Roads slick and dangerous from storm

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sand truck from the city of Clovis Public Works Department applies sand Wednesday to the intersection of Prince and 21st streets. Freedom New Mexico Blustery winds and freezing temperatures made for a slippery morning commute Tuesday across most of eastern New Mexico. The pre-Christmas winter blast closed highways and […]

Forecast: Sunny this afternoon

Eastern New Mexico residents can expect to see decreasing cloud coverage and mostly sunny weather this afternoon.

God gives strength in times of despair

I wrote about this story several years ago. It is a story I heard in my teen years, but I do not remember its origin. I found some of my scribbled notes about this story that were packed away in a box of old correspondence. So here is the story. Wynton and Mary were high […]

City infrastructure plan discussed

CNJ staff City staff held a brief public input meeting Monday afternoon regarding an annual update to the city’s Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. The plan lists upcoming needs for the city covering fiscal years 2013-2017. Claire Burroughes, legislative and community development director for the city, said the plan helps the city when it asks for […]

Students, teachers brace for beginning of school

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kim Matlock, right, helps her 7-year-old daughter Makena load up her desk with supplies during the Zia Elementary open house Friday afternoon. Makena is starting second grade at the school Monday. Kevin Wilson The hallways and parking lot of Zia Elementary were bustling Friday afternoon, as parents and students got […]

Badgering prey makes little sense

My brother and I came upon a badger out in the pasture one summer afternoon. He looked at us. We looked at him. He glared at us and looked mean, so we thought we should return his angry stare. His body was muscular, and his mottled brownish gray fur was highlighted by a white streak […]

Thursday morning briefing: Habitat help, library fact and a Triple Crown legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Volunteer-Op Habit for Humanity needs volunteers but you need to notify them by 2 p.m. Friday. The group needs about a dozen people Saturday for two work sites in Portales. Work begins is 8 a.m. until mid-afternoon with a break for lunch (provided) at […]

Two more fires break out in Roosevelt County

Alisa Boswell The Portales Fire Department is estimating 2,200 to 2,500 acres for the Blackwater Fire that ignited Tuesday on a U.S. 70 median then moved northeast towards New Mexico Highway 202. The New Mexico State Forestry Division said Wednesday the fire has been slowed, but is not yet contained. Another fire broke out on […]

Clovis High graduate recounts Tuscaloosa tornado

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Courtesy photo: Delaney Ware The Tuscaloosa, Ala. tornado as seen from Delaney Ware’s dorm room at the University of Alabama Wednesday at 5:47 p.m., CDT. Russell Anglin Delaney Ware said she is lucky to be alive today. The 19-year-old University of Alabama freshman nursing student and 2010 Clovis High School graduate said a devastating tornado […]

Fire weather watch in effect

CNJ staff The National Weather Service has a fire weather watch in effect Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. A transmission from the service advises of sustained winds of 20 miles per hour with gusts exceeding 35 mph, with relative humidity in the single digits Tuesday and 10-15 percent Wednesday.