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 By David Grieder    News    February 18, 2018 

Mural intended to honor victims of gun violence

CLOVIS — Isaac Castillo said he intended to make a mural honoring victims of gun violence, including those killed in the Aug. 28 library shooting. But critics say he picked the wrong wall, and he lo...


Reporter's notebook - Tattoo you

Ink will usually outlast the relationship, local tattoo artists said Friday. Concurrent with an annual tattoo festival taking place this weekend in Amarillo, The News spoke Friday with those in Clovis practiced in the storied skin art. Among their...


Records: Failed search allowed gun in jail

CLOVIS — The Clovis police officer who brought a criminal suspect into the Curry County jail on Feb. 1 was heard to say, “This is all my fault,” after the suspect pulled a gun, took a hostage and eventually shot himself, records show. Curry...


Trial date, venue set for library shooting case

CLOVIS — Almost six months after the library shooting, trial dates and venue for the teenage suspect were set in a Curry County Court hearing Monday afternoon. Nathaniel Jouett was 16 when... Full story


Water banking: Essential to our future?

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis’ Master Water Assurance Plan is the work of a year and counting. And it fits into a large-scale sustainable water plan stretching back over half a century. At this moment, most if not all local politicians point to...


Reporter's notebook - Courthouse dog, Kasey, in training

CLOVIS — Kasey is a 15-month old golden retriever being groomed to one day work for the 9th Judicial District. But he has a little bit of schooling and growing up to do first. “He’s still relatively a puppy,” District Attorney Andrea Reeb...


Marty Shaeffer soared as Clovis grew

Earl Martin Shaeffer, known to most as "Marty," left a legacy in Clovis — and around the nation. Shaeffer, who died Jan. 26 in Phoenix after a short illness at age 86, came to Clovis from Silver...


Rape suspects still held without bond

CLOVIS — Three Cannon Air Force Base airmen arrested on rape charges last month will remain in jail without bond following approval this week of the state’s pre-trial detention motions, but attorneys and family of the defendants are not happy abo...

 By David Grieder    News    February 9, 2018

Noe Torres' prison time reduced

CLOVIS — A man convicted in 2015 for the murder of a young boy in Clovis has succeeded through appeal in reducing his prison time from a life sentence plus 31 1/2 years to a life sentence plus 21 1/2 years, following a state Supreme Court ruling is...

 By David Grieder    News    February 8, 2018

Historic bricks moving only temporarily

CLOVIS — How do you go about digging under an historic street made of century-old bricks? Carefully, that's how. Those who may have noticed a stack of bricks next to a short trench at the...

 By David Grieder    News    February 8, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Gifts of love

Romance means different things to different people, and folks show their love in different ways. But on Valentine’s Day the common and practically requisite expression seems to be flowers, chocolate and teddies. It may go without saying, but the...

 By David Grieder    News    February 7, 2018

Man sentenced to 44 years in rape case

PORTALES — A man found guilty last year of rape was sentenced Tuesday to 44 years in prison. In September a jury convicted Roy Brown, 28, of Portales, on two counts of first-degree felony criminal...

 By David Grieder    News    February 6, 2018

Curry County 'very concerned' about jail incident

CLOVIS — Curry County Manager Lance Pyle on Monday issued a news release saying the county is “very concerned” about how a gun was allowed into the county jail last Thursday. “... We are confident that the Clovis Police Department is looking... Full story

 By David Grieder    News    February 1, 2018

Rape suspects to be tried in Curry County

CLOVIS — The three airmen arrested this weekend on rape charges will be tried in Curry County, but Cannon Air Force Base's Office of Special Investigations is assisting with ongoing cooperative...

 By David Grieder    News    January 30, 2018

Three arrested after alleged rape

CLOVIS — Snapchat videos taken during the night three men allegedly raped a woman early Saturday in Clovis assisted officers in arresting the suspects in Portales within 12 hours of the incident, ac...

 By David Grieder    News    January 28, 2018

Reporter's notebook - Jan. 28

Some of the fruits of a promising fiscal year for New Mexico are likely to make their way local through state employees and infrastructure, among other avenues. Word from Santa Fe is that roads, courts and state employees are on track to get some mor...

 By David Grieder    News    January 26, 2018

Officials call off search for person of interest in phone threats

CLOVIS — An investigation this week into unspecified telephonic threats remained active Thursday, said police, but officials called off their search for a person of interest. Three arrests were made Tuesday while attempting to locate Brian Weiss,...

 By David Grieder    News    January 25, 2018

Police seek one in threat case

CLOVIS — A man identified as a "person of interest" in a telephonic-threat investigation said Wednesday night police know where to find him and that he hasn't made "any threats to anybody." The man who identified himself as Brian Weiss said he was... Full story

 By David Grieder    News    January 24, 2018

Police: Sheriff fired shot ending Roosevelt chase

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker is on paid administrative leave for an indefinite time following his Jan. 15 shooting of a suspect who led deputies on a turbulent chase in a...

 By David Grieder    News    January 24, 2018

Teen charged in car-pedestrian incident released

CLOVIS — The 18-year old arrested Friday in a car-pedestrian incident was released from jail Monday evening on personal recognizance, while the victim remained in a Lubbock hospital Tuesday,...

 By David Grieder    News    January 23, 2018

Grass fire consumes 2,000 acres

CLOVIS — Wind gusts approached 50 mph, but firefighters across the region brought a large grass fire under control in about four hours Sunday. About 2,000 acres were scorched, but no injuries were... Full story

 By David Grieder    News    January 23, 2018

Man shot by law enforcement charged with theft, property damage

PORTALES — The man shot last week by law enforcement allegedly ran a vehicle off the road after driving through several fences and severely damaging his wife’s car with a stolen front-end loader, according to court records filed Monday in...

 By David Grieder    News    January 21, 2018

Police to promote new program

CLOVIS — A new initiative from the Clovis Police Department invites a little more community engagement with the work of apprehending absconders of probation and parole. “Turn Them In Thursday,” debuted Jan. 11 on the CPD Facebook page, with an...

 By David Grieder    News    January 21, 2018

Reporter's notebook - Jan. 21

A Washington State fifth-grader wants to know a little more about New Mexico. Blake Maggart wrote to The Eastern New Mexico News last week for a report he’s making on the state, seeking information and artifacts. Bravo, Blake. We’re glad to be...

 By David Grieder    News    January 20, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Pods don't make good eating

We checked, and fallout from the laundry-pod eating challenge doesn’t appear to have touched Clovis. Not yet, anyway. A reader asked this week about the latest, toxic viral fad splashed across social media: consuming those brightly colored, single-...


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