Air Commandos respond to exercise

USAF: Maj. Mike Janssen U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Lorilee Draper, 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron superintendent, evaluates emergency medical technicians responding to a simulated injury during a 27th SOW exercise at Melrose Air Force Range. Base personnel were evaluated on actions taken in response to two separate incidents and performed well according […]

Fatal accident kills four outside of Melrose

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Monday’s harsh combination of wind, freezing rain and snow contributed to multiple road closures and a fatal accident in Curry County. Four people were killed and two others were injured in the two-vehicle collision on U.S.60/84 east of Melrose, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said about […]

God’s child has ‘cutting edge’

This world is a dangerous place. Hurricanes, floods, mudslides, a tsunami, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural catastrophes threaten our physical existence. Put that with accidents, terrorists, “wars and rumors of wars,” (Matthew 24:6) a multiple of diseases and you might get depressed. Throughout history mankind has struggled for survival against unspeakable odds, with one […]

Snowstorm hampers travel

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The third snowfall of the season dumped as much as 3 inches in the area Tuesday, making for treacherous driving and many minor accidents. The snow storm blanketing most of central and northern New Mexico, moved in just after 9 a.m. Area law enforcement encouraged people to stay home. […]

Press release: N.M. hunter education certifies 1,402 students

New Mexico’s Hunter Education Program certified 1,402 students in March as young hunters scrambled to become eligible for the April 8 application deadline for 2009-2010 big-game hunting licenses and permits. Since Jan. 1, more than 2,200 students have successfully completed the course, which is taught mostly by volunteer instructors trained by Department staff. Instructors have […]

Jan 1, 1948

The new year entered in at 2.5 degrees below zero. A three-inch snowfall the day before caused slick streets and several accidents, one in which a man broke his hip.

Plenty in my life to give thanks about

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist With our national economy tanking and a couple of sobering auto accidents to deal with locally it’s a tough start to the holiday season. Rather than dwell on our problems though, with Thanksgiving this week I’d much rather be the guy with his glass half full. We’re all […]

Finding peace in a troubled world

By Joan Clayton We have been hit with home mortgage failures, bank problems, high gasoline prices, a big increase for food and did I mention corporate trouble? Bad news seems to dominate the media and one might get a little depressed about all the wrongdoing across the planet. How about other crises such as illness, […]

Snow causes slick roads

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico Sunday night’s snow brought slick roads by Monday morning, contributing to a few accidents and some school delays and closures. The winter storm stretched from the southwest to the northeast over New Mexico, bringing snow and gusty north winds to the eastern half of the state as it headed […]

Snowstorm slows few

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With numerous snowfalls under their belts already, another storm on Valentine’s Day was anything but sweet for Roosevelt County residents. Snow began falling Tuesday night and continued to fall off-and-on all day Wednesday. Extremely cold temperatures Wednesday made for slick roads late in the day. The National Weather Service […]

Winter weather strikes area

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A winter ice storm enveloped Roosevelt County Friday and Saturday making travel treacherous. After a freezing fog stayed over the area much of the day Friday, the storm got serious early Friday night with a brief period of freezing rain and snow. The blast left a rime coating of […]

Roads clear, area braces for another storm

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A snow storm that dumped 4 inches of snow in the Clovis/Portales area since Thursday is melting away. However, one road, U.S. 285 between Vaughn and Clines Corner, remained closed on Monday and the area is bracing for more possible snow. “We encourage people to call our toll -free number, […]

Strong snowstorm snarls traffic across area

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Travel throughout eastern New Mexico slowed to a crawl Saturday as a major winter storm dropped snow across the region. Numerous roads in Curry, DeBaca and Roosevelt counties were closed Friday and Saturday due to low visibility, drifting snow and accidents. The closures and treacherous road conditions jammed motels […]

Winter weather leads to slippery roads

PNT Staff Report The recent snowfall impacted driving in Roosevelt County but no serious accidents were reported. According to Portales Police dispatcher logs there were about 10 accidents in a 24-hour span. “I assume that the accidents are weather-related since the number of accidents that we have had is a little unusual,” said Sgt. Brack […]

Traffic accidents concern local law enforcement

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent accidents in Roosevelt and Curry counties and Parmer County in Texas have taken the lives of five individuals under the age of 22, and have caused concern for area law enforcement officials. While the cause of those accidents is not yet known, drinking and high rates of speed […]

Phoning while driving invites more accidents

Editorial For some time now, we’ve been beset with electronic governors, disembodied digitized voices telling us to do what we ought or should have realized. Now there are cellular phones that will do for us what we should be doing ourselves regarding driving and phone use. It seems Motorola is developing a cell phone that […]

Police identify trouble spots for drivers

By Tony Parra Portales police department officers have been using a bulletin board indicating traffic accidents to target what areas officers need to keep a watchful eye on. Portales Capt. Lonnie Berry said drivers should beware of certain areas such as Chicago Ave. and Elb or First St. in the vicinity of the Wagon Wheel […]

Snow blankets county

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Tony Parra The Roosevelt County residents got a taste of something they haven’t seen this winter season. A good hard snow. This is the first time this year between 1 to 2 inches of snow fell in Roosevelt County, according to meteorologist Chuck Jones of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. A few times this […]