Planning for the worst

They spend hours each month preparing for what they hope will never happen — a disaster. Comprised of volunteers culled from almost every public and government sector in Roosevelt and Curry counties, Local Emergency Planning Committees promote emergency planning, preparedness and public awareness in the case of a natural or manmade disaster. National Weather Service […]

Three candidates named for judge’s position

Gov. Susana Martinez will have three candidates to chose from when deciding who will replace retiring District Court Chief Judge Teddy Hartley following a sometimes dramatic session Friday of a special judicial nominating commission. The candidates picked by the panel include former two-term Clovis City Commissioner and assistant district attorney Fred Van Soelen, Assistant District […]

In search of ponies: Drought takes toll on animals, too

Sepia toned skies, roaring winds, heat and the one ingredient that could change it all — rain — grievously absent. Such is summer in New Mexico, one of those places where a rain shower doesn't do much more than make dirt circles on windows right before it evaporates. But even though hot, dry and yes, […]

Be it person or pool, leaks seem dangerous

The Lady of the House and I have one of those store-bought, above ground pools in the backyard. We set it up a few weeks ago. The Lady of the House reasoned if we set it up while the days were mild the probability was low that we'd get into one of those terse "discussions" […]

Judge: Starving NM herd can be sold to Texas buyer

ALBUQUERQUE — A judge agreed Thursday to allow an eastern New Mexico rancher to sell his herd of allegedly emaciated cattle to a Texas buyer after a state agency seized livestock from his drought-stricken ranch. A Tucumcari district attorney told the Albuquerque Journal Thursday that District Judge Albert Mitchell agreed to allow Double V Ranch […]

Muleshoe man escapes briefly following life sentence

A convicted killer stole 40 seconds of freedom after being sentenced to life in prison Friday when he escaped while being escorted from district court in Muleshoe. Daniel A. Cardon Jr., 50, who was convicted earlier in the day by a Bailey County jury of gunning down his estranged wife, broke free from police and […]

Religion calendar – May 31

Advent Christian Church Sunday School — 10 a.m. Sunday worship — 11 a.m. Wednesday Youth Fellowship — 4 p.m. Wednesday Prayer meeting — 6 p.m. Address: 2101 East 21st St. Information: 762-0422 Agape Love Ministries Sunday Worship — 11 a.m. Tuesday Prayer — 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study — 7 p.m. Thursday Hour of Prayer […]

A legacy worth living, a purpose in life

America admired her famous French chef. She owned a squeaky voice, and her 6-foot-2 inch frame was only dwarfed by her quirky personality. America's French chef was born into privilege. She was educated in the finest private schools in California. She graduated from an Ivy League private women's college on the east coast. She traveled […]

Parishioners descend upon Clovis

United Methodist Church parishioners from across the state, as well as two Texas cities, have descended on Clovis this week for the church's 138th New Mexico Annual Conference. According to Keath Baskett, pastor at First United Methodist Church, this is the first time in nearly 70 years that the annual conference has been held in […]

Lords of the boards

A local skateboarder won't let injuries prevent him from completing his part in an upcoming skateboard video he is producing with friends. Last weekend, Derek Padilla was riding down a steep ramp-like drainage ditch in Albuquerque. When he reached the bottom where the ditch flattened out he took a spill that resulted in a concussion […]