Products confiscated from Portales smoke shops

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell A glass case in FN Smoke Shop in Portales displays signs warning customers that the incense sold is not for consumption. Alisa Boswell Editor’s note: We’ve made a major correction to this story since it originally published on Monday night, Nov. 28. Deputies did not seize any cash in this […]

Monday morning briefing: Fireworks and what started it all

Good morning and happy Fourth of July. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Smoke on the Water In case you missed it, here’s the rundown on today’s annual Fourth of July Smoke on the Water activities in Clovis: Activities start at 8 a.m. with the 2nd Annual Smoke on theWater 5k Fun Run […]

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 […]

Friday morning briefing: Wildfire smoke help and the battle of Gettysburg

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Smoke help The New Mexico Department of Health is reminding residents that there are toll free numbers they can call to discuss health-related or mental health concerns due to wildfires burning in New Mexico.

Monday morning briefing: Smoke goal, basketball camp and one big fish

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Smoke donations The annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display for July 4 in Clovis is till $13,650 short of becoming a reality. Donations can be made at the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce. Info: 763-3435 or email clovisnm@clovisnm.org Camp days The Portales Rams […]

Smoke could cause unhealthy air conditions

CNJ staff Smoke from wildfires burning in New Mexico and Arizona and wind conditions Thursday could cause unhealthy air quality conditions in several areas of the state, according to a news release. The New Mexico Department of Health and Environment Department are asking residents to take precautions to avoid adverse reactions to the smoke. The […]

Smoke on Water donations near halfway point

CNJ staff Donations for the “Smoke on the Water” July 4 fireworks display at Greene Acres Park are less than halfway toward the organizers’ goal. Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said $11,350 has been raised for the annual show as of Monday. The goal is $25,000. The annual event […]

Smoke from Arizona wildfire drifts into area

Thomas Garcia The smell of smoke and the light haze reported in several areas in Quay County Tuesday was from the Wallow wildfire in eastern Arizona, according to Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry. Cherry said he was in Albuquerque, where he said the smoke conditions were strong. The Wallow fire has burned more than 300,000 […]

Airmen barred from three local smoke shops

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Up In Smoke employee Tasha Hicks said there are signs and warnings posted throughout the store cautioning people against ingesting incenses such as “spice” and Salvia. Tuesday, Cannon Air Force Base issued an order making three Clovis smoke shops off limits to airmen because of the herbs. Sharna Johnson Cannon […]

Smoke on the Water fireworks display lights night sky over Greene Acres Park

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Several hundred Clovis residents gathered at Greene Acres Park to see fireworks light the night sky. The Clovis Chamber of Commerce’s Smoke on the Water fireworks display drew several hundred Clovis residents Sunday to Greene Acres Park. Radio station Q101.5 FM accompanied with music the chamber’s annual choreographed fireworks show […]

July 4 activities draw crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Members of the Heritage Dairy team dash to the lake during Saturday’s Matt 25 Boat Race at Greene Acres Park. The team finished the time portion of the race with a time of 2.36.20. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The 14th annual Smoke on the Water got underway with […]

Portales Valley Mills catches fire

Freedom New Mexico Fire caused minimal damage to the Portales Valley Mills building on Sunday and a firefighter injured battling the blaze was released after treatment, officials said. The fire was the third in 10 days involving city businesses.

July 13, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Community makes show possible The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I love spending it in Clovis with my family and friends. We have made a tradition out of going to Greene Acres Park for the Smoke on the Water celebration. Smoke on the Water has everything that a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Smoke clears Portales courthouse

PNT Staff The Roosevelt County Courthouse has been closed after smoke was seen coming out the top of the building. Lance Hill, a battalion chief with the Portales Fire Department, said officials believe a burned motor in the air conditioning unit caused the smoke.Hill said the courthouse will reopen later today, once the smoke is […]

Man in hospital after house fire

CNJ staff A Clovis man was taken to the Plains Regional Medical Center on Friday night for smoke inhalation after a fire burned through his mobile home. Michael De Mmon, a resident in the Hicks Trailer Estates trailer park on 314 West 14 St., said he smelled smoke around 8 p.m. and ran out to […]

Kitchen fire extinguished

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Clovis firefighter works to ventilate a home where a kitchen fired occurred around noon Thursday. CNJ staff A kitchen fire resulted in heavy smoke and fire damage Thursday at a home at 205 West Plaza, according to fire officials. Firefighter Bill Baca said firefighters arrived at noon and had […]