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 By David Grieder    News    September 20, 2018 

Water authority to look at construction

CLOVIS — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is scheduled to approve today a contract for construction of a local pipeline, along with moving toward closing a contract that will allocate more funds to the project. Having...

 
 By David Grieder    News    September 20, 2018 

Trial in hot car death to begin today

PORTALES — Trial for the mother-daughter former-daycare operators accused in the death and serious injury last summer of two young girls in their care begins today with jury selection. Mary and...

 

Racino meeting times and locations set

CLOVIS — Two weeks ago, the dates. This week, the times and locations. Next month, the presentations. It’s coming together now, most recently as the New Mexico Racing Commission posted online its agendas for public hearings from racino license ap...

 

County offering emergency training course

CLOVIS — Wanted: 20 team players to train early next month for an “all-risk, all-hazard” course by the Clovis/Curry County Office of Emergency Management. The 20-hour course is open free of charge to volunteers 18 and over, “designed to help...

 

Man pleads no contest on drug charges

CLOVIS — A Lubbock man pleaded no contest this week to a drug trafficking charge from January, with prosecutors dismissing five related charges as well as ensuing charges of battery on a peace offic...

 

Supreme Court nixes straight-ticket ballot option

Almost as suddenly as it came into the conversation, a proposal to bring straight-party voting back to the ballot in November was snuffed out Wednesday by New Mexico's Supreme Court. Plans to bring...

 

17 years later, 'it is a different world'

New Mexico joins the nation and much of the world in recognizing the anniversary today of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, that killed almost 3,000 people and injured thousands more, a decisive date early in the new millennium whose significance...

 

Third of NM teachers score highest ratings

The number of high-performing public school teachers in New Mexico has increased, according to results from annual evaluations released Monday by the state Public Education Department, and eastern New Mexico is keeping pace, even exceeding that...

 

In tribute: Buddy Vaughan criss-crossed the country

PLEASANT HILL — You can take the cowboy from the country, but you can’t keep him away forever. You might say as much for Buddy Vaughan, who was raised in Roosevelt County and returned to eastern New Mexico after decades criss-crossing the country...

 

Larceny plea lands jail time

CLOVIS — A man charged last year with burglarizing a Clovis home was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to three months in jail, following an emotional plea conference in which the homeowners and the man...

 

Local reaction to Nike deal mixed and mild

If there’s a strong consumer response to Nike’s endorsement of pro-athlete-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick, it hasn’t quite landed in eastern New Mexico. Merchants in Clovis and Portales carrying Nike inventory told The News on Tuesday...

 

Jury selection starts in child solicitation case

CLOVIS — A Clovis man arrested two years ago for soliciting a child faces the third-degree felony charge today in Curry County, starting with jury selection in a trial scheduled through the end of the week. Benjamin Lerman, 43, was charged in May...

 

Heavy rains flood Roosevelt County

DORA — Some sudden and intense showers put the work into Labor Day for those with cattle and crops in southern Roosevelt County, flooding roads and washing out fences. Amanda Belcher said she knew...

 

Bullet Bob: 'Yes, I will ride again'

CLOVIS — More than 40 days since a disastrous motorcycle wreck in northern New Mexico, Robert "Bullet Bob" Vilandry is feeling better. "I made it, thanks to everybody in Clovis and my customers and...

 

Oasis faces financial difficulties

CLOVIS — When it comes to prosecuting a case involving a child that was victimized or witness to a serious crime, interviewing that child is a delicate and important task. Since the early 1990s,...

 

Twin brothers charged for allegedly aiding jail escape

CLOVIS — Three weeks since the short-lived escape of a female jail inmate, officials filed charges on twin brothers for allegedly aiding in the effort. Police say Donald Gibson, 39, picked up Kaitlyn Martinez-Arington, 26, moments after her escape...

 
 By David Grieder    News    August 31, 2018

Attorneys expect delay in airmen trial

CLOVIS — It’s been more than seven months since three young men stationed at Cannon Air Force Base were arrested and charged with raping a colleague at a house party in Clovis. Their lawyers said Thursday in court that preparation for their...

 
 By David Grieder    News    August 30, 2018

Pre-trial conference set for airmen

CLOVIS — After some back and forth among lawyers last month as to their joined cases possibly being severed, three airmen accused of raping a colleague early this year in Clovis are still due this afternoon for a pre-trial conference. Their trial...

 
 By David Grieder    News    August 29, 2018

Community remembers library shooting victims

CLOVIS — Howard Jones said it well, and said it succinctly: It hurts. The surgeries and the residual health issues after being shot last year, the stress for his family, the emotional pain: it all...

 
 By David Grieder    News    August 28, 2018

Preparation continues for library shooting trial

CLOVIS — On the eve of the first anniversary of the mass shooting for which he faces trial next year, Nathaniel Jouett appeared in court for a status conference. Wearing the dark blue trappings of...

 
 By David Grieder    News    August 26, 2018

Clovis observes library shooting anniversary

CLOVIS — Tuesday marks a solemn occasion: the first anniversary of Clovis' deadly library shooting, perpetrated, police say, by a teenager charged as an adult with murder and facing trial next year....

 
 By David Grieder    News    August 26, 2018

Snails and puppies and kittens... oh my

PORTALES — On Saturday morning, spectators at the Roosevelt County Fair got to meet Slimy, Larry, Tiny, Gary, Goliath and Bob — each one of them a newly-christened blue ribbon snail, in company with various critters presented by about two dozen...

 
 By David Grieder    News    August 25, 2018

Gary Johnson talks Senate run

CLOVIS — Climbing mountains, racing mountain bikes, running for Congress — Gary Johnson said he can do anything for nine weeks, including a Libertarian bid for U.S. Senate, and that’s just what...

 
 By David Grieder    News    August 24, 2018

Water board approves finance recommendations

PORTALES — Hopeful to begin development on a local pipeline section before year’s end, the board of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility authority approved in a special meeting Thursday morning two recommendations from its newly created finance...

 
 By David Grieder    News    August 23, 2018

Racing commission posts racino applications

With more than 1,000 pages of material across five applications and site visits in three locations, the New Mexico Racing Commission has some work ahead if still intends to award the state’s sixth racino license before year’s end. The commission...

 

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