Roosevelt County escapes Martinez veto

CMI staff Roosevelt County escaped Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto Wednesday of more than 190 projects across New Mexico totaling $23 million from a capital improvement measure. Roosevelt County projects included in the measure: • Elida multipurpose senior/community center $100,000 • ENMU South Avenue N improvement $100,000 • Floyd schools info tech and career tech $5,000 […]

Picture book helps explain events of 9/11 to children

Sept. 11, 2011 9/11 children's book

McClatchy-Tribune With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaching, it is time for parents to plan how they will explain that day to children too young to remember 9/11. Don Brown’s book “America is Under Attack” might be one way to help a child understand why this day is so sad for […]

Debt can’t be escaped

My favorite place to live in America is California. But don’t get me wrong — one size does not fit all. And how wonderful that is, that people differ so much that they could be quite happy living in very different places. I love this since it helps to confirm my individualist position about human […]

Portales past: June 15, 1950

June 15, 1950: A suspected hog thief exchanged gunfire with Portales police as they tried to arrest him. No one was injured in the battle, but Burrus Jasper escaped capture. The Portales Daily News reported he’d had a series of run-ins with the law, including convictions for stealing jewelry and chickens.

County inmate recaptured after escape

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Freedom New Mexico A trustee inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped Thursday and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later. As a trustee, inmate Oracio Ornelas, 28, was a given extra freedom and minimal supervision to do chores around the facility, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was being held for […]

Roosevelt County inmate escapes, is recaptured

Freedom New Mexico An inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later Thursday afternoon. Oracio Ornelas, 28, was missing from the detention center, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was a trustee, meaning he had extra freedom to do chores around the facility. Before he […]

Escaped inmate sparks ankle bracelet controversy

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By Sharna Johnson

Escaped prisoner caught in Amarillo

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico A suspected killer who escaped from the Curry County jail six weeks ago was recaptured Saturday morning in Amarillo. Larry McClendon Jr. was taken into custody after a brief chase around 9 a.m., near an apartment complex on West 57th Street, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. McClendon is […]

Report: Escaped inmates stole key

CLOVIS — Inmates who escaped from the Curry County jail last month likely took a key left in the lock of a door to an area housing pipes without officers who were working on a plumbing repair noticing, according to a report by the district attorney’s office. District Attorney Matt Chandler previously said authorities were […]

Reward leading to fugitives’ capture increased

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The rewards for information leading to the capture of two escaped Curry County inmates has been increased, according to the district attorney’s office. The Curry County Crime Stoppers Board decided Friday to offer $5,000 for information leading to the arrests of Edward Salas and Larry McClendon. Salas, 21, is […]