Family mourns loss of toddler

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By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Thomas Lee Prieto had a favorite blanket, a favorite cartoon character — SpongeBob SquarePants — and an outgoing personality. “He was like Linus with his blanket,” said his mother, Monique Garcia. “When you’d go to the grocery store, he’d say hi to everybody,” said Rachel Garcia, Thomas’ grandmother. The […]

Storm victim recounts time spent in rubble

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished […]

Water, water but nary a drop to drink

By Karl Terry Temperatures dropped Friday night and the drought got worse. At least it seemed that way Saturday morning as all of Portales woke up without water in the taps due to a water-main break. I got home late Friday and it was cold and sleeting dry stingy flakes of snow in my headlights […]