One killed in Portales vehicle crash

Freedom New Mexico One person died and a mother and two children were injured in an automobile collision just before 9 p.m. Thursday night on U.S. 70 northeast of Portales. State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said a small pickup truck appeared to have t-boned a small car. The driver of the car was killed, Varnell […]

Officials: Rape fliers may be misleading

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Fliers and e-mails are being distributed around the Eastern New Mexico University campus warning students about a rapist. Police said the information may be misleading. The flier warns: “Women … There is a rapist in town … May have already assaulted two or more women in the Portales […]

Missing Indian head tops oddities

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When a 73-year-old artifact goes missing, someone usually has to take the blame. Former City Manager Ray Mondragon learned that lesson well in 2004 after one of the Indian head artifacts atop Hotel Clovis disappeared in the summer. “Personally, I did not feel that I was deserving (of the […]

Lightning strikes officers

Staff and Wire Reports PORTALES — New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell had just finished helping two women and three small children from a vehicle in a flooded ditch. “I heard a loud crack and felt the pain on my head then went down,” Bateman said Wednesday from his bed at […]