Commissioners OK burn ban

Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a resolution banning open-fire burning for the next 45 days. The resolution puts into effect a standing county fire burn ban. County Manager Charlene Webb said the resolution will ban all open-flamed fires, such as trash, tumbleweed and other debris burns and uncovered fire pits or […]

Police blotter: March 23

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Monday • 10 a.m.: Caller reported finding a puppy in the parking lot; she would like animal control to pick it up, 200 block of East Seventh. • 10:52 a.m.: Call in reference to a snake in the kitchen. • 12:04 p.m.: Call in […]

Police blotter: March 20

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs:

Police blotter: March 18

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Thursday • 1:37 a.m.: Caller reported hearing a shot fired, Second and Globe. • 8:27 a.m.: Caller reported a skunk in a trap, First and Main. • 8:42 a.m: Call in reference to a motor vehicle accident involving a vehicle hitting a dumpster, Second […]

Firefighters warn of high-risk fire season

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Christina Calloway Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales and Clovis fire departments are preparing for another high-alert fire season and officials want to make sure residents and farmers are prepared. Portales battalion chief Mike Golden said this season is definitely more high-risk for fires because of the low humidity and the increase in winds. […]

Fire destroys sorghum, hay on ranch east of Portales

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Fire destroyed an estimated $800,000 worth of ground hay and sorghum this afternoon on a ranch east of Portales. According to Wes Fraze, son-in-law of the W Diamond Heifer Ranch owner, R.L. Rogers, the fire began when a contracted worker was grinding the hay and sorghum. Fraze said the worker believed a rock had gotten […]

Officials looking into vehicle fire

PNT staff Portales firefighters and police officers responded to a vehicle fire at 7:44 p.m. Tuesday on Community Way, according to Portales Police Department officials. A Ford Explorer caught fire in a business area, department officials said. Police Detective Colby Morgan said no one was in the vehicle at the time of the fire and […]

Monday morning briefing: Help for fire victims and a slight chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fire victims Donations are needed for 12 families left homeless by a recent fire at Clovis Apartments. Money is most needed and cash or checks can be mailed or dropped off at United Way of Eastern New Mexico, 1200 N. Thornton St., Suite G, […]

Clovis apartment fire displaces 12 families

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Twelve families displaced by Clovis Apartments fire

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Tonjia Rolan Nathan Alvarado was home with his 5-year-old son Kaiden and his mother, Angela Copeland, when the fire started Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments. “Me and my son were playing video games and I smelled smoke,” the 34-year-old Alvarado said. “Before I could get to the door to check it out, the door […]

Letters to the editor — Dec. 29

Agencies performing admirably Born and raised in Clovis, I have never witnessed what has gone down this year. Local law enforcement has spent more time literally in the field than the farmers due to the increase in theft of copper and other materials. I also have never seen such activity in grass fires as this […]

Year in review: Wild weather reaches extremes

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Wildfires mark year A dry, windy spring created conditions for one of the more massive wildfires to hit eastern New Mexico in decades. Sparks from a wheel following a tire blowout near Melrose spurred the April 17 fire that burned about 71,000 acres, destroyed three homes, killed dozens of livestock and sent three firefighters to […]

Former Milnesand fire chief dies

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County lost one of its hardest working residents Sunday with the death of lifetime Milnesand resident Thomas Elton Parkinson, according to family and friends. Parkinson, 91, died at a Portales senior living center. Better known as “T.E.” or “Elton,” Parkinson was the Milnesand fire chief for 30 years, along with being a […]

‘Dale’s Restaurant’ in Melrose damaged by fire

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Kevin Wilson The giant white block letters on the red facade couldn’t be more direct. “Restaurant,” the building says to travelers on the east end of the village of Melrose. But Melrose Tire, affectionately called, “Dale’s Restaurant” by the village of 650, is out of commission after a Sunday night fire that leaves residents at […]

For-profit colleges under fire

Even lobbyists for for-profit colleges must be stunned by their industry’s ability over the past two years to capture an enormous share of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits earned by Iraq and Afghanistan war era veterans. The gold rush is on and competition to sign veterans who have the most valuable education package since World War […]

Fire department promotes fire prevention week

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Alisa Boswell Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols believes children are never too young to learn about the dangers of fire. Pre-school and kindergarten aged children were given tours of the fire department this week as Fire Prevention Week. “We target our young kids, and always have, to start that education early on,” said Nuckols, who […]

Their view: Lawmakers support fire danger rating system

Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, and Sen. Sander Rue R-Albuquerque are pushing for a state fireworks law based on flexibility and common sense.

EMT rodeo wrangles services into competition

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom The emergency medical team from Fort Sam/Houston, Texas, crawls through an obstacle course as part of the Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo. The EMT Rodeo is a competition in which EMT teams from across the United States and Germany test their skills in various events that simulate real life scenarios. […]

Monday morning briefing: Fire chat, a peach of a birthday and a big wedding

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fire chat Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Department is the guest speaker Tuesday for the Curry County Republican Women. They meet 11:30 a.m. at Dakota’s Steakhouse. Information: Carolyn Shipley, 763-5315. Park meeting The Clovis Parks and Recreation Board meeting is 5:15 p.m. Tuesday […]

Floyd school news — Aug. 30

Watermelon welcome successful The annual watermelon welcome last Thursday evening saw the largest turnout in recent memory. Participants enjoyed free burgers and hot dogs provided by the Floyd Fire Department, Floyd School and Floyd Booster Club. The Village of Floyd hosted a fireworks display and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes hosted a dance.