Two dead in separate crashes (updated)

Two people died in separate crashes Friday. In Portales, Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Albert Gillean, 48, of Clovis died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into the rear of a vehicle about 6 p.m. at Lime and Austin streets. Berry said Gillean was pronounced dead at Roosevelt General Hospital. The driver of the […]

Tucumcari man facing charges for assault on probation officer

PNT reports Portales police say a Tucumcari man was arrested after he struck a probation officer with a car door as he sped away in the vehicle to avoid arrest. Brandon Owen, 26, is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies; resisting an officer, […]

Time for TV to channel new ideas

I did some travel recently, but also made plenty of time to watch television I normally avoid when I’m working. Here are some things I picked up, none of them long enough for a full column: • There’s a new game show on NBC called, “It’s Worth What?” The show’s hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. […]

Predictable irritations hard to avoid

Wendel Sloan I may pen a book called “Predictably Irritated.” I get irritated at cars and trains at railroad crossings when I’m rushing to important engagements — like noon-time hoops. Why does the train have to pass through Portales at noon, and cars wait until the guard-rails lift? Although I’m ultra-conservative, I would support a […]

Another four-letter word to avoid

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it’s sports, or politics, or just finding socks that match, there’s one four-letter word I look to avoid. Fail. The verb has gained traction as a noun, as character-reducing techies have decided “failure” is less forceful. Former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum called Sunday’s healthcare bill passage […]

Health officials: Take basic precautions to avoid swine flu

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local health officials are keeping an eye out for swine flu, but aren’t advising any precautions other than basic health tips. After a recent outbreak in Mexico, swine flu has also been confirmed in the United States, Canada, Scotland and Spain, but not in New Mexico. […]

Dec. 27, 1960

A semi-trailer driven by a Louisiana trucker slammed into a filling station in Kenna while trying to avoid hitting a San Diego, Calif., family who was in a car turning left into the station. The truck driver was the only one seriously injured.

Planning ahead can help avoid holiday weight gain

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By Liliana Castillo

U.S. should avoid politics in Pakistan

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the only reassuring aspect about conditions in Pakistan after the resignation Monday of former President Pervez Musharraf is that most authorities believe Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is reasonably secure. The military controls the nuclear components, which are held separately rather than as assembled weapons, and a 10-member committee decides how to use […]

Severe weather predicted for area

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Snow shovels and bags of salt used to melt snow and ice were flying off the shelves at Triangle Ace Home Center in Clovis Monday morning. According to store manager Ron Scorzafava, an entire pallet of snow melter sold out in 30 minutes. “It (salt) is going out like gangbusters,” […]