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Walmart stopping gun sales

CLOVIS — In a few weeks, you can cross the state’s largest retailer off of your list for firearms purchases. Effective July 27, Walmart plans to stop selling firearms at all New Mexico locations, including its stores in Clovis and Portales. The s...

 

Tornado season whirling in

Eastern New Mexico received its first tornado scare of the season on March 12 when watches were issued throughout the region. Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties avoided the twisters that night, but...

 

AG's office, New Mexico Environment Department file suit against Air Force

The state Environment Department and Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday morning filed a lawsuit seeking to compel U.S. Air Force officials to acknowledge, address and remediate contamination caused by discharge of per- and polyfluoroalkyl...

 

Between Editions: Feb. 19, 2019

Welcome to Between Editions, our online update for the latest news from eastern New Mexico and around the region. We'll do this as often as we can in effort to keep readers of The Eastern New Mexico News informed beyond our print editions, which publ... Full story

 

District 63 race going into recount

SANTA FE — As expected, the House District 63 race is going into a recount. The Secretary of State’s Office currently has Clovis Republican Martin Zamora holding a 27-vote lead over incumbent Democrat George Dodge — 2,982-2,955. It’s one of...

 

Reports: Matthews to sign with Jets

NEW YORK — Former Clovis High receiver Rishard Matthews will soon be back on an NFL roster, as he has reportedly agreed to sign with the New York Jets. ESPN reported the news Tuesday morning. The 29-year-old was released by the Tennessee Titans in... Full story

 

'Big and vicious' hurricane closes in on Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way evacuation routes Tuesday as about 1.7 million people in three states were warned to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at...

 

New Mexico faces teacher shortage

It’s a trend states and districts are feeling nationwide: teacher shortages. And New Mexico’s larger districts — including the state’s largest and in Clovis — are still on the hunt to fill positions for the coming 2018-2019 school year....

 

Allsup's gives out $1,000 bonuses

SANTA FE — Allsup’s Convenience Stores, the Clovis-based chain that operates throughout New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, is giving its employees a grand bonus. That’s a grand as in $1,000 to each full-time, non-executive employee, the Santa Fe...

 

Sagamore wind project in jeopardy

ALBUQUERQUE — A hearing examiner is urging New Mexico regulators to reject an earnings proposal related to Xcel Energy’s two planned wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border. One of those proposed projects is the Sagamore Wind Project, a...

 

Deputy public defender denies sexual harassment complaints

SANTA FE — Two Clovis-area female attorneys who filed sexual harassment complaints against Chief Deputy Public Defender Chandler Blair are still pursuing their claims after the New Mexico Disciplinary Board declined to take action. The Santa Fe...

 

Former CCC president out at Adams State

ALAMOSA, Colo. — The president of a university in Colorado has been placed on leave amid accusations she bullied faculty and staff, failed to improve declining student enrollment and mocked workers with an offensive Halloween costume. The Denver...

 

Portales brothers questioned in Texas border agent's death

EL PASO, Texas - The FBI questioned two brothers from Portales in the death of a border patrol agent in Texas, according to federal court documents that have been sealed. Jeanette Harper, a spokeswoma...

 

Boy Scouts to let girls in some programs

Embracing a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same...

 

Title games to move up

ALBUQUERQUE — It’s now official: The high school football season will end on Thanksgiving weekend, beginning in 2018. By an overwhelming majority of 66-7, members schools in the state have voted to confirm a new calendar that will go into effect...

 

Borehole tests abandoned because of budget changes

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday it is abandoning a test meant to determine whether nuclear waste can be buried far underground. That’s because of changes in budget priorities, the agency said. But the plan’s critics and...

 

Game over for middle school athletics in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE — Athletics are losing out in the competition for limited dollars as one of the nation’s largest school districts prepares for a 2 percent cut in state funding. Albuquerque Public Schools is dropping its middle-school athletics...

 

Judge gives permission to remove emaciated cattle from ranch

The New Mexico Livestock Board received a judge's permission Friday to remove about 1,000 emaciated cattle from a drought-stricken ranch near Fort Sumner. New Mexico Livestock Board officials served a search warrant at the sprawling Double V Ranch...

 

Bears' Urlacher hangs 'em up

Former Portales High coach Mark McAfee knew Lovington's Brian Urlacher had a bright future when he coached against him as the Rams' defensive co-ordinator in the mid-1990s. McAfee didn't necessarily see him as an eight-time Pro-Bowl middle...

 

Racino license still in limbo

Representatives from Raton, Tucumcari and Lordsburg told New Mexico racing commissioners on Thursday they are interested in applying for the state's sixth racino license, even though discussion of that license had been removed from the meeting... Full story

 

Retired judge reaches plea in 'pay for play' case

The district attorney for Curry and Roosevelt counties said a plea bargain struck Thursday with a retired judge accused of soliciting bribes was a victory for the state's justice system. Retired 3rd...

 

Another explosive device in eastern New Mexico

SANTA ROSA — New Mexico State Police are investigating after an explosive device was found at a famous diving spot in eastern New Mexico. Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the state police bomb squad was called out to the Blue Hole on Thursday after a...

 

West Texas Cargill plant to cut 2,000 jobs

PLAINVIEW, Texas — Cargill has announced it will idle a West Texas plant and lay off all 2,000 workers because of a tight cattle supply stemming from years of drought. A news release from the Wichita, Kan.,-based company Thursday says the...

 

No more snow expected for week

Clovis and Portales residents woke to a white Christmas Tuesday morning as the area was sprinkled in less than one inch of snow overnight. Snowfall at the Clovis Municipal Airport began around 2 a.m. Tuesday and stopped around 7 a.m., according to...

 

NM braces for 'potent' arctic front to move in

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico is getting ready for what could be a significant blast of winter. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque are warning residents and travelers that the above-normal temperatures and dry weather that New... Full story

 

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