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Board members wary of cannabis implementation

PORTALES - Qualified students may be able to receive medical cannabis at school, but Portales school board members on Tuesday were wary of how the new policy would be implemented. The discussion came...

 

In tribute: 'Never a short conversation' with Lynn Berry

CLOVIS - In 65 years, Lynn Berry never met a stranger. And if you spent time with him, your world had fewer strangers in it, too. "He taught me to respect people in the public, because you never know...

 

Former pageant director charged with embezzlement

PORTALES — A Roosevelt County rancher was indicted Thursday on 18 felony counts including fraud, embezzlement and racketeering during a three-year period leading the Miss New Mexico Scholarship Organization. Greg Smith, 56, of Elida, was indicted...

 

Curry County Fair gearing up

CLOVIS - Entering its 99th year, the 2019 Curry County Fair promises "Starry Nights and Midway Lights" for a week of carnival fun, daredevils, livestock contests and live music. The fair runs...

 

Curry votes to change 'position' in ENMWUA

CLOVIS - Noting concerns that its pipeline effort would never directly serve all outlying residents of Curry County, commissioners on Tuesday narrowly approved a motion to change the county's "positio...

 

Man charged in Bovina homicide

BOVINA - Texas Rangers on Monday charged a man with murder for the death of a woman in Bovina. Erica Sanchez, 31, of Bovina, "was killed Monday morning in the city," according to a news release that...

 

Alleged child sex offender takes plea

CLOVIS — An alleged child sex offender will face no prison time under the terms of a plea agreement scheduled to be finalized this month. A jury trial last week for Rubel Encinias, 45, of Clovis, was canceled after attorneys submitted a plea...

 

Two indicted on child sex crime cases

CLOVIS — Grand juries on Friday returned indictments against two Clovis men for unrelated felony child sex crime cases in the Ninth Judicial District. Dino Paul Lucero, 33, was indicted on nine felony counts, including seven counts of criminal...

 

Woman charged in July blaze

PORTALES — A woman charged with arson for the July 27 structure fire in Portales is suspected of starting several other fires in the area, according to court records. An arrest warrant for Patricia Villanueva, 38, of Portales, was issued for...

 

No racino license to be awarded

ALBUQUERQUE — At least there’s no more “false hope.” The New Mexico Racing Commission took care of that Thursday in announcing a proposed sixth racino license would not be awarded. “The commission felt compelled to not leave false hope out...

 

Grady considering withdrawal from water authority

A second smaller-member community may withdraw from the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. Grady Mayor Wesley Shafer said in Tuesday’s ENMWUA board meeting that the village council would consider the departure at its Aug. 12 meeting. This...

 

Man charged in Bovina death

BOVINA — Texas Rangers on Monday charged a man with murder for the death of a woman in Bovina. Erica Sanchez, 31, of Bovina, “was killed Monday morning in the city,” according to a news release...

 

Shooting victim served as US Army paratrooper

PORTALES — He had barely turned 24 this month, but Derek Garcia had already served his country and traveled the world before returning to his hometown. Garcia, the eldest of six children, graduated...

 

Multiple firearms found in search

PORTALES — Police found a revolver, a shotgun, a Glock pistol, four .40-caliber bullet casings, loaded magazines, brass knuckles, at least two pocket knives and “several bottles of alcohol” while investigating Saturday’s shooting death of a...

 

Gunshot victim recounts fighting at party

PORTALES - Shot and bleeding, Quintin Carmichael crawled outside Derek Garcia's house toward the front lawn where his friend since childhood lay dying. Carmichael didn't immediately realize the extent of Garcia's injuries, and he had barely realized...

 

Roosevelt officials: Realignments do not entail change

PORTALES — Roosevelt County officials emphasized Tuesday that the recent district realignments did not entail any change in which constituents are represented by which commissioners. In her county manager report at the regular commission meeting...

 

No racino: Racing commission declines to award sixth license

ALBUQUERQUE - Regulators wanted to dispell false hopes in announcing today that a sixth racino license would not be awarded, according to the New Mexico Racing Commission's executive director. "The commission felt compelled to not leave false hope...

 

Police identify officer in shooting

CLOVIS — The New Mexico State Police on Thursday identified the police officer who discharged a weapon during a July 6 standoff. Officer Jesus Sarabia has been with the Clovis Police Department for three years. Sarabia was back on full duty June...

 

Roosevelt sheriff's office investigating fatal shooting

PORTALES — A young man was killed and others were injured in an incident early Saturday at a residence just outside Portales. Derek Garcia turned 24 this month and had "returned home to make his... Full story

 

Portales city manager projects drawing down on reserves

PORTALES — City Manager Sammy Standefer projected drawing down further on reserves for Portales' general fund in a presentation Tuesday evening on the coming fiscal year budget. In a public hearing before the Portales City Council the "Final...

 

Ethnic Fair set

CLOVIS - Entering its 28th year, Clovis' annual Ethnic Fair has found a good rhythm and harmony bringing educational and cultural programming into a family-friendly day at the park. New to the afterno...

 

Report: Major crimes down for Clovis

CLOVIS — Major crimes were down significantly but it was still “a very challenging year” for Clovis police, according to the department’s 2018 report issued last week. Homicides were down from six in 2017 to just one last year, while sex...

 

Crash victim loved community service

CLOVIS - Marcos Urban Jr. "lived for community service" and was en route Friday morning to a funeral in Portales at the time of his fatal collision south of Cannon Air Force Base. Urban Jr., 64, was...

 

No injuries reported in structure fire

CLOVIS - Fire crews battled a structure fire Sunday afternoon at 13th and Mitchell streets, with minor heat exhaustion to two firefighters but no other injuries reported. The fire remains under...

 

Farmer hopes hemp industry can blossom

PORTALES - His grow is only in its baby stages now, but one Roosevelt County farmer hopes hemp can blossom into a thriving industry for eastern New Mexico in the coming years. You may say he's a...

 

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