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Continuance granted in embezzlement case

CLOVIS — Curry County's former senior meals director, charged in February with embezzling thousands from the program, was scheduled this week for a trial in September. The matter was set to go to trial later this month, but a continuance was grante...

 

In tribute: Virginia Delores Blackburn 'never set idle'

MELROSE — Last month the Melrose community said goodbye to one of its longtime residents, a “Great Generation” exemplar, a “good neighbor and happy person” and the oldest member of its Baptist church — both in age and in years of...

 

Motion heard in wrongful death suit

CLOVIS — A state district court judge on Monday heard a motion to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against Roosevelt County officials. Judge Fred Van Soelen said he would take a few days making a decision in the case that stems from the 2016 death...

 

Siblings appear in separate hearings in homicide

PORTALES - The brother and sister charged in a Portales homicide appeared in separate hearings Monday afternoon in Roosevelt County court for pre-trial conferences. Korbin Baldridge, 19, charged with...

 

Roosevelt to consider options to sell health care building

PORTALES — Roosevelt County will begin exploring options to sell its longtime healthcare building in an effort to “pare down and focus” its efforts as a governmental entity. Since 1995 the La Casa Family Health Center has operated at the 1515...

 

Blaze burns acreage and old vehicles

CLOVIS - The 4th of July is "always the busiest day of the year for the fire department," said Clovis Fire Dept. Chief Mike Nolen, and this year was no exception. Nolen told The News on Friday that...

 

Reunion bringing in crowd

PORTALES — No, that’s not a convention in town next weekend at Portales’ Memorial Building, and it’s not open to the public. It’s just a big family reunion. For the first time since 1979, when the Elliott family tradition first started,...

 
 By David Grieder    News    July 3, 2019

Family hopes for settlement with city

CLOVIS — While many this week will celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, for some in Clovis the day marks a more somber and recent event: two years since 12-year-old Gevion Lewis drowned in the pond at the...

 
 By David Grieder    News    July 3, 2019

Clovis, Portales prepping for Independence Day events

The fireworks are at night, but the cities of Clovis and Portales welcome you to come out early to celebrate Independence Day in eastern New Mexico. Preparation for Clovis' annual "Smoke on the...

 
 By David Grieder    News    July 3, 2019

Court martial ends in conviction

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A court martial for the July 4, 2018 shooting death in Clovis of a Cannon Air Force Base airman ended Monday with an involuntary manslaughter conviction and dishonorable discharge, according to base officials. Airman First...

 
 By David Grieder    News    July 3, 2019

Former superintendent appointed to county board

CLOVIS — Former Clovis schools superintendent Jody Balch was appointed to Curry County’s Labor-Management Relations Board in a brief commission meeting Monday morning. “What this does is keep local control,” County Manager Lance Pyle said of...

 
 By David Grieder    News    July 3, 2019

Suspect in killing to be committed to mental institution

CLOVIS — Attorneys agreed Tuesday morning to commit the suspect in last year’s killing at a Texico dairy to the state’s mental institution in Las Vegas, finding he is not competent to stand trial. Juan Flores Espana, 33, was charged June 14,...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 30, 2019

Memories on Main

CLOVIS - Wednesday evening, Ronnie Jones danced with his mother Patsy beside his father Cletis' glistening red 1950 GMC outside Clovis' Twin Cronnie Drive-In. A few minutes later, Ronnie's son Kade...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 30, 2019

Clovis approves notice of intent on film ordinance

CLOVIS — Commissioners on Thursday approved a notice of intent to consider an ordinance regulating television and film production in Curry County, welcoming public input on the matter in their forthcoming Aug. 6 meeting. Per the ordinance,...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 30, 2019

Former police officer, co-defendant finding new counsel

PORTALES — The former police officer and his co-defendant in a 2016 lawsuit against the city of Clovis and its police department have a couple of weeks now to find new counsel, following approval Wednesday of the withdrawal of their previous...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 30, 2019

Brent Aguilar leaves Clovis Police Department 'at his own accord'

CLOVIS — Brent Aguilar, the embattled veteran Clovis police officer, “has left the department at his own accord to pursue other career opportunities,” Police Chief Doug Ford said on Saturday. Ford declined to provide additional information,...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 30, 2019

Police investigating theft of city vehicle from Hillcrest Park

CLOVIS — Police on Friday were investigating the theft that afternoon of a city vehicle from Hillcrest Park. Assistant City Manager Claire Burroughes told The News she does “not recall this ever happening before” in her 20 years with Clovis. ...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 26, 2019

Report: Blanket around inmate's neck

PORTALES — On his entry June 12 to the Roosevelt County jail, Manuel Silva, Jr., 23, was “classified as a maximum security detainee” and “housed in a single occupancy cell.” Officials found him in that cell two days later unresponsive....

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 26, 2019

Roosevelt also adding alcohol sales to ballot

PORTALES — Alcohol sales in Roosevelt County? Voters will get to decide as much come November. That follows the approval Tuesday morning of a resolution calling for an election that could allow Roosevelt County to adopt the local option provisions...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 23, 2019

Officials talk 'human element'

PORTALES - Recent funding for raises helps, but recruiting and keeping teachers is not all about money. In discussions Thursday morning before the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, state and...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 23, 2019

Portales OKs money for repairs

PORTALES — There may well be “rumbling” on and concerning some roads in Portales, but city councilors hope to address the issue in time with repair work. In a brief meeting Tuesday evening the Portales City Council authorized funding...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 23, 2019

FBI charges former Parmer County deputy

AMARILLO — The former Parmer County Sheriff deputy charged last month with child sex crimes in Curry County was indicted this month on a federal charge of criminal sexual activity with minors. On Thursday a grand jury in the U.S. District Court in...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 23, 2019

Man arrested after alleged barefoot rampage

CLOVIS — Police on Friday arrested a man after following his bloody footprints on an alleged early morning rampage that started at a Clovis gun shop. Derrick Morales, 34, is charged with felony aggravated burglary, larceny and numerous counts of cr...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 23, 2019

President's residence location selected

PORTALES — It’s yet to be determined if the old building will stay or go. But a location for the Eastern New Mexico University president’s new residence and “public event venue” was selected Tuesday as “in the general area” of the...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 23, 2019

Water authority hears contamination cleanup options

CLOVIS - If you're on fire the advice is to stop, drop and roll. If your groundwater is contaminated, one consultant's advice is to stop, isolate and clean up. That was the recommendation Thursday...

 

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