a view from under the pew: amos encounters greg the groundhog

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist Editor’s note: As Groundhog Day nears, Amos recalled the first time he met a strange creature named Greg the Groundhog, who had issues with his more-famous counterpart. Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he […]

Portales woman dies from injuries suffered in explosion

By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico While investigators haven’t pinpointed a cause for Wednesday’s deadly explosion at the Clytie Calton residence in Portales, members of the family have said they smelled gas prior to the explosion. Calton died Saturday from injuries sustained in that explosion. “We always want to say thanks,” Bill Calton said. “A […]

Cause of Texico barn fire undetermined

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Texico volunteer firefighter J.R. McIntosh and Clovis Firefighter J.D. Hileman work side-by-side around 1 p.m. Monday to douse the inside of a barn on Florence Street in Texico. Texico Fire Chief Lewis Cooper said the cause of the fire is undetermined. No injuries were reported.

Weather advisory issued for county

freedom New Mexico Staff The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter weather advisory for Curry County. According to the news release, the advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Saturday. Gusty winds and blowing snow are expected to cause poor visibility and slippery roads. Ken De Los Santos, […]

Experts: MRSA deadly, but easily prevented

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus areus, otherwise known as MRSA, is here. Actually, it’s been here for years, according to C. Mac Sewell, New Mexico state epidemiologist. Increased public attention has schools and hospitals in Clovis and Portales getting out information on the bacteria. Sewell said MRSA, one of several types of […]