Officials preparing for high-alert fire season

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CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Portales Firefighter Chay Chenault checks a fire truck’s water and fluids, a daily check to prepare for the day and very important during high-risk fire seasons. Christina Calloway Portales and Clovis fire departments are preparing for another high-alert fire season and officials want to make sure residents and farmers are […]

Press release: Amber alert issued for Fort Worth-area 11-year old

Santa Fe — In cooperation with the Fort Worth Texas Police Department, New Mexico State Police is issuing the following Amber Alert in New Mexico based on information that the child may have been brought into New Mexico. Fort Worth Police are looking for an 11 year old white female named Jessica Smith. Jessica is […]

Press release: Xcel declares energy alert

AMARILLO – High electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants has led Xcel Energy to declare an Energy Alert in its Texas and New Mexico service territory. Xcel Energy is urging customers to cut back on their use of electricity until 8 p.m.

Advisory system replaces color-coded terror alerts

CNJ staff The Department of Homeland Security has implemented a terror alert system which incorporates the growing trend of social networking. The National Terrorism Advisory System replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System. The new system is intended to give Americans more specific information on an alert, rather than the vague dread brought on by […]

Portales rescinds water alert

Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales rescinded its mandatory water alert Monday. Watering lawns was banned under the alert starting Thursday because of broken pumps in city wells. City Manager Tom Howell said one pump was fixed Friday, one Monday and one would be repaired Tuesday. After the city asked residents to stop watering […]

Portales water restrictions likely will be lifted Monday

Freedom New Mexico A mandatory water alert in Portales will be lifted Monday if all goes according to plan, said City Manager Tom Howell. The water restriction, which bans watering lawns, was enacted Thursday because two pumps in one of the city’s well fields were malfunctioning. The decreased production meant the city storage tanks couldn’t […]

Xcel declares energy alert

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Fuzzy Padilla, left, and Joe Barnett of Xcel Energy put a pole extender in place Wednesday on Norris and 14th streets. CNJ staff Unexpected problems had Xcel Energy declaring an energy alert Wednesday in its Texas and New Mexico service territory, urging customers to cut back their use of electricity. […]

Amber Alert cancelled

The Curry County Sheriff’s Department says an Amber Alert for 9-month-old Jess Jaramillo has been cancelled. The child was turned over Thursday to police in Hobbs by a family member.

Amber Alert issued

Freedom New Mexico An Amber Alert has been issued for a 9-month old from Andrews, Texas.The Andrews Police Department is searching for Jesse Jaramillo Jr., and seeking Jesse Jaramillo in his abduction.Police are looking for a white 1993 Nissan Maxima with New Mexico license plates (KWF247 or KBK966).Contact: 432-523-5545.

West Clovis traffic moving again after eight-hour snare

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Truck driver Cody White of Amarillo, center helps unload cattle from his overturned truck at the junction of Seventh Street and Grand Avenue Friday morning. CNJ staff West Grand Avenue and Seventh Streets were reopened around 11 a.m. after the early morning rollover of

Memory from 1978 Clovis tragedy endures

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist A lady friend of mine in Clovis has asked me to re-print the 1978 tragedy column in Clovis concerning the botulism attack to alert those who haven’t heard of it. One of the most dreaded food-borne poisons known to man struck Curry County on Friday night, April 4, 1978. A […]

Xcel Energy upgrades Energy Alert; asks for further reductions in demand

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Amber Alert cancelled, El Paso child found

CNJ staff Law enforcement officials canceled an Amber Alert issued throughout eastern New Mexico and Texas for a 3-year-old El Paso girl they said was abducted from her home Wednesday. The child was found Thursday afternoon and listed as “OK,” according to an update on www.beyondmissing.com, where the alert flyer was originally posted. Jaylin Marie […]

Business Feature: Call center changing location

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks American Medical Alert Corp. Operations Manager Nichelle Davidson oversees an operator training session Monday afternoon with Christina Ortiz, left, and Omar Molette. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s easy to see how American Medical Alert Corp. would get missed in the shuffle of Clovis businesses. It’s currently borrowing office […]

Business Digest: Agriculture disaster help available

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Agriculture producers who suffered losses caused by natural disasters from 2005 to 2007 are reminded to sign up for the new ad hoc disaster programs. Applications are being accepted for the Livestock Compensation Program, Livestock Indemnity Program and Crop Disaster Program. For information on disaster assistance and to schedule […]

Complacency a dangerous precedent

By Tibor Machan I recently went to San Francisco for a conference, parked in a “public parking” place on a busy corner, and my car was broken into and a bunch of stuff stolen. And I am partly to blame. Yes, I wasn’t thinking clearly. Living as I do in a neighborhood where homes and […]

Business Digest 4/20

Chamber seeks development grant Clovis-Curry County Chamber officials hope to land a grant that will allow them to open a business incubator to help grow local businesses, directors learned at their monthly meeting Wednesday. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said the chamber has been allocated $275,000 from the state legislature, […]

‘Terror alert’ may end up useful to U.S. enemies

Freedom Newspapers To be sure, it’s not easy to suggest a better system — especially since we’re reasonably sure the country would be better off without a Department of Homeland Security and with better coordinated intelligence. But there’s little question the color-coding system designed to alert the public to intensified danger of terrorist activity has […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Alerts

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the national terror alert, which was recently lowered from orange (a high risk of terrorist attack) to yellow (a significant risk). Some responses: “I believe the national terror alert is that warm blanket trying to avert lawsuits caused by terrorism. I do believe it is useless. It […]