Public safety should be cause for concern

The Albuquerque Journal A federal nuclear safety board — not rabid antinuclear protesters or perennial not-in-my-backyard nuclear critics — contends the reactor at Sandia National Labs might pose safety issues. And the best Sandia can do is offer up two paragraphs of vague assurances that amount to “pay no attention to the man behind the […]

Commissioner: Jail is the problem

I am concerned about public safety — not only as a Curry County commissioner but as a citizen. On Nov. 13, Narcizo Soto escaped from Curry County Detention Center. He was captured and the people responsible for his escape have been or are being punished. Soto has been in our jail for over five months […]

Child safety seat clinic being held

CNJ staff The New Mexico Department of Transportation will sponsor a 10 a.m. Saturday child safety seat clinic at Wal-Mart in Clovis. The free clinic, taking place in eight cities, is part of the NMDOT’s “100 Days and Nights of Summer” campaign. The clinics, which will last about two hours, are held on a first-come, […]

First person: Safety first

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jesse Walthers, a Texico native and lifeguard at the Clovis Wellness Center, plans to join the Army. He has been a lifeguard since he was 15 years old. When Jesse Walthers is on the clock, his main duty is to make sure people don’t drown. In his next line of […]

Bin Laden reaction: Clovis woman hopes for peaceful world

Rabiah Memon spent Sunday night and Monday morning happy but concerned at the same time. While glad to hear news that Osama bin laden had been killed, Memon said violence broke out in Karachi, Pakistan, where her family lives and her siblings were in school and trying to get home to safety. “We were very […]

Editorial: Community firefighters deserve thanks

Some 400 firefighters and dozens of other public safety folks from eastern New Mexico and west Texas stepped up to battle Sunday’s massive wind-driven fire that burned at least 17,000 acres of grasslands and three homes across Curry and Roosevelt counties. About 80 percent of those firefighters were volunteers — sales clerks, cowboys, railroad workers, […]

Weekly update — Feb. 13

Curry awarded safety grant Curry County has been awarded $20,000 as an incentive for improving workplace safety, according to a press release. The award, from the New Mexico Association of Counties, was given to six counties in recognition of reduced workers compensation claims in fiscal year 2009/2010. Curry County experienced a 46 percent reduction in […]

Winter weather presentations offered

CNJ staff ENMR-Plateau is hosting two winter weather presentations today at their offices north of Clovis. Ken Oswald, safety and security manager at ENMR-Plateau said Chief Meteorologist Steve Kersh with KVII in Amarillo will be the presenter. Oswald said Kersh will talk about the winter forecast and provide tips for dealing with winter storms and […]

Clinic participants get lessons in safety, sport fishing

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Shawn Rejino of Muleshoe, left, helps his son Nathan thread a line through a fishing pole during Saturday’s 20th annual Oasis State Park Kid’s Fishing Clinic. Clarence Plank Children and adults learned from volunteers and state park rangers about water safety, how to make fishing lures and tying knots Saturday […]

Press release: Halloween holiday safety reminder for pedestrians and drivers

Dairies work to keep milk antibiotic-free

Argen Duncan While people may worry about overexposure to antibiotics, local dairy industry representatives say a system of safety checks keep those substances out of milk produced in the area. “Most antibiotics in the dairy industry are used in a very cautious manner, and there are several reasons for that caution,” said dairy owner Alva […]

State police conducting safety operations Labor Day weekend

New Mexico State Police will be conducting several safety focused operations in the area throughout the Labor Day weekend. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said officers will be conducting extra patrols and checkpoints geared toward enforcing seat belt and child restraint laws, as well as DWI enforcement. Glascock said the operations will be conducted through Monday across […]

Keep childrens’ safety in mind as school starts

It’s that time of the year again. The madness of getting our children back to class has already started in most area school districts. That means early morning and mid-afternoon traffic will be heavier and school zone restrictions go into effect. Higher traffic and slower speeds will affect all drivers, not just those who are […]

Bingaman talks to New Mexico radio reporters about bill to reform offshore drilling, strengthen safety requirements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a bill that was approved today by the Energy Committee to reform drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and to reform the Minerals Management Service. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: […]

Shoutouts

Bella Vista pinewood derby On May 13 at 1 p.m., the Arts Academy at Bella Vista hosted the first annual pinebox derby car race. Nine students built one of a kind cars and competed against one another to identify the fastest car at Bella Vista. Each student spent two months creating, painting and decorating their […]

City leaders concerned Portales street lights safety risk

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Vehicles traveling through the intersection of South Avenue C and West First Street Wednesday in Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, […]

Billboard promotes motorcycle safety

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Courtesy photo A couple of motorcycle crashes in recent months and concern drivers aren’t used to sharing the road with motorcycles helped inspire the idea for the sign located on Prince Street near 13th Street. The billboard bears the message, “Summer means motorcycles: Take a 2nd look, Give a 2nd chance.” By Sharna Johnson: CNJ […]

County commission to introduce health, safety ordinance

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission plans to introduce a health and safety ordinance during its May 4 meeting the Clovis-Carver Library’s north annex. As drafted by the county’s land use committee, the ordinance addresses health and safety issues in the unincorporated areas of Curry County. County Manager Lance Pyle said in a release that […]

Crash prompts requests for intersection safety improvements

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Google maps The intersection of 21st Street and Sugar Beet Road has been the scene of 10 crashes in three years. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fatal crash Saturday has prompted area law officers to ask for help in improving safety at some county intersections. Don Teague, 74, of Bovina was killed when […]

Registration open for driver safety class

CNJ staff Registration is open for an AARP driver safety class tentatively scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way, Portales. The course covers issues for drivers older than 50. Pre-registration is required. Registration: George Lees at 742-2271.