Portales firefighters promote plan for emergency access

By Kevin Wilson FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com The Portales Fire Department is encouraging business and home owners to think inside the box. The Knox Box is a small, metal mini-safe that is placed on the exterior of a building. It has space for keys, passwords or other devices that can provide access into a building and […]

City to revisit carports

By Jack King The city Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a second special meeting to discuss prefabricated carports at 6:30 p.m. today in the assembly room of City Hall at 321 Connelly. At the meeting, commission members and city staff will describe proposed changes to city regulations on the carports and will take public […]

Muleshoe hit with West Nile outbreak

By Darrell Todd Maurina Muleshoe Area Medical Center says it now has three confirmed cases of West Nile virus and a dozen cases under investigation. In response, Muleshoe doctors urge residents to seek medical evaluation for persistent headaches and other flu-like symptoms. Dr. Joe Garrett, an epidemiologist with the Texas Department of Public Health, said […]

Doing their fair share

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Police Explorer LaToya Wright reports to Clovis police officer Lizzie Larsen on the safe return of a lost young girl to her parents during the Curry County Fair on Monday night. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Gary Mitchell The call came Monday night to the Police Explorers/Clovis Police Department Tag-A-Tot booth at the Curry […]

Clovis falling behind in battle to keep cops

By Pam Sury Law enforcement is having a difficult time recruiting, hiring and training certified officers. The reasons for this range from monetary to an overall change in society. Recruiting police officers has become extremely competitive. Times have changed and a crisis has started. Right now, the Clovis Police Department is understaffed by an estimated […]

City alters budget to fund pay raises

By Jack King The City Commission approved a $500,000 budget change Thursday night that will fund raises for city employees ranging from 2 to 6 percent. In the same vote, commissioners approved incentive pay increases for police and fire department personnel. In the fire department, incentive pay for paramedics will increase by 10 cents per […]

City votes to delay decision on carports

By Jack King The city Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to delay a decision on whether to allow prefabricated carports in city limits, saying a survey by the city planning department was not yet complete. On a motion by Commissioner Bill Bollinger, the commission voted to hold a public meeting on the subject within […]

We must protect rights in spite of inconvenience

The good news is that the U.S. House of Representatives is finally developing a little common sense (and perhaps even some latent respect for the Constitution) regarding the USA Patriot Act it passed in such haste after the terrorist destruction of Sept. 11, 2001. The bad news is that the U.S. Justice Department is so […]

Bodybuilding detective

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Clovis Police Detective David Yoakum poses with his trophies and 28 cartons representing 504 eggs he ate while training for the Mid-USA/New Mexico State Bodybuilding Championships July 12 in Albuquerque. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Clovis Police Detective David Yoakum has always enjoyed weightlifting and working out to stay in shape. But he […]

Hotel’s future cloudy

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The Hotel Clovis could be up for public auction in September. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Jack King The Hotel Clovis could be on the block in September if back taxes are not paid, County Treasurer Linda Hall said Wednesday. Hall said collection of back taxes on the hotel was turned over to the state […]