Police seek help locating absconder

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Marco Rivera CNJ staff New Mexico State Police are asking for help locating Marco Rivera, 20, of Clovis for failing to comply with terms of his supervised release and believed to be on the run. State police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson said Rivera failed to show up Monday at ACE Leadership Charter High School in […]

Residents recall deadly 2007 tornado

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Mike Mitchell, left, owner of Grande Vida Dairy in Roosevelt County, shows one of his dairyman, Israel Ramirez, where he hid during the March 2007 tornado that destroyed most of the dairy four months after it opened. Alisa Boswell It’s tornado season in eastern New Mexico and memories are still […]

Thursday morning briefing: Paper routes, school’s out and a deadly crash near the White House

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Help needed Extra! Extra! Calling all former newsboys and newsgirls. If you ever had a paper route — delivered newspapers for the Clovis News Journal or Portales News-Tribune, we want to hear from you. The goal here is to make your story part of […]

U.S. set to expand base in Korea

Tom Philpott Two deadly incidents instigated by North Korea in 2010, most recently the shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island Nov. 23, have raised military tension on the peninsula to its highest level in many years. But the provocations, said the commander of U.S. Forces in Korea, haven’t weaken a commitment by the United States […]

Texas man gets life for 1993 shooting

CNJ staff An Odessa, Texas, man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for a 1993 shooting of a Portales man. Arnoldo Navarette, 40, was also given a three-year sentence in connection to a 1993 shooting that killed Reynaldo Ornelas Sr. and injured a bystander. Navarette was found guilty by a jury Sept. 30 of […]

New urgency to immigration reform policy

Reports of deadly violence just across the Mexican border — in Matamoros, Mier, Reynosa and other cities — are starting to appear daily on the pages of the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. On bad days gunfire can be heard north of the border; stray bullets from one firefight even landed on the campus of the University […]

Grady student arrested for firing shotgun near school

CNJ staff A Grady High School student was arrested Friday for shooting a shotgun into the air outside the school when he got mad at other teens for throwing pine cones, state police said. Jessie Franklin, 19, is charged with felony aggravated assault and unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises and a […]

Physician: Several conditions contributed to deaths

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer All three patients diagnosed with infections from a deadly invasive bacteria had other health conditions that contributed to the severity of their illness, according to a local physician. The bacteria has killed two of the three patients in Curry County — a 23-year-old pregnant woman

Tornado stories wanted

Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the deadly tornado that ripped through eastern New Mexico. Our newsroom staffs are planning in-depth coverage in

Nov. 15 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About 9 a.m. Friday an officer responded to a home in the 300 block of West 10th St. for a report of arson. A woman said she discovered an area of her yard had been burned during the night. The officer noted a large section […]