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Jail escapee gets almost 20 years

CLOVIS - Victor Apodaca spoke through tears Monday while "begging for mercy" from Judge Drew Tatum in a sentencing hearing on charges from a short-lived jail escape this summer. "I'm sorry for...

Jail logs - Jan. 16

Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday-Monday: Clovis • David Childress, 45, driving while license suspended or revoked • Aubrie Philley, 27, failure to pay fines • Luis Natividad, 31, failure to appear on a felony charge...

Roosevelt requests investigation assistance

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker this weekend requested assistance from New Mexico State Police on an internal investigation into a report of cash missing from the county evidence room, according to a news release. Once an...

Melrose superintendent retiring

MELROSE — When former Melrose High School teacher Joe Reed told Superintendent Jamie Widner several years ago he planned to retire, Widner said he tried to talk Reed out of it. Reed wasn’t swayed, and told Widner a simple thing: When it’s...

Racino license back on agenda

The possibility of awarding a sixth racetrack license is on the agenda for the regular meeting Thursday of the New Mexico Racing Commission, but it remains unclear whether commissioners will make a decision because of a pending lawsuit filed by one...

Local funeral services

Jan. 17 • Bill Benham , 82 - 2 p.m. (CST), Bailey County Cemetery • Gary Bruce Damon, 75 - 11 a.m., Mission Garden of Memories, Clovis • Joseph M La Puzza, 99 - 2 p.m., Temple Baptist Church,...

Portales school board honors teachers

PORTALES - The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education had a bit larger crowd than normal on Monday, moving its monthly meeting to the junior high cafeteria to account for the dozens of...

No injuries in pair of fires

CLOVIS — Local crews battled a pair of fires Monday afternoon, with no injuries reported at either. Units from Clovis, Melrose, Texico and Cannon Air Force Base took a little more than an hour to knock out a brush fire near the intersection of...

Faith feature: Rev. Buddy Moore serving as interim pastor in Portales

PORTALES - Rev. Buddy Moore said he first heard the call to the church when he was 17, but he turned instead to a life in the armed service and later a job in the oil and gas industry. Moore said he...

Commissioners to consider pending legislation

CLOVIS — In its first meeting since the New Mexico Legislature opened Tuesday morning, the Clovis City Commission will take a stand on various pending legislation at its Thursday meeting. Up for consideration at the 5:15 p.m. meeting at the...

Texico triumphs again

PORTALES — The Texico boys basketball team entered Saturday night’s EPAC Tournament championship game at Greyhound Arena knowing history was within reach. Early in the second quarter, though,...

History repeats itself

PORTALES — Any team that wins three consecutive tournament championships expects to win a fourth straight. But expecting doesn’t guarantee it. The only guarantee comes from what the scoreboard...

Wildcats survive foul trouble, top Santa Fe

CLOVIS — In most of its games this season, Clovis’ boys basketball team has had more opponents than just the one it was facing on a given night. The Wildcats have also battled injury after injury. Saturday night against Santa Fe, they battled...

Carlsbad survives Potales girls

PORTALES — Carsyn Boswell had 23 points, and the Carlsbad Cavegirls controlled the fourth quarter in a 45-33 win Saturday night to close out a 3-0 run in the Portales Shootout. Kaliyah Montoya...

Rams go 3-0 in Shootout, top Lubbock Christian

PORTALES - Lubbock Christian had plenty of star power in Saturday night's finale of the Portales Shootout. The host Rams had plenty of balance. The latter won out, as the Rams pulled away in the...

ENMU basketball capsules - Jan. 16

Women Thursday Tarleton State (10-4, 3-3 LSC) at Eastern New Mexico (10-4, 5-1 LSC) 5:30 p.m., Greyhound Arena Last time out: Tarleton State had a fairly easy time of it last Thursday when hosting...

ENMU women drop to eighth in regional poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Following a split in their Lone Star Conference games last week, Eastern New Mexico University’s women dropped one slot to eighth in the D2SIDA South Central Regional poll, released Monday by the College Sports...

Three Hounds named to Hansen regional team

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico junior Paul Terry, who led the Greyhounds in rushing last season, received first-team honors on the Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Team on Tuesday. Terry was joined by offensive guard Mister Birdo and kicker Tyler...

PetStory - Maya's a fetcher

This is my Maya. One of her "jobs" is retrieving the newspaper. We got her as a puppy. She's 11 years old now. She will also get the mail, and she has been great as a hunting dog, retrieving downed...

QuiltStories - Melissa Perkins

This is my first completed quilt. It was given to my cousin who is married to a firefighter. - Melissa...

QuiltStories - Veronica Goff

This is my favorite quilt of almost 200 I've made over the years. I made this for my mom and dad's 50th anniversary in 2004. That was also the year we lost Mom to...

QuiltStories - Meredith Eaton

This quilt features cowgirl-themed fabric, which can be far more difficult to find than cowboy fabric. It was for my daughter's first "big girl" bed. She is the sweetest cowgirl I know and is...

QuiltStories - Nicole Warner

I made this Harry Potter quilt and a baby-sized one as well for my best friend who loves all things Harry Potter. She moved away from Clovis in 2017 after finding out she was expecting her fourth...

ENMU looking for help with championship anniversary

Eastern New Mexico University is preparing to throw a party inspired by the golden anniversary of its 1969 national championship men’s basketball team. And they are reaching out to the community...

Time to break government addiction

When an addict’s supply is cut off, it’s usually an agonizing journey through withdrawal to the other side of the addiction; where the poison finally loosens its grip on the person, giving him a...

Reader reaction: Legalizing recreational weed: pros and cons

We asked Facebook readers what they think about the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana. Some responses: • John Pallaschke: I understand the struggle. I don’t drink and drive, nor should we smoke and drive. We just can’t afford...

Trump's wall project should end before it begins

I have been thinking about walls lately, because I’ve been reading the news. President Trump is demanding a $5.7-billion wall between the U.S. and Mexico. That’s a $5.7-billion slap in the face...

Still believe we can change course

I’m always hoping things will turn out better than they appear to be headed. Take our future as a species as an example. Climate change and the polluting of our air, soil and water suggests that catastrophe is bearing down on us, and it doesn’t...

Prescription drug promise needs keeping

The partial federal government shutdown has been the main focus in Washington over the past few weeks. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have struggled to reach an agreement over the president’s campaign promise to build a wall...

Faith: God makes all things new - but maybe not trucks

A big part of this is reverse snobbery, I know, but I love my old pickup truck. That faithful machine already had 90,000 miles on it when I flew down to Houston a bunch of years ago, laid eyes on it,...

Another viewpoint: Lawmakers' challenge maintaining economic perspective

Discussions about how government can and should work for the people almost always come down to measuring the distance between one point of view and another. Especially these days. But when the system works like it ought to, debate and discussion...

Holidays fueling new beginnings

In education, we have the gift of new beginnings. The beginning of the new school year, of course, after staff and students are rested from the summer months; but, we also have the gift of the...

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