Sheriff’s office offers designated driving incentives

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office’s designated driver program is operating through the holidays. Individuals who volunteer to serve as designated drivers are eligible to receive an incentive package at local alcohol establishments, according to a press release. Drivers who sign a pledge will receive a hat, shirt, Coca-Cola products and chips from Frito-Lay, […]

Distracted driving tough to enforce

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Newspapers columnist For a while now I have observed the alarm about the use of cell phones while driving. There is hardly any doubt that doing so is hazardous. In his Dec. 7 article for The New York Times, Matte Richtel chronicles some of this. He reports on Bob Lucky, an […]

Muleshoe teen, 14, killed in rollover

A 14-year-old Muleshoe boy is dead after police say he crashed a farm truck he was driving Saturday. Jesus Torres was driving the 2004 Ford F150 west at a high rate of speed on County Road 1038 around 2 p.m. (CST) when he lost control and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times, according […]

DUI charges dismissed against Mesalands president

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Charges of driving under the influence against Mesalands Community College President Phillip O. Barry have been dismissed in Albuquerque’s Metro Court. Barry appeared in court on Friday, before Metro Court Judge Edward Benavidez, according to court records. The case was dismissed without prejudice for failure to provide discovery, court […]

Roosevelt County inmate recaptured after about 1 1/2 hours

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Freedom file Oracio Ornelas, 28, was captured in the 500 block of East Amazon Street in Portales. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An inmate who escaped Thursday afternnon from the Roosevelt County Detention Center was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later. Oracio Ornelas, 28, was missing from the detention center, according to Roosevelt County […]

Police awaiting autopsy in fatal accident

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Portales police will wait for an autopsy report before determining whether charges will be filed against a 16-year-old driving a pickup truck involved in a fatal accident Oct. 30. Gloria Ann Inge, 71, was struck as she crossed Second Street at the Abilene Street intersection in Portales. She died […]

Flute recital offers variety of musical styles

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist F irst there was Ian Anderson, the driving force behind Jethro Tull. Then there was James Galway, and after that came Paul Horn. These, in order of my awareness of them, were the musicians who drew my attention to the music of the flute. Flute music, played with excellence and […]

Executive order bans texting while driving for federal employees

By Samantha L. Quigley: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — In an executive order issued Oct. 1, President Barack Obama banned federal employees from text messaging while behind the wheel on government business. “With nearly 3 million civilian employees, the federal government can and should demonstrate leadership in reducing the dangers of text messaging while […]

Man accused of drinking, driving lawn tractor maintains innocence

The man accused of drinking and driving a lawn tractor in Melrose says he’s ready to serve 11 days in jail, beginning today. George Rierson, 36, was arrested on Aug. 7 and charged with driving on a revoked license and carrying an open container of alcohol. Despite pleading guilty to the charges, Rierson maintains his […]

Melrose man driving lawn tractor pleads to fine, jail time

CNJ staff A Melrose man police say was drinking and driving a lawn tractor on city streets has pleaded to jail time and a fine. Monday, George Rierson, 36, agreed to serve 364 days in Curry County jail and pay fines and costs of $167. Police said Rierson will actually serve 11 days in jail […]

9/27 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. Sept. 8 an officer responded to the area of 16th and Axtell streets for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. A woman said a 10-year-old boy ran in front of her from between two parked cars […]

Community Development Director treated after auto accident

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes was treated and released from Lovelace Hospital after she was involved in a crash in Albuquerque Wednesday while attending the New Mexico Municipal League Conference. Burroughes said she was driving to a meeting at the New Mexico Environment Department when she was struck […]

Driving, reading Bible not feasible

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer So, last week, I said I had three ideas that weren’t worth 500 words on their own, but worth 150 each. I was wrong. I actually had four ideas, and the entire reason I wrote last week was for the idea I forgot to type up. So keep in […]

One dead in multiple crashes

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Crews with Trans-Matic Wrecker Service work on cleanup Monday morning following an accident near the intersection of U.S. 70 and North Roosevelt Road 3. No fatalities were reported. The truck was carrying tar, which spilled in the wreckage. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In a 24-hour period, police said, […]

Author found success after struggle

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist I grew up to be 16 on a small farm, driving a tractor, pulling a one-way and plowed all day and dreamed of being a cowboy. My hero was none other than Zane Grey and yet not a cowboy, but the best writer of the west. Recently I’ve had time […]

Police to hold DWI safety presentation at CCC

The Clovis Police Department and supporting agencies will be conducting a DWI / Safety Presentation at the Clovis Community College on May 30th 2009 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. A re-creation of a DWI crash scene will be acted out to show the devastating effects of driving while intoxicated or driving while under the influence of […]

Honorary Relay for Life chair counts on family for support

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Annette Garcia was diagnosed with leukemia January 18, 2008. She said she leans on her husband and daughter Destiny, 7, for support. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After three or four dizzy spells that prevented her from working, driving and even walking, Annette Garcia decided it was time to […]

Airmen learn consequences of drunken driving

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airmen gather around the drunken driving simulator during the national Save a Life tour at The Landing. The simulator allowed airmen to experience the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson swerved on the street hitting curbs on […]

Military feature: Seminar warns airmen against drunk driving

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Courtesy of Cannon Air Force Base: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airmen gather around the drunk driving simulator during the national Save a Life Tour at The Landing March 10. The simulator allowed Airmen to experience the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson […]

We all proclaim personal message

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist We are nearing the end of the political season. The television news is full of debate news, poll data, interviews with candidates and red and blue state maps. The national election consumes much of the news. Even locally, there are many important races to watch. Have you noticed the political […]