Portales firefighters recount fighting blaze

Portales Firefighters Floyd Hancock and Dathan Culpepper arrived Sunday afternoon at the Mitchell dairy on Highway 467 to be greeted by flames. “We pulled up there and the flames were too big for the little truck we were in,” Hancock said. “It was a lot more difficult because of terrain and wind.” He said he […]

Burn ban violaters could see tough penalties

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Violating an open flames ban in the county could lead to jail time if the Curry County Commission approves a proposed ordinance next month. The ordinance would punish offenders with a fine of up to $300 and up to 90 days in jail. County commissioners initiated procedure to adopt […]

Fire in unoccupied Clovis home extinguished

By Freedom Newspapers There were no injuries from a fire that erupted in an unoccupied house on Ninth Street near Hull Street in Clovis around 1 a.m. Friday, according to Clovis Fire Department officials. Flames could be seen in the windows when firefighters arrived, Clovis Fire Department Battalion Chief Ike Burns said. Responders extinguished the […]

House fire breaks out in Portales

Freedom Newspapers Units from the Portales Fire Department responded shortly after 9 p.m. Friday to a fire at a house east of Portales. The home just north of the intersection of N.M. 88 and Roosevelt Road N. was fully engulfed in flames when Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they reported. Deputies on the scene told […]

Flames in Clovis fire of 1909 were well-fed

Tom Pendergrass moved with his family from Texico to Clovis in 1907 when he was 7. He remembered all the excitement of those early days, especially the fires. This is his story about what he called the “big fire” in 1909: “Clovis’ first major fire occurred on April 29, 1909. That’s what my dad said. […]