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Hound teams seek rebound

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico’s basketball teams, both coming off frustrating losses to Angelo State Saturday, hope they’ll find some resiliency on the other side of Texas. The Lone Star...

 

Marching in memory

CLOVIS - It was just a little above freezing in Clovis at 9 a.m. Monday - 36 degrees, to be exact. But there was no better time, and O.G. Potter Park no better place, to take an important walk....

 

Legislators share their concerns, priorities

The New Mexico Legislature opens at noon Tuesday, but area lawmakers are already busy in the days leading up to the 30-day session. We queried area lawmakers on their concerns entering the session, which runs to noon Feb. 20. Phelps Anderson (R-Roswe...

 

Hard to make a wager when you agree

I tried to make a wager with my friend for the 2020 Major League Baseball season and failed spectacularly. Turns out there’s no money to be won when your friend agrees with you. More on that non-wager later. Right now, everybody’s talking about b...

 

Portales could see extra grant money

PORTALES — Of all the New Mexico school districts receiving money from Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grants, Portales Municipal Schools is the only district in 100% compliance with the grant requirements. The benefit may be a bonus of mor...

 

Ortega: Phase set for late March completion

CLOVIS — Though the final completion date has moved back about three months from original estimates, the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is satisfied with what’s been completed so far on its Finished Water 2 efforts. Authority...

 

Clovis mayor center stage at banquet

CLOVIS - The rotating spotlights shone outside the Clovis Civic Center Friday night, with shimmers in the light from rain that would graduate into snowfall by the time the evening was complete. On...

 

Five after Clovis mayor's seat

CLOVIS — Five people will vye to replace David Lansford as Clovis’ mayor, and all five of the city’s other municipal positions on the March 3 ballot are contested. A total of 20 candidates signed up for Clovis’ municipal elections, including...

 

Vehicle crashes through hotel

CLOVIS - A Clovis hotel got an unexpected guest Thursday afternoon, and what the owner estimates to be $100,000 in damage as a result. The Colonial Heritage Hotel, just southwest of the Cameo and...

 

Legislators preview session

CLOVIS - State Rep. Randy Crowder shared one of his key 2020 legislative session mantras during Wednesday's Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast. "Calvin Coolidge said it's...

 

Closet audit got a little dusty this year

On Sunday, I found myself doing laundry that was probably three years overdue. Don’t worry, the shirt I’m wearing is laundered and smells quite fresh. My concern was with the clothing I hadn’t worn recently and had put into what we’ll call...

 

Clovis mayor endorses no candidates

CLOVIS — In the first Clovis City Commission meeting since Mayor David Lansford said he would not run for a sixth term as mayor, and the first meeting since five people signed up to take his place, Lansford concluded the meeting by answering the...

 

Zoning commission recommends changes to meet standards

CLOVIS — Since passing its Unified Development Ordinance last summer, the city of Clovis’ planning and zoning commission is finding out it either left out some old functions or didn’t adequately update to federal standards. The commission knock...

 

Kazakhstan next up for Crockett

Another season, another stamp on the passport for former Wildcat Jaye Crockett. The 6-foot-7 forward flew Tuesday out of Albuquerque to join BC Astana out of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. It is his 10th...

 

Civil lawsuit refiled

CLOVIS — A New Mexico advocacy group has refiled a civil lawsuit in Curry County against Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Attorney General Hector Balderas. The New Mexico Patriots Advocacy Coalition charges that Toulouse Oliver and...

 

Clovis commission to consider new policy

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will consider a new policy at its Thursday meeting covering the usage and creation of social media accounts on behalf of the city. The social media policy is rooted in the city having “an overriding interest an...

 

2020's first area baby born

CLOVIS - By all accounts, the Chenault family had a pretty good 2019. Tanna Chenault graduated from Clovis Community College's radiologic technology program, and got a job as an X-ray technician. Her...

 

David Stern left his mark on NBA

I never met former NBA Commissioner David Stern, but it felt like a distant family member was gone when he died on the first day of 2020. Some of my favorite David Stern anecdotes: • He was particular about pigs in a blanket as an appetizer. At cat...

 

Year in review: No shortage of crime in 2019

Whether it was a case of homicide, embezzlement or negligence, there was no shortage of crimes, suspects or victims as 2019 came and went in eastern New Mexico. Few cases captured more public...

 

Clovis chooses new insurance provider

CLOVIS — Picking a new property and liability insurance provider didn’t take the Clovis City Commission long. Six-and-a-half minutes, to be exact. The commission went that long, from starting gavel to adjourning gavel, voting 6-0 to go with Trave...

 

Year in review: Curry no longer dry county as of 2019

Curry County is dry no more. Voters allowed the change during November elections as one of many items that drew attention for Curry in 2019. Commissioners proposed three questions to voters, saying they wanted the matter of alcohol in Curry...

 

Year in review: New breweries, conditional property tax mark Clovis' year

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis in 2019 said hello to small brewers, goodbye to one of its commissioners and longtime civic leaders and imposed a conditional property tax aimed at long-term water supply. No issue filled meeting rooms for the Clovis Cit...

 

Officials unable to locate $8,250

PORTALES — Officials investigating $8,250 missing from a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office evidence locker have no specific suspects. A New Mexico State Police investigation showed the money, first reported missing in January, could have been...

 

Headstones vandalized in Clovis

CLOVIS - Frank Urioste visited Clovis' Mission Garden of Memories on Friday to pay respects. What he saw there was anything but respectful. Vandals had damaged nearly a dozen headstones. "We bury our...

 

This year, resolving to read more

As this is the last time I’m tasked to write a column for the year, it’s time to go into the familiar territory of the question we ask ourselves after every Christmas. What do we resolve to do better in the upcoming year. I have questions for...

 

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