Air Commandos respond to exercise

USAF: Maj. Mike Janssen U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Lorilee Draper, 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron superintendent, evaluates emergency medical technicians responding to a simulated injury during a 27th SOW exercise at Melrose Air Force Range. Base personnel were evaluated on actions taken in response to two separate incidents and performed well according […]

Police investigating accidents involving fleeing motorists

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two vehicle accidents this weekend in which the driver left the scene. The first incident occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday when deputies responded to a report of a vehicle lying upside down in a ditch near the entrance to Ned Houk Park, […]

Spring-like weather to return after snow

CNJ staff A winter storm that swept the area Sunday night left as quickly as it came. By mid-afternoon Monday, temperatures had climbed into the upper 30s with only puddles remaining from the 1 to 3 inches of snow received the night before. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, up to 3 inches […]

Accidents abound after snow

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Gerald Whitley, head equipment operator for the Clovis Department of Public Works, loads his truck Wednesday with a mixture of sand and salt. He said the department planned to work through the night to salt streets. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By CNJ staff Vehicle accidents overwhelmed responders Wednesday morning, a result of snow-packed roads […]

Round and round they go

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Motorists make their way at dusk around the roundabout at the intersection of Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street. (CNJ file photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer City officials and residents said the roundabout at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street has proved a success since it opened to traffic one year ago this […]

Ice envelops area

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Katelynne Dow, 11, writes her name in the snow and ice with her skateboard on a cold Saturday afternoon. Temperatures in Clovis never climbed out of the 20s on Saturday. Freezing temperatures are expected for today. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Karl Terry and Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers A winter ice storm enveloped Curry […]

Roads clear, snow possible tonight

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A snow storm that dumped 4 inches of snow in the Clovis/Portales area since Thursday is melting away. However, one road, U.S. 285 between Vaughn and Clines Corner, remained closed on Monday and the area is bracing for more possible snow. “We encourage people to call our toll -free number, […]

Storm creates road havoc

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Travel throughout eastern New Mexico slowed to a crawl Saturday as a major winter storm dropped ice and snow across the region. Numerous roads in Curry, DeBaca and Roosevelt counties were closed Friday and Saturday due to low visibility, drifting snow and accidents. The closures and treacherous road conditions jammed […]

Snow business takes over county

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Frank Gutierrez of Clovis shovels snow Thursday from his driveway on Putman Street. Gutierrez was glad to be able to use the new shovel he picked up at a garage sale recently. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell and Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writers Curry County residents awoke Thursday morning to find the […]

Recent accident spike concerns law enforcement

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Recent vehicle accidents in Roosevelt and Curry counties and Parmer County in Texas have taken the lives of five individuals under the age of 22, and have caused concern for area law enforcement officials. While the cause of those accidents is not yet known, drinking and high rates of speed […]

ATV safety an issue for parents, riders alike

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Alex Sallade, 10, wears a helmet and protective gear as he rides his dirt bike Thursday afternoon in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Kendall McDaniel said he has been a motorcycle enthusiast since he was old enough to ride — which for him was 4. Over the years, […]

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 […]

Unnecessary weapons push safety aside

Freedom Editorial This nation’s families long have sent sons and daughters into the military. They need to know that — given the inherent dangers of many military occupations, especially during wartime — the armed forces are taking adequate safety precautions, starting with day-to-day activities. A five-month Detroit News investigation, detailed in a series this past […]

Knowledge key to Ute Lake safety

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ STAFF WRITER When it comes to safety at Ute Lake in Logan, Park Manager Rodney Paris said flooding the water and banks with security personnel is the best way to prevent problems. “We try to use visibility as a deterrent, whether it is boat patrol or land patrol,” Paris said. The […]

Weather slows Clovis

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Annie Hauser, 70, shovels snow on the sidewalk in front of her home Thursday in Clovis. Hauser said she shovels the sidewalk because she is afraid kids might slip and fall on the ice and snow. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico’s first major snowstorm of the season closed […]