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WindsDay to remember

The windy season is upon us. Sustained 50-mph winds, with gusts near 80 mph, blew across the region on Wednesday, creating widespread outages and property damage. A power company lineman was killed...

Jail logs - March 17

Booked The following were booked into local jails Tuesday - Thursday: Clovis • Jose Sena, 44, probation violation • Eugene Foster, 42, failure to pay fines • Josette Anaya, 37, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • James Sanchez, 32,...

Clovis school board to talk changing calendar

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education on Tuesday will discuss moving from a 260-day calendar to a 238-day calendar for 12-month employees. Superintendent Jody Balch said the change would not affect any employee salaries, it...

Seven selected to Clovis High Hall of Honor

Bubba Jennings, a former Naismith Award winner and college basketball standout, was among inductees announced Monday to the Clovis High School 2019 Hall of Honor. Jennings, a 1980 CHS grad, played four seasons at Texas Tech University where he was...

Governor urged to veto parole bill

Darci Pierce in 1987 kidnapped a woman who was 8 months pregnant. She drove her to a remote area in the East Mountains where she strangled her, cut out her baby with a key, then tried to pass the baby off as her own. Frank Martinez and two other...

Local lawmakers take stock of session

SANTA FE — If we didn’t know 60 days ago, we know now: New Mexico is under Democrat control. “I feel like the state of New Mexico turned left,” Rep. Randy Crowder, R-Clovis, said as the state Legislature wrapped up its annual session on...

Curry to consider road closure

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission is expected to consider the closure of 2.28 miles of Curry Road 6 during Tuesday’s meeting. Road viewers who met Wednesday recommended the road be closed and a yield sign be placed at the intersection of CR...

Income tax hike proposal wins approval at eleventh hour

SANTA FE — A proposal to raise income taxes on high-earning New Mexicans — as part of a broader tax package — won approval in the final minutes of the 2019 legislative session. The last day also included final passage of legislation for a new...

New company reaches out to golfers

CLOVIS — New operators of Clovis’ Colonial Park Golf Course touted an impressive list of credentials during a Tuesday meet-and-greet, with a management company the National Golf Foundation named as one of golf’s top 100 businesses. But...

Portales loan agreement to go before council

PORTALES — The city of Portales’ annual loan agreement with the National Museum of the Air Force will go before the city council at Tuesday’s meeting. City Manager Sammy Standefer said the city has hosted the F-111 jet displayed just north of...

Portales girls fall to top seed Kirtland Central

ALBUQUERQUE — Portales coach Wade Fraze always tells his players that once you reach the state basketball tournament, the seed is just a number. It doesn’t find open players, it doesn’t pull down rebounds, it doesn’t make free throws. But...

Foxes reach 1A title game

RIO RANCHO — Noah Maxwell had 17 points, and the Fort Sumner Foxes pulled away in the second half to top Maxwell 47-37 Thursday at Santa Ana Star Center to return to the state title round. Jude Segura added 15 for the Foxes (23-8), who will face...

Melrose back in 1A boys title game

RIO RANCHO — The Melrose Buffaloes are back to defend their Class 1A crown. A familiar foe is waiting for them. A 6 p.m. Saturday matchup against Fort Sumner awaits Melrose following its 58-45 victory over top-seeded Quemado Thursday at the...

Clovis softball off to hot start

ROSWELL — Break up the Lady Wildcats? Well, maybe not just yet. But Clovis’ softball team is playing well and winning as a result. So far this season, the Lady ’Cats are 3-0, already giving them more victories than each of the last two Clovis...

Melrose retains 1A boys crown

ALBUQUERQUE – The Melrose boys basketball team finished a mediocre 4-4 in district play and landed just a No. 5 seed in the Class 1A state tournament. But Saturday night, the Buffaloes captured...

WT edges Greyhounds in closing seconds of NCAA first-rounder

CANYON, Texas — You can play a close-to-perfect 39:40, and then play perfect defense for 19 more seconds, and that's enough to win nearly every college basketball game. But that's why it's called...

Melrose falls in final

ALBUQUERQUE - It was a turnaround the Lady Buffaloes didn't want. The Melrose girls basketball team saw a double-digit lead turn into a four-point deficit in less than five minutes of the third...

Texico boys eliminated

ALBUQUERQUE – Texico’s boys basketball team made a go of it against one of the state’s elite teams. The fourth-seeded Wolverines wanted more than just making a go of it in Friday morning’s State 2A semifinal at The Pit, wanted a return trip...

Lineup anyone's guess

PORTALES — The Portales baseball season will be like a two-month-long tryout. As sixth-year head coach Dusty Nusser moves players around, sees how they fit, where they can maximize their abilities, he will guarantee few a continuous starting...

Hounds invade 'Cat territory

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico football team is playing on the road this Friday, and it’s only the spring season. The Greyhounds have scheduled a special practice for 6 p.m. Friday at Leon Williams Stadium, on the campus of Clovis High...

Our people: A jack of all trades

My name is Bill Aylesworth. I was born in Plainview, Texas and have lived in Clovis since 1963. I served in the United States Army during the Korean War. I worked at the Safeway Milk Plant for 25...

Our tolerance for bad weather needs work

I’m not too sure if climate change is for real or not, but there’s no doubt the weather is going to change. We say it about the High Plains and I’ve heard it elsewhere as well: “If you...

School menus - March 17

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — French toast. Lunch — Soft taco w/salsa, seasoned pinto beans, seasoned corn. Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — French bead pizza, veggie cup w/ranch, chilled fruit. Wednesday:...

Senior calendar - March 17

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. potluck, 6 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. exercise equipment, 8 a.m....

Club notes - March 17

Curry County and Area Republican Women The Curry County & Area Republican Women's Group met on Tuesday at K-Bob’s Steakhouse with President Annie Hogland presiding. Sue McDowell gave the invocation and Karen Bair led the Pledge of Alliance. There...

On the shelves - March 17

The following are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “Summit Lake” by Charlie Donlea steps into North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains to a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by horror. Yet following the brutal...

Time to applaud those oft-forgotten first responders

“I am a lineman for the county “And I drive the main road “Searchin' in the sun for another overload …” — Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” They gather annually to compete for fun,...

Letters to the editor - March 17

Jury made wrong decision in case I am writing about the recent jury decision that found Benjamin Pritchett guilty of a years-old supposed sexual assault of a child. Juries make darned wrong decisions sometimes and this case was no exception. I know...

Wage arguments just don't hold water

A minimum wage increase was on the way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk, and this column was due before her expected signature. Every time a wage increase is discussed, I hear the same arguments. • “Minimum wage increases will mean...

Two time changes better than 50 time zones

It really has come to this: Americans can’t even agree on what time it is. As most of us were springing our clocks forward and feeling like we were robbed of another hour of sleep last weekend, debates on the wisdom or folly of daylight saving...

Bill true affront to Constitution

The same Democrats outraged by Donald Trump’s alleged offenses against the First Amendment passed, as their first priority, a speech-restricting bill opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union. Trump shouldn’t call the media “the enemy of...

Funeral services (Updated March 19)

Services March 23 • Delfino “Nino” Baca, 87, 10 a.m., San Jose Catholic Church, Anton Chico • Joyce Ione (Vick) Dyer, 92, 10 a.m. (CDT), Littlefield Memorial Cemetery • Catherine Ann...

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