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Officials warning of water concerns

If you use a private well within a few miles southeast of Cannon Air Force Base, the state’s Environment Department recommends you use bottled water until further notice. That’s following word from the U.S. Air Force that potentially...

Officer involved in shooting back on duty

CLOVIS — Police Officer Brent Aguilar told investigators that Aaron Chavez threatened him with what looked to be a knife just after midnight on Oct. 8. In response, Aguilar “discharged his duty weapon, firing four rounds fatally striking...

Volunteers execute 17-hour rescue

ESPANOLA — Paramedics rushed a married couple to the hospital just past midnight Oct. 8 after they each sustained serious injuries when a tree fell onto their tent near Trampas Lakes. Luke and Meredith Austin, of Amarillo, were camping at the...

CHS band takes Zia festival title

CLOVIS - The Clovis High marching band entered the school year with a goal of once again being the best band in the state. A few weeks ago, it found out it would also have the challenge of giving the...

Former MVD employee sentenced for embezzlement

FORT SUMNER — A former Motor Vehicle Department employee was sentenced last week to five years probation for embezzling over $30,000 from customers while voiding their cash transactions during an 18-month period. Alisha Segura, 34, pleaded guilty...

Clovis officials to recognize local boxers

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will recognize a pair of local boxers set for induction into the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame during Thursday’s meeting. Tony Romero and Brooks Byrd are to be inducted the final weekend of October, with a...

ENMRSH celebrates artists with show

CLOVIS - An art show three years in the making debuted last week with the first "Celebrate the Art, Celebrate the Artist" event held at the Recreation Education Development Building across from...

Peanut Valley Festival gears up

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico’s 45th annual celebration of all things peanut is back. The Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales this weekend hosts the Peanut Valley Craft & Music Festival. Organizers are touting some new features — and of...

Pages past - Oct. 17

On this date ... 1968: A 13-year-old girl had written newspaper columnist Dear Abby with a concern. "I am worried," she wrote. "I read somewhere that a girl can get cancer from kissing a boy who...

Man pleads guilty to possession of explosives

LAS CRUCES — A Roswell man pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to the unlawful possession of explosives during an appearance in federal court in Las Cruces. Jeffrey Blake Vanover, 53, of Roswell, entered the plea of guilty without the benefit of a plea...

Prep soccer: Clovis girls grab 1-0 win over Carlsbad

CLOVIS - A one-goal game can be fun and nerve-racking, thrilling and terrifying at the same time. It was all of those for the Clovis girls soccer team when hosting district rival Carlsbad on a cold...

Hunsaker has deep New Mexico roots

He’s the New Mexico basketball coach who never was. When you look at the long basketball journey of Dick Hunsaker — from his family’s ties to sugar beet farming in Clovis and playing for the...

Cats seek big district win

CLOVIS — The cold air is a signal, indicating high school football games are getting scarce, playoff implications are everywhere. Clovis High goes into its ninth game with pretty much everything on...

Rams expect tough matchup in 3/4-4A opener

RUIDOSO — There are a few things outside of Portales’ control when it comes to the Class 4A football playoffs. Playoff positioning, for example, does depend on how well Dexter, St. Michael’s...

Area football preview: Melrose hopes to continue momentum

The weekend is closing in already and that means it’s almost time for more high school football games, with every local team in action. Friday Gateway Christian at Melrose, 7 p.m. Winning their opener followed five straight losses for the...

With Chile Bowl in hand, Hounds look to Wagon Wheel

PORTALES — A team’s defense can often be a shot of adrenaline for its offense. And Saturday, Eastern New Mexico’s defense had just the prescription against Western New Mexico at Greyhound...

Opinion: They did what they had to do

Clovis’ Harold Gilman never really planned to put his life on the line for the American way of life. Neither did his dad. But looking back over the past 80 years, you’d be hard pressed to find a...

Letter to the editor - Oct. 17

Racino will only make Clovis poorer My father and four friends went to Kentucky buying thoroughbred mares and a stud to breed racehorses. I loved the races as a child and still do. I taught school in areas of the state that had racing and loved...

Opinion: 'Cloud' can't replace a dark room and a slide show

Cousins of mine visited last month, and on one evening we engaged in a time-honored family tradition. We hauled out our ancient slide projector, set up the wobbly screen, and gathered together for a...

Opinion: Badge doesn't grant extra rights

A badge doesn’t grant extra rights. When the law acts as though it does by treating people differently based on whether or not they wear a badge, the law undermines its appearance of legitimacy. No...

Faith: Bible speaks to issue of gambling, gaming

It will shock no one to hear that the topic of gambling is a hot item in this region. What does the Bible say about gambling? Is it a sin? If it’s a sin, should it be criminalized? At the beginning, we should define our terms. Let’s agree that...

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Plaintiffs should try being more socially conscious

The cliché is, we’re a litigious society. Two clearly frivolous lawsuits were in the news recently. Both should remind everyone that we learn to walk about age 2. As a child, surely your parents admonished you, “Watch where you’re going....

Opinion: Self-interest isn't best way to choose

SANTA ROSA — The other day I overheard an argument between friends over two particular candidates for the same office. One is the incumbent, so the question was posed, “What’s he done for us?” I’ll leave out the particulars — which...

Opinion: Teacher receives outpouring of kindness

Visiting Cameo Elementary recently, I found myself in conversation with veteran kindergarten teacher Deanna Cole. Among the many wonderful things she’s doing with her young students, a couple of...

Faith: In spite of her flaws, I love the church

I love the church. Not just (just?) the church universal, that marvelous, amazing, and miraculous Body of Christ composed of all of God’s children, everyone who ever has or ever will wear...

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