Fire in Portales

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A fire of unknown cause destroyed an abandoned house on Roosevelt Road 6 on Tuesday evening, but no one was injured. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols said there is nothing to suggest the fire was tied to previous fires. This is the second abandoned house to burn […]

Four Portales students injured in vehicle accident

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Four Portales High School students were injured Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Lime Street. Two of the students were reported in stable condition at Lubbock hospitals Monday evening, and another was treated at Roosevelt General Hospital and released, according to officials and hospital staff members. An updated […]

Detention officer injured

A detention officer was injured Friday at Curry County’s jail in what Adminstrator Lois Bean described only as “an isolated incident.” Bean said no inmates were injured, adding, “Everyone is okay.” Bean declined to discuss any further details. “I don’t want to say for sure that it’s going to be a criminal case until the […]

Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Police Officer T.J. Gibson walks in the alley next to a camper where an officer was injured making an arrest Wednesday. Freedom New Mexico Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., […]

A Defining Moment in the Time of War: Orangeburg Massacre, February 8, 1968

On February 8, 1968, in Orangeburg, South Carolina, a tragic shooting occurred leaving three African American students dead and 29 injured due to racial conflict and denial of basic human rights.

Four injured in fiery crash

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo New Mexico State Police investigate a two-car collision on County Road G east of Clovis. CNJ staff Four people were injured in a fiery two-car collision Tuesday morning east of Clovis. The crash happened north of 21st Street on Curry Road G around 11 a.m. Ryan Carter, 21, and Wesley […]

Resources available for wounded warriors

By Brian Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance They are returning from combat in record numbers. With scars seen and unseen, wounded members of the armed services are making their way through hospitals, clinics and facilities from one side of the world to the other. Then they are on their journey through recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. The […]

Oct. 14, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 4 p.m. Oct. 4 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Sunrise Street for an injured subject. Officers learned a male subject had already been transported to the hospital by emergency medical responders. A witness said the […]

Portales home explodes

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales Fire Department works to clear debris off a women trapped in her home after an explosion damaged the structure of the building. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico An explosion rocked a south Portales neighborhood shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, resulting in serious injury to an elderly woman, police […]

Morning fire extinguished

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Firefighter Chuck Haman walks across the backyard of a home where a fire occurred Thursday morning. The fire was contained to the utility room of the house and was extinguished quickly, according to Fire Marshal Allan Silvers. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fire in the home of a local rabbi around 10 a.m. […]

Woman sentenced for spitting in face of paramedic

CNJ staff A 27-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced Wednesday for battery upon a health-care worker. Crystal Sandoval was found guilty last week of the fourth-degree felony and sentenced to 90 days in the Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The charge stems from a January […]

Police: Man hit girlfriend’s parents with SUV

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 20-year-old Clovis man was charged Thursday night with ramming a sport utility vehicle into his girlfriend’s parents in an ongoing domestic dispute, according to police and court records. James Medina Jr. is being held in the Curry County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond on two counts of […]

June 5, 1957

The Clovis News-Journal published a special edition in celebration of Clovis’ 50th anniversary. Santa Fe Railway was among local businesses saluting the city. … “I’ve Got a Secret,” was among the day’s most popular television shows. … Four Clovis Redlegs baseball players were injured when the car in which they were traveling overturned near Midland, […]

Street scuffles leave several injured

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Editor’s Note: The following was reported in the Thursday, July 5, 1917 edition of the Clovis News Journal. An attack upon Clovis Chief of Police Finis Sadler him injured, and blacksmith Jake High and Curry County Sheriff Dick Moye were injured in a later incident. The attack upon Chief Sadler arose […]

Water heater sparks Melrose trailer fire

CNJ staff A trailer home at 417 Eighth St. in Melrose caught fire about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and sustained significant damage, according to officials. Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson said no one was injured in the fire, which he said started in the water heater element. Melrose police and fire departments were on the scene […]

Finding one’s place is lifelong journey

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Sometimes we get the unique experience of touching a piece of the natural world, in a small but significant way, that reminds us we are a tiny part of a much larger creation. Without events falling together in a precise pattern, it would not have occurred. With Earth Day approaching, […]

Tornado facts

CNJ staff —Curry County has recorded five F2 tornadoes since records have been kept — on June 10, 1932, Sept. 17, 1944, May 24, 1957, June 11, 1964, and on March 23 of this year. An F2 includes wind speeds greater than 113 mph. The county has not seen a tornado greater than F2 in […]

Tornado claims life

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A 90-year-old Clovis woman who died Tuesday is the first casualty of Friday’s tornado. CNJ file photo By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A 90-year-old woman injured in Friday’s tornado died this morning. Heleneta Blevins passed at 4:50 a.m. in her eldest son’s home, according to her eldest son, Bob Blevins. A local hospice provided […]

Labor bill will be tough sell

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A bill that would help farm and ranch laborers injured at work has gotten a lukewarm reception in the Legislature, and local lawmakers predict it has too many hiccups to pass. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and others said a bill that would amend the Workers’ Compensation Act to include […]