Letter to the editor: Rural communities need post offices

Rural communities need post offices The U.S. Postal Service is losing lots of money. People are using the Internet to pay bills and to communicate. The postal service is having to deliver mail to more people, but those same people are buying less stamps. Did the postal service or the postmaster general not see this [...]

Dust storm causes visibility problems

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Kevin Wilson A fast-moving storm blew through the area Monday afternoon, creating roiling dust clouds thousands of feet tall and smothering roads and highways with thick dust that dropped visibility to nearly zero in some places. The wall of dust darkened skies and stopped traffic, while the winds caused widespread minor damage and toppled trees. [...]

Wind damages area property

Robin Fornoff The National Weather Service says it was just a really strong wind. But that won’t convince Leland Pool what hit his place in Roosevelt County was anything but a tornado. Pool said the storm around 8 p.m. Friday lasted about three minutes. In that time it tore the roof off a neighbor’s barn, [...]

Postal service leading way in cutting costs

Freedom New Mexico There’s good bad news and good news in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Postal Service, a semi-independent federal agency, which is only slightly propped up with tax dollars. The bad news is that like many businesses, the USPS has fallen on hard times, suffering through consecutive years of operating deficits. Unlike other [...]

Postal service has proven efficiency

There are tough times ahead for the U.S. Postal Service — cuts of 120,000 jobs, and service cutbacks of up to three days per week. But one thing is increasing — fodder for anti-government rants online. More than one online discussion I’ve had somehow involved the phrase, “Government’s inefficient. Just look at the post office.” [...]

Fort Sumner 14-year-old dies in accident

CNJ staff An accident Friday has claimed the life of a Fort Sumner teenager. Colten Gunn, 14, died at the scene of the accident at approximately 3:50 p.m. in the Fort Sumner Valley when an all-terrain vehicle he was driving struck the rear of a vehicle at an intersection, according to Juan Chavez, deputy medical [...]

NWS releases rainfall totals

According to the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, the Portales and Clovis area received the following rainfall from Sunday through Friday: • 1.12 inches in Portales • 2.74 inches 3 miles west of Portales • 0.52 inches 10 1/2 miles west of Portales • 0.82 inches 8 miles east of Portales • 1.13 inches [...]

Recent rains signal beginning of monsoon season

Freedom New Mexico That water dropping out of the sky is called rain and weather forecasters are speculating it could mark the end of a months-long drought and the beginning of a much-needed monsoon season for eastern New Mexico. A late evening thunderstorm Monday dropped .20 inches of rain near Clovis and between .37 to [...]

New state laws benefit veterans

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect Friday, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services. [...]