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 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-...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 19, 2018

Bid package for section of Ute pipeline approved

CLOVIS — A bid package beginning the Cannon-Clovis section of the Ute Water Pipeline was approved unanimously by board members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority at their regular monthly meeting Thursday afternoon. But it will...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 18, 2018

Home invader pleads guilty

CLOVIS — A man involved in a summer home invasion was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison. Skyler Romero, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary of a Clovis residence this summer, just weeks after receiving a sentence of more than two yea...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 17, 2018

Police identify man shot by deputies

PORTALES — State police on Tuesday released the name of the man shot by deputies in Roosevelt County after leading officers on a chase in a front-end loader. James Wallace McFarlin, 48, of...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 17, 2018

Roosevelt to close road for public safety

PORTALES — After almost two years of discussion, Roosevelt County Commissioners last week voted unanimously to close a half-mile stretch of road out of concerns for public safety. In coming weeks th...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 16, 2018

Police say man hospitalized after chase, officer shooting

PORTALES — A man shot by law enforcement officers Monday afternoon following a tumultuous pursuit in a tractor was in custody at a hospital recovering from non-life threatening injuries, officials said. “This guy was crazy,” Kendall McDaniel sa...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 16, 2018

Dozens brave cold for MLK march

CLOVIS — More than four dozen braved the bracing cold Monday morning to march through Clovis to honor a civil rights icon whose legacy holds strong almost 50 years after his death. It was in the...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 14, 2018

Crime crackdown to be focus at session

Gov. Susana Martinez announced this week legislative proposals taking a tough stance on crime in the state; locally, law officials were on board. A number of measures focused on repeat offenders, supporting courts and protecting children were...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 14, 2018

Reporter's notebook: How Clovis got its own MLK Blvd

With the holiday for the Reverend from Atlanta tomorrow comes an opportunity to reflect on many things, not the least of which is the truth that our world is not a static panorama but an ever-shifting terrain of political and social realities...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 13, 2018

Senior care changes worry local providers

MELROSE — A sudden decision by the state's Aging and Long-Term Services Department affecting the reimbursement of senior care providers drew concern this month from area politicians and local...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 13, 2018

Two cited in hit-and-run incident

CLOVIS — Police on Friday filed charges and citations for a 16-year old without a driver's license and her 19-year old passenger involved in a hit-and-run incident Wednesday that put a woman in the hospital. Shelly Fris, 57, was in stable...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 13, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Running the numbers

Recent numbers on impaired driving provided by Clovis police indicate a plateau or slight drop in DWI arrests, but a rise in alcohol-related crashes. Records show two DWI arrests for the last three days of the years 2016 and 2017, but an increase...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 11, 2018

Police looking for female shooter

CLOVIS — Police on Wednesday were still in search of a woman accused of shooting a man in the leg with a sawed off rifle the day before in Clovis. The victim described the incident as an act of...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 10, 2018

Christmas shooting death under investigation

PORTALES — Classmates and teachers, along with family, were among those Friday evening mourning the Christmas Day death of seventh-grader Justin James “J.J.” King. Letters of support for King’s family and memories of the 13-year old were...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 7, 2018

New blood in constant demand

CLOVIS — The year in blood collection for eastern New Mexico was off to a heartening start this week, with drives in Clovis and Portales bringing in more donors than expected. The 50 blood products...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 7, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Humans aren't built in a day

Mix it up, set short-term goals and stay accountable: good advice for any project, especially if that project involves treadmills and dumbbells. These are the recommendations from local gym staff for sticking with the popular yet commonly abandoned...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 6, 2018

Reporter's notebook - Jan. 6

Temperature fluctuations aren’t fun for anybody. Roads aren’t an exception. For the latter, those fluctuations often manifest as scar lines resembling streaks of black tar lacing the street. The lines may look like the fallout of a leaking paint...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 4, 2018

Library hosting Rolling Stones display

CLOVIS — You can't always get what you want. Unless you wanted a retrospective on The Rolling Stones, in which case you are in luck. For the rest of this month, the Clovis-Carver Public Library...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 3, 2018

Portales man accused in sex crimes against teen

PORTALES — A Portales man was being held in jail Tuesday without bond, charged with sex crimes this summer against the 13-year-old daughter of a friend. Miguel Ramirez, 42, faces two counts of...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 3, 2018

Police release info on burning truck

PORTALES — Although identity confirmation on the body found over three weeks ago in a burning truck outside Portales is not expected for many more weeks, officials Tuesday released information on the vehicle’s owner and said he has not been seen...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 3, 2018

Pearce promoting compromise DACA bill

CLOVIS — An immigration bill championed by the state’s Congressional representative and Republican gubernatorial candidate offers “certainty but not citizenship,” to participants of the embattled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 2, 2018

Clovis man arrested for 10th DWI

CLOVIS — A Clovis man was arrested early New Year's eve on his 10th charge of driving while intoxicated. Randall Pruit, 54, remained Monday evening without bond in the Curry County Adult Detention...

 

Year in Review: Library shooting tops tragic year

When historians look back on 2017 in eastern New Mexico, they almost certainly will mark it as a year marred more than most by violence and tragedy. The year saw a usual number of accidents and...

 

Year in review: Tragedy marks Cannon's year

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In 2017, Cannon Air Force Base welcomed a new Wing Commander, watched his predecessor depart for the Pentagon and celebrated military anniversaries. It also saw tragedy, including a plane crash that killed three airmen and...

 

Governor appoints new commissioner to Curry board

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission is fully staffed again, more than two months after the resignation of its previous commissioner for District 4. Seth Martin, a lifelong Clovis resident, is a sorghum and wheat farmer and runs Martin Farms, a...

 

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