City official: Efforts to get rid of birds successful

Alisa Boswell It turns out great-tailed grackle are not big fans of fireworks. Businessmen and other local residents joined forces earlier this month to set off a barrage of fireworks to frighten these local pests. Their efforts were successful, according to Portales Public Works Director John DeSha. “After those first two nights (Jan. 9-10), we […]

Officials hope fireworks deal with bird problem

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Alisa Boswell The fireworks set off Monday and Tuesday night in downtown were not celebration but an attempt to eradicate of a common plague in eastern New Mexico — great-tailed grackles. Portales resident and biologist Tony Gennaro and other residents approached city officials about scaring the birds off with fireworks. Several businesses on the square […]

Working holiday

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By Sharna Johnson Working on Labor Day is no big deal compared to other holidays, according to Eastern New Mexico University junior Adriana Soto. It was a little different when she worked July 4, was rushing to leave work, left her friends waiting and almost missed the fireworks. “That affected me,” the 21-year-old said with […]

Holiday activities include music, games, fireworks

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Argen Duncan Uncle Sam on stilts, belly dancers, a bean bag toss and, of course, fireworks contributed to the mix at the Portales Fourth of July Celebration. The event, paid for mainly with community donations, took place Monday evening at the Eastern New Mexico University athletic fields. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce staff members organized […]

McGee: Fireworks plan backfires

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist “Some guy was on the radio saying, ‘Be sure to bring your dog to the fireworks on the Fourth of July,’” said The Lady of the House. “Can you imagine?” I rolled my eyes and whistled nervously. “Oh, please tell me you never took a dog to a fireworks show,” […]

Clovis fireworks show funded

Freedom New Mexico The money needed for the annual Smoke on the Water Fireworks display was raised in full Friday. Clovis-Curry Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Lauren Tillman said Clovis Family Healthcare offered up the remaining $3,500 needed to reach the $25,000 goal on Friday. Tillman said 150 people, businesses and organizations donated to the […]

Fire officials dissuade use of fireworks

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Alisa Boswell With extreme drought conditions in New Mexico, local fire officials are saying it’s probably best for Clovis and Portales residents to not set off fireworks at home. Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols and Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman both agreed that while fireworks are banned in the county and only certain ground fireworks […]

Officials address fireworks, water issues

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Argen Duncan City officials have reiterated that they can’t ban firework sales or use, and said water demand exceeding supply has led to the recent water restrictions. The statements came at a town hall meeting on questions and concerns about fireworks and water Tuesday in the Memorial Building. Officials and citizens have expressed concerns about […]

Leave fireworks to professionals

I probably haven’t bought so much as a firecracker since I was 15. So it was a little unsettling at first to order more than $10,000 worth of fireworks in my new job as Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director. I love big public fireworks displays. I just never saw the sense in risking […]

Reader-submitted content: Residents urged to practice fireworks safety

Due to extremely dry conditions in our area, we are asking everyone in Portales to be extra careful this Fourth of July by acting responsible and increasing your awareness while using fireworks. The State of New Mexico has imposed fireworks restrictions which prohibit all fireworks in all non-municipal wild land areas within the county. Aerial […]