City official: Efforts to get rid of birds successful

Alisa Boswell It turns out great-tailed grackle are not big fans of fireworks. Businessmen and other local residents joined forces earlier this month to set off a barrage of fireworks to frighten these local pests. Their efforts were successful, according to Portales Public Works Director John DeSha. “After those first two nights (Jan. 9-10), we […]

Officials hope fireworks deal with bird problem

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Alisa Boswell The fireworks set off Monday and Tuesday night in downtown were not celebration but an attempt to eradicate of a common plague in eastern New Mexico — great-tailed grackles. Portales resident and biologist Tony Gennaro and other residents approached city officials about scaring the birds off with fireworks. Several businesses on the square […]

Working holiday

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By Sharna Johnson Working on Labor Day is no big deal compared to other holidays, according to Eastern New Mexico University junior Adriana Soto. It was a little different when she worked July 4, was rushing to leave work, left her friends waiting and almost missed the fireworks. “That affected me,” the 21-year-old said with […]

Holiday activities include music, games, fireworks

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Argen Duncan Uncle Sam on stilts, belly dancers, a bean bag toss and, of course, fireworks contributed to the mix at the Portales Fourth of July Celebration. The event, paid for mainly with community donations, took place Monday evening at the Eastern New Mexico University athletic fields. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce staff members organized […]

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,” […]

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 […]

Officials address fireworks, water issues

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Argen Duncan City officials have reiterated that they can’t ban firework sales or use, and said water demand exceeding supply has led to the recent water restrictions. The statements came at a town hall meeting on questions and concerns about fireworks and water Tuesday in the Memorial Building. Officials and citizens have expressed concerns about […]

Leave fireworks to professionals

I probably haven’t bought so much as a firecracker since I was 15. So it was a little unsettling at first to order more than $10,000 worth of fireworks in my new job as Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director. I love big public fireworks displays. I just never saw the sense in risking […]

Reader-submitted content: Residents urged to practice fireworks safety

Due to extremely dry conditions in our area, we are asking everyone in Portales to be extra careful this Fourth of July by acting responsible and increasing your awareness while using fireworks. The State of New Mexico has imposed fireworks restrictions which prohibit all fireworks in all non-municipal wild land areas within the county. Aerial […]

Monday morning briefing: Growth issues, special meeting and no more Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Growing issues The Local Growth Management Committee meets 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee meets periodically to consider any growth issues associated with the mission at Cannon […]

Town hall will address water, fireworks issues

Argen Duncan City officials have set a special town hall meeting for Tuesday to address water and fireworks issues. Mayor Sharon King said she wants to provide more information about the water situation, update citizens on efforts to stop fireworks use until it rains and answer questions. Discussion isn’t limited to fireworks and water, she […]

County burn bans include fireworks

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Sharna Johnson With ongoing drought and high fire risk, only the professionals get to play with fireworks in Eastern New Mexico this year. Burn bans are active in Curry and Roosevelt counties this year with officials going a step further to pass restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks out of fear of fire. […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, fireworks and drive-in movies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch Two governing bodies in Roosevelt County are meeting Tuesday: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes a report on the proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered and the designation of county precincts. • Portales […]

Fundraising efforts begin for fireworks show

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Argen Duncan Efforts to raise money for the Portales annual Fourth of July Celebration have begun, and they include a new contest for boys. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the chamber is working to raise a little more than $10,000 to have about the same size fireworks show as last […]

Counties placed on fire restrictions

Freedom New Mexico Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties are among 29 in New Mexico placed on restrictions Friday limiting fireworks, smoking, campfire and open fires due to dangerous fire conditions. The restrictions will go into effect 8 a.m. today and remain in effect until further notice. Smoking is only allowed only in enclosed buildings, developed […]

Coach Roanhaus wins 300th

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Kevin Wilson Cannon blasts filled the air, as they have so often on Clovis Friday nights, and the fireworks lighted the night sky, signifying a milestone win for Eric Roanhaus. But the longtime Clovis coach simply did what he had done 299 times before Friday’s 40-0 pounding of Alamogordo — put one in the Wildcat […]

Annual fireworks show a hit among young and old

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The annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce fireworks show went off with a bang on Sunday night in Portales with a variety of colors and music. Portales and county residents lined West University Drive across from Eastern New Mexico University practice field, the hill at ENMU Greyhound Arena and U.S. 70 trying to find a […]

Monday morning briefing: Local fireworks video and relatives in Texas

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day Check out our videos of the fun and fireworks in case you missed them in…or saw them and just can’t get enough. Relative help Are you looking for ancestors from Texas? The General James Smith Chapter of Daughters of the Republic […]

Friday morning briefing: Ute Lake fun and the Civil Rights Act

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. If your headed north Ute Lake State Park is scheduled to host its traditional all-day July 4 celebration again this year. The day begins with a parade at 10 a.m. in Logan, followed by a horseshoe contest at the park. The fireworks display is […]