Police identify man killed in Sunday accident

CNJ staff Police have released the identity of man killed in a Sunday motor vehicle accident as 67-year-old Modesto Muniz of Muleshoe. Police have said Muniz was driving westbound on U.S. 60/84 about 4 p.m. when his pickup collided with the back of a tractor trailer that had slowed to turn into the Indian River […]

Antique tractor parade expo tradition

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Herb Newberry of Portales rides his father’s tractor, fixed up for the antique tractor parade Tuesday at the annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo. Newberry said the tractor was used before his dad bought it in the 50s. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The antique tractor parade at the Roosevelt […]

Man accused of drinking, driving lawn tractor maintains innocence

The man accused of drinking and driving a lawn tractor in Melrose says he’s ready to serve 11 days in jail, beginning today. George Rierson, 36, was arrested on Aug. 7 and charged with driving on a revoked license and carrying an open container of alcohol. Despite pleading guilty to the charges, Rierson maintains his […]

Melrose man driving lawn tractor pleads to fine, jail time

CNJ staff A Melrose man police say was drinking and driving a lawn tractor on city streets has pleaded to jail time and a fine. Monday, George Rierson, 36, agreed to serve 364 days in Curry County jail and pay fines and costs of $167. Police said Rierson will actually serve 11 days in jail […]

Clovis police: Crash victim airlifted

On 09/30/2009 at approximately 8:42 am this morning, the Clovis Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of the 2400 block of Mabry Drive in Clovis in reference to a loaded Semi-Tractor/Trailer truck versus a motor vehicle car crash with injuries. Upon arrival of Officers they found that a female driver had been […]

Clovis woman killed near Hereford

A 38-year-old Clovis woman was killed early Friday morning in a crash north of Hereford. Tina Howell was killed around 3 a.m. (CDT) when a tractor trailer she was driving crashed into another on Highway 385 about 3 miles outside of Hereford, according to Texas Highway Patrol Communications Operator Carolyn Wakefield. Omar Wharton, the driver […]

Farwell man dead following tractor accident

By Sharna Johnson A 34-year-old man is dead following a tractor accident near Farwell Thursday, according to Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries. Jason Crume died from injuries he sustained around 10:30 p.m. (CST) when he fell from a tractor he was driving and was struck by the machine’s rear wheels, Geries said. Crume had been […]

Train, truck accident causes power outage, reroutes traffic on U.S. 70

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Xcel energy crews work to repair a downed power pole following an accident involving a train and semi that caused power outages in Portales By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A collision between a Southwestern Railroad train and a tractor-trailer Thursday morning forced the closure of U.S. Highway 70 and created power outages across Portales. […]

Going green

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Patrick Kircher, left, Roosevelt County agriculture extension agent, and Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, hang a sponsor banner on the gate of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Friday. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico With rising energy costs, Americans are taking a harder look lately […]

The farmer takes a tractor …

Maria Cheverez of Clovis reports she’s experienced life in 41 countries, but her most memorable cold-weather story took place in Curry County. “After retiring from the U.S. Army I took on a job as a rural mail carrier,” she wrote in an e-mail. “… Pushing my way through the snow with my red Jeep, I […]

Business Digest: Tractor Supply store opening

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Tractor Supply Co. store in Clovis will open for business at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Store Manager Dee Don Bates said in a news release. The Clovis store is at 1282 State Road 209 and has 19,097 square feet, including the sales floor and support service space. A fenced […]

Tractor trailer, vehicle collide

CNJ staff A three-car accident Wednesday morning a mile west of Texico on U.S. 60/70/84 backed up traffic for around three hours, State Police Officer Ramon Borjas said. The crash occurred around 6:30 a.m., Borjas said. There were no serious injuries, he said. Borjas said a 30-year-old Clovis man was driving westbound in a Dodge […]

Business Digest: Tractor Supply Co. manager named

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Dee Don Bates has been named store manager at the Tractor Supply Co. store in Clovis, according to District Manager Jack Galloway. A native of Clovis, Bates joined Tractor Supply Co. this year as a manager trainee in Lubbock. He has more than 15 years of retail experience. In […]

Tractor-trailer rollover

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A tractor-trailer hauling diesel fuel rolled over Tuesday on Curry Road O. The driver was not injured, according to emergency officials on site. Officials said they would not know if any fuel leaked until they set the trailer upright. The driver said the back tires of the trailer went off […]

Muleshoe farmer killed in tractor crash

CNJ staff A 41-year-old Muleshoe farmer was killed Sunday morning in Bailey County when a tractor he was driving overturned on U.S. 70/84 after being struck by a pickup truck, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Paul Fulcher was driving eastbound around 11 a.m. (CDT) when the tractor was struck by a Dodge […]

Tractor Supply building begun

CNJ Staff Construction is under way on a Tractor Supply Co. store at the northern end of North Prince Street, according to a Tractor Supply news release. The 19,000-square-foot store at 1282 State Road 209 will be the farm and ranch supply retailer’s first New Mexico location. “Farmers in Curry County grow a lot of […]

Tractors with trackers

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Matt Zachary, 25, of Farwell, programs Kendall Devault’s sprayer with a global positioning system console. Devault uses a GPS system to help lower costs and increase production on his farm. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers To fertilize and till his farm, Farwell’s Kendall Devault takes his directions from above — […]

Tractor Supply store opening in Clovis

CNJ staff Tractor Supply Co. has plans to build a store on North Prince Street just north of Clovis city limits, according to Clovis Building Safety Director Pete Wilt. A spokeswoman for the company was uncertain when construction will begin or when the retail farm and ranch store will open. “We are still in the […]

Tractor gets pink paint job to raise cancer awareness

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Shelia Smith of Roswell drives her pink 1955 Farmall tractor in the parade at the New Mexico Ag Expo Tuesday in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Nestled among the antique tractors on display at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo was a 1955 Farmall 400 tractor belonging to Connie […]

Police handle large fry order

CNJ Staff A tractor-trailer accident early Friday morning near St. Vrain resulted in the drug-related arrest of a Salt Lake City man, according to state police. Around 4 a.m. a tractor-trailer carrying frozen french fries traveling east on Highway 60/84 overturned and caught fire, state police officer Lance Bateman said. The driver, Hank Breitenbugher, 41, […]