Letters to the editor — Dec. 29

Agencies performing admirably Born and raised in Clovis, I have never witnessed what has gone down this year. Local law enforcement has spent more time literally in the field than the farmers due to the increase in theft of copper and other materials. I also have never seen such activity in grass fires as this [...]

Year in review: Wild weather reaches extremes

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Wildfires mark year A dry, windy spring created conditions for one of the more massive wildfires to hit eastern New Mexico in decades. Sparks from a wheel following a tire blowout near Melrose spurred the April 17 fire that burned about 71,000 acres, destroyed three homes, killed dozens of livestock and sent three firefighters to [...]

Former Milnesand fire chief dies

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County lost one of its hardest working residents Sunday with the death of lifetime Milnesand resident Thomas Elton Parkinson, according to family and friends. Parkinson, 91, died at a Portales senior living center. Better known as “T.E.” or “Elton,” Parkinson was the Milnesand fire chief for 30 years, along with being a [...]

‘Dale’s Restaurant’ in Melrose damaged by fire

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Kevin Wilson The giant white block letters on the red facade couldn’t be more direct. “Restaurant,” the building says to travelers on the east end of the village of Melrose. But Melrose Tire, affectionately called, “Dale’s Restaurant” by the village of 650, is out of commission after a Sunday night fire that leaves residents at [...]

For-profit colleges under fire

Even lobbyists for for-profit colleges must be stunned by their industry’s ability over the past two years to capture an enormous share of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits earned by Iraq and Afghanistan war era veterans. The gold rush is on and competition to sign veterans who have the most valuable education package since World War [...]

Fire department promotes fire prevention week

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Alisa Boswell Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols believes children are never too young to learn about the dangers of fire. Pre-school and kindergarten aged children were given tours of the fire department this week as Fire Prevention Week. “We target our young kids, and always have, to start that education early on,” said Nuckols, who [...]

Their view: Lawmakers support fire danger rating system

Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, and Sen. Sander Rue R-Albuquerque are pushing for a state fireworks law based on flexibility and common sense.

Monday morning briefing: Fire chat, a peach of a birthday and a big wedding

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fire chat Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Department is the guest speaker Tuesday for the Curry County Republican Women. They meet 11:30 a.m. at Dakota’s Steakhouse. Information: Carolyn Shipley, 763-5315. Park meeting The Clovis Parks and Recreation Board meeting is 5:15 p.m. Tuesday [...]

Floyd school news — Aug. 30

Watermelon welcome successful The annual watermelon welcome last Thursday evening saw the largest turnout in recent memory. Participants enjoyed free burgers and hot dogs provided by the Floyd Fire Department, Floyd School and Floyd Booster Club. The Village of Floyd hosted a fireworks display and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes hosted a dance.

Drought could extend fire season

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Alisa Boswell Usually, August and September would mean the end of fire season is approaching for Roosevelt County. But according to state and local fire officials, that may not be the case this year. “This fire season is very comparable to the fire season in 2006,” said Dan Ware, spokesperson for the New Mexico Forestry [...]