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New headstone marks family's grave

FARWELL - Some know it simply as the old burying ground or potter's field and some struggle to describe how to even get there. "Is that the one with the guy who murdered his family?" said a gas...

Hold your horses

ALBUQUERQUE — Not so fast: the long-anticipated award of the state’s sixth racino license was tabled Thursday while the New Mexico Racing Commission addresses a lawsuit it received days earlier from one of the applicant groups. Hidalgo Downs,...

Clovis man faces almost 30 years in prison

CLOVIS — A Clovis man faces almost three decades in prison following conviction last week for a kidnapping and rape from two years earlier. A jury found Tanner Autrey, 25, guilty of felony criminal sexual penetration and first-degree kidnapping,...

Jail logs - Dec. 9

Booked The following were booked into local jails Tuesday-Thursday: Clovis • Rita Lopez, 38, probation violation • Mark Trujillo, 43, aggravated assault, failure to appear on a felony charge • Thomas Smerer, 32, probation violation ...

In tribute: Viola Large stayed busy throughout life

CLOVIS - Recently orphaned and joining her siblings in a state barely older than herself, opportunities were limited in 1940 for Viola Large. She was then all of 16 years old, but already with...

Public record - Dec. 9

The following marriages licenses were filed through Thursday at the Curry County Clerk’s Office: • Sean Aaron O’Roake, 24, to Emily Elzabeth Blair, 21, both of Clovis • Timothy Antuan Cheeseboro, 20, to Reonna Victoria Collier, 20, both of... Full story

Fallen airman memorialized in Pennsylvania

MOON TOWNSHIP, Penn. - Hundreds of Special Tactics Airmen, family and friends gathered to commemorate a fallen teammate, son, fiancé, and warrior during a memorial service last week in Moon...

Zoo set to host Christmas Nites

CLOVIS - Karaoke, cocoa and Christmas lights will be the draw for thousands of residents to Hillcrest Park Zoo this week as it gets set to host the 11th annual Christmas Nites event. In addition to...

Recount doesn't change results

A recount of the razor-thin District 63 state legislative race did not change the margin on Republican Martin Zamora’s victory. According to unofficial results from all five counties included in District 63, incumbent George Dodge Jr. gained two...

Portales decides capital outlay priorities

PORTALES — The Portales City Council on Tuesday unanimously decided its priorities for capital outlay projects. The projects were largely based off the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) the council approved at its Aug. 21 meeting....

Melrose cruises in season openers

MELROSE - Finally, the Melrose basketball teams' journey has begun. Melrose's girls and boys, two teams with state title aspirations, hope Thursday's season openers were the first step along a path...

Storm holds off Clovis boys

RIO RANCHO — The Clovis Wildcats showed plenty of promise as they proved they could hang with the No. 1 team in Class 5A Friday night. However, they’re not quite at the level yet where they’re going to score an upset over Cleveland. The host...

ENMU women hit century mark, start season 7-1

PORTALES — After matching its best start since its entire roster was born, the Eastern New Mexico women’s basketball team expects it’s going to get harder from this point on. On Saturday, it...

Clovis rallies to top Cleveland

CLOVIS — Whatever else happened to the Clovis girls basketball team this weekend, whatever else happens to them throughout the winter, the Lady Wildcats may look back at Friday’s 41-35 comeback victory over Cleveland as one of their most... Full story

Prep basketball: Tigers upend Portales in second half

PORTALES — After a back-and-forth first half, the Taos Tigers slowly pulled away in the second half and left Portales with a comfortable win. Sounds like deja vu, but it really wasn't. Two weeks...

Portales girls reach Santa Fe title game

SANTA FE — Even the most optimistic of Portales fans would honestly tell you there’s no way to know just how good the Ram girls team will be or how it will compete in Class 4A come February and March. But early indications are Portales can...

Our people: Wearer of many hats

My name is Sara Williford, wearer of all the hats. I'm the adult services coordinator at Clovis-Carver Public Library, where I "make adulting fun again" with programs for the 18 and over crowd and...

Anniversaries - Dec. 9

Leslie Lonnie and Ardeth Leslie of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Central Baptist Church in Clovis. This will be a come and go reception and light refreshments will be served. The couple was...

Getting better at running Portales' electric show

I’m no Reddy Kilowatt, but I do have a healthy respect for electrical current. I don’t like to get shocked, even by static electricity. I guess it seems fitting for this guy to be the one a...

School menus - Dec. 9

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes w/gravy, mini carrots w/ranch, chilled fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon roll. Lunch — Hamburger on a bun, baked fries, veggie cup w/ranch,...

Senior calendar - Dec. 9

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory St., Clovis Monday: 8:30 a.m. exercise class, 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance, 5 p.m. business meeting, 5:30 p.m. Christmas party — bring a covered dish and $10 gift Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. exercise...

Club notes - Dec. 9

Curry County Association of Educational Retirees At the arrival of the Clovis High School choir, Sylvia Clark made their introduction and the Curry County Association of Educational Retirees was treated to a variety of classic and non-traditional...

On the shelves - Dec. 9

The following are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “This is the Day” by Heisman award-winning football player Tim Tebow draws on the author's own experiences and interactions with the public, as he encounters people who...

Painting leather, fabric couture ink ahead on show

Information on painting on leather and working with permanent fabric couture ink will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and at noon on Thursday. Professional...

Opinion: Too many hoops to jump through

And now we have example No. 7,369,083 for why you don’t want to do business with the government if you can avoid it. On Thursday, New Mexico’s Racing Commission decided to table its decision on...

Letter to the editor - Dec. 9

Open primaries not likely to happen Regarding the Albuquerque Journal editorial published Dec. 2 — “Open primaries will do more to get out vote:” I served in the New Mexico Legislature from 1970 to 1974. While in public office, I introduced a...

Opinion: Ethics panel should operate in the sunshine

New Mexico voters helped the state take an important first step last month toward reducing/punishing government corruption when they approved a constitutional amendment creating an independent state ethics commission. New Mexico is one of just six...

Opinion: Cold weather means hot chocolate

Leading up to Saturday, I heard the worst fears of friends, acquaintances and coworkers. “How are we going to handle all of this snow? This is going to be a disaster.” My general feeling was yes, we’ve gotta be prepared for everything, but we...

Opinion: Another viewpoint: NASA's reminder: Science can inspire

The fact that there are some things computers and robots do exceptionally well, far more efficiently than any human could, has for decades led to both triumph and concern for people the planet over. As time marches on and technology progresses,...

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