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'Certified' jail feels a little safer

Congratulations are in order. After enduring one mess followed by another and another for years, the Curry County Adult Detention Center has attained “certified” status. That’s government talk... Full story


Big news in a small town: Carr will be missed

FRIONA - Dana Jameson first met Ron Carr maybe 20 years ago. Her vehicle was on fire. Carr, who worked for the Friona Star newspaper, rushed to the scene so he could take a picture. "I said, 'I...


Anybody else hear canteens rattling?

Today, it’s best described as a ghost settlement without anyone or anything to haunt for thousands of acres around. Located 20-something miles southwest of Tucumcari, between the ghost towns of Ima... Full story


Moore to the World Series story

Baseball’s World Series begins on Tuesday, which makes this a good day to remember Wilcy Moore. The Oklahoma farm boy was a 30-year-old rookie when he pitched in the Fall Classic 90 years ago this m...


5 things to know about Cannon

Happy birthday, Cannon Air Force Base — however old you are. Five things you may not know about the history of the military installation located eight miles west of Clovis: Let’s just say age... Full story


Yes, a soda jerk can become president

They called him Maggie. Ernest Marsh came by the nickname as a teenager working in Clovis’ Elite Confectionery downtown more than 100 years ago. Slaughter Murray, the ice cream parlor’s owner,...


Best good cause up to private donors

CLOVIS — The Clovis Library Victims Memorial Fund has raised more than $30,000 already. Another $10,000 is almost certain to be added when four quarters of beef are awarded via raffle at the Oct.... Full story


Gotta be a book in there somewhere

I’ve always wanted to write a book. I’ve written parts of several books, but never an entire book all by myself. I have some ideas: “Just Play Catch with Jay” I was a terrible athlete growing... Full story


Clovis library to reopen this week

CLOVIS — The Clovis-Carver Public Library, closed since a deadly shooting on Aug. 28, is expected to reopen late this week. Clovis City Manager Tom Phelps said the library will have a “soft opening,” meaning it is scheduled to open without... Full story


Good day to remember Bobby Field

Bob Anderson remembers hearing football coaches in Muleshoe complain about Bobby Field in the mid 1960s. “We’ve got the best quarterback in the state living here and he’s playing in Farwell,”... Full story

 By David Stevens    News    August 30, 2017

Teen to face two first-degree murder charges

CLOVIS — The 16-year-old accused of killing two people and injuring four others when he opened fire Monday at the Clovis-Carver public library will face two first-degree murder charges and more, off... Full story

 By David Stevens    News    August 30, 2017

High school attendance down following shooting

CLOVIS — Attendance at Clovis High School was sparse on Tuesday amidst a heavy police presence following Monday’s deadly shooting at the city library. School Superintendent Jody Balch said he did not have specific numbers, but estimated maybe hal...

 By David Stevens    News    August 29, 2017

Two dead in library shooting, shooter in custody

CLOVIS — "Run!," he yelled. "Why aren't you running? I'm shooting at you! Run!" Lisa Baird said she was maybe 20 feet from the young man shouting the words as he opened fire in the Clovis-Carver...

 By David Stevens    News    August 29, 2017

Pastor: Teen was suicidal

CLOVIS — The teenage boy accused in the deadly shooting at Clovis' public library had been in trouble at school, had recently contemplated suicide and had "anxiety attacks" that resulted in his...


Rain? What rain? No boat in sight

Yeah, we’ve had a lot of rain the past few weeks. We’ve had so much rain we’re not even in a drought anymore, according to the National Weather Service. That’s the first time we’ve been out...


Here's an opportunity to help if you can

PORTALES — Manuel Olivas and his family of seven were at Wal-Mart when it happened, wondering if the thunder outside “was coming through the roof.” When they started home, the rain was as heavy...

 By David Stevens    Voices    July 30, 2017

Shh... that's an 'executive' secret

I send a lot of emails and text messages to public officials, inspiring them to follow the laws intended to make government transparent. Mostly they don’t respond, or they pay their lawyers $185 an...

 By David Stevens    News    July 27, 2017

Two jailed in child's death

PORTALES — The operator of a Portales daycare who forgot two children in a hot vehicle discovered them when she went to retrieve paperwork, court records show. Maliyah Jones, 22 months, was...

 By David Stevens    News    July 27, 2017

Maliyah known as 'sweetest, happiest, brightest little girl.'

PORTALES — Maliyah Jones was only 22 months old, but she'd already developed an irresistible personality. "She was the sweetest, happiest, brightest little girl," said Janet Bradley, the toddler's...

 By David Stevens    News    July 26, 2017

Two daycare workers arrested in child's death

PORTALES — One child died, another is in critical condition and two Portales daycare workers have been arrested for leaving the children in a hot vehicle for about 90 minutes on Tuesday afternoon....

 By David Stevens    News    July 26, 2017

Baby Maliyah 'happiest, brightest little girl'

PORTALES - Maliyah Jones was only 22 months old, but she'd already developed an irresistible personality. "She was the sweetest, happiest, brightest little girl," said Janet Bradley, the toddler's...

 By David Stevens    News    July 18, 2017

'Everybody loved to watch him play'

CLOVIS — When Gevion Lewis stepped to the plate, the crowds would go quiet. "Everybody in the stands knew ... he would put on a show," said Alex Fernandez, whose son was Gevion's teammate on the Cl...

 By David Stevens    Voices    July 18, 2017

Sometimes bad things happen

I went to see the pond on Sunday evening. I've been there before, dozens of times, usually with a breakfast burrito, just sitting in the car, enveloped by the serenity, watching the joggers and the...

 By David Stevens    Voices    July 11, 2017

Good time to remember Rito Mendez

The Independence Day effort to save a 12-year-old boy from drowning at Hillcrest Park's pond brings to mind Rito Mendez. Like the emergency responders who rushed to pull Gevion Lewis from the filthy...

 By David Stevens    News    July 11, 2017

Cholera found in Hillcrest pond

CLOVIS - First responders involved in the July 4 rescue of a boy found in the pond at Hillcrest Park have been advised to seek medical treatment, Clovis City Manager Tom Phelps said on Monday. "A...


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