Education column: La Casita instruction rolling on

One blustery, winter day last week was marked by an uncommon treat. A sea of miniature, yellow hard hats worn by elementary students appeared in front of La Casita Elementary. At the forefront Principal Dr. Sylvia Martinez, in a pink hard hat, welcomed guests to the long awaited ground breaking ceremony. Among the guests were […]

Thursday morning briefing: Raising the roof and statehood for N.M.

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Help build a home Volunteers are needed for a Habitat for Humanity workday starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, 310 E. Kaywood St., Portales. They need to raise trusses for a shed and install exterior sheathing on a

Hail damage claims through roof

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Juan Flores, left, and Manuel Morales of R.G. Construction apply shingles to a new home Monday on Springwood Drive. As 2010 gets ready to bid its farewell, hail damage from a pair of June storms is hanging around some houses like the Griswolds’ cousin Eddie. The storm caused millions of […]

Weekly update — July 11

Events center roof springs leak The Curry County Events Center roof is leaking. Event Center Manager Kevin Jolley said the small leaks around the edge of the roof can be easily fixed with some caulk. The repair will not cost the county anything because it is a warranty issue, he said. Jolley said the problem […]

Storm causes two deaths, outages, damage

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Tara Wong hands a cup of coffee to Leslie Broussard Tuesday morning at Coffee Depot on 21st Street. Wong said cold weather and overcast skies are good for business. Weather forecasts are calling for a mix of weather today ranging from frost, to sun and snow. Freedom New Mexico Wind […]

Convicted killer Edward Salas remains at large

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File photo Edward Salas, 25, was convicted in 2008 of killing 10-year-old Carlos Perez and has avoided capture for a year since escaping from the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A year has passed since Edward Salas slipped through the roof of the jail with seven others and was secreted away in the […]

Fire guts Big Valley Ford

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said the fire appeared to have started in the attic area. The cause of the fire is under investigation. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico In the second major structure fire in Portales in a week, the roof of Big Valley Ford’s repair shop burned Friday […]

Fire damages Mesalands Community College building roof

Freedom New Mexico A fire at Mesalands Community College on Friday damaged a large portion of the roof on the west side of the building. Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry said that the fire was reported at 8:53 a.m. Five fire units responded to the fire, which took two hours to extinguish. Mesalands’ Director of […]

Feb. 8 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 p.m. Jan. 22 an officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of Main Street for a breaking and entering report. The resident said he heard voices on the roof and sounds that indicated they were trying to get […]

Criminal complaint: Victor Apodaca escape

To read a copy of a criminal complaint filed against Victor Apodaca, the first escaped inmate to be captured after eight cut a hole in the roof at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and escaped Sunday, click the link below. • Criminal complaint against Victor Apodaca