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Elida keeps rolling

ELIDA — Even the holiday break couldn’t slow down the Elida Tigers boys basketball team. Playing for the first time in nearly two weeks, the Tigers blew out to a 19-3 lead after one quarter on Friday night and dismantled Class 3A Dexter 54-35....

 

Clovis boys' streak ends at eight in Gallup Invitational

GALLUP — Clovis High’s boys couldn’t hold off Spring Valley’s 1-2 punch Friday night. And just when James Webster and A’mari James needed some help, they got it. The 6-foot-4 senior guards combined for 52 points as the Las Vegas,...

 

Year in review: Ram title highlight for county in 2019

The crown jewel of Roosevelt County’s 2019 high school sports season had to be Portales’ football team winning the state 4A championship on Thanksgiving weekend. But that was near the end of the year. It was basketball season when 2019 began....

 

Lady Blue overcome foul trouble to top Clarendon

FARWELL — With key players in early foul trouble, someone had to step up for Farwell’s girls on Friday afternoon. Senior guard Karson Barnes provided the spark, hitting a pair of third-quarter...

 

Turnovers haunt Steers in loss

FARWELL — There are turnovers … and then there are turnovers, as in the open-court kind. The Farwell Steers made too many of the latter on Friday and absorbed a 55-48 loss to Clarendon. For the ga...

 

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...

 
 By Don Reid    News    January 5, 2020

Learned a lot from B.J. Pierce

Editor's note: Rodeo legend B.J. Pierce, 93, died Dec. 26. He was a three-time world champion calf roper and was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame in 2015....

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 5, 2020

Shooter apologized to pizza customers after killing manager

TUCUMCARI — The man who shot and killed a manager of a Tucumcari restaurant last month apologized to customers after the attack and said no harm would come to them before he fatally turned the gun on himself in the parking lot. Two friends of the...

 

Imagination Library kickoff Jan. 13

PORTALES — Sitting down at night to read with your child is one of the most iconic parts of being a parent. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a nationwide program meant to make sure every family has the opportunity to do so. The Imagination...

 

Roosevelt to consider delegation of duties

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission will look to delegate disbursement of vendor checks and the entering of certain contract and settlement agreements to the county manager during their first meeting of the year on Tuesday. The county...

 

Court upholds drug trafficking ruling

SANTA FE — New Mexico’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the convictions of a Curry County man on drug trafficking and other offenses, according to a court news release. The court ruled that police lawfully stopped the defendant’s car in 2014 a...

 

Handful of items on Portales city agenda

PORTALES — The first Portales City Council of the new year looks to be a short one with only a handful of items on the agenda for the Tuesday evening meeting. Items on the agenda for the 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Memorial Building include: • A...

 

Pages past - Jan. 5

On this date ... 1970: “Puzzled Clovis residents” watched as snow swirled about them, with the sun shining brightly out of a nearly cloudless sky, the Clovis News-Journal reported. No measurable amount of new snow had fallen by noon, but the...

 

Meetings calendar - Jan. 5

Monday • Swearing-in ceremony for new members of Clovis Community College Board of Trustees — 10 a.m., Room 512, CCC, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-4001   Tuesday • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Room,...

 

A look at the waste materials vaping leaves behind

In her office at the high school in Boulder, Colorado, the assistant principal has a large cardboard box where she can toss the spoils of her ongoing battle with the newest student addiction. “This is what I call the box of death,” said Kristen L...

 

Jail log - Jan. 5

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis ∞ Jody Starc, 41, failure to pay fines ∞ Isaiah Gabaldon, 21, probation violation, battery ∞ Amanda Rodarte, 35, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge ∞ Francisco...

 

Suicide hotline change could save lives

If someone battling suicidal thoughts is willing to ask for help, the phone line where counselors can be reached 24 hours a day should be as easy to remember and as speedy to dial as 911. Instead, the nation’s suicide hotline number is 10 digits...

 

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...

 

Letters to the editor - Jan. 5

Wreaths project could use help After reading Ronald Dickson’s comments regarding the Wreaths Across America Project (Letter to the Editor, Dec. 29), I wanted to add there is a downside for Karen Alexander after all her hard work and efforts. After...

 

No reason to expect men to be interested in 'Little Women'

On Christmas day, Greta Gerwig’s updated version of the young adult classic “Little Women” opened in theaters to great acclaim, fantastic reviews and strong box office numbers. And yet, some women found fault with the fact that not enough men...

 

Another viewpoint: Take a shot at Trump rhetoric quiz

Year three of the man-child administration was much like his first two, only more so. But before you compel yourself, for the sake of your sanity, to forget so much of what you saw and heard, perhaps you can be tempted to test your smarts on this yea...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 5, 2020

Historians weighing in on 'unbalanced' 1619 Project

The reviews of the 1619 Project are in. It is “a very unbalanced, one-sided account.” It is “wrong in so many ways.” It is “not only ahistorical,” but “actually anti-historical.” It is “a tendentious and partial reading of American...

 
 By Staff report    News    January 5, 2020

Conflicting research on whether there's more cheating in online classes

For months, the nationwide college cheating scandal had been about rich parents, including Silicon Valley executives and Hollywood actresses, buying their children’s way into elite universities. This month, there was a twist: A mom charged with...

 

Our people: Self-taught music maker

Larry Cage is a local musician who goes by the stage-name "Sorry." The irony of the stage name he chose is shown in his unapologetic approach to music making. He founded the Filthy Boyz Entertainment...

 

It's tumbleweed season in New Mexico - and elsewhere

On a recent trip to Lubbock, rolling along the road, I found it impossible to dodge a killer tumbleweed. The darn thing lodged itself under my bumper, then migrated further back beneath the...

 

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