Two dead in separate crashes (updated)

Two people died in separate crashes Friday. In Portales, Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Albert Gillean, 48, of Clovis died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into the rear of a vehicle about 6 p.m. at Lime and Austin streets. Berry said Gillean was pronounced dead at Roosevelt General Hospital. The driver of the […]

Two state road workers killed

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Freedom New Mexico A 39-year-old Roswell man with the state Department of Transportation died Thursday northwest of St. Vrain when he was run over by a piece of heavy machinery. He was one of two workers killed on state roads Thursday. Steve Vigil was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 12:30 p.m., State Police […]

Century-old St. Vrain post office closes

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Freedom New Mexico The 102-year-old St. Vrain Post Office has closed. Bonnie Robinson of Melrose, who ran the post office for the past seven months, said her last day of sales was Tuesday. Customers began receiving their mail in a cluster box across St. Vrain’s Main Street on Monday. “We’re all sad that it’s closing,” […]

Grass fire near St. Vrain doused

Freedom New Mexico A fire started by a resident burning trash torched more than 1,000 acres of grassland between Clovis and Melrose on Wednesday before firefighters from four departments were able to extinguish it, fire officials said. Lt. Jim Hogg of the Clovis Fire Department said the fire began around 11 a.m. and lasted about […]

Police investigating serious accident

Freedom New Mexico staff Officers from the New Mexico State Police and local agencies have responded to a head-on vehicle collision west of Clovis on U.S. 60 near St. Vrain, officials said. Officers are still working at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 2 p.m. It is being classified as a serious crash, […]

Rural post office without profit, but with purpose

By Mike Linn SAINT VRAIN — Across the highway from the train tracks, where the pavement meets a sun-baked dirt road, rests the Saint Vrain Post Office. A beacon for a community not even recognized by the United States census, the post office adds character to a town dotted with just a few homes. During […]