Accuracy important in marriage

Grant McGee On our recent vacation we stopped to visit family in Pensacola, Fla. It was still another 10 hours of driving, one way, to visit my mom in south Florida. “That’s a long way,” said The Lady of the House. “I might just want to stay here with my sister.” “My brother has a […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]

Texas man killed in crash

A 37-year-old Plains, Texas, man was killed Thursday evening in a single-vehicle crash about 20 miles northeast of Elida. Jason Thomas died at the scene around 6:30 p.m. when he was partially ejected from the semi truck he was driving, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Thomas was driving east on South Roosevelt Road 35, […]

Fort Sumner 14-year-old dies in accident

CNJ staff An accident Friday has claimed the life of a Fort Sumner teenager. Colten Gunn, 14, died at the scene of the accident at approximately 3:50 p.m. in the Fort Sumner Valley when an all-terrain vehicle he was driving struck the rear of a vehicle at an intersection, according to Juan Chavez, deputy medical […]

Better gas mileage comes with cost

Freedom New Mexico Driving your car soon will become less safe. That’s because President Barack Obama and the major automakers – pressured by the government — agreed to increase new vehicles’ fuel mileage. The main way to do that is to reduce the size of vehicles. By 2025, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy for each […]

Grant McGee: Prairie dogs get no love

The Lady of the House and I were driving by a prairie dog town some time ago. It was your typical, standard-issue, prairie dog town in a vacant lot in the city limits. Prairie dogs were running about, some were foraging by the side of the road, others were standing guard. But this dog town […]

Grant McGee: Wife would make great food critic

The Lady of the House needs to get a job as a food critic. This dawned on me on our recent vacation to the Texas Gulf Coast. We had been driving all day and were driving through the central Texas night when a sign lit up the darkness: “BEST BAR-B-Q AHEAD.” The Lady of the […]

Police: Texting legislation may complicate enforcement

Sharna Johnson Legislation aimed at criminalizing texting and driving repeats existing state law and has some gray areas that may complicate enforcement, police say. The proposed bill would make texting while driving a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days imprisonment and $100, with stiffer penalties for repeat offenders. It also would relegate a crash […]

Save a Life Tour to visit Cannon

Courtesy photo The Department of Defense-sponsored Save a Life Tour will visit Cannon Air Force Base Dec. 8-9 to give Air Commandos a realistic sober perspective on the effects of driving while intoxicated. This will be a lecture and a hands-on event. By 27th Special Operations Public Affairs The Department of Defense-sponsored Save a Life […]

Mesalands president sentenced

Freedom New Mexico Mesalands Community College President Phillip Barry was sentenced to the state’s First Offender Program for driving under the influence, Second Judicial District Assistant District Attorney Susan Stinson said Tuesday. Barry’s sentence includes one year of deferred supervised probation, according to Stinson, and he must have an ignition interlock installed in his vehicle […]

Commentary: Texting while driving can cost you

By 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine: 27th SOW Public Affairs Let’s say next weekend you pack up the family and head out on a 1,000-mile road trip for your summer vacation. But you decide to take a nap for 766 miles…at the wheel! “What?!” you say. “No self-respecting parent would risk his or her family’s safety […]

Americans embracing entitlement

I travel a lot. I have crossed the USA about 25 times by car and have also done a good deal of driving in Europe — France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and so on. Some time ago I noticed something that one might wish to explore more systematically than just relying on one’s personal observation. This […]

I’m determined to conquer 5K run

Saturday was my second 5K race. I hoped to erase memories of my 37:58, when I pulled up injured and saw other racers driving home while I was still running/walking. Mark Bussen, a coach at Clovis High School, reassured me by saying, “That’s better than everybody who didn’t show up.” Calming words, but they didn’t […]

Man accidentally shoots self in hand

CNJ staff A man accidentally shot himself in the hand Tuesday while driving on U.S. 60/84, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Ryan Parrish told deputies he was westbound from Melrose. Parrish, 24, reported his passenger asked to look at his gun and he was attempting to remove a bullet […]

Winter driving conditions through northern N.M.

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Difficult driving conditions are increasing throughout northern New Mexico. The state Department of Transportation has not posted any road closures but a winter storm moving through New Mexico is leaving roads icy or slushy. Motorists are being urged to use caution and reduce their speed. Difficult driving conditions are reported […]

Legislative tidbits: No more texting while driving

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District sees jump in drunken driving arrests

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico State Police saw a significant increase statewide in drunken driving arrests from 2008 to 2009. And in eastern New Mexico, the jump was more dramatic. The state’s ninth district, which includes Clovis, Portales, Tucumcari, Vaughn, Fort Sumner, Santa Rosa, Anton Chico, Corona, Newkirk and Conchas, saw […]

Teen driver in fatal crash cited for careless driving

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer

Pre-trial hearing set for Mesalands president

Freedom New Mexico Pre-trial hearings on drunk driving charges against Mesalands Community College President Philip O. Barry have been rescheduled. Proceedings set to begin Monday were rescheduled for Feb. 3 in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in Albuquerque. The proceedings have been rescheduled three times. Barry was arrested in Albuquerque last October and charged with driving […]

Police: Mesalands president failed three sobriety tests

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Albuquerque police say Mesalands Community College President Phillip O. Barry failed three sobriety tests when he was arrested last October for driving under the influence. Barry faces pre-trial hearings Jan. 4 on charges of driving while intoxicated. According to a police report obtained by the Quay County Sun: Barry […]