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One dead after house fire

CLOVIS - It still feels unreal to Esmeralda Arias, whose uncle died and grandmother was hospitalized after a structure fire early Sunday morning in Clovis. Arias came in Monday from Portales to visit...

 

Midnight at the gravesite

FORT SUMNER - You visit the moonlit gravesite of an infamous outlaw at midnight on the anniversary of his violent death, you do well to expect about anything. So if you visited the Fort Sumner burial...

 

Flag makes journey through Clovis

CLOVIS - A special guest making its nationwide tour this summer came Sunday afternoon through eastern New Mexico to the accompaniment of a law enforcement escort and about 75 motorcyclists. That was n...

 

Commissioners table facility fee request

CLOVIS — Commissioners on Tuesday tabled a request to consider raising facility fees at the Curry County Events Center and Fairgrounds, with the hopes of keeping the venue affordable for local entities. A proposal from Spectra management comparing...

 

Trial in 2017 strangling continued to next month

CLOVIS — Trial this week for a man accused of strangling his son on New Year’s Day 2017 was continued to next month. The delay is attributed to the sudden unavailability of a lead investigator. David Plyler, 61, of Lubbock, was initially indicted...

 

Two apartment buildings evacuated

CLOVIS — Two apartment buildings were briefly evacuated Monday due to a damaged gas line on Clovis’ west side. Contractors doing excavation work on the 1500 block of Cameo Street “struck a 4-inch steel natural gas line” around 10:40 a.m....

 

Locals reflect on memories of moon landing

Hey Moon, thanks for the memories. It’s been almost 50 years since mankind first took that “giant leap” onto the surface of Earth’s moon, finally getting physical with a relationship that for much of human history only consisted of romantic...

 

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,...

 

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