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CMS board selects Russ new school boss

CLOVIS - The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education announced Tuesday that Rene Russ would be the successor to outgoing Superintendent Jody Balch. The word followed an executive session of over...

Proposed racetrack settlement ratified

The New Mexico Racing Commission’s ratification Thursday of a proposed settlement clears the way for it possibly awarding a sixth racetrack license during a special meeting on Tuesday — provided the governor doesn’t fire the commission first....

'Billy the Kid' film set to shoot

FORT SUMNER — Billy the Kid lives on in a new film scheduled to begin shooting Saturday in Fort Sumner. Filmmaker Michael Giudicissi seeks to address unanswered questions about the Kid by turning to the man himself. Giudicissi said “In Their...

Police investigating car accident

MULESHOE — Police in Muleshoe are investigating a car accident Sunday night that left one man dead and another seriously injured. Officers responded around 9:45 p.m. (CDT) to a report of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Ninth and... Full story

Jail log - April 24

Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday - Monday: Clovis • Mercedes Molinar, 23, aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, failure to maintain traffic lane, speeding • Sarah Akren, 32,...

RGH holding ribbon cutting for Clovis clinic

CLOVIS - This marks a busy week for Roosevelt General Hospital as the healthcare provider plans to celebrate the opening of its new Clovis clinic with a ribbon cutting ceremony today. Jeanette... Full story

Four remain jailed in homicide case

PORTALES — Two men charged in a shooting death this month in Portales will remain in custody pending trial, while two other people charged in connection to the incident have hearings on the matter scheduled in the coming days. All four remained...

Plague case reported in Quay

The New Mexico Department of Health last week reported a case of plague in a ranch dog in Quay County — the first case of plague in the state this year. The dog has recovered from its illness with treatment from a veterinarian. Plague is an...

Business digest - April 24

New sushi restaurant open CLOVIS — A new sushi restaurant called Oishii opened in Clovis earlier this month by the corner of Prince and First streets. Manager Lucky Phixaysavath said owner Steve Phixaysavath has over 30 years of sushi experience...

Veterans offices closed this week

SANTA FE — All 13 field offices of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) are closed this week. A New Mexico Department of Veterans Services news release reports: Each office’s veterans service officer is attending mandatory...

Fighting butterflies

CLOVIS - Harvey Park won't lie. He's excited, nervous, almost ready to jump out of his skin as Friday's Mixed Martial Arts lightweight fight against Demarques Jackson approaches. When asked about it,...

ENMU track on fire

CANYON, Texas — Though the NCAA track and field season continues to wind down, Eastern New Mexico’s team continues to heat up. At the West Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday, Eastern’s track and field team set three NCAA Division II...

Tourney spot up for grabs

PORTALES - Even the most optimistic of Eastern New Mexico baseball fans would concede this has been a frustrating season for the Greyhounds. Their win percentage (.325) is slightly higher than their...

Rams tennis tops Goddard

PORTALES - By the average person's estimate, Monday wasn't the most pleasant of afternoons, with a chilly breeze and a little bit of rain on a cloudy day. But the Portales boys tennis team had a...

Select locals go to meet

ALBUQUERQUE — Monday’s Marilyn Sepulveda Meet of Champions was kind of like the track and field version of a black-tie, expensive-plate affair. Invitations go only to select athletes. Clovis’ boys track and field team had nine athletes...

Portales third in Hobbs' Brandon Classic

HOBBS — Portales, Clovis and Texico all got in some golf to open the week at Hobbs’ Buck Brandon Classic. They might not have seen each other much, however. The Portales boys were the only local team that competed in each day of the two-day...

Portales baseball falls to Artestia

ARTESIA — The Portales Rams got off to a great start in their District 4-4A opener, plating two quick runs against Bulldog starter JR Bustamante. After that, the three-game series went downhill. The Rams didn’t score again, falling 11-2 in the...

Renovation turns up unexpected treasure

The recent expansion and renovation at Central Christian Church in Portales turned up an unexpected time capsule of sorts, and an even more unexpected connection with the pastor who blessed it...

This little piggy sold groceries

I miss Piggly Wiggly. There are probably better grocery stores around here today, but they don't have better names or histories. My dad worked at the Piggly Wiggly in Muleshoe for four decades,...

Laws are creating immigration issue

Imagine you have an antique car in your back yard behind a privacy fence. A neighbor climbs your fence, sees the car, and decides something must be done about it. How he decided your property is his...

Thanks for your service, Jody Balch

It’s widely known that we are about to welcome to the helm a new superintendent for the Clovis Municipal Schools. Before plunging ahead, however, it’s incumbent upon us to pause and offer our...

NMAA within rights to shut down contest

Any parent whose child competes at anything knows the feeling: the stomach-clenching anxiety, the blood-boiling righteous indignation when you feel your kid was robbed — likely outstripping the level of emotion of the actual competitor. They...

Pay taxes, but don't fall for con

Tax Day 2019 has come and gone. It’s actually just Tax Filing Day since every day is a tax day and, if you somehow still manage to own a business or be self-employed, you’ll have several more...

Read report; draw own conclusions

If Donald Trump wants to convince the public that the Mueller report vindicates him, he needs to keep us from reading the report ourselves. Or even part of it. Just a couple of hours of reading its summaries and conclusions (which I did over the...

Self-promotion isn't always a terrible thing

I originally joined Facebook when a long-lost cousin sent me an invitation. No one had heard from this cousin in ages when I got a note out of the blue. Facebook was relatively new then and I hadn’t considered joining. But I figured if I could...

Funeral services (Updated April 23)

Services (Updated April 23) April 23 • John Stephen Patton, 66, 11 a.m., Ranchvale Baptist Church April 24 • Severo “Jack” Benavidez, 92, 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, Tucumcari ... Full story

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