SUVs a scapegoat for traffic deaths, bad drivers guilty

Freedom Newspapers The statistics at first sound alarming. A new government report shows the number of U.S. traffic deaths rose nearly 1 percent last year, reaching a 13-year high of 43,220. Some headlines attributed the increase in fatalities to the favorite whipping boy of everyone, it seems, but consumers — the SUV. Last year saw […]

Entrance to Cannon restricted

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission approved traffic restrictions Tuesday on a county road bordering Cannon Air Force Base during construction of a new gate at the base. County Roads Superintendent Danny Davis told the commission base officials have closed Cannon’s main entrance at U.S. Highway 60/84 during the construction, which […]

Two drivers injured in two-car crash

CNJ staff Traffic was halted in all directions on Highway 70 Friday after a vehicle overturned about 8:45 a.m. north of Portales and another vehicle, whose driver attempted to pass it, drove off the side of the road and flipped, a spokesman for the Portales Fire Department said. Both occupants were transported to Roosevelt General […]

Uneducated drivers roam Clovis streets

Letters to the Editor After reading Friday’s letters to the editor regarding traffic citations issued at Commerce and Prince streets, I have come to the conclusion that everything is the fault of something else, not our own fault. Did those who were ticketed ever consider yielding the right of way or letting another go first? […]

Prince Street traffic due to old system

Letters to the Editor I read in Wednesday’s paper that citations were issued by Clovis police to many motorists that blocked the intersection of Prince and Commerce Way. This has been a problem for quite some time. Could it possibly be that the traffic system in Clovis is outdated? It seems there is quite an […]

Clovis police crack down at intersection

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Clovis police officer Robert Denney wades through mid-afternoon traffic on Prince Street on Tuesday as part of a operation to ticket motorists for blocking intersections. CNJ staff photo: Rick White. By Darrell Todd Maurina Even with uniformed police officers in full view Thursday afternoon, motorists continued to speed, run red lights, and block the intersection […]

February brings major traffic operations

Cops and Courts The Clovis Police Department will conduct intensive traffic enforcement operations during February, according to Capt. Dan Blair. While operations will be conducted throughout the city, Blair said three intersections on North Prince have become particular areas of concern. “The city is growing; we see more traffic problems here,” Blair said. “Within the […]

‘Operation Boo’ employed to scare drivers straight

Cops and Courts “Operation Boo,” a special traffic enforcement program on Oct. 31, led to 52 traffic citations for drivers on Prince Street, the Clovis Police Department reports. From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Halloween, five officers monitored traffic on Prince Street from Commerce Way to Llano Estacado Avenue due to a high number of […]

Surprise: Clovis is packin’

By Darrell Todd Maurina People who like to speed near Glenarm Drive and Arciniega Drive will soon be in for a surprise. Responding to complaints from neighbors whose children walk to Zia Elementary School, Clovis police have agreed to issue residents a radar gun they can use to report drivers exceeding the posted 25 mph […]

Cannon service member hurt in car crash

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Clovis traffic officer Mike Harmer surveys the damage to a Honda Civic after it was hit by a tractor-trailer Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 60/70/84. CNJ staff photo: Rick White Darrell Todd Maurina A Cannon Air Force Base airman was flown to a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday afternoon following a crash that shut down traffic […]

Summer’s last fling

By Gary Mitchell Ernie Kos was struggling with a dilemma for the Labor Day holiday. But it was a pleasant dilemma. “I was torn between going to the lake or to the mountains,” said the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce executive director. “The mountains won out when we checked with the weather man and found […]

Police chief says protocol followed in fatal crash

By Gary Mitchell By Gary Mitchell CNJ SENIOR WRITER gary_mitchell@link.freedom.com The driver of the pickup involved in Friday’s deadly holiday crash appeared to be looking for a place to pull over just moments before he sped away from police and crashed into numerous vehicles, according to a report filed by Officer Rodney Wallace. Joe Martinez […]

Police report of July 4 fatality

Editor’s note: The following is from a report filed by Clovis Police Officer Rodney Wallace. In the report, Wallace details events prior to Friday’s car crash that killed Bobbie Lynn Beaman Sandoval, who was attending a Fourth of July family gathering. On Friday 07-04-03 about 2141 hours I was patrolling in the area of 21st […]