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 By David Grieder    News    May 22, 2018

Clovis approves agreement with county

CLOVIS — In a “hallmark decision” after some back and forth this month with Curry County, the city of Clovis on Monday approved an intergovernmental services agreement only slightly modified from its original form. The adjusted shared services...

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 20, 2018

Officer 'embarrassed' about missing gun in pat down

CLOVIS - The Clovis police officer who brought Wesley Flores into the Clovis jail on Feb. 1 told a fellow officer he was "embarrassed" that he'd allowed Flores to bring a gun into the facility. "Very...

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 17, 2018

Jury finds man guilty of child abuse

CLOVIS — A Clovis man accused of hitting a young child at a restaurant was convicted Wednesday of disorderly conduct and felony abuse of a child, for which he faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison. A jury deliberated almost two hours following a... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 17, 2018

'Something fun' in Roosevelt sheriff campaign

PORTALES — It’s the season of big billboards, TV, radio and newspaper ads, not to mention lawn signs, bumper stickers and other electoral ephemera. For some candidates, it’s a cumbersome reality of the process, and for others it’s an... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 16, 2018

Footage helps locate suspects in zoo vandalism

CLOVIS — Monkeys might not be the type to see, hear or speak evil, according to the old maxim — but that didn’t account for witnesses or security footage, which helped locate suspects in a zoo vandalism incident last week. Fortunately, three... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 16, 2018

Candidate Q&As: Curry County Magistrate Judge, District 1

Terry Martin and Nicole Roybal, both Democrats, are seeking a four-year term as Curry County magistrate judge for District 1. Duane Castleberry is the incumbent, who is not seeking re-election. Candidates were given the same questions, and asked to... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 15, 2018

Child hospitalized after being struck by car

CLOVIS — A child was hospitalized Monday morning after being struck by a car while crossing a busy intersection on his way to school, an apparent accident of timing and visibility. The 11-year old boy “was alert and conscious,” but... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 15, 2018

Fraud reports plague student election

PORTALES — Welcome to student government, complete with student voter fraud concerns. Eastern New Mexico University addressed an election controversy last month, holding a re-vote in its student body presidential race after officials discovered in...

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 13, 2018

Blessings counted after fire

CLOVIS — A burning bed, a boy's heroics and bad case of déjà vu: it all happened fast when a blaze erupted last week at the Clovis Apartments. For the families closest to the fire that displaced... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 13, 2018

In tribute: Prolific painter was lifetime artist

CLOVIS — Genevieve Seifert started painting as a child outside Clovis and kept at it passionately for much of the next 80 years. "Knowing Ginnie, she's probably in heaven telling God exactly what...

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 13, 2018

Reporter's notebook - Give rattlesnake a fair shake

How do you feel about rattlesnakes? Whether your answer is yea or nay, you’re in decent company, according to a local scholar on the iconic reptile. Steven Pitts came to Eastern New Mexico University four years ago for graduate school by way of...

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 12, 2018

Air show approaches

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Clear your calendar and crane your necks, it’s almost air show time. At the end of the month, Cannon Air Force Base will open its gates to the public for “Air Commandos on the High Plains: Air Show, Space & Tech...

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 11, 2018

Illegal dumping on 'uptick' in county

PORTALES — They say one person’s trash is another's treasure. However, for Roosevelt County lately the trash is more like a hassle, a health threat and an environmental hazard. That’s the message this week from the county’s Board of...

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 10, 2018

Parent arrested after alleged shooting threat

CLOVIS — A Clovis parent was arrested Wednesday after allegedly threatening to shoot up his child’s middle school. Gattis Middle School and Clovis High School Freshman Academy were on lockdown for just over an hour following the threat reported... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 10, 2018

Man accused in shooting out on bond

PORTALES — Angel Loya, accused of shooting Dylan McKay dead last month in Portales, was approved Wednesday for release on bond under house arrest with an ankle monitor, among other conditions. Loya, 22, pleaded not guilty at the hearing to the...

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 10, 2018

DWI suspect acquitted by jury

CLOVIS — Randall Pruit hugged his defense attorney Wednesday in court after a jury acquitted him on his ninth DWI charge. Pruit, 54, was found not guilty of aggravated DWI, failure to maintain traffic lane and speeding in connection with his Oct.... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 9, 2018

Witness issues discussed in hot car death

PORTALES — How far can a defense of “I forgot,” go in the case of daycare workers accused of leaving two young children in a hot car? That was one of the questions at hand during a court hearing Tuesday afternoon in Portales, as... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 9, 2018

Mental health issues can pose challenges at jail

CLOVIS — Going to jail isn't most people's idea of fun, and all the less so if you're coming down or dealing with a health issue at the time. That's not exactly a new challenge, according to Curry...

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 8, 2018

Afternoon fire displaces residents

CLOVIS - A fire Monday afternoon at Clovis Apartments displaced the residents of 12 units in the affected building, but responders made short work of the blaze and there were no serious injuries,... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 8, 2018

Racino license applications open

The gates are open, and the race to a winning racino license now begins. The New Mexico Racing Commission on Monday began accepting applications for the state’s sixth and final horse racing and casino license, a process expected to last at least... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 6, 2018

Race is on - again - for racino

CLOVIS — As the state starts accepting applications for its sixth racino license, eastern New Mexico is poised to have at least two horses in the race. Projects proposed for Tucumcari and Clovis will be among those competing for the state’s last... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 6, 2018

Murder threats at Cannon posted online

CLOVIS — An anonymous tip almost three months ago to the FBI was the start of an investigation still active into online threats of mass murder at Cannon Air Force Base, court records show. On Feb. 17, a tipster in Niceville, Florida, reported “a...

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 5, 2018

Delegates from 'sister city' visiting Clovis

CLOVIS — Kasama, meet Clovis. That’s the idea next week as Clovis hosts a delegation from its “sister city” in Zambia, as announced in a news release Friday. It’s not the first time some representatives from the landlocked country in... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 5, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Bark tour

This morning, Clovis will run, walk and bark for life. It will be the dogs doing the barking — most of it anyways. This is the 6th or 7th year running of Bark for Life, a pet-friendly variation of the Relay for Life fundraiser for the American... Full story

 
 By David Grieder    News    May 3, 2018

'Just a boom, buddy,' as truck hits house

CLOVIS — Frank Conte was watching overtime of a basketball game with his family when a truck barreled directly into their living room Tuesday night in Clovis. “Just a boom, buddy,” he told The... Full story

 

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