Moving violations

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The sign indicating the illegal left from Prince into Walgreen’s Kevin Wilson A few weeks ago, a coworker came through the office. He told us he had just left a meeting, where the discussion turned to traffic trivia around Clovis. “For example,” he said, “it’s illegal to turn left into […]

Berry’s good work should be remembered

Moving forward… Thursday was a sad day for eastern New Mexico law enforcement. Former Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry was convicted of tampering with public records, a result of Berry destroying traffic citations issued to an acquaintance. This is the definition of “good ol’ boy” police work, also known as a fourth-degree felony when more […]

One killed in Tucumcari crash

Monday morning briefing: Traffic reports and The Babe’s debut

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Traffic reports The New Mexico Department of Transportation weekly traffic report is available online or by telephone. Notifications are posted as they reported to the NMDOT which can be found on their road advisory www.nmroads.com or by calling 511. Meetings watch The Portales Municipal […]

Businesses get upswing in traffic during graduation season

Kevin Wilson Whenever “Pomp and Circumstance” is playing, there’s no doubt a proud parent or grandparent. Or a student relieved that everything’s over with. Or a speaker talking innocuously about the “next step.” Somewhere off in the distance, there’s also a cash register working, and a business working overtime. While graduation season isn’t the busiest […]

Weekend jail absconder sought

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Courtesy photo Jail officials say Justin Steelman failed to return from a weekend medical furlough. Sharna Johnson A 32-year-old man who fled from a traffic stop and evaded police for a week is being sought again after failing to return to jail from a medical furlough over the weekend. Justin Steelman was released from the […]

Press release: Traffic accident reports now available online

On Friday, March 11, 2011, the Clovis Police Department entered into an agreement with DOCVIEW, LLC to place traffic accident reports On-Line. The Docview.us.com Accident Report System was selected to serve as our traffic accident insurance and citizen request technology. What is Docview.us.com? It is an Internet based application that was developed to help law […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Traffic alert, a question of age and civil rights

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Bridge closing Construction from South First Street to Brady Street will close the Prince Street overpass to all traffic. Work is expected to take four weeks. The road’s asphalt surface will be removed and replaced. Businesses will be open, but accessible only through Brady […]

Traffic slows as winter storm hits New Mexico

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A winter storm blasted New Mexico with snowfall and freezing temperatures Tuesday, causing icy roads and littering streets with fender-benders. The morning commute in Albuquerque was lengthy and treacherous as cautious motorists slowed to negotiate ice-covered roadways. Schools were closed in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Rio Rancho and placed on […]

Hull Street Bridge open to traffic

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Clovis City Engineer Justin Howalt drags a road closed sign off the Hull Street overpass Friday just before the opening of the overpass. Kevin Wilson “First motorcycle,” the crew exclaimed at 10:52 a.m. as a grey-haired main pulled up to Justin Howalt and asked if it was safe to pass. […]

Officials say voting traffic steady

CNJ staff By mid-afternoon Tuesday, it had already been a busy day for election workers. Curry County Clerk Connie Jo Lyman said her office phones have been ringing non-stop with voter questions and poll workers are reporting continuous traffic. “Every report we’re hearing is that it is very steady, so we may have a good […]

Temporary traffic light in Portales confirmed

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Transportation Friday confirmed plans for a temporary traffic light to be installed at Main and Second in Portales. NMDOT Engineering Support Manager Bob Kurtz said his department is waiting on a special control cabinet, which is due to arrive in Santa Fe on Monday or Tuesday. After […]

Quay traffic stop nets pot cache

Thomas Garcia A Georgia man is in federal custody following a traffic stop resulting in the seizure of 900 pounds of marijuana near Tucumcari. Forrest McLaughlin of Atlanta was arrested by a New Mexico Motor Transportation Police after $1.3 million of marijuana was discovered stacked behind pallets of cantaloupes, said Major Ron Cordova. McLaughlin, 46, […]

Part of 21st Street, Prince Street intersection closing temporarily

CNJ staff The city of Clovis is asking drivers to avoid traveling eastbound on 21st Street from Prince Street between 4 a.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday because of construction. The turning lane for southbound traffic from Prince Street to 21st Street will be closed. This is due to extensive street repairs that will be occurring […]

Traffic delays expected due to National Guard training

CNJ staff Traffic delays are expected next week on U.S. Highway 60/84 between Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose due to New Mexico National Guard training, according to a news release. Training will take place Sunday through Wednesday at Melrose Air Force Range. The release said delays will be expected between 8 a.m. and 11 […]

Tucumcari police chief: Officer followed protocol in alleged cash theft

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A lawsuit filed in Santa Fe claims Tucumcari police stole $47,000 from two Kansas residents during a May 2 traffic stop. Tucumcari police records tell a far different story, claiming $53,140 was seized and handed over to federal officials as part of an investigation related to a possible illegal […]

Individual matters more than integers

Freedom New Mexico Air traffic controllers had better keep an eye out for flying pigs, because Pat Buchanan has come out in support of quotas. The conservative commentator and erstwhile presidential candidate recently weighed in on President Obama’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The court currently includes two justices of […]

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, […]

Two arrested for drug trafficking

CNJ staff Two Clovis men were arrested Friday for drug trafficking, accused of having almost $10,000 worth of cocaine in their possession. Jesus Dominguez, 21, and Roman Ramos Villareal, 34, are charged with trafficking cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and possession of paraphernalia. Additionally, Villareal is charged with tampering with evidence and Dominguez with possession […]

Commissioners stand by Prince Street median

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioners said Thursday they are standing behind a decision by city engineers to add a median blocking left turns onto Texas Street from Prince even though business owners say it is hurting their traffic. The median has turned what was a prime location into a back of the […]