Military Update: Group hopes to ease GI Bill process

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Veterans and service members eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill already have an outstanding education benefit. But it soon could become even more valuable and easier to use. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday released details of the GI Bill reform package it approved two weeks ago. It includes […]

Hounds’ schedule includes exhibitions at UNM, UTEP

Eastern New Mexico University has released its men’s basketball schedule for the upcoming season. The Greyhounds will play exhibition games Oct. 30 at the University of Texas El Paso and Nov. 3 at the University of New Mexico. The regular season opens with a Nov. 12 home date against Northern New Mexico, followed by a […]

Portales past: Aug. 6, 1960

Aug. 6, 1960: City police made 852 contacts during July, according to a monthly activity report released by the department.

Sheriff’s office: Curry County inmate mistakenly released

Curry County Sheriff’s investigators are looking for an inmate released from the jail by mistake last week. Johnny Cordova, 45, was released Wednesday, Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The sheriff’s office were notified of the “inadvertent” release Monday afternoon, Waller said. “As we speak investigators are out searching for him,” he said. Cordova had been out on […]

Hank Baskett signs with Philly

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native and pro football wide receiver Hank Baskett is a Philadelphia Eagle once again. The Eagles announced signing Baskett early Friday. “I’m glad we had a chance to get Hank back in Philadelphia,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a written statement. “Not only has he proven himself to be a […]

2010 BAH rates released

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan and Jenna Zamie The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2010 military Basic Allowance for Housing rates online Wednesday. Rates are different for each pay grade and base. At Cannon Air Force Base, most personnel are receiving an increase of less than 5 percent, according to rates on the department […]

Curry County inmate mistakenly released; second inmate captured after escape

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Jail officials mistakenly released an inmate on Saturday and law officers began searching for him on Monday when they were notified of the error. John “ToyToy” Garcia, 33, was being held on a parole warrant, pending a new hearing by the parole board, when he was erroneously […]

Air Force confirms Cannon Predator drone crash

Freedom New Mexico The Air Force is confirming an MQ-1 Predator drone assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed earlier this month in eastern Afghanistan. The Cannon unmanned aircraft crashed May 7, according to the Air Force, which also confirmed it was the second drone in the last two weeks to crash in Afghanistan. Other […]

Man convicted in 1993 ‘Bathtub murder’ to be released from prison

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Background for this story was compiled from court records, news archives and interviews with law enforcement and family members. After the crime scene tape was long gone, a young woman laid to rest, the dust settled in the courtrooms and the case etched in the law books, […]

Detention center mistakenly releases Texas prisoner

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico A warrant was issued Tuesday for a Texas prisoner mistakenly released in September from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Willie Windom, 46, was released from the jail Sept. 29 after a case against him in the 9th Judicial District Court was dismissed, according to interim jail administrator Audrey […]