Dora news — Oct. 4

Academic testing ongoing Dora students in grades 3 through 12 will be participating in MAPS(Measures of Academic Progress) testing through Wednesday of this week. High school students will test 7:55 a.m. until 9:25 a.m., followed by a seven-period, slightly-abbreviated class schedule. Elementary students will be testing 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Community choir rehearsals ongoing

Freedom New Mexico Community choir rehearsals are being held on Sundays through the end of August for “Homeland,” a patriotic musical. Scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, rehearsals will include singers from across eastern New Mexico drawn from church choirs in Clovis, Portales and Texico in addition to others. The musical will be [...]

Their view: Debt showdown is dog, pony show

Leon Logan of Tucumcari talks about the ongoing battle to balance the nation’s budget:

Officials fear Sunday fire just the beginning

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Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high winds continue throughout the region. Sparked by a tire blowout around around 11 a.m. on a Melrose highway, the fire moved an estimated 25 miles east, stopping short of [...]

Reader-submitted content: Groups spreading DWI message to graduating seniors

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By Marcia M. Brown As part of its ongoing prevention activities, the Portales/Roosevelt County DWI program has initiated graduation activities designed to remind graduates not to drink and drive. Such activities include collaboration with Curry County and De Baca counties to provide continuous DWI messages to graduates and other members of the community throughout the [...]

State hiring despite freeze

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican State government in the past seven months has hired 21 new employees despite an ongoing hiring freeze, state personnel records show. The records obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act show that three people were added to the payroll [...]

Search for escapees ongoing

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The search for four escaped inmates is ongoing a week after eight men cut a hole in the roof of the jail and shimmied up plumbing pipes to freedom. Still at large are convicted murderer Edward Salas, 21, and murder suspect Larry McClendon Jr., 19. Also missing are Louis [...]

Investigation launched into alleged inmate abuse

Freedom Newspapers An investigation has been launched into allegations detention officers at the Curry County Adult Detention Center assaulted a male inmate Wednesday, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Officials are withholding the inmate’s identity and information about any injuries, citing an ongoing investigation into the matter. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Friday his office [...]

Baca trial dates postponed

Freedom Newspapers A murder suspect’s trial date has been postponed. Clifford Baca, 20, had been scheduled to go to trial on May 26. He’s accused of first-degree murder in the 2004 slaying of Amber Robinson. On Monday, attorneys asked for a postponement. Prosecutor Donna Mowrer cited “ongoing negotiations,” as the reason for the postponement. Baca [...]