Police determine speed, inattention factors in wreck

Freedom New Mexico Excessive speed and driver inattention caused a wreck that left 19-year-old Micheal Galvan of Portales dead Monday, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Police would turn their reports over to the District Attorney’s Office for review and a decision on possible charges, he said. Glascock identified the female passenger injured in the […]

Governor orders offices closed

CNJ staff Citing critical supplies for natural gas and power services caused by inclement weather, Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered non-critical state operations to close Friday to decrease the drain on energy supplies throughout New Mexico. “Due to statewide natural gas shortages, I have ordered all government agencies that do not provide essential services to […]

Most area crops escape major hail damage

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Seth Bright helps harvest a wheat field farmed by Bruce Lee between Elida and Floyd on Friday. Farmers say crops are growing well in the area but need rain. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Crops are growing well in much of Roosevelt and Curry counties, although hail and excessive […]

Chief: Cigarette ignited dairy fire

Freedom New Mexico A stray cigarette in a pile of feed caused Thursday’s fire at Western Star Dairy, Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen and Assistant Fire Chief Delbert Rector said. Rector believed the cigarette was thrown down out of carelessness. A damage estimate was yet available. Rector said Floyd firefighters remained on scene until 3 […]

Investigation: Drone crash caused by electrical device failure

CNJ staff An accident investigation board has concluded the failure of an electrical control device caused the crash of an MQ-1 Predator unmanned drone from Cannon Air Force Base last year, according to the Air Force Times. Greg Allen of Cannon Public Affairs said the Predator crashed in Afghanistan in September but he did not […]

Camp revives childhood memories

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Remember when you went to camp? You learned neat stuff about animal tracks, bugs and pine trees. Maybe you went hiking after dark and somebody jumped out of the woods screaming like a wild animal, scaring everyone spitless. Around the campfire they told ghost stories that caused shivers — and […]

Some Floods Are Caused By “Leaky Faucets”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist We all have times when the winds and waves of sorrow or pain or perplexity threaten to swamp us and send the vessels of our lives to the bottom. When those winds howl, we recognize the threat. It’s no fun to ride out a storm. [Marker] But I’m convinced […]

Two missing in Ruidoso flood

The Associated Press RUIDOSO — About 300 people were evacuated from homes, campgrounds and a recreational vehicle park Sunday after flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Dolly. Two people were reported missing in the water.

Weather causes extensive crop damage

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hail from a series of thunderstorms last week caused at least $10 million in crop damage in Parmer and Bailey counties, according to agricultural officials. Bailey County Extension Agent Curtis Preston said the hail — some as big as baseballs — destroyed about 25,000 acres of corn, cotton and […]

Police investigating weekend vandalism spree

CNJ staff An outbreak of broken windows, bashed mail boxes and spray painted cars kept police busy this weekend, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said around 45 incidents had already been reported and calls were continuing to come in Monday morning. The majority of the damage appears to have occurred Saturday night, Whitney said. […]

Fire damages Kripple Creek restaurant

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A fire started about 1 a.m. Monday at the Kripple Creek restaurant and caused significant damage to the kitchen, fire officials said. CNJ staff A fire early Monday morning caused significant damage to the Kripple Creek restaurant on north Prince Street, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. The business […]

Arson suspected in vacant home fire

CNJ staff Officials are conducting an arson investigation into a fire in a vacant home in the 300 block of Oak Street May 5 that caused more than $25,000 of damage, according to police reports. Fire personnel extinguished a small fire last week that had been started in the home and caused significant damage. The […]

We can be right and still be terribly wrong

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist If heaven were not already Paradise, the mere fact that no misunderstanding will mar its joy would make it heavenly.   Drat it, yet again, I’ve heard of another misunderstanding that has broken relationships, caused deep hurt, and wasted precious energy that could be put to far better use. […]

Fires extinguised at school, home

CNJ Staff Clovis Fire Department firefighters extinguished small fires Friday at a Clovis school and residence that caused no injuries, according to officials. An electrical fire about 11 a.m. at Marshall Junior High School caused by a malfunctioning stove was put out with a fire extinguisher, according to Clovis Fire Department Public Information Officer Karen […]

Legalization law could have eased resource strain

Freedom Newspapers It would not have made a huge difference in the most unfortunate aspects of the war on drugs. But it would have been a nice gesture. If Mexican president Vicente Fox had decided to sign a bill legalizing personal possession of small amounts of drugs now prohibited, while keeping sales and trafficking illegal, […]

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Cause of loud boom unknown Officials Monday said they were not sure what caused the loud boom and flickering lights reported around 7 p.m. at Clovis High School. “I don’t have a clue (what caused it),” said Clovis Fire Department Lt. Ricky Mitchell, on duty at the time of the incident. Several people exiting the […]

Sontag wasn’t concerned with self-contradictions

Freedom Newspapers Susan Sontag, who died Tuesday of cancer at 71, probably was America’s best example of the French intellectual engagé. That’s someone who not only writes theoretical books but also fiction and who is actively engaged in putting theory into practice. She always was on the political left, in the 1960s supporting the communist […]

Power outages reported

By Darrell Todd Maurina Electricity went out Thursday at two Clovis locations and one in Muleshoe, cutting power to an unknown number of customers. Xcel Energy spokesman Bill Crenshaw said Thursday evening utility repair crews hadn’t determined the cause of the outages. Crenshaw said the Clovis outages began about 6 p.m. and an outage at […]

Clovis weathers the storm

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Monday’s high winds blew down more than 20 power poles and knocked out power to about 500 customers of Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, including the Clovis wastewater treatment plant. Although the treatment plant lost its power source from 10 a.m. until shortly before 5 p.m., Lance Adkins, general manager of the electric […]

Two arrested after high-speed chase

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County deputies arrested two men about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after a chase exceeding 100 mph through Clovis streets and on county roads. One of the men, Gabriel Rodriguez, 20, is alleged to have escaped from a Texas jail. Rodriguez was in the Curry County Adult Detention Center Saturday with charges […]