Land Use Study meeting aims for input from residents

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tonight begins the first of three meetings to gain public input for a Joint Land Use study. Planned from 6 to 8 p.m. at Portales City Hall, the meeting is intended to get resident insight into living in a community shared with Cannon Air Force Base, according to Roosevelt […]

Woman sustains minor injuries after collision

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Freedom New Mexico Photo: Clarence Plank Freedom New Mexico A 30-year-old woman suffered minor injuries Friday when the sport-utility vehicle she was driving smashed into the rear of a semitrailer on U.S. 70 near the Curry-Roosevelt county line, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. The sheriff said the woman, Marie McClure, told officers she […]

Raids yield drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Three Roosevelt County residents face felony drug charges from two recent raids in Portales by city police, the Roosevelt County Sheriff and the Region 5 Drug Task Force. Tamara Davis, 28, of Portales, was arrested Thursday, accused of distributing marijuana from her home in the 500 block of E. 1st Street, according […]

Auto accident claims Alva Carter Sr.

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Courtesy photo Alva Carter Sr. was a businessman, dairyfarmer and educator. He was president of the Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Friends and family of Alva C. Carter Sr. remembered him as generous, honorable and a hard worker. “He was a big man with a big heart,” said […]

Rollover injures Clovis man

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PNT Photo: Karl Terry A Clovis man was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital shortly before 5 p.m. Monday after being involved in a one-vehicle rollover. The accident occurred in front of the Midway Convention Center on U.S. 70 when the northbound Chrysler New Yorker left the roadway on the right side. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren […]

Roosevelt County woman arrested for child abuse

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 32-year-old Roosevelt County woman Friday morning for child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, a first-degree felony, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Alicia Dean is being held in the Roosevelt County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash only bond. Dean’s 2-year-old daughter has […]

Infant death investigated as homicide

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Law enforcement officials said Wednesday the cause of death of a 9-month-old girl last week was blunt force trauma and the case is now being pursued as a homicide. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said a preliminary report from the New Mexico Office of […]

Portales infant’s death declared suspicious

By Freedom Newspapers Law enforcement officials are continuing their investigation into what they are now calling the “suspicious death” of a 9-month-old, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker would not comment on why the death is considered suspicious. Hooker said his office is still awaiting […]

Roosevelt sheriff releases name in child’s death

Freedom Newspapers The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the 9-month-old girl whose death Wednesday is being investigated. Kyler Willis was discovered about 1 p.m. Wednesday at 109 E. Sixth St. in Portales when paramedics from the Portales Fire Department were dispatched to attend to an unresponsive child. Officials will not say […]

Officials investigate child’s death

By Freedom Newspapers Law officers are investigating the death of a 9-month-old Roosevelt County girl who died Wednesday. Officials will not say if they suspect the child is a victim of homicide. “The cause of death has yet to be determined and the incident is still under investigation,” Roosevelt County Sheriff Daren Hooker said. Hooker […]

Residents relieved after arrests in Chunn case

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers With arrests made in a two-year-old murder investigation, Causey residents are expressing relief. At the same time they’re sobered by the fact that those accused lived in their tiny community. District Attorney Matt Chandler announced Monday that federal indictments had been handed down against two men from the Causey area. […]

Sweep nets 22 arrests

Freedom Newspapers A sweep of suspected drug traffickers by the Region V Drug Task Force netted the arrest of 22 people on outstanding drug and narcotics charges and an additional six individuals on unrelated charges, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. The roundup was carried out Wednesday and Thursday with […]

Politics brutal, restraint would be nice

David Stevens : CNJ Editor The contrasts were sharp and painful. In last week’s primary elections, Curry and Roosevelt counties’ sheriff candidates promoted their integrity, their professionalism, their dignity, their church affiliations, their commitment to family and their caring for community. Some of those same candidates’ supporters, meanwhile, tore into opponents unchecked, without moral compass, […]

Hooker defeats incumbent Gosset for Roosevelt sheriff

Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers There’ll be a new sheriff in town. Challenger Darren Hooker easily defeated incumbent Thomas M. Gossett in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Sheriff Republican primary. Hooker received 939 votes to 625 for Gossett with all 23 precincts reporting. With no challenger on the Democratic ticket, Hooker will be unopposed in the general election […]

Parade honors those in military service

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The idea started out as a way to welcome back Portales members of the 126th Military Police. Soon it blossomed into a way of showing appreciation to all of those who have served in the military. That appreciation will come in the form of a “Welcome Home Troops” parade March […]

Portales soldiers cross paths while serving in Iraq

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Portales residents, left to right, Darren Hooker, Walter Carr, Brett Bedinger and James Montgomery pose for a photo while serving in Iraq. (Courtesy photo) By Marc Schoder: Freedom Newspapers Six men from Portales have more than 6,100 miles separating them from home. Though they are serving their country in Iraq, they now have reason to […]

Clovis defense dominates

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats 15-7 win over Mayfield Saturday at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Slowly but surely, Clovis squeezed the life out of Mayfield’s offense like a boa constrictor on steroids. The more the Trojans squirmed, […]

Mayfield humbles Wildcats

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Jason Burns (left) and Juan Gutierrez of Clovis stop Mayfield’s Seth McKinney for a short gain. (CNJ photo by Rick White) By Rick White Mayfield coach Jim Bradley lost track of time watching his second-ranked Trojans manhandle the Clovis Wildcats. With his team hogging the ball with a brutish ground game, Bradley wasn’t even aware […]