Roads slick and dangerous from storm

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sand truck from the city of Clovis Public Works Department applies sand Wednesday to the intersection of Prince and 21st streets. Freedom New Mexico Blustery winds and freezing temperatures made for a slippery morning commute Tuesday across most of eastern New Mexico. The pre-Christmas winter blast closed highways and […]

Forecast: Sunny this afternoon

Eastern New Mexico residents can expect to see decreasing cloud coverage and mostly sunny weather this afternoon.

God gives strength in times of despair

I wrote about this story several years ago. It is a story I heard in my teen years, but I do not remember its origin. I found some of my scribbled notes about this story that were packed away in a box of old correspondence. So here is the story. Wynton and Mary were high […]

City infrastructure plan discussed

CNJ staff City staff held a brief public input meeting Monday afternoon regarding an annual update to the city’s Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. The plan lists upcoming needs for the city covering fiscal years 2013-2017. Claire Burroughes, legislative and community development director for the city, said the plan helps the city when it asks for […]

Students, teachers brace for beginning of school

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kim Matlock, right, helps her 7-year-old daughter Makena load up her desk with supplies during the Zia Elementary open house Friday afternoon. Makena is starting second grade at the school Monday. Kevin Wilson The hallways and parking lot of Zia Elementary were bustling Friday afternoon, as parents and students got […]

Badgering prey makes little sense

My brother and I came upon a badger out in the pasture one summer afternoon. He looked at us. We looked at him. He glared at us and looked mean, so we thought we should return his angry stare. His body was muscular, and his mottled brownish gray fur was highlighted by a white streak […]

Thursday morning briefing: Habitat help, library fact and a Triple Crown legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Volunteer-Op Habit for Humanity needs volunteers but you need to notify them by 2 p.m. Friday. The group needs about a dozen people Saturday for two work sites in Portales. Work begins is 8 a.m. until mid-afternoon with a break for lunch (provided) at […]

Two more fires break out in Roosevelt County

Alisa Boswell The Portales Fire Department is estimating 2,200 to 2,500 acres for the Blackwater Fire that ignited Tuesday on a U.S. 70 median then moved northeast towards New Mexico Highway 202. The New Mexico State Forestry Division said Wednesday the fire has been slowed, but is not yet contained. Another fire broke out on […]

Clovis High graduate recounts Tuscaloosa tornado

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Courtesy photo: Delaney Ware The Tuscaloosa, Ala. tornado as seen from Delaney Ware’s dorm room at the University of Alabama Wednesday at 5:47 p.m., CDT. Russell Anglin Delaney Ware said she is lucky to be alive today. The 19-year-old University of Alabama freshman nursing student and 2010 Clovis High School graduate said a devastating tornado […]

Fire weather watch in effect

CNJ staff The National Weather Service has a fire weather watch in effect Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. A transmission from the service advises of sustained winds of 20 miles per hour with gusts exceeding 35 mph, with relative humidity in the single digits Tuesday and 10-15 percent Wednesday.

Convicted killer Casillas given consecutive life sentences

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Anthony Casillas addresses members of Gary Payne’s family during his sentencing hearing Friday afternoon at the Curry County Courthouse. Casillas was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the 2008 shooting deaths of Payne and Melissa Ward. Kevin Wilson A Curry County judge sentenced Anthony Casillas to a pair of […]

Police searching for missing Portales woman

Freedom New Mexico Maria Galvan, 63, of Portales has been missing since Saturday afternoon. “She was homebound with health issues and ended up leaving the home,” said Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. Galvan left her residence, 1018 N. Ave. A, on foot in an unknown direction Saturday. Berry said a family member reported her […]

Olympian spends time with Clovis swim team

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Olympian Sheila Taormina gives Clovis High School freshman Caitlin Myers advice on how to move her arms Tuesday at the Aquatic Center. Liliana Castillo The Clovis High School swim team swarmed tables at the Clovis Community Center Tuesday afternoon to write thank you notes to Olympic gold medalist Sheila Taormina. […]

Curry Road R discussed at Joint Land Use meeting

Freedom New Mexico Discussion centered around procedures needed to close Curry Road R at a Wednesday afternoon meeting of the Joint Land Use Study’s policy committee. More than a dozen people attended the meeting, which was held at the Curry County Courthouse, County Manager Lance Pyle said. Pyle said County Attorney Stephen Doerr gave a […]

Inmate recaptured without incident

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Cordova CNJ staff Tuesday afternoon Curry County Sheriff’s investigators recaptured a 45-year-old inmate released by mistake July 21. Johnny Cordova was found at a family member’s residence in the 200 block of Brionne Drive and taken into custody without incident around 1 p.m., Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Cordova initially believed he had been released legitimately, […]

Growth committee looks at data analysis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Local Growth Management Committee got a taste of Chicago-style data analysis Tuesday afternoon. Marc Doussard of the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Voorhes Center presented committee members with a look at data the center tries to provide as part of its work with the Office of Economic Adjustment. The OEA […]

Career matters more than moment

By Kevin Wilson Armando Galaragga will not be perfect in the record book. And Jim Joyce was proven imperfect by video. And their fates crossing paths showed a lot of us are far from perfect ourselves. Last Wednesday was an afternoon off for me, which meant e-mailing friends and using Netflix to catch up on […]

Tough to make adult choice

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She nzever actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice […]

Officials decline comment on meeting between board members, concerned citizen group

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Officials have declined to talk about a Thursday afternoon meeting held between two school board members and a group calling for the removal of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. The meeting was held at the school’s administration building. Board President Mark Lansford, who attended the meeting with fellow board member Lola […]

Family unsure what triggered dog attack

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Budda, a male pit bull, awaits his fate Tuesday at the Clovis Animal Shelter. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An ordinary family afternoon turned to panic when Miguel Ibarra heard little Arianna’s screams and turned to see her being viciously attacked by a dog. While his other children watched […]