Emergency responders budgeting for rising fuel costs

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Argen Duncan With rising fuel prices, local emergency response agencies are working to be efficient without cutting services. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker, Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill and Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said they are budgeting more for fuel in the upcoming fiscal year, but cutting patrols or emergency response is [...]

Letters to the editor: First responders deserve thanks

First responders deserve thanks On behalf of the Portales Fire Department administration and staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fire departments, emergency management, law enforcement, county road departments, C&S Oil, KSEL radio, Great Wide, First Baptist Church in Portales, University Baptist Church and all individuals for their assistance [...]

In their words: Responders, residents recall fire

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Brian Victor, who lives off Highway 467 just before the Roosevelt County line, said Sunday’s fire came within inches of his home. Victor said he and most of his family were in Clovis around 1:30 p.m. the day of the fire, preparing to go to the movies when he received a phone call telling him [...]

Working holidays part of first responders’ job description

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Christmas and New Year’s holiday may be a long weekend for many this year, but not for some dedicated professionals. Work doesn’t take a holiday when it comes to public safety. Area fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies will be operating as they would any other day. “It [...]

Industrial accident fatal

Emergency responders are working a fatal industrial accident north of St. Vrain. State police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said officers are en route to the scene. According to emergency radio traffic, a road worker was run over by a chip spreader shortly after 12:30 p.m. A medical investigator and chaplain have also been dispatched to the [...]

Witnesses describe Novaks as friendly, outgoing, happy

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Witnesses described Kimberly Novak as outgoing, Edward Novak as friendly albeit absent-minded, and the Novaks as nothing but a happy couple. Eight witnesses, ranging from first responders to work friends, testified Thursday, the first day for the prosecution to present its case against Edward [...]

Officials: Post 9-11 climate makes federal funding more attainable

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Area law enforcers and emergency responders agree the post-9/11 climate has made federal funding more attainable for local agencies. Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos said federal funding for responders over the last five years has totaled more than $1.5 million. The terrorist attack in New York [...]