Homicides up, suicides, drug deaths down

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The state Office of the Medical Investigator said 193 deaths in New Mexico last year were investigated as homicides, six more than in the previous year, but that suicides and drug deaths were down in the state. However, the OMI said New Mexico’s rates of suicide and drug deaths still […]

Ex-officer tells war stories

By David Irvin A former Clovis police detective returned from Iraq last month after spending a year training police. He recently took a job as an investigator in the district attorney’s office and is involved in a Roosevelt County homicide case. Safely back in the states, Keith Bessette spoke recently about his experiences in Iraq, […]

Adventures with rattlesnakes will never be forgotten

By Bob Huber My first encounter with a bona fide rattlesnake left me with a lethal dose of ophidiophobia (Greek for fear of ophidios) complicated by lingering runny nose. It took place while I was on a pack-in fishing trip in the Colorado Rockies. I was there because in those days a group of young […]

Melrose birthday a time to celebrate

By Tom Udall Editor’s note: The following is a speech delivered Thursday by U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., before the House of Representatives. I rise today to commemorate the kickoff of centennial festivities in the town of Melrose, New Mexico. The annual Old Timer’s Festival on Aug. 11th marks the beginning of an entire year […]

Classic draws crowd

By Marc Schoder Tennis players young and old came out from around the Portales area to participate in the 35th annual Bill Wahlman Classic, an 11 bracket tennis tournament at Eastern New Mexico University Zia Tennis Courts. “We had 50 players come out from high school aged kids to 40-year-old adults,” said Hailey Radloff, one […]

Enrollment numbers high for Eastern

By Tony Parra It’s not a summer break from school for everybody as enrollment numbers for Eastern New Mexico University as of July 15 are up compared to the same time last year. Wendel Sloan, public relations director for ENMU, reported enrollment of 1,411 students and last year at the same time enrollment was 1,271. […]

Honeymoon halted by hurricane

By Kevin Wilson After putting it off for nearly a year, Adrian and Kendra Lopez were looking forward to a honeymoon vacation they wouldn’t forget. They certainly got that, as the vacation’s final days in Cancun featured a visit from Hurricane Emily. The vacation started innocently enough months before, as the couple received a vacation […]

Entities take further steps regarding meth

By Tony Parra Local government entities are trying to stop of the stream of meth drugs in Roosevelt County and this week the federal government made its move to stop the stream of meth drugs from Mexico. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said approximately 80 to 85 percent of meth drugs are imported to […]

Roosevelt claims win in low-scoring affair

By Eric Butler CARLSBAD — When Roosevelt County’s Lathan Lieb came to bat in the first inning, it was a classic case of a pitcher getting a big chance to help his own cause — except it didn’t feel all that urgent at the time. Lieb did deliver an RBI infield hit for one run, […]

ACU unanimous for top spot, Zias ranked fourth

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University has been picked for fourth place — one point behind Angelo State — in the Lone Star Conference South Division preseason poll, released Friday by the league office. Defending champion Abilene Christian, which ended West Texas A&M’s seven-year run atop the South last season, […]