Names of Monday crash victims released

Officials on Tuesday morning released the names of four people killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash four miles east of Melrose. The four who died on the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller: • John Kline, 53, of Mansfield, Texas, the driver of a four-door Toyota sedan. • Aminta Kline, 61, of […]

Their view: Bingaman says health reform much needed in state

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman released this press release Tuesday on insurance reform law.

Press release: Complaints against police ruled public records

Citizen complaints filed against police officers are public records and must be released upon demand. That’s the upshot of a New Mexico Supreme Court order issued Monday, which ends a five-year battle by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to withhold records from Charles Cox, a former State Police captain. Cox’s attorney Cindi Pearlman […]

Their view: President wants to punish prosperity

President wants to punish prosperity Congressman Steve Pearce, R-N.M., released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech Wednesday:

ENMU to remain in Lone Star Conference

Eastern New Mexico University will remain a member of the Lone Star Conference, according to a memo from school president Steven Gamble released this morning.

Seven to be inducted into ENMU Hall of Honors

Freedom New Mexico A pair of Portales High graduates are among the seven new members of the Eastern New Mexico University Hall of Honors. The list of honorees was released Monday. • Jeff Howard, son of current ENMU offensive coordinator Mike Howard, played linebacker for the Greyhounds from 2002-2005, earning was an All-American honors as […]

Officer’s radio transmissions released

The following is a transcript of Clovis Police Officer Stephen Gallegos’ radio transmissions in the hour leading up to a Nov. 17 crash which killed one Clovis woman and injured another. The transcript was made from audio recordings provided by Clovis Police Department and includes parenthetical translations of ten-code. 8:38.24 p.m. Gallegos: 135 Clovis (inaudible) […]

911 recordings released

Freedom New Mexico The following link is to emergency dispatch recordings of 911 calls to the Clovis Police Department the night of a Nov. 17 fatal accident involving officer Stephen Gallegos. Police say Gallegos was traveling 56 mph in a 35 mph zone and ran a stop sign at Grand and Sycamore, striking a pickup […]

Agent: Baskett will sign with Vikings after release from Eagles

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Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Hank Baskett will be out of the NFL for less than 24 hours. Baskett, who was released Tuesday by the Philadelphia Eagles, will sign today with the Minnesota Vikings, according to his agent. Jim Ivler said Tuesday night Baskett will sign a one-year deal. “He’s very excited. He’s spoke with […]

Curry inmate released despite immigration hold

Sharna Johnson Law enforcement is searching for an inmate who was released Thursday night from the Curry County jail despite an immigration hold. Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood said Ramiro Chavez was released on his own recognizance by order of magistrate court. However, Norwood said there is a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold in […]

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 […]

Hounds’ schedule includes exhibitions at UNM, UTEP

Eastern New Mexico University has released its men’s basketball schedule for the upcoming season. The Greyhounds will play exhibition games Oct. 30 at the University of Texas El Paso and Nov. 3 at the University of New Mexico. The regular season opens with a Nov. 12 home date against Northern New Mexico, followed by a […]

Portales past: Aug. 6, 1960

Aug. 6, 1960: City police made 852 contacts during July, according to a monthly activity report released by the department.

Sheriff’s office: Curry County inmate mistakenly released

Curry County Sheriff’s investigators are looking for an inmate released from the jail by mistake last week. Johnny Cordova, 45, was released Wednesday, Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The sheriff’s office were notified of the “inadvertent” release Monday afternoon, Waller said. “As we speak investigators are out searching for him,” he said. Cordova had been out on […]

Hank Baskett signs with Philly

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native and pro football wide receiver Hank Baskett is a Philadelphia Eagle once again. The Eagles announced signing Baskett early Friday. “I’m glad we had a chance to get Hank back in Philadelphia,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a written statement. “Not only has he proven himself to be a […]

2010 BAH rates released

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan and Jenna Zamie The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2010 military Basic Allowance for Housing rates online Wednesday. Rates are different for each pay grade and base. At Cannon Air Force Base, most personnel are receiving an increase of less than 5 percent, according to rates on the department […]

Curry County inmate mistakenly released; second inmate captured after escape

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Jail officials mistakenly released an inmate on Saturday and law officers began searching for him on Monday when they were notified of the error. John “ToyToy” Garcia, 33, was being held on a parole warrant, pending a new hearing by the parole board, when he was erroneously […]

Air Force confirms Cannon Predator drone crash

Freedom New Mexico The Air Force is confirming an MQ-1 Predator drone assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed earlier this month in eastern Afghanistan. The Cannon unmanned aircraft crashed May 7, according to the Air Force, which also confirmed it was the second drone in the last two weeks to crash in Afghanistan. Other […]

Man convicted in 1993 ‘Bathtub murder’ to be released from prison

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Background for this story was compiled from court records, news archives and interviews with law enforcement and family members. After the crime scene tape was long gone, a young woman laid to rest, the dust settled in the courtrooms and the case etched in the law books, […]

Detention center mistakenly releases Texas prisoner

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico A warrant was issued Tuesday for a Texas prisoner mistakenly released in September from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Willie Windom, 46, was released from the jail Sept. 29 after a case against him in the 9th Judicial District Court was dismissed, according to interim jail administrator Audrey […]