Inmate escape attempt thwarted

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CMI Staff An out-of-state fugitive in Roosevelt County Detention Center custody was caught trying to escape from Roosevelt County General Hospital Saturday afternoon, according to Roosevelt County Detention Center officials. Officials said Cody Chandler, 22, of Washington state was in the hospital due to a complaint of pains, when he attempted to flee the building […]

City league draws young hoopsters

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Christina Calloway Portales city league basketball keeps about 600 children from all over the county active and engaged with the community, despite the lack of gym space for league teams. Portales city sports Director Mike Door says they try to make the basketball league fundamental and skill-building for all participants that range from grades one […]

Roosevelt County holding appreciation day

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Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is holding a Cannon Appreciation Day on Saturday for local military personnel. The event will include live music, food and door prizes along with bounce houses and face painting for children “It’s very much a family event,” Chamber Director Karl Terry said. “The purpose is to show […]

Help kids stay safe in the pool this summer

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Niesha Lofing I’ve done it more than once. My two preschool-age children are happily splashing around in the wading pool just outside the screen door to our backyard when something calls me inside. A ringing phone, a buzzing oven timer, a lemonade request from one of the kids. I dart into the house to fetch […]

Supreme Court chipping away at freedoms

The next time police knock at your door, be careful what you do next. Any sound you make inside could grant police the authority to search your home without a warrant. That’s the result of last week’s misguided Supreme Court decision expanding the definition of an exigent circumstance under which police can conduct a warrantless […]

McGee: Answer door at own risk

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was another sunny Saturday morning on the High Plains and I was just kicking back at home. The doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone. I pondered whether to just stay in the recliner or get up and answer the door. I got up and looked out the window. I […]

In search of ponies: Big freeze brings pet care lessons

Sharna Johnson Earlier this week, while heading out the door for work, I noticed a frenzy of bird activity on my back porch. The flock was centered around the dogs’ bowls of half-eaten food, abandoned when they gladly traded their 20-below breakfast time for the warmth of their kennels inside. I noticed one of the […]

Second graders learn about fire safety firsthand

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Argen Duncan A white cloud fills the small room. Second-graders clamber to the floor, test the door for warmth and crawl out of the room, all under the direction of a firefighter. There’s no fire. As part of Fire Prevention Week, Portales firefighters brought their “fire safety house,” a specialized teaching mobile home, to James […]

It’s their job: Danny Heflin Jr.

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All Glass co-owner Danny Heflin Jr. installs a glass panel in a door. He installs, repairs and replaces glass in windows, doors, mirrors and shower stalls. He and his wife, Heather, bought the company three years ago. Heflin said he handles glass because he used to work on skyscrapers in Mesa, Ariz., but returned to […]

Yard sale-ing has rules

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico It was Saturday morning and I was deftly shooting through the streets, handling the four-door family car like a Formula 1 racer at Le Mans, hurrying to the next big yard sale. I had the situation under control. The Lady of the House saw it differently. “Playing ‘chicken’ with […]