Planning for the worst

They spend hours each month preparing for what they hope will never happen — a disaster. Comprised of volunteers culled from almost every public and government sector in Roosevelt and Curry counties, Local Emergency Planning Committees promote emergency planning, preparedness and public awareness in the case of a natural or manmade disaster. National Weather Service [...]

Three candidates named for judge’s position

Gov. Susana Martinez will have three candidates to chose from when deciding who will replace retiring District Court Chief Judge Teddy Hartley following a sometimes dramatic session Friday of a special judicial nominating commission. The candidates picked by the panel include former two-term Clovis City Commissioner and assistant district attorney Fred Van Soelen, Assistant District [...]

In search of ponies: Drought takes toll on animals, too

Sepia toned skies, roaring winds, heat and the one ingredient that could change it all — rain — grievously absent. Such is summer in New Mexico, one of those places where a rain shower doesn't do much more than make dirt circles on windows right before it evaporates. But even though hot, dry and yes, [...]

Be it person or pool, leaks seem dangerous

The Lady of the House and I have one of those store-bought, above ground pools in the backyard. We set it up a few weeks ago. The Lady of the House reasoned if we set it up while the days were mild the probability was low that we'd get into one of those terse "discussions" [...]

Judge: Starving NM herd can be sold to Texas buyer

ALBUQUERQUE — A judge agreed Thursday to allow an eastern New Mexico rancher to sell his herd of allegedly emaciated cattle to a Texas buyer after a state agency seized livestock from his drought-stricken ranch. A Tucumcari district attorney told the Albuquerque Journal Thursday that District Judge Albert Mitchell agreed to allow Double V Ranch [...]

Muleshoe man escapes briefly following life sentence

A convicted killer stole 40 seconds of freedom after being sentenced to life in prison Friday when he escaped while being escorted from district court in Muleshoe. Daniel A. Cardon Jr., 50, who was convicted earlier in the day by a Bailey County jury of gunning down his estranged wife, broke free from police and [...]

Video: Pet of the Week – May 30 2013

This 2-month-old pug-mix is sweet and has a curly tail. For adoption information, call 356-4404 or visit the animal shelter at 1700 N. Boston. This 2-month-old pug-mix is sweet and has a curly tail. For adoption information, call 356-4404 or visit the animal shelter at 1700 N. Boston.

You can be happy too!

Every day is a gift wrapped in God's love. His present to us is tied securely with ribbons of joy. What we find in our gift and how we use it is up to us. The choice is ours. We can see a beautiful sunrise and we can see beautiful sunsets. I like to see [...]

Portales robbery suspect released on bond

A Portales man police say robbed a local Allsup's and used a bomb threat ruse was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center Thursday morning on a $5,000 bond. Nathan Nixon, 28, was charged with robbery, according to detention center staff. He was arrested early Wednesday morning after claiming a bomb was in the bathroom [...]

Fort Sumner teen charged with murder

A Fort Sumner teen was charged with second-degree murder Thursday for his involvement in a fight a little more than a week ago during a drinking party in Fort Sumner, according to jail records. Caleb West, 19, was released on a $200,000 bond early Thursday evening. Police say Anthony Sandoval of Espanola was involved in [...]