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Ram softball finishes 15-14

RIO RANCHO — The Portales Rams needed an upset of seventh-seeded Gallup to get into the double-elimination round of the Class 4A state softball tournament last week. They needed more offense than they had to stay there. The Rams were ousted...

 

Houseboat blocks highway after accident

One man was injured in a collision Monday morning that left a houseboat stranded for hours blocking the highway approaching Cannon Air Force Base. The two-vehicle incident took place at 11:40 a.m., wh...

 

Street work ongoing

PORTALES — The Portales Public Works Department’s street division is working on West University Drive between South Avenues A and B. City officials said concrete work is expected to continue through May 30. Motorists are asked to watch for...

 

Portales City Pool to open Friday

PORTALES — The Portales City Pool will open for the season starting Friday, with the facility open six afternoons and evenings each week. The pool will be open Tuesday through Saturday, with regular swimming from 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., night...

 

Summer reading program begins

CLOVIS — Public school officials in Clovis are encouraging students in grades pre-K through eight to read throughout the summer with help from area businesses. The district’s summer reading program begins Thursday, with students who bring...

 

Special meeting scheduled

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 1 p.m. May 30 at the commission room in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The meeting is scheduled for discussion of the preliminary 2019-20 county budget. Information:...

 

Man gets 2 1/2 years in prison

CLOVIS — The man hospitalized last year after shooting himself following a standoff at the Curry County jail was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in prison. That was for the charges that landed him in jail before the shooting. Wesley Flores, 29, pl...

 

Man hopes to plead in death

PORTALES — Charged last year with second-degree murder for the April 2018 shooting death of Dylan McKay, 23-year old Angel Loya hopes to plead down to voluntary manslaughter in a conference this morning in Roosevelt County. Loya told Portales...

 

ENMU baseball coach resigns

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University will soon begin a nationwide search for a new baseball coach, as David Gomez has resigned the spot to pursue other opportunities in his home state of Louisiana. The university announced the resignation...

 

Magistrate courthouse on agenda

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission may begin the initial planning phase of building a new magistrate courthouse during Tuesday's meeting. The first of 13 action items on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting is a memorandum of agreement between the...

 

Portales to look to 2020 census

PORTALES — The Portales City Council will look ahead to 2020 during Tuesday's meeting with a resolution to form a committee with Roosevelt County related to the 2020 census. City Manager Sammy Standefer said the city and county were approached by...

 

Curry County to host block grant public hearing

CLOVIS — Curry County will host a quick public hearing Tuesday to update residents on its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project. Administrative Services Coordinator Doria Rey told The News that the hearing is intended to update citizens...

 

Fire department certified

RANCHVALE — The Ranchvale Volunteer Fire Department will soon be responding to fires as it received its official certification as a fully operational fire department from the state fire marshal's office on Wednesday. "I'm ecstatic, it's been a...

 

Hounds lock in 2020, 2021 season opponents

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico coach Kelley Lee has always made a simple case. If the Greyhounds wanted to make the Division II playoffs, it had to play 11 Division II opponents to give itself the best chance. That’s what the Greyhounds now have...

 

Pilot facing charges of rape

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A special operations pilot at the Air Force Academy is facing charges of rape, rape of a child and three counts of sexual abuse of a child, according to a release from the academy. Maj. Travis J. Burns, who previously...

 

Report cards going online

CLOVIS — Citing savings in printing and postage costs, Clovis Municipal Schools is transitioning to online report cards for students. Parents and guardians will be able to access report cards through Skyward Family Access, which also includes...

 

Hounds add five to men's basketball fold

PORTALES — When the Greyhound men’s basketball team was ousted in overtime in their Lone Star Conference tournament opener, the focus had to change quickly. A promising year that ended with the fourth seed, and a mild upset by Tarleton State,...

 

Five Greyhounds get national invites

PORTALES — For most of Eastern New Mexico University, this is the slow time. The students that didn’t leave sometime during finals week likely left after graduation ceremonies. But there’s one place where it’s still plenty fast for the green...

 

One hurt in boat wreck

One man was injured in a collision Monday morning that left a houseboat stranded for hours blocking the highway approaching Cannon Air Force Base. The two-vehicle incident took place at 11:40 a.m., wh...

 

Leash ordinance up for final vote

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis may unleash changes to city code that would penalize those who leave their animals unleashed. Up for final vote during Thursday’s City Commission meeting is Ordinance 2120-2019, which would require any dog owner to...

 

Committee accepting orders

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County War Memorial Committee is accepting orders for walkway pavers at the county’s war memorial on the town square. Orders of $125 include five lines with up to 20 characters per line, and can be placed before May 22...

 

Roadway being upgraded

PORTALES — Work began last week on South Roosevelt Road U between U.S. 70 and South Roosevelt Road 9, and is expected to be completed May 22, weather permitting. The roadway is being upgraded from dirt to caliche as part of a Local Government Road...

 

Curry projects scheduled

CLOVIS — The Curry County Road Department has scheduled two road projects next week, according to a release from the county. The department will work Monday and Tuesday on an overlay of chip seal on Curry Road 3 between State Road 348 and Curry...

 

Former officer sentenced

CLOVIS — A former Curry County detention officer has been sentenced to nine years in prison for assisting in a jail escape last summer. Sarina Dodson, 28, of Clovis, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors on three counts of assisting escape and...

 

Pat Woods reappointed

SANTA FE — Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, was reappointed to seven interim bodies for the New Mexico Legislature, according to a release from the New Mexico Senate Republican Office. Woods will be a voting member on three committees — Economic and...

 

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