State land commissioner visits eastern New Mexico

Tonjia Rolan State Land Commissioner Ray Powell hopes to partner with local officials to make better use of state trust land in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Curry County has 45,640 acres of state trust land, and Roosevelt county has 181,691 acres, according to Land office District Manager Erik Nelson. Cannon Air Force Base leased 11,000 [...]

Bombing range lease signing ceremony Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico A signing ceremony is set for Wednesday in Santa Fe to pave the way for an expansion of the Melrose Air Force Range. A two-part process will lease about 11,000 acres of state trust land in Roosevelt County to the U.S. Air Force. The range currently includes about 66,000 acres in northwestern [...]

FSA extending grazing period

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, [...]

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.

Our people: Clovis barber Tom Wade has helped develop city

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Clovis resident Tom Wade, 74, has been a part of big things in Clovis. He worked with the Junior Chamber to turn Greene Acres Park Lake from a “swamp with weeds over your head” into a park where people want to spend time. Wade formed the Clovis Softball Association, which began with four teams and [...]

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 [...]

USDA authorizing grazing on CRP land

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized livestock producers in Curry, Lea and Roosevelt counties to graze their cattle on land enrolled in conservation programs. According to a memorandum issued Wednesday, the department authorized a 30-day use of CRP lands for grazing by livestock producers who lost pasture or fences due to [...]

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 [...]

Wildfire burns almost 25,000 acres

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Alisa Boswell A fire, which broke out nearly 10 miles west of Crossroads on Saturday afternoon, burned nearly 25,000 acres of land. Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon said the fire, aided by winds of 45 to 55 miles per hour, jumped Highway 258, came close to Highway 206 and missed Milnesand by about one [...]

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 [...]