Bus driver training a rigorous process

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Advertising works. Cory Adair proved it on Monday, dressing up a 1949 school bus with a help wanted sign and parking it at a local restaurant. “It just said, ‘School bus drivers needed, three hours a day, $600 a month,’” said Adair, the school bus contractor for the Clovis municipal […]

Ned Houk race to benefit cancer

By Ryan Lengerich In 1996, Jim Davis died of lung cancer only a year after seeing the Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex construction completed — a project in which he had a major stake. To honor Davis, NHMSC board members are holding the Jim Davis Memorial Race at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night to benefit […]

Someone stop the out-of-control bikes

Letters to the editor Help! My once quiet and peaceful neighborhood has been overrun with motorcycles. A group is riding racing bikes down the street. Those drivers have to see how fast they can go the three blocks in front of my house. They literally scream down the street. Then I have a few Harley […]

Charity motorcycle tour makes pit stop in Texico

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Lance Meyers, 6, gets his racing dirtbike signed by NASCAR driver Jeff Green of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday at the Texico Town and Country during the 10th-annual “Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.” CNJ photo by Rick White. By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ STAFF WRITER Kyle Petty, other NASCAR drivers lead cycle ride for charity. TEXICO — […]

Two drivers injured in two-car crash

CNJ staff Traffic was halted in all directions on Highway 70 Friday after a vehicle overturned about 8:45 a.m. north of Portales and another vehicle, whose driver attempted to pass it, drove off the side of the road and flipped, a spokesman for the Portales Fire Department said. Both occupants were transported to Roosevelt General […]

Police car involved in crash

CNJ STAFF REPORTS A two-car crash involving a police vehicle led to both drivers being carried from the scene, according to a preliminary police report on the incident. Neither driver had been cited as of Monday evening and the incident remains under investigation, according to Lt. Patrick Whitney, who said he didn’t have additional information […]

Race issue in California is irrelevant

Tibor Machan I don’t know what goes through the mind of someone like California Senate leader John Burton when he makes the kind of charge he made the other day, namely that the effort to repeal the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses was fueled by racism. “I say the issue is […]

Texico Fire Department receives grant for $67,500

Cops and Courts The Texico Volunteer Fire Department has received a $67,500 federal grant through the U.S. Fire Administration. According to U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, a co-sponsor of the bill that created the grants, the money will be used to help the Texico fire station with overall operations. “Fire departments in New Mexico are typically […]

‘Operation Boo’ employed to scare drivers straight

Cops and Courts “Operation Boo,” a special traffic enforcement program on Oct. 31, led to 52 traffic citations for drivers on Prince Street, the Clovis Police Department reports. From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Halloween, five officers monitored traffic on Prince Street from Commerce Way to Llano Estacado Avenue due to a high number of […]

Surprise: Clovis is packin’

By Darrell Todd Maurina People who like to speed near Glenarm Drive and Arciniega Drive will soon be in for a surprise. Responding to complaints from neighbors whose children walk to Zia Elementary School, Clovis police have agreed to issue residents a radar gun they can use to report drivers exceeding the posted 25 mph […]

Young drivers revving it up

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Bo Mitchell, 12, of Farwell, races in a heat at Ned Houk Motor Speedway on July 25 during a race with the Clovis Kart Association. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez The go-kart track at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex north of Clovis may be a far cry from NASCAR, but for some diehard […]

State Police urge caution during summer travels

With the advent of summer in June, families and individuals will be packing their cars and hitting the road for vacation paradise. The New Mexico State Police asks drivers to drive safely and soberly during the summer travel season. Officers remind drivers and passengers that everyone in a motor vehicle is required by law to […]

Burma Shave signs are thing of the past

By Bob Huber When I was in my mid-youth crisis, Burma Shave signs on America’s roads were as common and comfortable as old shoes. Whenever a new one cropped up, we repeated its rhyming couplets over and over from bar stools to pulpits.  For you younguns, Burma Shave signs were little poems obligingly spaced line […]