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ENMU students cross stage

PORTALES - More than 500 Eastern New Mexico University students are headed for their futures with degrees. Officials said 543 students qualified for the fall graduation ceremony on Saturday, with 272...

 

Regents shown potential floor plans

PORTALES — After more than a year of planning, Eastern New Mexico University Regent Terry Othick said building a new presidential residence is a battle of expectation versus reality. Reality is up by a few touchdowns. Othick shared some potential...

 

Laying of wreaths

CLOVIS - Lay the wreath. Say the name. Remember. Volunteers did just that hundreds of times as part of a Clovis component of the nationwide Wreaths Across America remembrance. A local ceremony was...

 

Program seeking food storage solution

PORTALES — The most difficult part about giving food to those in need isn’t always gathering the food to give. In Portales, it’s finding a place to store and distribute it from. For the last six years, Central Christian Church and the...

 

RGH warns of erroneous letters

PORTALES — Roosevelt General Hospital and Clinics is warning its patients about erroneous letters they may receive regarding coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. An RGH news release notes that on Tuesday, patients began to...

 

Woman found guilty of kidnapping

PORTALES — A Portales woman last week was found guilty of kidnapping, burglary and aggravated battery. Esperanza Tarango, 24, could face up to 26 years in prison at sentencing, according to a news release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. The Por...

 

Board to consider student trip

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education on Tuesday will consider a trip to Savannah, Ga., for 11 senior members of Clovis Community College Upward Bound. The out-of-state trip, to be discussed at the 5:30 p.m. meeting at the CMS...

 

Curry County office to be closed Tuesday

CLOVIS — The Curry County Administration office will be closed 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday to allow county administration to make its annual contribution to a local charity in lieu of an in-office gift exchange. To compensate for the missed...

 

Flu season starting off strong

When asked how the flu season was going for Plains Regional Medical Center, Administrator Drew Dostal said it was a pretty good flu season. He quickly added that by good, he meant good if you were the flu. “It’s hard for us to call if it’s...

 

Something obvious: Both political parties are out of control

The House Judiciary Committee on Friday adopted two articles of impeachment against President Trump, as expected. Republicans called it a kangaroo court, as expected. Even some Trump supporters agree it’s clear the president threatened to withhold...

 

Collection not necessarily valuable

If you were to technically define it, I’m a collector. I see something special, I collect it. The problem is my idea of special normally doesn’t fit what prevailing common sense has determined is valuable. My living room wall contains a framed...

 

ENMU regents add MLK Day back to holiday calendar

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University regents are hopeful students treat Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as the phrase goes, as a day on and not a day off. Starting in 2021, it is again a day off at the university, in terms of classes. Regents on...

 

Board denies grant request from brewer

CLOVIS — The Clovis Economic Incentive Board wants to take a look at exactly how manufacturers can qualify for taxpayer-funded economic development dollars. But for now, it has decided a prospective local brewer doesn’t make the cut. The board...

 

Portales to hear nuisance request

PORTALES — The Portales City Council will hear a request for an extension to abate nuisance status on a property located at 417 N. Main during its regular meeting Tuesday. The council approved resolutions to classify the property and another...

 

Clovis woman receives suspended sentence in abuse case

CLOVIS — A Clovis woman received a three-year suspended sentence Wednesday morning for a charge of abuse following her son’s 2015 death. A jury trial for Rocio Montanez, 29, went for two days before a plea deal was struck. Under the deal,...

 

One dead in crash

CLOVIS — The Curry County Sheriff’s Office reported a fatal crash Saturday morning on N.M. 77 between Curry Roads G and H. Juan Araiza-Jaramillo, 21, died at the scene of the accident. According to a release from the sheriff’s office,...

 

Sena named top 5A track coach

CLOVIS — If it were up to Mark Sena, the New Mexico Track & Cross Country Coaches Association 5A Coach of the Year award he’s being given next month would not just go to him, but also to every coach and mentor he’s had along the way, every assi...

 

Three finalists named for ENMU AD job

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico has three finalists, and potentially a fourth, in its second go-round to hire a new athletic director and is planning campus visits this week. ENMU Chancellor Jeff Elwell reported on the three finalists during...

 

Clovis boys top Goddard for seventh at Academy tournament

ALBUQUERQUE — After four nailbiters against quality competition to open the season, Clovis High’s boys enjoyed a game with a little breathing room on Saturday. The Wildcats jumped on Roswell Goddard early and never let go in a 67-52 victory over...

 

Tigers tame Portales boys

TAOS — It shows up in the loss column, but Portales High boys coach Rickie McBroom said Friday’s 57-48 setback to Taos is the kind of game which could pay dividends down the line. Making their second trip to northern New Mexico in four nights, th...

 

Clovis girls top Artesia on road

ARTESIA — With the game seemingly beginning to slip away, Clovis High’s girls managed to get things turned back in their favor on Tuesday night. The Lady Wildcats saw a 16-point lead slip to six late in the third period, but pulled away again...

 

Portales girls top Dons, Robertson

PORTALES — A team’s home opener is always a big deal because ... well ... it’s the home opener. And Portales’ girls basketball team turned in a performance that fit the occasion Tuesday night. The Lady Rams led most of the game and pulled...

 

ENMU women split in LSC Texas trip

AUSTIN, Texas — Senior forward Deijah Blanks scored 23 points and sophomore center Sammie Dufek posted a double-double off the bench on Saturday as St. Edward’s defeated Eastern New Mexico University 78-70 in a Lone Star Conference women’s...

 

Thursday area prep roundup

ELIDA — The Grady boys basketball team is off to a solid start. The Bronchos, co-oping with San Jon and House, held on down the stretch to beat the Hobbs junior varsity 71-67 on Thursday in the boys quarterfinals of the Elida Invitational. Senior...

 

Friday prep roundup: Elida, Dora reach title game

ELIDA — For the second week in a row, Roosevelt County rivals Dora and Elida were slated to play for a tournament championship on Saturday night. Both won in Friday’s semifinals of the Elida Invitational, with the Coyotes dispatching Grady 59-48...

 

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