Police determine speed, inattention factors in wreck

Freedom New Mexico Excessive speed and driver inattention caused a wreck that left 19-year-old Micheal Galvan of Portales dead Monday, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Police would turn their reports over to the District Attorney’s Office for review and a decision on possible charges, he said. Glascock identified the female passenger injured in the […]

Governor orders offices closed

CNJ staff Citing critical supplies for natural gas and power services caused by inclement weather, Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered non-critical state operations to close Friday to decrease the drain on energy supplies throughout New Mexico. “Due to statewide natural gas shortages, I have ordered all government agencies that do not provide essential services to […]

Most area crops escape major hail damage

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Seth Bright helps harvest a wheat field farmed by Bruce Lee between Elida and Floyd on Friday. Farmers say crops are growing well in the area but need rain. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Crops are growing well in much of Roosevelt and Curry counties, although hail and excessive […]

Chief: Cigarette ignited dairy fire

Freedom New Mexico A stray cigarette in a pile of feed caused Thursday’s fire at Western Star Dairy, Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen and Assistant Fire Chief Delbert Rector said. Rector believed the cigarette was thrown down out of carelessness. A damage estimate was yet available. Rector said Floyd firefighters remained on scene until 3 […]

Investigation: Drone crash caused by electrical device failure

CNJ staff An accident investigation board has concluded the failure of an electrical control device caused the crash of an MQ-1 Predator unmanned drone from Cannon Air Force Base last year, according to the Air Force Times. Greg Allen of Cannon Public Affairs said the Predator crashed in Afghanistan in September but he did not […]

Camp revives childhood memories

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Remember when you went to camp? You learned neat stuff about animal tracks, bugs and pine trees. Maybe you went hiking after dark and somebody jumped out of the woods screaming like a wild animal, scaring everyone spitless. Around the campfire they told ghost stories that caused shivers — and […]

Some Floods Are Caused By “Leaky Faucets”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist We all have times when the winds and waves of sorrow or pain or perplexity threaten to swamp us and send the vessels of our lives to the bottom. When those winds howl, we recognize the threat. It’s no fun to ride out a storm. [Marker] But I’m convinced […]

Two missing in Ruidoso flood

The Associated Press RUIDOSO — About 300 people were evacuated from homes, campgrounds and a recreational vehicle park Sunday after flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Dolly. Two people were reported missing in the water.

Weather causes extensive crop damage

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hail from a series of thunderstorms last week caused at least $10 million in crop damage in Parmer and Bailey counties, according to agricultural officials. Bailey County Extension Agent Curtis Preston said the hail — some as big as baseballs — destroyed about 25,000 acres of corn, cotton and […]

Police investigating weekend vandalism spree

CNJ staff An outbreak of broken windows, bashed mail boxes and spray painted cars kept police busy this weekend, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said around 45 incidents had already been reported and calls were continuing to come in Monday morning. The majority of the damage appears to have occurred Saturday night, Whitney said. […]