Thursday morning briefing: Izzy’s still running (and car dreams)

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.

Burglary victim chases suspect’s car

CNJ staff Even after being struck in the leg by a car, a Clovis homeowner continued trying to chase a man suspected of stealing from his home Friday night. Around 9 p.m. police were called to a residence in the 1000 block of Ross Street for a report of a burglary in progress. Capt. Patrick […]

Car show attracts auto enthusiasts

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Kenny Funchess, left, and Airman 1st class Darren Raines talk about the details of a Yamaha R6 motorcycle. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer The staff at the community center at Doc Stewart is always looking for ways to connect Cannon Air Force Base with the communities that surround […]

Clovis police: Crash victim airlifted

On 09/30/2009 at approximately 8:42 am this morning, the Clovis Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of the 2400 block of Mabry Drive in Clovis in reference to a loaded Semi-Tractor/Trailer truck versus a motor vehicle car crash with injuries. Upon arrival of Officers they found that a female driver had been […]

Car, music shows featured events at ethnic fair

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo LeDonna Dawson with Sahai Yoga and daughter Olivia Ballard dance to African drum music played by musical group Agalu at the Ethnic Fair. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Those looking for classic cars and cultural music made sure to attend the Ethnic Fair on Main Street Saturday. Event organizer […]

9/23 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 1 a.m. Sept. 5, an officer responded to the police department in the 300 block of Connely Street for a report of an unconscious subject. A woman said she had found a teen boy unconscious in the area of North and […]

ENMU student killed in car crash

Freedom New Mexico An Eastern New Mexico University student was killed in a car crash south of Roswell Sunday afternoon. According to ENMU spokesman Wendel Sloan, Abigail Calderon, 18, died when a 1996 Honda Civic she was riding in crashed into a 2001 Dodge pickup pulling a horse trailer on U.S. 285 near Mile Marker […]

No errand trumps leaving child in hot car

Freedom New Mexico A South Texas tragedy is a good reminder for eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle these days: Never leave a child unattended in a car, especially when it’s hot out. Felicitas Alexandra Cordova died Sunday after she was found in her family’s Ford Expedition at a flea market just north of […]

Meetings watch: Board approves car rental contract

At Tuesday’s regular Clovis Municipal School board meeting, the board: • Discussed the per diem mileage rate reimbursement, but tabled the issue when Vice President Mark Lansford and Member Max Best requested more information on what financial impact a raise in the rate would have on the district. • Approved curriculum for 9-12th grades modern […]

Local car dealers sign up for federal trade-in program

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico New car dealers in Clovis and Portales spent a little time on Friday trying to register their businesses to be part of the federal government-sponsored Car Allowance Rebate System, formerly Cash for Clunkers, program. How much customers or the dealerships themselves will benefit from the $1 billion nationwide program, […]

Tucumcari mayor accused of dragging dog

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca, accused of dragging a dog alongside his car, has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, according to court records. Apodaca’s attorney, Donald Schutte, said the mayor is innocent of the charges. “There is a rational explanation to what occurred and […]

ENMU hosting classic car show

PORTALES – Eastern New Mexico University will host a classic car show in conjunction with the Founders’ Day Picnic on June 28 from noon-2 p.m. next to the Administration Building. This classic car show and Founders’ Day Picnic are kickoff events for ENMU’s 75th anniversary celebration. The Founders’ Day Picnic student committee is looking for […]

One killed in Portales vehicle crash

Freedom New Mexico One person died and a mother and two children were injured in an automobile collision just before 9 p.m. Thursday night on U.S. 70 northeast of Portales. State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said a small pickup truck appeared to have t-boned a small car. The driver of the car was killed, Varnell […]

Cannon airman, Farwell woman killed in car crash

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Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his 18-year-old passenger Christy Thatcher were killed in an auto accident on April 23. A car crash near Weatherford, Okla., has claimed the lives of a Cannon AFB airman and his 18-year-old passenger from Farwell. The victims are Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his […]

Drive-in movies make me hostage

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist The slightest cue can spark a moment of nostalgia for me these days, such as the sight of a step van reminding me of going to the drive-in movie in a bread truck. I guess the first thing to do is make sure those under 35 or so know what […]

Supreme Court correct to limit car searches

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court, ruling last week in Arizona v. Gant, limited the circumstances under which police may search a car after arresting the driver. The decision, by an unusual majority consisting of Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, Souter, Scalia and Thomas, is a welcome reversal of a recent trend in court decisions that […]

April 17 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 p.m. April 4 an officer on patrol in the area of 13th and Main Streets observed a car drag racing another vehicle on Main Street. The officer began following the car but the driver continued to accelerate, making sharp turns […]

Relay for life team holds car wash

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Teddy Guevara sponges down a car Saturday during the Applebuddies’ Relay for Life car wash in the Applebee’s parking lot. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As Mike Nelson’s cherry red Chevy Suburban was being soaped up and sprayed down, he thought of when he could bring his other two […]

Clovis women win $50,000 each

Two Clovis women each won $50,000 recently playing $5 scratch-off games, according to the New Mexico Lottery.Ginette F. Patton claimed a $50,000 prize with the Giant Crossword game and Mary Lujan won $50,000 playing Diamond Dazzler.Patton said she plans to pay off her car loan, the lottery said.Lujan said she may buy a new car […]

Excise fee increase would nick car owners

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican