Stand on U.S. Highway 60/84, examines some of the new fireworks Wednesday that are for sale. Bennett said patrons must be at least 16 years old to buy fireworks. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Dee Wieland, owner of Road Runner Fireworks north of […]

Fireworks donation goal halfway met

CNJ staff Donations for the Smoke on the Water Fourth of July fireworks display at Greene Acres Park are more than halfway to the goal, according to the organizers. Nearly $17,000 has been raised toward the $30,000 goal, according to Tom and Gail Martin, Steve Rooney and Duffy Moon, the event’s organizers. The annual event […]

Finding the right chemistry

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks: Texico High chemistry teacher Wayne Anderson tracks the flight of a metal ring that was part of an class experiment Wednesday on electrons. By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Taped on the wall, there are nature’s elements — symbols on a periodic table. Wayne Anderson campaigns to reveal them. […]

Bloopers create perplexing journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just […]

Meetings Watch 7/27

The following is a summary of the Clovis City Commission meeting held Wednesday: • The 2006-2007 city budget was approved. The estimated cash balance of the budget is roughly $17 million with revenues and expenditures, according to city documents. City revenues are slightly higher than expected and will be funneled into public improvement projects, City […]

Having a blast: Fireworks family affair

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More than 1,000 fireworks peppered the clear Clovis skies Tuesday at Greene Acres Park during the city’s annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The quartet drags five, heavy tarps from the trailer, and a city of fireworks is exposed. “Mainly, the tarps protect the […]