Elida teen dies in one-vehicle rollover

Freedom New Mexico An Elida teenager died Friday afternoon from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle rollover in southern Roosevelt County earlier in the day, according to state police. Brittn’y Mowell, 17, was driving a 2003 Pontiac minivan east on South Roosevelt Road 24 about 11:30 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, according to […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Tax meeting, mobile books and a NASCAR legend dies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Tax meeting There’s a City of Clovis town hall meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen Saturday morning. Staff immediately called local veterinarians, who worked from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thomas said. “After consulting with the veterinary school at Oklahoma […]

Area’s last Bataan Death March survivor dies

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Kevin Wilson Irvin “I.R.” Butler will be remembered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew him as Grandpa. Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. He was the only native Bataan Death March survivor […]

Woman dies in officer-involved wreck

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Sharna Johnson and Liliana Castillo CLOVIS — The squeal of brakes and the sound of two automobiles colliding drew Danny Kendrick out of his garage about 9:30 Wednesday night. Kendrick said he saw steam rising from a police car that had run over a stop sign and come to rest on a curb. “I asked […]

Woman dies in rollover

Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman died after her vehicle rolled over Tuesday on N.M. 267. She was identified as Leona Johnson, 34. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glasscock said she was westbound about 8:15 p.m. when the 1989 Toyota she was driving veered off the north side of the road and up an embankment. Glasscock […]

Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King dies at age 85

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King was a back-slapping, hand-pumping, old-fashioned politician, equally at home on the ranch or in the Roundhouse. His death, at 85, marks the end of an era in New Mexico politics. King was with family members at his ranch in Stanley when he died […]

Legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite dies at 92

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By Frazier Moore: The Associated Press NEW YORK — Walter Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman of the networks’ golden age who reported a tumultuous time with reassuring authority and came to be called “the most trusted man in America,” died Friday. He was 92. Cronkite’s longtime chief of staff, Marlene Adler, said Cronkite died at […]

Portales woman killed in car crash

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Kacee Lovato, 20, a Portales High graduate and aspiring singer, died in an automobile accident early Thursday morning in Roosevelt County. Lovato graduated from Portales High School in 2006. She was a singer destined to go places, according to Bill Rice, a drummer who knew Lovato through the Floyd […]

Farwell man dies in tractor accident

By Sharon Johnson: Freedom New Mexico