Two people reported dead in accident on U.S. 70

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Freedom New Mexico Two people were killed Monday afternoon when a Ford Explorer collided with a privately-owned garbage truck near the Curry-Roosevelt county line on U.S. 70. State police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson said a 57-year-old woman and 84-year-old man, both in the Explorer, died at the scene just before 4 p.m. The deceased were [...]

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 [...]

Two arrested in Muleshoe shooting

Sharna Johnson Two Muleshoe men were arrested Monday night and charged with murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Muleshoe man. Law enforcement officials offered few details about the case, citing a possibility of more suspects. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, were in custody shortly after 6 p.m. (CDT), Muleshoe Police Chief [...]

Commander details construction projects on base

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Col. Stephen Clark outlined 24 months at Cannon Air Force Base — the previous 12, and the next 12 — Tuesday at the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. With a year left in his time, the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon talked about the [...]

1945 letter details horrors of concentration camp

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Editor’s note: Sixty-five years ago, the German-held concentration camp at Buchenwald was liberated by United States forces. Cpl. Hayley C. Dandridge, a Dora High School graduate, toured the facility less than two weeks after an estimated 21,000 prisoners were freed. Dandridge wrote about the horrors he saw in a letter to friends, Alan and Freeda [...]

Bank fees will trickle down to consumers

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama is said to be considering a special tax (or fee or levy, as some might prefer to disguise it) on financial institutions, though the calculated leaks from the White House suggest the details are still up for grabs. Before he gets much farther it would be a good idea [...]

Police release name of motorcycle crash victim

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CNJ staff Police have identified 39-year-old Robert Bianco as the motorcycle rider killed Tuesday in a crash south of Clovis. Bianco, of Clovis, died when his 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan struck the side of a 2001 Chevrolet pickup driven by Mark Ulibarri of Clovis. New Mexico State Police were called to the scene about 1 p.m. [...]

GI Bill applies differently to Guard

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Because Sgt. 1st Class Tom Simpson of the Maryland Army National Guard has served on active duty almost continually since the 9/11 attacks, he believed he had earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and would be able to transfer them to his 18-year-old daughter who is attending college this fall. But [...]

Escape details revealed

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Sunday’s escape from the Curry County jail took about seven hours to complete, was a collaborative effort between inmates in two pods and required access to a door that’s supposed to be locked. Law officers provided the details on Wednesday afternoon and also released surveillance video that appears to [...]

Downtown crash

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A two-vehicle accident at the corner of Second and Main streets just before 8 p.m. Thursday resulted in one person being transported to the hospital. Details were unavailable at press times.