Portales weighing bypass

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Members of a steering committee charged with studying the future of Portales transportation agreed to research six alternatives to decide if a bypass would be viable without losing revenue to Portales businesses. Scott Verhines, engineer with GC Engineering of Albuquerque, presented the six alternatives Friday afternoon during a steering committee […]

Traffic stops just another part of life

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I’ve always had a healthy respect for the police. When I was a kid, I knew they weren’t to be trifled with. As an adult, I have a respect for the job they do and I still know they aren’t to be trifled with. I’ve run across various names for […]

Portales officer, motorist injured in accident

Freedom Newspapers A Portales police officer and a motorist were injured Wednesday in an accident that occurred as the officer was arriving to direct traffic at a railroad crossing near the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.M. 467, according to state police. State Police officer Ramon Borjas said a Dodge Dakota pickup turning onto N.M. […]

Tragedy highlights danger of traffic stops

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Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Glenn Russ has purchased extra safety gear with his own money. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An atmosphere of vigilance has settled over New Mexico law enforcement agencies since they lost one of their own in a routine traffic stop last week. When he stopped the […]

Federal seat belt laws would only restrict freedoms

Freedom Newspapers Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that […]

Roundabout adds cosmopolitan touch

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I drove through Clovis’ new roundabout for the first time last Saturday when The Lady of the House and I were on our way to Colonial Park in search of yard sales. Nothing weird happened. No bands played. Nobody stood smiling by the side of the road to hand out […]

Residents, officials pleased with roundabout

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The roundabout that opened last week helps traffic flow at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Frances Brune likes how quiet her street has been since the city’s first roundabout at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street opened last week. She lives on Mariposa Drive, […]

If a stranger calls, let it ring

Janet Taylor-Birkey New DoD policy prohibits using cell phones while on the road Effective Monday, vehicle operators on Cannon will not use cell phones unless the vehicle is safely parked or they are using a hands-free device, according to an updated Department of Defense Joint Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision Regulation. The regulation further says that […]

Eminent domain issue tabled

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission on Thursday tabled a vote to purchase land from a private landowner that would have allowed the city to build a drainage ditch. Commissioners will wait 90 days before they decide whether to purchase 1.13 acres of Griego’s property and replace a fence for $22,750, […]

Commander's Action Line

Q:I’m a base employee with a concern about POV traffic inflow around 6 a.m. weekdays. It seems there are certain days when traffic inflow is backed up over the bridge and there’s only one inflow gate open. We spent so much to improve the gate but it doesn’t seem like we’re using it like we […]

Traffic control

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Bovina man leads police on chase

CNJ staff A Bovina man was being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on multiple charges Saturday after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended near Tolar, according to New Mexico State Police public information officer Jimmy Glascock. Marco Garcia, 20, was apprehended around 2 a.m. Saturday by State Police on U.S. 60/84 […]

11/11 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Clovis police went to a vacant home in the 1200 block of Prince Street after a neighbor to report a possible burglary. Police spoke with another neighbor, who said an unknown male approached her that day asking if […]

8/7 Local Roundup

Texico-Farwell highway closing U.S. 70/84 at the Texico-Farwell state line will be closed at 8 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Wednesday for repairs on the railroad crossing, according to railroad and highway officials. Resurfacing is taking place due to the settling of concrete, which is causing a rough crossing, according to Burlington Northern State Railroad […]

Letters to the editor: Coyotes important part of ecosystem

I was sadly disappointed in the article “Coyote: Ugly” by Ryn Gargulinski, which ran in Sunday’s paper. I found the article to be one-sided. It appears to be written from a rancher/farmer’s view with no consideration of the impact coyotes have on the environment. Modern farming and ranching has become about numbers and profit, with […]

Proposed traffic congestion solution tabled

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The city of Clovis Public Works Committee tabled an idea Wednesday that would include a 6-inch curb in the middle of Prince Street, extending from 21st Street south to Commerce Way. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A proposed solution to traffic congestion at the Prince and 21st streets intersection was […]

County looking at traffic

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer In response to a spike in subdivision growth, the Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to give its newly formed Land Use Committee the task of assessing the development of roadways and access to subdivisions. County Manager Dick Smith stressed the importance of careful planning at Tuesday’s meeting. He […]

Clogged artery: Prince and 21st one of state’s most congested intersections

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Motorists travel through the intersection of 21st and Prince streets Wednesday shortly after sunset. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer If long waits at the traffic signal at 21st and Prince streets are the bane of your existence, get ready for more. A full solution to the traffic problems in that […]

‘JFK Reload’ worse than despicable

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I can’t imagine what Edward Kennedy must feel. I mean, I know it’s traumatic to see your brother shot in the head and killed. But what must it add to your pain to see that tragedy become a video game? It happened last week. The game, available online, is called “JFK […]

Suit alleges city, officer negligent in death of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER The family of a Clovis woman who died July 4 in a vehicle pursuit involving police has filed suit against the city and a Clovis police officer. A civil complaint, filed last month in 9th Judicial District Court by the estate of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval, charges the city and […]