Officials urge holiday caution

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer As Curry County residents prepare to light the barbecue grills and set off fireworks in celebration of Independence Day, county officials urge citizens to act responsibly. Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman said the Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling to ensure citizens are observing the fireworks ban. Bowman said deputies […]

Fireworks fund $2,000 short of goal

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, the anxiety level over contributions for the annual Smoke On the Water fireworks display is also rapidly diminishing. On Wednesday event coordinators said they were within $2,000 of meeting their goal. According to Clovis businessman Tom Martin, the city’s businesses and organizations have […]

Fireworks watch in effect as officials monitor sale of banned items

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Curry County Deputy Larry Garrison, right, inspects a Roadrunner fireworks stand owned by Mike Hall of Texico Monday afternoon. The stand was in compliance with all safety regulations, according to Garrison. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Heightened concerns over dry conditions have Curry County officials closely monitoring fireworks sales. […]

City Hall might be moving

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The city of Clovis likely will have a new city hall and perhaps emergency management and regional communications centers in a building at 400 Mitchell St. The building was donated by the Clovis MainStreet Program during Thursday’s City Commission meeting. The building formerly was the Houston Lumber Co. Mayor […]

Fireworks show shy on funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Smoke on the Water fireworks show is $10,000 shy of the $25,000 needed to fund the event, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce officials. With less than a month before the show blasts off, officials are hoping to raise the money from donations made by businesses and […]

County honors top employees

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Dick Smith presented two awards during the Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday morning. Johnny Berry was honored as employee of the year. Berry has been with Curry County since 2002 and is the fairgrounds caretaker in the county’s maintenance department. His duties include painting, mowing and […]

Fireworks ban irks vendors

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer With Independence Day fast approaching, the possibility of a fireworks-free celebration has vendors praying for rain. Because of persistent drought conditions in the area, the Curry County Commission placed a ban earlier this month restricting the sale and use of fireworks. The proclamation prohibits the sale of rockets, helicopters, […]

County Commission restricts fireworks

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Chairman Tim Ashley jokingly referred to himself as the “Grinch who stole the Fourth of July” at Thursday’s special meeting of the Curry County Commission. The reference to the famous Dr. Seuss holiday-stealing character came after the commissioners adopted an ordinance restricting fireworks. The ordinance bans the sale and […]

County considers firework sales ban

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Arid conditions in New Mexico may sour Independence Day celebrations in Clovis and Curry County. A ban on the sale of fireworks in the city and the county is being considered by commissioners. Though there is currently an outdoor burn ban in place in Clovis and Curry County, which […]

Dry weather here to stay

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Curry County officials say dry conditions in eastern New Mexico have left an abundance of fuel for grass fires across the region, such as the dry grass on this property north of Clovis on State Road 209. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The dry conditions that have spawned a series […]

Officials urge citizens to party responsibly

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff writer Out with the old and in with the new. Area residents will be celebrating the start of a new year tonight, and local officials are urging citizens to “party responsibly.” Lt. James Schoeffel, public information officer for the Clovis Police Department, said New Year’s Eve will be safe and fun […]

Holiday weekend relatively quiet

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Fourth of July weekend was relatively quiet for area police, except for all the fireworks popping off in the sky above Clovis. From Friday to Tuesday morning, Clovis police received 112 fireworks complaints in the city, according to call logs from the department. “Every year we get a […]

Fireworks fly high at annual event

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Spectators watch fireworks erupt over Greene Acres Park during “Smoke on the Water” Monday night. (CNJ Correspondent: Andrew Chavez) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer For Clovis residents Christy and Richard Masterson, July Fourth is more than fireworks and barbecue. They said American freedom is where it’s at for them — especially after spending three […]

Rocket glared red on Independece Day

By Bob Huber When Independence Day — the holiday, not the movie — rolls into town each year on a Wal-Mart truck, I always remember the launching of America’s first intercontinental ballistic missile. That singular event established once and for all that children should never play with matches. It began one summer when my friend […]

Fireworks spark concern

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Clovis residents Kathy Martinez and daughter Brittaney Bruhn buy fireworks on Saturday at the Phantom Fireworks booth outside Lowe’s supermarket on 14th Street. The booth is manned by Jeff Cahall and his son Sierra. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer The array at the Phantom Fireworks booth includes monikers such as […]

Dogs get boom out of Fourth of July

By Clyde Davis The wisdom is passed down from dog generation to dog generation. As each new wave of furry, four-legged people comes along, the race of the sensitive ears and tender noses, the indoctrination speech is given. “Beware the times that smell like sulfur and sound like thunder! Beware the times when humans celebrate […]

Fireworks show short on money

CNJ staff The annual “Smoke on the Water” July 4th fireworks celebration is only a little more than halfway funded as of Monday, a press release from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce said. The show usually runs about $1,000 per minute, officials said, and it lasts about 20 minutes. At this time, about $8,000 […]

Candidates must heed religious principles

Letters to the Editor City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said the church should leave it up to him to make an informed choice in voting for political candidates. (“Catholics split on whether Kerry must follow church teachings,” June 25 CNJ) Sandoval said God gave him a conscience to tell him right from wrong. If he would […]

Fireworks vendors report an explosive sales period

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Fireworks vendors began packing up and closing shop on Monday, many declaring the season a financial success. “We just got it this year, so this was our first time,” said Maria Hernandez, who operated a stand between Clovis and Texico over the past few weeks, “but business was pretty good.” […]

Beautiful explosions cover Clovis skies

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By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent A brief rainstorm threatened the annual Fourth of July celebration at Greene Acres Park on Sunday. But the sky cleared in time, the winds calmed and the Big Dipper was visible in the northern sky when the Smoke on the Water fireworks show blasted off about 9:15 p.m. A local […]