Prairie Chicken Festival on course despite fire

Alisa Boswell A fire that broke out nearly 10 miles west of Crossroads on Saturday afternoon burned nearly 25,000 acres of land. Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon said the fire, aided by winds of 45 to 55 miles per hour, jumped Highway 258, came close to Highway 206 and missed Milnesand by about one […]

Grass fire consumes 150 acres

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire Friday morning northeast of Portales burned about 150 acres, according to a fire department spokesman. No one was injured in the blaze reported about 11:31 a.m., said Portales Fire Department Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said the fire started on Highway 467 and spread to Roosevelt Roads 2 and 3. […]

Meeting will focus on off highway vehicles at Ned Houk

CNJ staff An informational forum is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center regarding off highway vehicles. Ronnie Jones, owner of High Desert Honda in Clovis, said, “It’s offered in an instructional format to show what people have to do to be able to be legal to ride.” Jones said numerous laws have […]

Wind advisory in effect

Freedom New Mexico A red flag warning and wind advisory is in effect from noon to 9 p.m. Of particular concern with low humidity and winds of 20 mph or higher are higher fire dangers and difficult driving conditions for high-profile vehicles, particularly Highway 209 between Clovis and Tucumcari. Motorists are advised to exercise caution […]

Friday morning briefing: Snow and the Clovis Highway

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Top tosser ENMU ‘s Bill Squire has been selected as the Lone Star Conference men’s Field Athlete of the Week for his standout performance at the Tarleton Relays. The sophomore from Hagerman overcame windy conditions at the event to win the hammer throw with a school-record […]

Western Dairy bringing 65 new jobs to area

The Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation (RCCDC) announced today that Western Dairy Transport LLC (WDT) of Cabool, Missouri has purchased a 15 acre site in north Portales and will consolidate their Clovis and Portales operations in Portales, bringing at least 65 existing positions back to the community after a two month hiatus. In recent months, […]

Man recounts finding 7-year-old in wrecked jeep

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer On a dark, deserted road, five friends returning to town after visiting a friend quickly gained on the vehicle ahead as it slowly criss-crossed the highway. Many possibilities circled through their minds — a drunk driver, a crime in progress, someone ill or injured. But nothing prepared them for […]

Friends, family bid farewell to Carter

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble addresses the crowd during funeral services Monday for Alva Carter at Greyhound Arena. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Alva Carter was remembered as a dairyman, a business owner, and an educator. But family members and associates also honored him Monday as a […]

Military feature: Local woman oversees military tribute installation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo New Mexico Garden Club Member Bess Kline, left, and the New Mexico visitor information center supervisor Janice Hamilton, right, joined forces to place a Blue Star Memorial marker at the visitor information center on U.S. 60/84. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bess Kline said she has been working about […]

Clovis woman killed in Friday crash

CNJ staff A 22-year-old Clovis mother of four died in a single-vehicle crash Friday on U.S. Highway