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 By David Stevens    News    August 30, 2017

Teen to face two first-degree murder charges

CLOVIS — The 16-year-old accused of killing two people and injuring four others when he opened fire Monday at the Clovis-Carver public library will face two first-degree murder charges and more, off... Full story

 By David Stevens    News    August 30, 2017

High school attendance down following shooting

CLOVIS — Attendance at Clovis High School was sparse on Tuesday amidst a heavy police presence following Monday’s deadly shooting at the city library. School Superintendent Jody Balch said he did not have specific numbers, but estimated maybe hal...

 By David Stevens    News    August 29, 2017

Two dead in library shooting, shooter in custody

CLOVIS — "Run!," he yelled. "Why aren't you running? I'm shooting at you! Run!" Lisa Baird said she was maybe 20 feet from the young man shouting the words as he opened fire in the Clovis-Carver...

 By David Stevens    News    August 29, 2017

Pastor: Teen was suicidal

CLOVIS — The teenage boy accused in the deadly shooting at Clovis' public library had been in trouble at school, had recently contemplated suicide and had "anxiety attacks" that resulted in his...


Rain? What rain? No boat in sight

Yeah, we’ve had a lot of rain the past few weeks. We’ve had so much rain we’re not even in a drought anymore, according to the National Weather Service. That’s the first time we’ve been out...


Here's an opportunity to help if you can

PORTALES — Manuel Olivas and his family of seven were at Wal-Mart when it happened, wondering if the thunder outside “was coming through the roof.” When they started home, the rain was as heavy...

 By David Stevens    Voices    July 30, 2017

Shh... that's an 'executive' secret

I send a lot of emails and text messages to public officials, inspiring them to follow the laws intended to make government transparent. Mostly they don’t respond, or they pay their lawyers $185 an...

 By David Stevens    News    July 27, 2017

Two jailed in child's death

PORTALES — The operator of a Portales daycare who forgot two children in a hot vehicle discovered them when she went to retrieve paperwork, court records show. Maliyah Jones, 22 months, was...

 By David Stevens    News    July 27, 2017

Maliyah known as 'sweetest, happiest, brightest little girl.'

PORTALES — Maliyah Jones was only 22 months old, but she'd already developed an irresistible personality. "She was the sweetest, happiest, brightest little girl," said Janet Bradley, the toddler's...

 By David Stevens    News    July 26, 2017

Two daycare workers arrested in child's death

PORTALES — One child died, another is in critical condition and two Portales daycare workers have been arrested for leaving the children in a hot vehicle for about 90 minutes on Tuesday afternoon....

 By David Stevens    News    July 26, 2017

Baby Maliyah 'happiest, brightest little girl'

PORTALES - Maliyah Jones was only 22 months old, but she'd already developed an irresistible personality. "She was the sweetest, happiest, brightest little girl," said Janet Bradley, the toddler's...

 By David Stevens    News    July 18, 2017

'Everybody loved to watch him play'

CLOVIS — When Gevion Lewis stepped to the plate, the crowds would go quiet. "Everybody in the stands knew ... he would put on a show," said Alex Fernandez, whose son was Gevion's teammate on the Cl...

 By David Stevens    Voices    July 18, 2017

Sometimes bad things happen

I went to see the pond on Sunday evening. I've been there before, dozens of times, usually with a breakfast burrito, just sitting in the car, enveloped by the serenity, watching the joggers and the...

 By David Stevens    Voices    July 11, 2017

Good time to remember Rito Mendez

The Independence Day effort to save a 12-year-old boy from drowning at Hillcrest Park's pond brings to mind Rito Mendez. Like the emergency responders who rushed to pull Gevion Lewis from the filthy...

 By David Stevens    News    July 11, 2017

Cholera found in Hillcrest pond

CLOVIS - First responders involved in the July 4 rescue of a boy found in the pond at Hillcrest Park have been advised to seek medical treatment, Clovis City Manager Tom Phelps said on Monday. "A...

 By David Stevens    News    July 8, 2017

Child still critical after near drowning

Gevion Lewis - his family calls him "G" - was acting like a normal 12-year-old on a hot Independence Day afternoon. "They were just being boys," said Tevaughn Loudermill, the boy's uncle. "Growing...

 By David Stevens    Voices    July 2, 2017

Remembering bombs a bit off target

This holiday week seems a good time to remember one of the biggest BOOM! BOOM! boo-boos in our region’s history. The U.S. Army accidentally bombed Boise City, Oklahoma, on July 5, 1943. The...

 By David Stevens    Voices    June 25, 2017

How 'bout respect for the rain?

There’s always a better way to do something. Let’s talk about measuring rainfall. Last Sunday night at my house, there was a great lightning show, complete with window-rattling claps of thunder....

 By David Stevens    Voices    June 18, 2017

Some dads are superheroes

The first clear memory I have of my dad was in the alley behind our house in Muleshoe. He met me at our gate and we walked the block back to his work, at Piggly Wiggly, where he purchased for me a...

 By David Stevens    Voices    June 4, 2017

No - let's not shrug off the slur

A man came to our newspaper office on Wednesday to renew his subscription. He didn’t seem to like the paper, so it’s difficult to understand why he wanted to continue reading it, but old habits... Full story

 By David Stevens    Voices    May 28, 2017

'King of the Sidewalk' remembered

MULESHOE — Mike Jones has had plenty of encounters with popular musicians in his 62 years on earth. He’s met George Strait, Olivia Newton-John, Reba McEntire and others, mostly when his Jaycees...

 By David Stevens    Voices    May 21, 2017

May may bring twisted weather

Some things you may not want to know about tornadoes and the month of May: • Five of the six deadliest tornadoes in Texas history occurred in the month of May. Two of those killer storms occurred wi...

 By David Stevens    Voices    May 14, 2017

Zack vs. mosquitoes; Zack wins

Zack Perkins had always been an active kid. “I spent a lot of time telling him, ‘Would you just sit down and be quiet for five minutes?’” said his mother, Lori Perkins. “He literally...

 By David Stevens    Voices    May 7, 2017

Mother: Jerry's seen 'a lot of trauma'

Jerry Nale says he is willing to accept responsibility for his actions. And he wants to go to Montana. Law enforcement officials say he can’t go to Montana because he is responsible for the death...

 By David Stevens    Voices    April 30, 2017

Shameful history, but dedicated to truth

The men, women and children total 21. Their names were Anderson, Ann, Cape, Caroline, Dick, Evaline, Fanny, Flora, Frank, Green, Harriet, Henry, Jesse, John, Lewis, Mary, Nancy, Orrin, Sam, Seaborn... Full story


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