Grass fire burns 1,500 acres

A grass fire burned 1,500 acres about 10 miles north-northwest of Elida on Monday, said Elida Fire Chief Rusty Cater. No one was injured, and no structures burned. Cater said a cutting torch started the blaze.

Brief rainfall offers respite from drought

Alisa Boswell Much-needed rain pelted most of eastern new Mexico and West Texas late Monday in a gusty thunderstorm that was also blamed for igniting a series of grass fires near Muleshoe. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting 1.22 inches of rain fell in Clovis. Officials at Clovis Airport recorded .14 inches and […]

Grassfire on Curry and Quay county line under control

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Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson Officials estimate a fire Saturday on the Curry and Quay county line burned 20,000 to 25,000 acres. Karen Burns with the Clovis Fire Department said the number is a rough estimate and officials will get a better figure in daylight. Five structures were burned but there were no injuries, she […]

Fire damage estimate climbs to 71,000 acres

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By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson Approximately 71,000 acres burned in Curry and Roosevelt counties in a massive grass fire April 17 — more than four times initial estimates, making the fire the area’s largest in more than 30 years. Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said last week he drove the fire line to survey […]

Firefighting should be privatized

Thank you to all the firefighters who defeated the recent grass fires. They did an excellent job. Firefighting is an important task no matter what society you live in. It is a job that will always need to be done and be paid for. But is depending on government for this crucial service the best […]

Massive fire 90 percent contained (Updated)

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Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from more than 30 departments struggled most of Sunday to contain a massive grass fire that erupted near Melrose and quickly spread through Curry and Roosevelt counties, damaging homes and forcing several evacuations near Clovis and Portales. The fire started about 11:30 a.m. after a tire on a vehicle blew out […]

Firefighters investigating cause of three grass fires in Roosevelt County

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PNT Reports Three grass fires burned about 2,500 acres of land along U.S. 70 at Midway in Roosevelt County Tuesday afternoon. The state forest service said the blazes ignited a fourth fire in Curry County that was quickly extinguished. Portales Battalion Chief Lance Hill said no one was injured and no structures burned, but telephone […]

Ruidoso fire claims five houses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A wind-driven New Mexico grass fire that has destroyed five houses and several barns, forced evacuations and knocked out power to about 1,000 homes and businesses has tripled in size, but fire crews hoped improved weather conditions would help them Monday, officials said. More than 100 people at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack […]

Conditions ripe for grass fires

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Argen Duncan With a large fuel load and little moisture, county fire officials are concerned about serious grass fires this spring. Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen said he had read a story from KOB.com that indicated the National Weather Service predicted this year could have the worst fire season in 30 years as winds pick […]

Grass fire consumes 150 acres

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire Friday morning northeast of Portales burned about 150 acres, according to a fire department spokesman. No one was injured in the blaze reported about 11:31 a.m., said Portales Fire Department Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said the fire started on Highway 467 and spread to Roosevelt Roads 2 and 3. […]

Portales past: Jan. 16, 1962

Jan. 16, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: In the movie review column by Dan Ihde: It might be incorrect to say that splendor existed in “Splendor in the Grass,” the current feature at the Tower Theater, but most of the grass was present only in the minds of the advertising agency.

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 […]

Vehicles spark grass fires

Freedom New Mexico Two vehicle fires sparked grass fires on Saturday. The first vehicle fire happened in the 200 block of N.M. 267 northwest of the Portales Livestock Auction house at 10:09 a.m., said Portales Battalion Chief Mike Golden. Golden said the vehicle simultaneously started a small grass fire that burned less than an acre. […]

Stickers summertime nuisance

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Stickers, sticker burs, grass spurs, sticky burs, sand burs — whatever the name, a common opinion prevails in regards to a little weed whose seed has a plate of armor no one wants to get near. Many in eastern New Mexico just call them stickers and they’re literally a […]

Lightning fires keep firefighters busy

Freedom New Mexico Lightning kept area firefighters busy on Thursday. A bolt ignited a 400-acre grass fire 20 miles south of Elida, according to Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony. Elida was assisted by Milnesand firefighters in containing the fire. Later the same day, Elida firefighters were asked to help the Dora Fire Department with another […]

Officials: Grass fire should serve as warning sign

Freedom New Mexico Fire and weather officials say a big grass fire in Melrose should raise a red flag for everyone across eastern New Mexico. Strong winds Tuesday carried flames from a burning trash pit over dry grass, igniting a grass fire that ate its way across about 300 acres of grassland northwest of Melrose, […]

Grass fire burns 300 acres of pastureland in Melrose

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire about five miles northwest of Melrose consumed about 300 acres of pastureland Tuesday evening, according to fire officials. The fire started about 7 p.m. between Curry roads 14 and 15 about a mile and a half west of New Mexico 268, according to Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs. Firefighters […]

Business feature: Western Bank to offer new services, facility

By Celena Cordova: PNT staff writer The dirt plot with dried grass that lies between Prudential Master Properties and Ray’s Lube Center on North Chicago is not just another piece of land. It is the future home of the Portales branch of the Western Bank. The Portales branch has been open 12 years, and it’s […]

Stuck in the ‘50s not a bad work ethic

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The sight of a neighbor cutting his grass with an old-fashion push mower the other day immediately brought back memories of another neighbor — Clay Blue Mr. Blue lived next door to us when I was growing up and kept his lawn of Bermuda grass manicured to golf green […]

Spring Watering

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Willie Marler waters the lawn at her home on South Elgin in Portales Wednesday. Marler was trying to get the grass growing but to conserve water didn’t want to run a sprinkler in the wind.