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 By David Grieder    News    January 20, 2019 

Crowd gathers to honor King

CLOVIS - It was a full house Saturday morning during the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast at the Clovis High School cafeteria, and that wasn't lost on the event's keynote speaker. "This...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 20, 2019 

Still no decision on racino

ALBUQUERQUE - A pro-racino Clovis contingent in Albuquerque on Thursday morning for the New Mexico Racing Commission's first regular meeting of the new year oscillated from expectation to dismay and...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 20, 2019 

School board member pleads out

CLOVIS — A local school board member charged in May with inappropriately touching a restaurant employee was sentenced Friday to six months unsupervised probation through a plea agreement, in spite of the employee’s protests. Kyle Snider, 47,...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 20, 2019 

Court upholds attorney's suspension

SANTA FE — In an occasionally blistering 27-page opinion filed Thursday, the Supreme Court of New Mexico adopted findings last year from the disciplinary board ordering the indefinite suspension of Portales attorney Eric Dixon’s law license. The...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 16, 2019

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...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 13, 2019

Chamber goes Hollywood

PORTALES - If it seemed a little dark Thursday night in Roosevelt County, that's because most of its local stars were together in the Yam Theatre for the Chamber of Commerce's "Portales Goes...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 13, 2019

Courts rule against use of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

LAS CRUCES — Mark Anthony Baca said he is “beaten, but not defeated” after the courts last year prohibited him from continuing to use the likeness of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in his anti-bullying campaign. U.S. District Judge Judith C....

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 13, 2019

In tribute: Don Paschke shared his love of music across continents and generations

Don Paschke walked both the Great Wall of China and the Greyhound Arena, he braved flooded cobblestone roads in Venice, he made "puddin bars" for his students - all of that incidental to half a...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 9, 2019

Final motions heard ahead of daycare trial

PORTALES - Almost 18 months since their arrest following the death of a young child in their care, Mary and Sandi Taylor appeared in court with their attorney on Monday. The purpose was for final...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 6, 2019

One arrested in morning car thefts

CLOVIS — Officials last week investigated multiple early-morning car thefts in northwest Clovis, arresting one while advising the public to take additional precautions in securing their vehicles. Three vehicles within a half-mile of each other...

 

Man faces 10 years for repeat DWIs

CLOVIS - Convicted Friday on his 10th impaired driving charge, Randall Pruit now faces up to 10 years in prison. A Curry County jury returned its verdict after a long day of trial but less than an...

 

Water authority considers mission statement

CLOVIS - With contractors on site for its interim pipeline project, it's as good a time as any for the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority to start thinking on a mission statement. That was...

 

Woman accused of embezzling from dairy

CLOVIS — Police last week arrested a woman accused of embezzling more than $55,000 in a 16-month period from a Clovis dairy where she worked as a head bookkeeper. Sunni Castillo, 33, was charged with more than 100 counts of fourth-degree felony for...

 

Second MVD employee sentenced in embezzlement

FORT SUMNER — The second of two Motor Vehicle Department employees charged in January with embezzling thousands from customers was sentenced last week to 4 1/2 years probation and a restitution order per a plea agreement. Tianna Gallegos, 25,...

 

Woman sentenced to more than 10 years in drug case

CLOVIS — Past offenses enhanced two drug convictions Wednesday for a Clovis woman to a sentence of more than 10 years in the Department of Corrections, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Kaitlyn Martinez-Arington,...

 

Jouett to be sentenced as adult

CLOVIS - In what prosecutors called a "huge step" and perhaps the last in almost 16 months of adjudication for library shooter Nathaniel Jouett, a judge ordered this week that the juvenile gunman be...

 

Wind tops Roosevelt agenda

PORTALES — Wind energy came up twice in Tuesday's Roosevelt County Commission meeting — once for the past, and again for the future. In a new business item, commissioners approved the creation of the county's Windmill Museum Steering Committee,...

 

Portales librarian retires

PORTALES - Denise Burnett has overseen plenty of changes in over three decades serving the Portales Public Library. But there's plenty she expects will stay constant for the community institution....

 

Commissioners table Clovis land purchase

CLOVIS — A land purchase under consideration Thursday by the Clovis City Commission was tabled pending additional review by the city’s Economic Incentive Board for potential water issues. The recommended purchase of 633 acres west of Cannon Air...

 

Panel still reviewing deadly shooting

CLOVIS — A panel of three district attorneys from other parts of the state are still reviewing the case of the Oct. 8 officer-involved deadly force incident in Clovis. Officials said last week there’s still no telling when they might make a...

 

Officials: Denver flights staying on back burner

CLOVIS — One thing at a time, then: discussions of adding a Denver route to flights from the Clovis Municipal Airport are on the back-burner for the time-being, officials told The News this week. “We’re still looking at possibly doing that,...

 

Clovis to consider 600-acre purchase

CLOVIS — Let the sun shine: Clovis City commissioners on Thursday will consider purchasing more than 600 acres of land west of Cannon Air Force Base for the development of solar energy and other resources. The request for approval notes a fiscal im...

 
 By David Grieder    News    December 9, 2018

Hold your horses

ALBUQUERQUE — Not so fast: the long-anticipated award of the state’s sixth racino license was tabled Thursday while the New Mexico Racing Commission addresses a lawsuit it received days earlier from one of the applicant groups. Hidalgo Downs,...

 
 By David Grieder    News    December 9, 2018

New headstone marks family's grave

FARWELL - Some know it simply as the old burying ground or potter's field and some struggle to describe how to even get there. "Is that the one with the guy who murdered his family?" said a gas...

 
 By David Grieder    News    December 9, 2018

In tribute: Viola Large stayed busy throughout life

CLOVIS - Recently orphaned and joining her siblings in a state barely older than herself, opportunities were limited in 1940 for Viola Large. She was then all of 16 years old, but already with...

 

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