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Clovis resident erects 'blessing box' near home

CLOVIS — One Clovis resident is proving that with some wood, a few screws, a drill and a big heart you can feed the hungry or simply lift a spirit. Anyone driving past 2004 Cameo St. in the past... Full story

Officials, residents seek answers on contamination

In the days following public announcement of a chemical contamination in area water wells, residents and public officials are asking for answers, action and accountability. Potential health effects to residents, livestock and dairy production were... Full story

Jail logs - Oct. 21

Booked The following were booked into local jails Tuesday-Thursday: Clovis • James Henry, 25, probation violation • George Trujillo, 58, probation violation • Steven Lara, 49, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Joseph Sandoval, 45,...

Panel to review officer-involved shooting

CLOVIS — In the “Policies and Procedures” of the Clovis Police Department, the chapter on “Use of Force & Firearms” occupies 13 pages, only one of which deals directly with the “Use of Deadly Force.” That section draws straight from...

Ballplayers' night to Howwwl

CLOVIS — The sight of someone walking down 14th Street, after dark, wearing a mask and carrying a softball bat could be cause for alarm. But this weekend, it was fun — just part of the 25th...

Jouett enters guilty plea

CLOVIS — Seated calmly Wednesday beside his attorney in the Curry County Courthouse, it took Nathaniel Jouett more time to listen to a judge go through all 30 of his felony charges than it did for...

Public record - Oct. 21

The following marriage licenses were filed through Thursday at the Curry County Clerk’s Office: • Jarrod Lejenne, 23, to Jessica Clara Fredericks, both of Amarillo • Nathan Cannon Church, 35, to Jennifer Lynn Vasquez, both of Farwell ...

Sanctions imposed after Homecoming brawl

ESPANOLA — Three sanctions have been imposed on the Valley High School football team after a brawl broke out between players in their Oct. 5 Homecoming matchup versus Bernalillo High School. The game was forfeited by the Sundevils with 6:23...

Possible Clovis racino raises job concerns

HOBBS — In the race for New Mexico’s sixth racetrack and casino, the Economic Development Corporation of Lea County is rooting for Tucumcari. The New Mexico Racing Commission is weighing benefits of five applications for another “racinco...

School board expected to act on policy changes

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education is expected to take action on several changes to board policy during Tuesday’s meeting. One of the changes — first introduced at the Sept. 25 meeting, per board policy — adds language...

Byrd's boxing prowess not forgotten

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories profiling local inductees into the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame. A profile of Tony Romero will run in Wednesday's edition of The News. CLOVIS - There was a time Brooks Byrd and Muhammad Ali were on... Full story

Tigers push past Eagles to finish perfect district season

ELIDA — In a season where it's beaten nearly everything that’s come at it, the Elida Tiger football team was all but expected to mercy-rule Hondo Valley, celebrate an easy homecoming win and...

Cats ground Eagles, move to 2-1 in district

CLOVIS — A little sour must come with the sweet. But for Clovis High’s football team, it was only the latter on Friday night. The Wildcats were home sweet home, playing at Leon Williams Stadium...

Prep soccer: Win by Hobbs girls means wild Tuesday night

CLOVIS — The Clovis girls had a chance to wrap up the District 4-5A title Saturday with a win over Hobbs. The Eagles had other plans, and now the district title depends on Tuesday night. Hobbs’ 1-0 victory, coupled with Carlsbad’s 9-0 win...

Football wrap: Melrose edges Gateway Christian

The third week of October is drawing to a close, and there were big local high school games throughout the region. Friday Melrose 38, Gateway Christian 36 MELROSE — The Buffaloes improved to 2-2 against Eight-man, District 3 opponents in...

Prep football: Rams throttle Ruidoso 56-14

RUIDOSO — Friday, the Portales football team was on the road against Ruidoso. Kind of ironic, because the Rams will be spending much of the postseason at home if they keep playing the way they did...

