Sept. 22 Obituaries

James Wise , 86 James D. “Jim” Wise Sr., 86, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in Houston. He was born on Aug. 26, 1918, in Taiban, to Ezekiel James and Emily Stone Wise. He was born and educated in New Mexico and was a decorated World War II veteran and prisoner of war. After dozens […]

Fire officials set for investigation at China Star

By Darrell Todd Maurina: Freedom Newspapers Clovis firefighters have secured the premises of the China Star restaurant, which burned Sunday morning, and don’t plan to do further investigation until Wednesday pending arrival of investigators from the restaurant’s insurance company. Ray Westerman, assistant chief of the Clovis Fire Department, said it’s common practice for fire department […]

Wilhoit announces floodplain certification

By Tony Parra Portales Economic Development Manager Darla Wilhoit earned certification as Floodplain Manager, which Wilhoit said is one of the factors which helps keep flood insurance rates low for Portales. The announcement was made during the city council meeting on Tuesday. Wilhoit said previous city inspector Doug Rapp was also a certified floodplain manager. […]

State steps up efforts on car insurance crackdown

By Michelle Seeber New Mexico is ready for step two in its effort to increase the number of insured vehicles on its roads — suspending the registration of nearly 300,000 uninsured vehicles. The suspensions, which will begin next week, are part of a continuing campaign to cut the state’s traditionally high rate of uninsured vehicles. […]