Monday morning briefing: Fireworks and what started it all

Good morning and happy Fourth of July. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Smoke on the Water In case you missed it, here’s the rundown on today’s annual Fourth of July Smoke on the Water activities in Clovis: Activities start at 8 a.m. with the 2nd Annual Smoke on theWater 5k Fun Run […]

Farmers: Last week’s rain little help

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Argen Duncan The last week’s rain did little to help most area farmers and ranchers in the midst of the extreme drought. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service reported precipitation ranging from 0.14 inches in Portales and at the Clovis airport to 1.22 inches in Clovis. “It’s as dry as I’ve ever seen it,” Broadview […]

Police blotter — June 3

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Tuesday • About 12:25 a.m., an officer responded to a report of a male walking down the street with a shotgun in the 1300 block of South Avenue F. When the officer arrived, he began to check the area, and a 25-year-old woman […]

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,” […]

In search of ponies: Story behind quack attack

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Sharna Johnson Molesting a zoo visitor during a dedication ceremony elevated one hard-luck duck to marginal fame this week and earned him a new name. But there’s more to Merv the… Oh never mind, we’ll just stick with Merv… than meets the eye. He waddled into the spotlight during the dedication of a newly-donated water […]

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 […]

Large water leak fixed in Portales system

Argen Duncan Water storage levels in Portales have risen 4 feet since a large leak was discovered and stopped, and three more city wells are expected to go online within the next two weeks, the city manager has said. Portales City Manager Tom Howell made the remarks during an emergency city council meeting Friday morning […]