Portales home explosion linked to gas leak

By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico The cause of an explosion that killed a Portales woman has been attributed to a natural gas leak, according to members of her family. Clytie Calton, 91, died Saturday from injuries from the explosion at her home. Family members said they were briefed Thursday by an investigator from the […]

July 18, 2007 Meetings Watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County commissioners on Tuesday approved the contract for roofing work at the Curry County Fairgrounds with Conklin Roofing Systems. But commissioners also questioned the roofing company’s previous service. The contract will pay the roofing company about $16,000 to repair the roof over the Home Arts Building and about $12,000 to repair the roof over […]

Fire destroys historic Tucumcari building

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Freedom Newspapers: Chelle Delaney Firefighters battle a blaze Friday that destroyed the Sands Dorsey building in Tucumcari. By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Fire destroyed the historic two-story Sands Dorsey building at Second and Main streets in Tucumcari Friday. No injuries were reported. The blaze erupted about 5 p.m. Firefighters were still on the […]

Residents come to each other’s aid

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Adam Turboville cleans debris and tree limbs from his roof Saturday morning in the 1400 block of Eastridge Street. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Neighbors were out in force Saturday morning, working together to clean debris from one of several tornadoes that struck the Clovis area Friday night. About a […]

Feb. 27, 1973

Edward Brizendine, 56, was putting shingles on his roof. The Clovis News-Journal considered the task front-page news since Brizendine was blind. Of course it was dangerous, he said, but shingling a roof could also be dangerous for those who could see. … “Maude,” “Hawaii 5-0” and “Marcus Welby” were among TV options for the night. […]

Halloween brings out the trickster in many

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist First they shut down daylight-saving time. Two days later they celebrate Halloween. Is that a conspiracy or what? The mystery is, who’s behind it? Here at the Academy for Thorny Plots I’ve researched that question, coming quickly to the conclusion that in both cases I need a government grant for […]

Bird droppings making way from roof to offices inside county courthouse

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Curry County Maintenance Supervisor Lee Delk said about 50 pigeons call the roof of the Curry County Courthouse home. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The melodic, soft cooing of numerous pigeons can be heard emanating from the Curry County Courthouse. Although the birds’ calls are musical, the proliferation of pigeon […]

Miracles happen; ordinary folks become heroes

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Carolyn Kitchens sat in her pickup on a snowy January night in 1998, watching as the last wall fell into the flames that engulfed her home. Everything burned except her grandmother’s cast-iron stove, which glowed red-hot in the moonlight. Kitchens lived in a farm house between Tolar and House and drove […]

Police charge four with stealing guns

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Four boys were arrested Monday attempting to steal rifles from a Main Street gun shop, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. The four boys, ranging in age from 12 to 14 years old, are being held on charges of aggravated burglary, attempted larceny of firearms, […]

Fungus invades Clovis High School classrooms

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Water damage and mold cover the back side of a cabinet that was removed from the wall of a Clovis High School classroom. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Behind the walls of Clovis High School Building E, black fungi flourish, dotting cabinets and once-hidden surfaces. The building was closed in […]