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Clovis American wins first round

ALBUQUERQUE — And the count goes to 71-5. That’s 71 runs scored by the Clovis American 13-14 Junior League softball team, five runs allowed, in All-Star competition thus far. After stampeding through the New Mexico State Little League...

 

Zia All-Stars rally to beat Las Vegas

CARLSBAD — It wasn’t looking good. The Zia 9 & 11 All-Stars had reached the New Mexico State Tournament Final Four at Carlsbad’s Bob Forrest Sports Complex, but Friday’s semifinal game against Las Vegas saw Zia fall behind by six runs in the...

 

Court upholds conviction in 1993 slaying

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a murder conviction stemming from a 1993 Memorial Day weekend slaying in Portales. The court held that sufficient evidence supported the conviction of Arnoldo Navarette, who in 2010 was sentenced to...

 

Strand's 'Good Works' recognized

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University redshirt junior quarterback Wyatt Strand was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for 2018. The prestigious off-the-field college football honor is...

 

Airport awarded $4.3 million in grants

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Airport has been awarded $4.3 million in infrastructure grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), according to an FAA press release. The grants will be used to reconstruct an aircraft parking apron and...

 

Leash law ordinance up for final adoption

CLOVIS — An ordinance tightening leash laws in Clovis comes before the city commission tonight for final adoption. Existing city code says that on public property “a dog or cat shall not be considered to be running at large if it is on a leash...

 

Curry to vote on amended construction contract

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission today is expected to vote on an amended contract with Nick Griego & Son's Construction Inc. that would push back the completion of the new county road barn....

 

Business digest - July 17

Local agency owner honored CLOVIS — Local agency owner Nick Wiegel was designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2018, according to an Allstate press release. Close to a third of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners received the award for...

 

Second lawsuit filed against daycare

CLOVIS — A second lawsuit, closely resembling the first, was filed this week against the Clovis daycare where months earlier among employees “a fist fight took place in front of over a dozen terrified children.” The suit was filed Thursday...

 

Highway being resurfaced

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is in the process of resurfacing nearly 10 miles of U.S. 60/84 in Roosevelt County from mile marker 342 to mile marker 352 near Taiban, according to a NMDOT press release. The $3.8 million project is...

 

Third bounty hunter released on recognizance

CLOVIS — The third in a trio of bounty hunters charged with kidnapping and other felonies for an incident last year in Clovis came into custody this week and was released on personal recognizance, according to court records. Yeira Sanchez, a.k.a....

 

Family member: Cannon airman dies from gunshot

A Cannon Air Force Base airman shot in the head early Thursday has died, a cousin said. Marcus Jimenez, 23, who grew up in Olton, Texas, suffered a gunshot wound to the head following Fourth of July festivities and died Monday evening in a Lubbock... Full story

 

Portales school board approves remodel project

PORTALES — School board members in Portales on Tuesday approved a $2.7 million remodel project at Brown Elementary School. Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the state will provide about $1.66 million with the rest coming from a recent school bond...

 

Clovis man pleads guilty to child porn charges

ALBUQUERQUE — A Clovis man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Albuquerque federal court to two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Spencer...

 

Mule deer returns to wild

CLOVIS — An adventuresome deer who spent most of the day roaming and resting in Clovis' Hillcrest Park returned to his more natural habitat about 5:15 p.m. Monday. Game Warden Clay Moyers said the... Full story

 

Council to hear railroad report

PORTALES — Police Chief Pat Gallegos will present a report on railroad speeds at tonight's Portales City Council Meeting. Mayor Ron Jackson said the city previously heard reports that the railroad wanted to increase the speed of trains through...

 

Construction projects top Portales schools agenda

PORTALES — Funding for a pair of construction projects top the agenda at today’s Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting. PMS received $1,665,294 in capital outlay from the Public Schools Capital Outlay Council to remodel the old...

 

Melrose Senior Center hosting Trade Days

MELROSE — The Melrose Senior Center is offering people a trio of benefits at today’s Trade Days: clear your home of some unwanted items, make some cash for yourself and raise money for a good cause. Program Director Ashley Woods said the senior...

 

Road closing for railroad work

PORTALES — Lime Street will be closed from U.S. 70 to the entrance into the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds for two weeks starting Monday. The closure is so that crews can complete work on approaches to the railroad crossing, according to a city of...

 

Intersection to be closed in Clovis

CLOVIS — The intersection of Seventh Street and Sycamore Street will be closed for approximately one week starting at 11 a.m. Monday while the New Mexico Gas Company conducts maintenance on a gas line in the area, according to a press release from...

 

4 Portales players make All-State team

PORTALES — Four Portales players made the 4A All-State baseball team this week, led by first-team selection Joel Legarda. The senior catcher is joined from the Rams by second-team selection Luciano Rodriguez — a third baseman who was just a fresh...

 

Man shot in head while 'playing' with gun

CLOVIS — A 23-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries early Thursday after being shot in the head in Clovis. A police news release said the man and a friend were "playing with a firearm" and consuming alcohol when the shooting occurred.... Full story

 

Officials to work on revenue review process, land agreement

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will take the next step toward its biennial revenue review process, and consider a real estate option agreement at its meeting tonight. Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 5:15 p.m. at the North Annex of the... Full story

 

Cycling group to stop in Portales

PORTALES — A cross-country cycling trip is scheduled for a stop today in Portales. Journey of Hope will bring its South team to Southside Church of Christ, 321 W. 18th St., from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., as part of its mission to enhance the lives of...

 

Charity softball touranment is a go

CLOVIS — The Clovis Softball Association received enough entries to do its annual “Striking Out Cancer” benefit tournament. However, there won’t be a women’s bracket. Tournament Director Roger Jackson originally said the tournament would...

 

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