Officials looking into vehicle fire

PNT staff Portales firefighters and police officers responded to a vehicle fire at 7:44 p.m. Tuesday on Community Way, according to Portales Police Department officials. A Ford Explorer caught fire in a business area, department officials said. Police Detective Colby Morgan said no one was in the vehicle at the time of the fire and […]

Twelve families displaced by Clovis Apartments fire

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Tonjia Rolan Nathan Alvarado was home with his 5-year-old son Kaiden and his mother, Angela Copeland, when the fire started Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments. “Me and my son were playing video games and I smelled smoke,” the 34-year-old Alvarado said. “Before I could get to the door to check it out, the door […]

Portales 9/11 memorial ceremonies set

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Alisa Boswell Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, which means Portales residents will be gathering to commemorate and remember those who were lost on that day. The J.P. Stone Community Bank is holding a memorial ceremony 7:30 a.m. Friday, as it has […]

Firefighters hitting streets again for MDA fundraiser

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Alisa Boswell

House fire investigated

Freedom New Mexico Firefighters extinguished flames in an unoccupied house in the 1600 block of South Globe Street about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. One room and the ceiling of another room were damaged, said fire investigator Mike Inge. Inge said the cause was unknown, but nothing appeared suspicious. The electricity wasn’t hooked up, and the house […]

Grassfire on Curry and Quay county line under control

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Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson Officials estimate a fire Saturday on the Curry and Quay county line burned 20,000 to 25,000 acres. Karen Burns with the Clovis Fire Department said the number is a rough estimate and officials will get a better figure in daylight. Five structures were burned but there were no injuries, she […]

Tolerating radicals cost of freedom

Freedom New Mexico If you are alive and reading this today and the world has not been shaken and burned to the ground, then we were right once again. We were 99.9 percent certain the rapture would not happen last week. That’s because we have amazing psychic powers that enable us to predict the future. […]

Fire chief: Firefighters’ job varies

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Alisa Boswell Most Portales firefighters say their job is no life of glamour but they wouldn’t trade it for anything. Preschool tours, car accidents, community events and fires are just a few of the daily and weekly activities which take up a Portales firefighters time. “You can be playing with kids one minute and be […]

Privatization boosts free market

It is strange to see how many people object to the idea of ending the government monopoly for any service or product that is even marginally now provided by government. Some people seem to really believe things can be best done by government, using coercive wealth confiscation known euphemistically as taxation and by not allowing […]

Community firefighters deserve gratitude

Freedom New Mexico Some 400 firefighters and dozens of other public safety folks from eastern New Mexico and west Texas stepped up to battle Sunday’s massive wind-driven fire that burned at least 17,000 acres of grasslands and three homes across Curry and Roosevelt counties. About 80 percent of those firefighters were volunteers — sales clerks, […]

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 […]

Officials fear Sunday fire just the beginning

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Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high winds continue throughout the region. Sparked by a tire blowout around around 11 a.m. on a Melrose highway, the fire moved an estimated 25 miles east, stopping short of […]

No fire found at Brown Early Childhood Center

Freedom New Mexico Despite a smell of smoke, firefighters found no fire at Brown Early Childhood Center Wednesday morning. Julie Miller, administrative assistant to the superintendent, said students were moved to the new, kindergarten section of the building to keep them safe and warm. Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said firefighters were called to the school […]

Firefighter: Child responsible for fire

PNT staff report A fire caused by a child playing with matches burned a shed to the ground Monday, said Portales firefighter Steven Cain. The shed in the 1500 block of South Roosevelt Road 7 and its contents were a total loss, but there were no injuries or other damage. Cain said the shed was […]

Portales firefighters hone skills at Hazmat competition

Argen Duncan Four Portales firefighters donned protective suits and ran through scenarios involving leaking tanker trucks, missing radioactive sources and confined spaces last week. The team took fourth place overall and in the technical category at the 14th annual Hazmat Challenge July 27-30 at Los Alamos National Laboratories. Twelve teams from New Mexico, Texas and […]

Firefighters investigating small fire at residence

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Portales Firefighters responded to a house fire at 720 South Dallas Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Firefighters had the small fire put out in a short time. The cause of the fire is under investigation and more information will be posted soon.

Fire at Western Star Dairy

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High winds and temperatures are hampering firefighters’ efforts to stop a silage fire Thursday at a Roosevelt County dairy. Steven Cain of Portales and Floyd fire departments said feed caught fire at Western Star Dairy, and the blaze spread into a large pile of silage, including the plastic and tires covering it. He said firefighters […]

Fire departments battle Sunday grassfire

PNT Staff Ten eastern New Mexico fire departments helped fight a grass fire in Curry County on Sunday. Portales, Floyd, Elida, Dora and Arch firefighters and Roosevelt County Road Department personnel worked on a blaze that was caused by a lightning strike and burned about 6,400 acres of sandy range land along North Curry Road […]

Fire damages mobile home

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PNT Staff Reports A fire has inflicted heavy damage on a double-wide mobile home on Roosevelt Road 6. One occupant received minor injuries. Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said the home, in the Portales Industrial Park area, was a total loss and Red Cross was being called to assist the family. Nuckols said he had […]

Old trailer lost in fire

Freedom New Mexico A fire burned the remains of an old trailer house Monday night near U.S. 70 across from Greyhound Stadium. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Golden said firefighters received the call about the fire around 7 p.m. and finished extinguishing it in about two hours. He said firefighters believe a saw used […]