Portales past: Jan. 7, 1942

Jan. 7, 1942: Portales Daily News: Portales’ most spectacular fire since 1935 destroyed the Phillips Hotel and Furniture Store this morning. The two-story tile and frame building, just across the street from the fire department, burned for two hours.

Dairy barn damaged in fire

PNT staff reports A fire destroyed about 500 tons of hay and damaged a barn Sunday at Westra Dairy in Portales. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said Portales and Arch firefighters battled the blaze from just after 11 a.m. until 5:50 p.m. He said they provided protection for dairy workers to use fork […]

Cause of grass fire undetermined

The cause of a fire Wednesday that burned and estimated 8,000 to 10,000 acres 14 miles south of Elida wasn’t what firefighters at first thought, said Elida Fire Chief Darrell Chenault. He said there were no downed power lines, which were initially thought to have sparked the blaze, and state Forestry Division fire investigators were […]

Grass fire consumes more than 8,000 acres

PNT staff report A grass fire sparked by downed power lines Wednesday burned an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 acres about 14 miles south of Elida. Speaking from the scene as crews finished mopping up hot spots, Elida Fire Chief Darrell Chenault said the fire started about 3 p.m. and burned oil field equipment, power lines […]

Firefighters battle it out

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Matthew Roberts hoists a hose in the firefighter obstacle course. Liliana Castillo The 12th annual Cannon Air Force Base fire muster took place Oct. 8 at Unity Park. The event included only four teams this year. Organizer Bruce Ford, assistant chief of fire prevention on base, said […]

Shooting should serve as wake up call

Freedom New Mexico Call it signs of the times. After news spread that a man armed with an automatic weapon had opened fire at the University of Texas at Austin campus, two other universities — Texas Tech in Lubbock and the UT Medical Branch in Galveston — canceled tests of emergency procedures designed to deal […]

Firefighters contain hay fire

PNT staff reports Portales and Floyd Fire Departments responded to a hay fire on Highway 236 at Anderson Dairy this morning at 8:30 a.m. No one was injured in the fire that burned 20 bales of hay, said Lt. Floyd Hancock. The cause of the fire was undetermined, but might be ruled as wet hay, […]

Clovis family loses home, possessions in fire

Freedom New Mexico A local family needs assistance after losing their home near Ranchvale and belongings in a fire Sept. 25, said Clovis Municipal Schools family specialist Joe Moreno. Moreno said James Mitchel and Kendra Colwell and their children, fifth-grader Baily Colwell, first-grader Michael Colwell and 4-year-old Anthony Colwell, need clothes, household goods, cooking utensils, […]

Fires gut police cars in storage

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Freedom New Mexico Fire of unknown origin gutted three police cruisers Friday at the Portales city storage yard, where the cars were being stripped and used for parts. The Portales Fire Department was dispatched around 3:15 p.m. when a passing motorist saw black smoke and called 911, according to Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said mechanics […]

Reunion — Sept. 5

Field reunion The 24th Biannual Field Reunion was held at the Field Fire Station at 1 p.m. Aug. 13. The business meeting began at 5 p.m. with Jacob Moberly acting as master of ceremonies. Jacob presented Dorothy Woods and Beatrice Hunt with gift cards for their work in getting the reunion together. Teachers present were […]

Military feature: Base, Clovis firefighters train in joint exercise at Cannon

Jared Tucker Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis fire departments teamed up July 26 for their annual airplane fire response training at the base. The two-hour training exercise is a Federal Aviation Administration requirement for fire departments that serve airports, according to Clovis Fire Department Training Officer Rick Potter. “The easiest and the cheapest and […]

Reunion — Aug. 1

The Field Community Reunion is being held Aug. 13, 2010, at the Field Fire Station. Fellowship will begin at 1 p.m. The business meeting and program will be at 5:30 p.m. followed by a meal at 6 p.m. for $7.50 each. Everyone who has lived or is now living in the Field community is invited […]

Fire departments team up for annual training

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Cannon and Clovis firefighters take turns extinguishing cargo bay fires during a training exercise Monday. Cannon Deputy Fire Chief Rich Givney said the silver protective gear used for aircraft firefighting not only protects from fire, but it reflects heat. Cannon Air Force Base and the Clovis Fire Department teamed up […]

Firefighters investigating small fire at residence

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Portales Firefighters responded to a house fire at 720 South Dallas Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Firefighters had the small fire put out in a short time. The cause of the fire is under investigation and more information will be posted soon.

My turn: Fire dance leaves writer snake bitten

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Jared Tucker I seriously thought performing arts was the most boring thing in the world, until I saw the YouTube video of a young Portales woman playing with fire and hoola hoops. Come to find out, it wasn’t the first time she’s done it. Angela King, better known as Snake, has been dancing with fire […]

House fire ruled arson

PNT staff A house fire on Thursday at 1205 W. Ivy in Portales has been ruled arson, according to Investigator William Farmer of the State Fire Marshal’s Division. Farmer said the investigation is ongoing, and could not release any more information. He said the State Fire Marshal’s Division will release an official statement next week.

Friday morning briefing: Lucky hunters

Freedom New Mexico Good morning, and welcome to Friday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing Hunters who applied for New Mexico 2010-2011 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina, bighorn sheep and Barbary sheep licenses can see if they made the drawing “lucky list” on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, according to a department news […]

House fire being investigated

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Smoke from a house fire filled the Portales sky on Thursday afternoon, and residents living in the house suspect arson. Lizbeth Balbuena, who lives in the home at 1205 W. Ivy with other family members, said a family dispute may have led to the fire. Police said no charges have been filed and fire officials […]

Fire officials using decals to warn motorists

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The Portales Fire Department has new safety decals on two of its vehicles that firefighters say should make responding to emergencies much safer. The new decals are part of a campaign designed to create awareness about pulling to the right side of the street when emergency vehicles are approaching, […]

Fire chief urges cautionary measures to prevent grass fires

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols says dangerous conditions for fire exist in Roosevelt County. According to Nuckols, a lot of dry vegetation left over from last year still poses a big fire threat. Even though there is some new green growth coming up in areas, “it won’t last long […]