Heavy snow closes roads in New Mexico

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Heavy snow from a winter storm blanketed parts of the West on Friday, stranding motorists throughout New Mexico and delaying holiday travelers trying to fly in and out of Albuquerque and Denver. The snow and high winds struck the region Thursday and forced dozens of drivers off Interstate 40 after […]

McGee: Head-banging music

Tooling down the road on a fine High Plains Saturday, the Lady of the House and I were listening to the radio. On came the heavy guitars and rockin’ beat of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She cranked it up. While I drove, the Lady of the House was […]

Minimum wage increase adjustments ongoing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Terri White, front, labels, wraps and feeds jalapeno peanut brittle into a machine while Fawn Goodwin packages the candies into cartons Thursday after they are sealed by the machine. Leslie’s Candy Co. owner Greg Southard said he cut his staff size and brought in machines to compensate for a 2009 […]

Thunderstorm hammers Clovis

Clovis dealt with flash flooding and hail late Saturday night. As of 11 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service in Albuquerque had recorded .76 inches of rain at the Clovis Municipal Airport and .67 inches at Cannon Air Force Base. About 9:45 p.m, spotters reported heavy rain and flooding from a group of thunderstorms over […]

Muleshoe man killed in morning rollover

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A man was killed around 9 a.m. Thursday when the heavy equipment truck he was traveling in on Center Road, east of U.S. 70, overturned. Two other passengers were transported to the hospital. CNJ staff A morning crash in south Curry County claimed the life of a 40-year-old Muleshoe man […]

Competition heavy for state races

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For a position that many candidates say doesn’t really do anything, plenty of people seem to want it. The lieutenant governor’s race has five Democrats vying to be the next Diane Denish, and three Republicans ready to serve who they hope will be the next Republican governor. The field […]

Portales Valley Mills catches fire

Freedom New Mexico Fire caused minimal damage to the Portales Valley Mills building on Sunday and a firefighter injured battling the blaze was released after treatment, officials said. The fire was the third in 10 days involving city businesses.

First person: Crossing with care

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Leonard Gilbert Freitas is the crossing guard for Zia Elementary School. Leonard Gilbert Freitas, 76, is known by his friends, colleagues and family as Gil. But as the crossing guard for Zia Elementary School, he is known as Mr. Leonard. In sickness and in health: I used to do heavy […]

Prince street repavement carries heavy price tag

CNJ staff The city is opening bids Thursday for work on Prince Street, but asphalt prices have officials concerned. The work, which covers Prince Street from 21st Street to Llano Estacado, includes repaving, installing drainage and adding sidewalks compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. The work has […]

4-H leaders: Heavy on the heart

Glenda Price Glenda Price My husband and I were 4-H organizational leaders for quite a few years. That meant we were the ones who begged, cajoled or bribed other parents, friends and neighbors into sharing their expertise with the kids as project leaders. Soon after we began this journey a wise county agent said, “Remember, […]

Sluggish storm headed to area

Freedom Newspapers A strong winter storm was creeping toward New Mexico Thursday and is expected to bring heavy snow and cold temperatures to the eastern New Mexico area through the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning from noon today and last through 5 p.m. Saturday for Roosevelt and Curry counties. Forecasts […]

Grady powerless in fight against cold

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A Farmer’s Electric Cooperative Crew worked north of Grady on Monday replacing poles and lines that were weighted down and broken by ice from the recent ice storm. (CNJ Correspondent Photo: Martha Hardwick) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer More than a dozen people in the outskirts of Grady have been without power since Saturday […]

Second phase of Prince St. construction starting

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer City officials said despite more than 5 inches of rain in the last month, the newly constructed storm drainage project on Prince Street remains untested. The city-funded project, which stretched from the corner of 21st Street to Ace Triangle Hardware, was needed to alleviate water pooling along the street […]

Christmas revives thoughts of childhood

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Here we are on the brink of the big day — the day families and churches and people who sell honey-baked hams have all been waiting for. No matter how the holidays go down this year, we will always be stuffed with memories of Christmas pasts — not unlike cream-filled […]

Sylvia Compton, Bill Toliver

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Sylvia Compton Date of birth: Dec. 16, 1921 Dates of service: May 1943 to September 1944 Hometown: Texico Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Dever, Alvin

Alvin Dever Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Portales Cemetery Mr. Alvin (Al) Dever, 76, of the Elida community died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, in Amarillo. He was born Aug. 11, 1929, in Snyder, Texas, to Una Lee and Marvin E. Dever. He attended school at the Union School near Snyder before the family moved to […]

David Ash

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. David Ash Date of birth: April 24, 1925 Dates of service: 1943 to 1975 Home town: Akron, Ohio Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Tony J. Ortega, Paul M. Jones

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Tony J. Ortega Date of Birth: May 10, 1919 Dates of Service: 1940 -1945 Hometown: Tucumcari Lives in: Tucumcari Theater or Location […]

Storm hits area

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers – Heavy rain, hail and high winds reek havoc on area yards, farms. The night skies across New Mexico were alight with red, white and blue on the Fourth of July, but the fireworks were about the only illumination for Tucumcari residents. More than 4,500 homes and businesses lost power […]

Smoking new yardstick for recruit success

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Recruits who enter service as heavy cigarette smokers are nearly twice as likely as non-smokers to be separated early, mostly due to “substandard behavior,’’ according to new research aimed at easing the U.S. military’s disturbingly high attrition rate. For all its achievements over three decades, the volunteer military has had […]