Prep soccer: Hobbs boys seal district title

HOBBS — For now at least, the Hobbs boys soccer team has Clovis’ number. The Wildcats lost 3-0 at Hobbs on Saturday, enduring their second District 4-5A loss of the season, both of which came at the hands of the Eagles. Eight minutes in...

College soccer: Hounds on verge of Heartland playoff berth

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico men’s soccer team has two home games remaining in its 2018 campaign. It’s hoping it can earn a third. Following a 2-0 run this week by beating Heartland...

ENMU update: Volleyball goes 0-3 for week

It was a rough week on the road for Eastern New Mexico’s volleyball team, a clean sweep of the Greyhounds against West Texas A&M, nationally-ranked Tarleton State and Angelo State. The Hounds lost all three matches 3-0. They dropped Tuesday’s...

Rotich paces ENMU women to title at LSC Preview meet

CANYON, Texas — If Saturday was a true preview for the Lone Star Conference championship, it’s fair to say Eastern New Mexico’s women are ready to go. Mercy Rotich won Saturday’s meet at West...

Our people: Helping people (and dogs) in need

My name is Dustin Caroland. I was born in Albuquerque and moved to the Clovis/Portales area when I was 15-years-old. I am a graduate of Portales High School and will be graduating from Eastern New...

Opinion: It's cacahuate time in eastern New Mexico

It’s cacahuate time or, if you live in eastern New Mexico, you may call it kakawate time. It’s our local version, in Spanish, of tomato or tomahto. The spelling of the local name for NM 202 came...

Club notes - Oct. 21

Portales Women’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met on October 10th with President Amber Hamilton presiding. There were 18 members and four guests present. Hamilton introduced Charles Broz, associate professor of culinary arts at Eastern New Mexico...

Gluten-free meals, sleep apnea ahead on show

Information on preparing gluten-free main dishes for two, creating a fun flip-up card and learning how to eliminate sleep apnea will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on...

School menus - Oct. 21

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Bagel w/cream cheese. Lunch — Nacho chicken pasta, steamed broccoli and carrots, apple, whole wheat roll. Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — Sloppy joe on a bun, baked fries,...

Senior calendar - Oct. 21

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 Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. exercise equipment, 8 a.m. quilting, 9 a.m. pinochle class, 10 a.m. beginning line dance, 1 p.m....

On the shelves - Oct. 21

The following are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “A Dangerous Game” by Heather Graham opens with criminal psychologist Kieran Finnegan wrapping up after a normal day at the office. Outside, she’s accosted by a...

Letter to the editor - Oct. 21

Racino losing proposition for Clovis There are a lot of opinions about a racino in Clovis. Everyone has an opinion. But, they don’t have a right to voice one for anyone else. This includes our elected officials. Gambling is addictive. Some can... Full story

Opinion: Espanola scores in deciding to play game without fans

High school football can build character. There is little doubt the sport teaches young people the value of work ethic, discipline and camaraderie. And when emotions spiral out of control, there is another lesson the game can convey to its players,...

Opinion: Here's what $1.6 billion can get you

Nobody was lucky Friday night, so the Mega Millions jackpot is at $1.6 billion for Tuesday night’s drawing. That’s 1.6 billion, with a B. That’s 1,600 millions. It’s 1.6 million thousands. It would take you 18 days to count that many...

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Bee law a flawed effort

One of the myths of the Old West is the concept of rugged individualism — the idea that it’s possible for one man to stand alone, being completely self-sufficient. It’s an attractive idea, because who among us hasn’t gotten fed up with...

Opinion: Smaller government better path to ethical behavior

Appearing on New Mexicans’ ballots this fall is Constitutional Amendment 2, which would create an ethics commission. To New Mexico’s advocates for “good government,” it’s easy: With an...

Opinion: On baseball, bubble gum, Buddy Biancalana

In 1987, Thomas Boswell wrote a column for the Washington Post listing 99 reasons baseball is better than football. • “Baseball has a bullpen coach blowing bubble gum with his cap turned around...

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