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 By Kevin Wilson    Sports    March 20, 2019 

Hard gets harder

PORTALES - The Portales softball team has had more time to practice than in most seasons, with Nathan Dodge's crew waiting on very few athletes to finish the basketball season. It's a good thing for...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Sports    March 20, 2019 

Mixed tennis results

CLOVIS - The Clovis boys and Portales girls have started off their seasons strong. The Portales boys and Clovis girls have struggled a little bit. Both of those themes continued when the teams met...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    March 17, 2019

New company reaches out to golfers

CLOVIS — New operators of Clovis’ Colonial Park Golf Course touted an impressive list of credentials during a Tuesday meet-and-greet, with a management company the National Golf Foundation named as one of golf’s top 100 businesses. But...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    March 17, 2019

Wage arguments just don't hold water

A minimum wage increase was on the way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk, and this column was due before her expected signature. Every time a wage increase is discussed, I hear the same arguments. • “Minimum wage increases will mean...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Sports    March 17, 2019

WT edges Greyhounds in closing seconds of NCAA first-rounder

CANYON, Texas — You can play a close-to-perfect 39:40, and then play perfect defense for 19 more seconds, and that's enough to win nearly every college basketball game. But that's why it's called...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Sports    March 13, 2019

ENMU girls make national tour

PORTALES - For the Eastern New Mexico women's basketball team, Sunday night's viewing party at Greyhound Arena had to feel like waiting for Christmas Day, as region after region found out its...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    March 10, 2019

Commission grants license to brewery

CLOVIS — For the third time in 15 days, the Clovis City Commission created another place to grab a beer. For the third time, it passed 7-1. The commission granted a beer and wine license to Red Door Brewery at 120 Maple St., inside Mainline Bowl....

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    March 10, 2019

Friend gives me vanity plate envy

Have you ever had a friend who was embarrassingly better at something than you without even trying? That was Adrian. He wasn’t a great athlete, and nobody would ever mistake him for one. He wasn’t a great student, though pretty much everybody at...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    March 10, 2019

Senior center boards talk renovations

CLOVIS — A pair of city boards focused on senior center wellness met Thursday, with approval on building renovations and discussion of area entities that support seniors. The Senior Center Plan and Design Task Force took just 15 minutes to give...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Sports    March 10, 2019

Lady Rams rally

PORTALES - As Codi Flores went to the line with 59.7 seconds left and Portales' state tournament life in her hands, everything reset back to what she'd learned to do about a dozen years ago. Five...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    March 3, 2019

Adults in youth sports need to be adults

Or else what? Looks like Estancia just found out. Friday night was the sound of a hammer dropping, as the New Mexico Activities Association dealt a huge penalty to the boy’s basketball team, along with the entire school and the community of about 1...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    March 3, 2019

Public works updated on ongoing projects

CLOVIS — Wednesday’s meeting of the Clovis Public Works Committee lasted just 15 minutes. City Manager Justin Howalt updated committee members on five projects: • Work on Seventh Street is ongoing, Howalt said, with New Mexico Gas and EPCOR...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Sports    March 3, 2019

Portales routs Artesia

PORTALES - When you're not shooting the ball well, you can stay in a game if you rebound well enough. If you don't do either one well ... game over, good night, drive home safely. Portales held...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Sports    March 3, 2019

Rams squeeze by Bulldogs

PORTALES - When you don't lead a game by more than four at any point, you need to take advantage of every opportunity the basketball gods give you. Even if it's not the first option. That's what...

 

Prep basketball: Grady girls survive

GRADY — The Clovis Christian and Grady girls basketball teams have struggled throughout the year, as evidenced by the fact they were playing Monday night in the first round of the District 6-1A...

 

Grady boys top Clovis Christian

GRADY — The Grady Bronchos will do some unorthodox drills during their practices — sometimes including 12-on-12 play with the subvarsity levels chipping in — so the game action they face...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    February 24, 2019

Researcher: PFAS safe at low levels

More than 20 years ago, a rancher in West Virginia first raised concerns about the Dupont plant and its production of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. Those are better known as PFAS and including PFOA and PFOS, for nonstick pots and pans and...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    February 24, 2019

Clovis approves spending on water contamination

CLOVIS — Citing a need to be proactive about recent news of water contamination near Cannon Air Force Base, the Clovis City Commission approved spending up to $15,000 with a firm affiliated with former State Engineer Tom Blaine for a cleanup plan....

 

Common card was treasured find

A stack of cards greeted me at my desk earlier this month, and I was immediately intrigued. From what I gathered, our publisher had received a stack of random collectible sports cards. The basketball cards went to me, and the baseball and hockey...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    February 24, 2019

Ideologies clash over breweries

CLOVIS — A pair of ideologies battled Thursday at the Clovis City Commission meeting: the benefits of economic development and the adverse effects of letting more alcohol flow through Clovis. Those in favor of the former won out, as the commission...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    February 24, 2019

Clovis agrees to golf negotiations

CLOVIS — In less than 15 years, Touchstone Golf has gone from a dream of PGA professional Steve Harker and his brother Doug to boasting more than 40 courses throughout the country. It works, Regional Manager Brian Melody said, because the golf,...

 

Rams top Cats

PORTALES - It's amazing what a little bit of time at home, and a pair of blowouts, can do to your district chances. Just a week ago, the Portales boys basketball team was fighting for third place in...

 

This year's flu was one to remember

I just had seven very uncomfortable days, and I think the best way to describe it would be an out-of-body experience. I mostly didn’t go to the places I normally go. I mostly didn’t do the things I normally do. And when I did go to those places...

 

Rambelles win LSC opener

PORTALES - The Eastern New Mexico softball team made a convincing case Friday it had no plans to be a pushover in the Lone Star Conference. Angelo State, however, was pretty convincing itself showing...

 

Hounds dominate against A&M

PORTALES - Start strong, finish stronger. That's been the mantra for the Eastern New Mexico women's basketball team. And though the Greyhounds haven't always succeeded, they've done it enough to find...

 

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