Residents recall deadly 2007 tornado

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Mike Mitchell, left, owner of Grande Vida Dairy in Roosevelt County, shows one of his dairyman, Israel Ramirez, where he hid during the March 2007 tornado that destroyed most of the dairy four months after it opened. Alisa Boswell It’s tornado season in eastern New Mexico and memories are still […]

Echoes from the old cafes in Clovis . . .

By Don McAlvy: CNJ Columnist Every once in a while I want to go back to the old days. The old days of Clovis that some of you might recall. If you were around in the early 1940s and were hungry, and you didn’t catch a bite to eat with Louie, then you had a […]

Local companies unaffected by peanut recall

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local peanut and peanut product producers are safe from a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Officials with Sunland Peanut Inc. and Leslie Candy Co. said their peanuts are grown locally, nowhere near the salmonella contamination identified by the Food and Drug Administration. There have been 488 cases of salmonella […]

Scents can make one recall memories

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I think kids use their noses

Managing fuel prices not feds’ job

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist In genuinely free markets, prices reflect the overall intersection between supply and demand. No prices are too high or too low. Such notions express personal expectations and nothing objectively true. An exorbitant price is one someone finds beyond his budget, a good deal something well within it. In particular, if […]

Parents cautious when shopping for toys

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MCT photo: Bill Hogan Thomas & Friends tops were recalled in August. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Crumpled list in hand, Annette McCall warily eyed the shelves of brightly-colored toys Saturday morning. Inches away, McCall’s 15-month-old daughter, Tara, sat happily chewing on a plastic set of keys. “I’m kinda scared to even buy her […]

Salmonella scare

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Stansell’s Thriftway removed its supply of Peter Pan peanut butter Thursday after hundreds of cases of salmonella led to a nationwide recall. Officials are looking into a suspected salmonella case in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Officials from several area grocery stores reported Thursday they have removed brands of […]

Supreme Court rules not to hear Graves’ appeal

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer It is official. Gary Graves is no longer sheriff of De Baca County. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday it will not hear Graves’ appeal to overturn a November recall election, according to court documents. De Baca County citizens voted to recall Graves on Nov. 10 after a […]

De Baca sheriff leaves office

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — Swept out of office in a recall election, De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves handed over the keys Thursday to the office he ran for nearly three years. The request came in the form of a letter from the De Baca County Commission on Thursday morning […]

Voters recall sheriff, but Gary Graves’ fate still unclear

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De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves pauses during an interview Wednesday at the De Baca County Courthouse in Fort Sumner. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — De Baca County voters recalled Sheriff Gary Graves from office on Wednesday, but a court hearing scheduled for Nov. 22 may ultimately […]

De Baca recall election back on — for now

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has instructed De Baca County Clerk Laurie Pettigrew to proceed with today’s scheduled sheriff recall election. The move comes on the heel’s of Monday’s ruling by a State Appeals Court judge to postpone the vote to determine whether Sheriff Gary Graves stays in […]

State judge postpones sheriff recall vote

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer * More than 300 votes cast during early-voting period, officials say. A judge on Monday suspended Wednesday’s recall election of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves. Jonathan B. Sutin of the State Court of Appeals declared the recall election suspended “pending further order of the court,” according to court documents. […]

Sheriff recall headed to vote

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De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves is accused of misappropriating funds and mistreating prisoners. He denies the allegations. (Staff photo: Andy Jackson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — Lisa Lee stood outside the De Baca County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday while on break from her job as a dispatcher. About 30 feet […]

De Baca County holding special recall election

CNJ staff Fort Sumner — De Baca County voters will decide the fate of Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 9. in a special recall election. The De Baca County Commission on Tuesday voted 2-0 to approve a resolution setting the special election. De Baca County Clerk Laurie Pettigrew scheduled the special election after validating 385 […]

8/27 Local Roundup

Judge rules to proceed with sheriff recall effort FORT SUMNER — A district judge has ruled there is probable cause to proceed with the recall effort of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves. Citizens calling themselves the De Baca County Concerned Citizens, filed a recall petition to remove Graves from office in September 2004, alleging […]

TSA screenings do not benefit security

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Maybe I am seeing things, but my impression from going through hundreds of airports since Sept. 11, 2001, is that too many Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are plainly gung-ho. Yes, they perform their jobs eagerly, often seeming to relish that bit of power it gives them to order people […]

Cops & courts: Officials capture final sex offender fugitive

The Sheriff’s department captured the final fugitive from an April investigation by area law enforcement to determine if the 67 registered sex offenders in Curry County were in compliance of the law. Fredrick Baca, 23, was hiding under an abandoned house in the 400 block of Johnson St., according to a press release from the […]

Judge to decide on sheriff’s recall

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A push to oust the De Baca County sheriff will come to a head in May when a 9th judicial district judge will determine if allegations against Gary Graves warrant a recall election. A group of De Baca County residents — the De Baca County Concerned Citizens — will […]

Sheriff recall needs to play out in court

Letters to the editor Your coverage of the impending recall of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves was, well, interesting … especially the comments of Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. Hatcher is president of that esteemed organization of law enforcement professionals, the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association. Don’t confuse this group with the New Mexico Sheriffs’ […]

Fort Sumner group wants sheriff recalled

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Correspondent De Baca County residents could vote on whether to recall their sheriff if a group of county residents convinces a court to let it circulate a recall petition. Sheriff Gary Graves said he believes he will not only serve out his term — which expires in 2006 — but […]