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Jail Logs - Jan. 27

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Seventh Street staying closed

CLOVIS - Opening late is never good. When it comes to Seventh Street, Clovis' Public Works Committee felt opening, then closing, then opening would be worse. So, until further notice, a portion of...

Kobe Bryant killed in copter crash

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant and his daughter are among nine dead in a helicopter crash Sunday morning near Los Angeles, multiple local and national media outlets have confirmed. Bryant was on his way...

Jail log - Jan. 26

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis ∞ Johnnie Russell, 43, probation violation ∞ Chautauqua Acy, 26, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge ∞ Amanda Richardson, 29, failure to appear on misdemeanor...

Public record - Jan. 26

The following marriage licenses were recently filed at the Curry County Clerk’s office: • Jasper Clyde Howard Jr., 24, and Yoaraid Rodriguez, 24, both of Clovis • Erasmo Grajales Hernandez, 29, and Maria Guadalupe Cabrera Lopez, 29, both of...

City approves retirement changes

CLOVIS — Employees with the city of Clovis have a new way to take advantage of retirement plans, and they don’t have to retire to use it. The Clovis City Commission unanimously approved a series of changes to the city retirement plan offered by...

Speed limits near hospital to remain unchanged

CLOVIS — Plains Regional Medical Center officials prefer a 25 mph speed limit — not the posted 45 mph — around its facilities on 21st Street. Public Works Committee members on Wednesday agreed in principle, but didn’t see a reality where...

'Attendee' winning word of Curry County bee

CLOVIS - After nine rounds of duking it out with other students in a free-for-all battle of letters and words, spelling "attendee" was the final challenge eighth-grader Brandon Hughes overcame to...

Roosevelt bees go 20 rounds, 74 words

PORTALES - Students from Lindsey Steiner Elementary School proved they were a cut above the rest when it comes to spelling on Friday, taking all the top spots at the Roosevelt County Spelling Bee and...

Candidate Q&As: Commission District 2

The heart of Clovis will have a new representative this year with Commissioner Sandra Taylor-Sawyer throwing her hat in the race for mayor and leaving her city commission seat for District 2 open. There are two candidates on the ballot: Lauren...

Clovis Christian, Grady get split

CLOVIS — If you’re a Grady/San Jon/House basketball fan, you probably had mixed emotions about Thursday night’s doubleheader at Clovis Christian. If you’re a Clovis Christian basketball fan, you probably had mixed emotions about Thursday...

Rams survive rally, top Clovis

CLOVIS — Friday’s Portales-Clovis girls basketball game was like an episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Homeland’ — lots of action and excitement, unpredictability aplenty before Portales...

Clovis falls to 2A powerhouse Pecos

PECOS — It was a tough loss for Clovis High’s boys, but a huge win for Pecos. The Panthers, top-ranked in Class 2A and the two-time defending state champions, outscored the Class 5A, seventh-ranked Wildcats 15-8 in the final quarter to claim a...

Dora's Crandall signs with Lamar CC volleyball

DORA — Randi Crandall wanted a chance to play college volleyball since her junior year at Dora, but it took a trip to Portales to realize it was something to pursue. “Our team went and watched an ENMU volleyball game,” Crandall said. “I saw...

Rams cruise past NMMI

PORTALES — When New Mexico Military junior Daniel Xibille suddenly found himself in foul trouble, it didn’t take long for the Colts’ fortunes to change. Xibille carried NMMI early, scoring 18...

Friday prep roundup: Texico routs Eunice

TEXICO — Texico’s boys made short work of Eunice on Friday night. Storming out to a 35-15 halftime lead, the Wolverines cruised to a 78-45 win over the Cardinals. It was a rematch of the Class 2A state football finals, which Eunice won over...

Youthful optimism key for softball squad

PORTALES — If nothing else, second-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kira Zeiter is an optimist. Picked for 15th place in the new 17-team Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll...

ENMU to seek women's soccer, golf coaches

PORTALES — Matt Billings began his tenure as Eastern New Mexico University’s athletic director on Monday. As of Friday, he had two coaching searches on his to-do list. One position is new, as the ENMU Board of Regents voted 5-0 to approve...

Tuesday prep roundup: Melrose opens district with win

MELROSE — The Melrose Buffaloes have been held to their lowest point totals of the season in the past two games. It hasn’t mattered. Melrose opened District 6-1A boys action at home on Tuesday night, turning back Fort Sumner 47-36. The Class 1A...

Eastern picked 14th in LSC baseball poll

RICHARDSON, Texas — Defending Lone Star Conference champion Angelo State was picked to repeat in its first season of an expanded conference, according to the preseason poll released Wednesday by the conference office. The Rams, who finished 46-12...

Our people: Hard work and clean living

Kenan "Griff" White, 21, lives in Portales but considers Colorado home. White is in his senior year at Eastern New Mexico University. He is studying communications with a double emphasis in...

Wish I could call my dad up on heavenly cell phone in a pinch

I never had a phone conversation with my father while he was on his cell phone. There was never a lot of conversation of any kind between us but it struck me the other day that even though he...

School menus - Jan. 26

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Sausage and cheese bagel. Lunch — Corn dog, seasoned corn, mini carrots, ranch dressing. Tuesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon roll. Lunch — Chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese, baked french fries, veggie cup,...

Perfectionism, exposed zipper application ahead on show

Information on dealing with perfectionism, exposed zipper application and common cat health problems will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all...

On the shelves - Jan. 26

These books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: “Watch Me Disappear” by Janelle Brown: It's been a year since Billie Flanagan went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found,...

Senior calendar - Jan. 26

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory St., Clovis Monday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 8 ball pool, 8:30 a.m. exercise class, 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. canasta, 1 p.m. line dance, 5 p.m. social night. Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. exercise equipment, 8 a.m.-4 p.m....

Pump the brakes on privilege

A few years ago I wrote about Clovis High’s use of the Kansas State “Powercat” logo, mainly in how schools across the country acquire permission and how they protect the Kansas State brand in trade. Short answers: Clovis High pays, at last...

Letter to the editor - Jan. 26

2020 good number for new decade This year, especially this year for some reason, speaks volumes. The year 2020 is for good sight or maybe insight. The numbers 2020 we associate with eyes for better vision. So maybe this year we should look at...

Give thought to candidate who gets your vote

Voting begins next week for municipal seats in Clovis and Portales. This election offers us more hope than usual because we have choices. A lot of choices in some cases. Clovis has six contested races on the ballot, including five candidates who...

Markle criticism isn't necessarily all about race

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were “stepping back” from their duties as senior royals, it triggered a number of interesting reactions on this side of the pond. Some Americans lifted their noses in the air and said, “We...

Church has no need to cut out elderly

Just because a mentor starts unconsciously humming Motown tunes during a heart-to-heart talk with you about temptations, that doesn’t mean his advice is irrelevant. A church in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, has made national headlines because of an...

Democrats forgetting their history

I must have said it a dozen times since the Democrats’ impeachment miniseries took over our televisions, but I’ll say it again. The Democrats and their allies in the liberal media think history began this morning when they rolled out of the...

Impeachment dragging country through pointless melodrama

It’s easy to forget what the Senate impeachment trial is supposed to be about. It’s not a fight over whether the Senate will call a couple of witnesses that the House couldn’t, or didn’t bother to, obtain on its own. The underlying question...

Funeral services (Updated Jan. 27)

Services Click Here to View Obituaries Jan. 28 • Kyleah Elianna Apodaca — 11 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Tucumcari • Sandy "MoMo" Scott — 3 p.m. at Steed-Todd Funeral Home Chapel,...

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