Second resident dies from tornado injuries

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Last month’s tornado claimed its second victim Thursday when Walter “Snap” Cravy, 90, of Clovis died at a Lubbock hospital. Thomas V. Cravy said his father had been hospitalized with multiple injuries since the March 23 tornado tore through a trailer home “Snap” Cravy shared with a friend on […]

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 […]

Helmet law up for vote

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A bill requiring children under 17 years old to wear a protective helmet while using a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or skates in a public area is headed to the state Senate for vote. It was passed unanimously Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Bicycling injuries have been cited as the […]

Woman dies from auto accident injuries

Freedom Newspapers A 47-year-old Portales resident died Thursday in a Lubbock hospital a day after being injured in an auto accident in Littlefield, according to a news release from Eastern New Mexico University Information Services. Kimberly Lutnesky, 47, was the wife of ENMU professor Marv Lutnesky, according to the ENMU release. Lutnesky was attempting to […]

Zias seek healthier year after 2005-06 struggles

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First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach talks to his players during a break in practice at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A quick glance at the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball roster reveals that the Zias have six seniors returning, including four starters, so […]

Nov. 8, 2006 Local Briefs

CNJ Staff No injuries reported in morning shooting No injuries were reported in an early-morning shooting Tuesday at a house in the 800 block of Calhoun Street that left holes in a front window, TV, adjacent wall and door, according to police reports. Police responded to a call of shots fired shortly after midnight and […]

‘Wounded Warrior Insurance’ could be solution

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Service members, particularly Reserve and National Guard, might not understand yet how their military insurance has been enhanced to cover traumatic injury, whether suffered in war or at home even while off duty. The new Traumatic Injury Protection under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) is still referred to as “Wounded […]

Mother, daughter die in vehicle wreck

A Fort Sumner mother and daughter died Saturday morning when the vehicle they were riding in flipped over numerous times on U.S. 60 near Encino, according to New Mexico State Police Public Information Officer Jimmy Glascock. Elaine Abeyta, 28, died from her injuries eight hours after being airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital while Candace Abeyta, […]

2/12 Local roundup

No injuries reported in house fire A one-story house fire Saturday afternoon closed traffic on the two west lanes of Prince Street for about one hour, according to Clovis Fire Department Lt. Ricky Mitchell. One room in the single-story, wood home located on the west side of the 1000 block of Prince Street was destroyed, […]

Officers suing Taser outfit

Staff and wire reports PHOENIX — Police officers in New Mexico and four other states have filed lawsuits against Arizona-based Taser International Inc., claiming they were seriously injured after being shocked with the electronic stun gun during training classes. According to Curry County and Clovis City police officials, both departments use the Tasers but the […]

Trial system rewarding irresponsibility

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The Heartland Institute (Chicago) does its bit for the gross national blood pressure by tracking the outrages of the world’s trial lawyers. The May newsletter offers the following examples: A jury in New Jersey has awarded $850,000 to a man who got drunk on New Year’s Eve and passed out […]

Hounds won’t stop running

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Lone Star Conference’s top rushing team in 2004, Eastern New Mexico University expects to put together another potent flexbone attack next fall despite the graduation of quarterback Steven Hinson. ENMU averaged just over 220 rushing yards a game last year led by the elusive Hinson, who […]

ENMU still hounded by injuries

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Chad Donnell will likely see his role expand for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team. Injuries to junior forward Daniel Sherman (back) and senior guard Irshaun Pinckney (hairline fracture in fibula), have left the Greyhounds (6-7) shorthanded heading into their final Lone Star Conference crossover games […]

Elderly woman found dead in home

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Kevin Duncan of Muffley Funeral Home (center) removes the body of Essie Thomas, 75, from her home at 716 W. Grand Ave. on Wednesday as Agent Roman Romero of Clovis police follows behind. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Police are investigating the death of an elderly Clovis woman as a […]

Weather expert expected injuries

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A meteorologist said he’s suprised lightning did not cause more injuries on Tuesday night, as the National Weather Service recorded 6,000 lightning strikes in one hour within a 60-mile radius south of Portales. New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell were struck near New Mexico Highway […]

Weather slows Clovis

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Annie Hauser, 70, shovels snow on the sidewalk in front of her home Thursday in Clovis. Hauser said she shovels the sidewalk because she is afraid kids might slip and fall on the ice and snow. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico’s first major snowstorm of the season closed […]

ACL spells trouble for prep athletes

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Clovis junior Roxanne Luera (20) sits at the end of the bench during a timeout in Friday’s game against Lovington. Luera likely tore her ACL two weeks ago in a game at Roswell Goddard. CNJ photo by Rick White. Kevin Wilson It was a play like any other for Megan Kabrick. The Portales High School […]

Police Blotter 12/5

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Two vehicles sustained moderate damage and one driver was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center with injuries following a Nov. 26 crash about 5:30 p.m. near the corner of Thornton and 21st Street. The driver of a 1988 Chevy Suburban said she […]

Compensation for combat injuries to be given

Tom Philpott Recent events show a war can be waged and won in less time than it takes the Defense Department to reach final decisions on how to implement the new Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC). But if Defense officials are three weeks behind in finalizing rules and publishing CRSC applications, they also are adopting a […]