Ticket feature: Fireworks displays readied to celebrate Fourth

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Freedom New Mexico There’s sure to be no shortage of fireworks and fun Sunday. Clovis and Portales are each planning events to commemorate Independence Day complete with music, food, games and closing the night with fireworks. Portales’ annual Smokin’ Fourth of July will begin at 9 p.m. Sunday at Eastern New Mexico University’s football practice [...]

Chamber’s fireworks displayed enhanced

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The goal for the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce fireworks display has exploded. Donations not only met the $8,000 mark for the annual Smokin’ Fourth of July on Sunday, but exceeded it by $2,000. Portales Mayor Sharon King, who is also executive director of the chamber, said Tuesday [...]

Safety city’s fireworks priority

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer Safety is the priority this year, as fireworks vendors are set to sell the colorful explosives to area residents. Portales Fire Marshal Mike Inge said all fireworks stands have passed inspection. Some of the things Inge looks for during his inspections are: • Minimum age of the seller and [...]

Wednesday morning briefing: Fireworks, a trade show and one fast horse

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing.Hunting down The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish received almost 30,000 fewer hunting applications for the coming hunting season compared to the previous year. The declines included almost 15,000 fewer applicants for deer licenses and about 10,000 for elk licenses.Website of the day [...]

Fundraiser for fireworks

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales residents Kaitlyn Robertson, 3, and her mother Michele Robertson are working to raise money for a fireworks display at the annual Smokin’ Fourth of July Bash. Along with other friends, the duo are putting together a lemonade stand and bake sale Saturday at Wal-Mart. Robertson, a Roosevelt County [...]

Council discusses future of July 3rd fireworks display

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The annual July 3 fireworks display may end or change vendors because too few donations came in to cover last year’s display, Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon King has said. King spoke of the situation during her annual report at the regular Portales City Council meeting [...]

Chamber of Commerce fall short of fireworks donation

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Freedom New Mexico The Smokin’ Third fireworks bash could wind up blowing up on the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Two days before the event last week the chamber was $2,500 short of meeting its goal for the fireworks. And right now it’s still $1,900 in the hole and threatening to fizzle next year’s fireworks. [...]

Police say Clovis man hit by stray bullet

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police believe a 42-year-old man shot in the arm while watching fireworks Saturday night was hit by a stray bullet. Police responded around 10:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of West Street for a man injured by fireworks, records show. Officers discovered the man was hit below his [...]

God blesses me with fireworks year-round

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist The first time I saw him, fireworks ignited and a “pop-pop-pop” went off in my heart. It wasn’t even the Fourth of July then, but rockets exploded anyway. This high school girl had never seen a more tall, dark and handsome man. The English teacher’s assignment required a theme paper [...]

Fireworks sales up in Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The recession may have hit many people in their wallets, but they are still going to go out with a bang for the fourth. TNT Fireworks conducted a survey around New Year’s by opening a stand to see how the community reacted. Sales were good. Kelly Fulfer, who operates [...]