Grass fire consumes 5,000 acres

Sharna Johnson A grass fire east of Melrose Tuesday burned about 5,000 acres before firefighters were able to gain control of it. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said after about three hours, fire crews were able to stop the fire that started about 11 a.m. east of Melrose along U.S. 60/84. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk [...]

Fires gut police cars in storage

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Freedom New Mexico Fire of unknown origin gutted three police cruisers Friday at the Portales city storage yard, where the cars were being stripped and used for parts. The Portales Fire Department was dispatched around 3:15 p.m. when a passing motorist saw black smoke and called 911, according to Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said mechanics [...]

2-17-08 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Feb. 10 • At 10:54 a.m. a caller reported someone hit a traffic light on South Ave. D and it was facing the wrong direction. Officer filed hit-and-run report. • At 6:42 p.m. a caller [...]

1-20-08 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Sunday • At 11:45 p.m. suspicious activity was reported on South Main. Officers responded to the report. Monday • At 4:21 a.m. an alarm at Eddy Hall was activated. Fire units were dispatched. • At [...]

Dairy Farmers of America proposes massive milk haulers merger

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By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers More business will soon be hauled into eastern New Mexico — by the milk trucking industry. And Dairy Farmers of America representative Walter Bradley said last week the national dairyman’s organization is working on a plan that would increase its trucking fleet by at least eight fold. Bradley said DFA, [...]