Day trip: White Sands National Monument

Courtesy photo White Sands National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 70, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo and 52 miles east of Las Cruces. White Sands National Monument • Location: The visitor center is located on U.S. Highway 70, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo and 52 miles east of Las Cruces. Travelers from Carlsbad Caverns […]

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 […]

$10.7 Million slated for White Sands Missile Range, National Guard Training Complex through Recovery Act

Today, U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall joined U.S. Representatives Harry Teague and Ben Ray Luj

Local Roundup: Police report burglary spike

CNJ staff In recent days there have been several burglaries to sheds and outbuildings, according to a press release from Clovis Police. The burglaries appear to be crimes of opportunity where the perpetrators have found outbuildings adjacent to alleyways, the release said. Police recommend residents secure buildings with a quality hasp and deadbolt, the release […]

National Guardsman dies at White Sands

The Associated Press WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE — Army officials are looking into what caused the death of a sergeant with the New Mexico Army National Guard who was conducting range operations here. Benjamin Griego, 26, died unexpectedly Friday morning at his residence on the missile range, said a spokesman for the National Guard, Maj. […]

Fire destroys historic Tucumcari building

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Freedom Newspapers: Chelle Delaney Firefighters battle a blaze Friday that destroyed the Sands Dorsey building in Tucumcari. By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Fire destroyed the historic two-story Sands Dorsey building at Second and Main streets in Tucumcari Friday. No injuries were reported. The blaze erupted about 5 p.m. Firefighters were still on the […]

Barber bows out of business

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Wendell Kelly gives his last haircut at Sands Barber Shop in Portales after a career spanning 50 years. An era came to an end as local longtime barber Wendell Kelly of Sands Barber Shop retired after 50 years of cutting hair. For 30 years, he and his wife lived and […]

Day trips: Alamogordo makes for spontaneous day

By Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Where in New Mexico can you surf the pristine white sand dunes in the morning, stroll the New Mexico Museum of Space History in the afternoon, and save that show at the IMAX theater for last? Where else, but in Alamogordo. Located in the Tularosa basin and surrounded by the […]

BRAC Commission opts to spare White Sands lab

By Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The commission reviewing the Pentagon’s plan to streamline military bases reversed the Department of Defense on Thursday, voting to keep the Army Research Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range instead of moving it to Maryland. The department in May proposed to move 178 jobs, the lab’s entire […]

Rep. Pearce: Research lab move could be costly

The Associated Press WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE — The Pentagon’s recommendation to move the Army Research Laboratory from White Sands Missile Range to Maryland could prove costly, Rep. Steve Pearce said. “I think it’s going to create a higher operating expense rather than a neutral one,” Pearce, R-N.M., said. The laboratory was on the Pentagon’s […]

Skies to host Navy planes

By 1st Lt. Jennifer Geeslin: Mach Meter CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 275 Navy personnel, along with 10 F-18s and three E-2 radar planes will begin arriving at the 27th Fighter Wing on Saturday for a joint military exercise called Roving Sands. The exercise will run from March 21 to April 1. Cannon […]

Commission approves events center bid

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Decades of ideas and years of preparation reached fruition Thursday when the Clovis City Commission approved a multi-million dollar bid to construct an events center. The commission approved by a 7-1 vote a $5 million bid by White Sands Construction of Alamogordo to construct the center, which will include […]

Day trips — White Sands

By Angela Peacock One of the world’s greatest natural wonders can be found in New Mexico at White Sands National Monument. “White Sands is so unique because there is no other place like it on the planet and it is home to some of the most outstanding scenery you’ll ever see,” said John Mangimeli, chief […]