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Articles from the February 6, 2018 edition

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  • Curry County 'very concerned' about jail incident

    David Grieder|Updated Feb 6, 2018

    CLOVIS — Curry County Manager Lance Pyle on Monday issued a news release saying the county is “very concerned” about how a gun was allowed into the county jail last Thursday. “... We are confident that the Clovis Police Department is looking into the matter, addressing the same and taking future steps to make sure that Clovis Police Department arrestees are searched and secured prior to being brought to the Curry County Detention Center,” Pyle wrote. Pyle also on Monday said Clovis Police Officer Sanford Wagner was the offic... Full story

  • Bodies found in Chaves County could be missing couple from Bovina

    Updated Feb 6, 2018

    Two bodies found in a remote location on a Chaves County ranch may be those of a Bovina couple missing more than two weeks, officials in Parmer County said today. Rosendo Lara, 81, who suffers from dementia, and Hortencia Lara, 84, whom family members said “gets confused” were last seen on Jan. 19. Identities of the bodies were not immediately confirmed, pending an autopsy. Bovina Police Chief Joe Orozco said a pickup that matches the description of the Lara's pickup was found near the bodies. We will have more inf... Full story

  • Reporter's notebook: Poet to bring work to life

    Eamon Scarbrough|Updated Feb 5, 2018

    PORTALES — Poetry comes alive in a live setting, and Portales will soon have opportunity to see an award-winning poet breathe life into his own works. Chen Chen’s first book, “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities,” was long listed for the National Book Award.“That’s quite an honor and almost unheard of for a first book of poems,” Eastern New Mexico University Assistant Professor of English Steve Bellin-Oka said. A PhD student in the English and creative writing program at Texas Tech University in...

  • Dental care important to pets' health

    Sharna Johnson|Updated Feb 5, 2018

    Savory, sweet, spicy, hearty, fresh and light or rich and full of flavor, an integral part of our survival, food can be an even bigger part of what we enjoy about life – and that makes the tools used to enjoy it pretty important. Used to pulverize, chew, grind, tear and cut, the teeth are a critical part of maintaining the nutrient intake needed to stay alive. Aside from protecting them from obvious injuries, it doesn’t take long to realize that ridding the teeth of sti...

  • Basketball preview capsules for Clovis, Portales, ENMU

    The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 5, 2018

    Clovis BOYS Manzano (12-8, 4-2) at Clovis (8-13, 0-6), 7 p.m., Rock Staubus Gymnasium Last time out: The Wildcats gave it a go against top-ranked Eldorado, trailing by three at one point in the first quarter. But it didn’t take long for the Eagles to get rolling, and they won 68-44 at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Manzano was on the road at La Cueva Saturday, and came away with an 82-76 win. Last meeting: Jan. 20. Clovis fell behind early, 15-6, and trailed 34-24 at halftime. The Wildcats did get back into it with a strong third q...

  • Jail administrator may get raise

    The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 5, 2018

    CLOVIS — Curry County Detention Center Administrator Mark Gallegos may receive a raise at today's regular meeting of the Curry County Board of County Commissioners. A request to increase Gallegos' salary to $90,000 per year is included on the consent agenda for today's meeting, reserved for routine items that are not expected to cause any disagreements among the commission. Gallegos was hired on Jan. 11, 2016, at a salary of $80,000 per year and currently earns $83,636 per y...

  • Portales council to discuss oil spill

    The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 5, 2018

    PORTALES — A mineral oil spill that flooded downtown Portales on Jan. 25, disrupting traffic and potentially damaging roads, will be the topic of conversation at tonight’s Portales City Council meeting. City Manager Sammy Standefer will provide councilors with information on the spill, which originated in the J.D. Heiskell feed manufacturing facility and covered a 3 1/2 block radius. Also at tonight’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Building: • A proclamation declaring February as 2-1-1 month at the request of United...

  • Pages past - Feb. 6

    The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 5, 2018

    On this date ... 1983: Jerry Isler of Grady was named to the Dean's List at Lubbock Christian College for the fall 1982 semester. Isler was a transfer student from Clarendon Junior College. He was a member of the LCC Chaparral basketball team. Isler and the other 120 students named to the Dean's List had compiled grade-point averages of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. 1973: Sandra Garnett of Clovis was the new Miss Rodeo USA, having been crowned at the International Finals Rodeo...

  • Jail logs - Feb. 6

    Updated Feb 5, 2018

    Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday-Sunday: Clovis • Johnathan Trujillo, 28, aggravated driving while under the influence • John Urioste, 61, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Ethan Mullins, 20, trafficking controlled substances • Elizabeth Navarro, 19, failure to pay fines • Kirstie Saiz, 42, failure to appear on a felony charge, probation violation • Larry Viera, 48, possession of a controlled substance • Brandon Garza, 30, residential burglary • Coniel McDaniel, 41, probation violation • Rob...

  • Business digest - Feb. 6

    Updated Feb 5, 2018

    Melrose grad hired in Maryland Maryland may be a long way from eastern New Mexico, but one of the region’s own just landed a position in the Old Line State. Steve Fulkrod, a 1978 graduate of Melrose High School and a 1987 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, was recently hired as finance manager at United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore in Salisbury, Maryland. Fulkrod joins UWLES “with over 30 years of nonprofit finance and administration experience at the local, state and national level,” according to a press relea...

  • Storm grant goes to Roosevelt board for approval

    The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 5, 2018

    PORTALES — A $750,000 grant to help soften the blow of storms in August 2017 will come before the Roosevelt County Commission for approval today. The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management grant was announced in December after Gov. Susana Martinez declared a “severe and powerful thunderstorm” on Aug. 3 a disaster in the county. Factors including “extensive damage to rural roads and electrical infrastructure” made the disaster declaration imperative, according to Martinez. County Manager Amber Ham...

  • Fort Sumner restaurant closing after 40 years

    Eamon Scarbrough|Updated Feb 5, 2018

    FORT SUMNER — After 40 years serving the people of Fort Sumner and beyond, a staple closed its doors Saturday. Fred’s Restaurant owners Fred and Ron Gauna apologized to their clientele for closing “so soon,” but explained that “we simply do not have the business or crew to keep Fred’s running.” “While the past few years have been difficult, these past few months have been even more daunting,” they said in a news release. Ron Gauna, Fred’s son, explained that a “slow economy” and a meager work force were the primary causes...

  • Meetings calendar - Feb. 6

    Updated Feb 5, 2018

    Today • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m. in the commission chambers, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Information: 575-356-5307 • Clovis Civil Aviation Board — 5:30 p.m. at Clovis Municipal Airport, 459 Clovis Road 11.5. Information: 575-769-7828 • Portales City Council — 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Wednesday • Clovis Community College...

  • Events calendar - Feb. 6

    Updated Feb 5, 2018

    Wednesday • Stitch Addicts — 6:30 p.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Crochet lesson: Oval placemat and coaster. Information: 575-763-9687 Thursday • General Obligation Bond Presentation — 6 p.m. at the Youth Recreation Building, 1504 E. Seventh St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-7828 • Page Turners Book Club — 6:30 p.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Book: “All The Light We Cannot See.” Information: 575-763-9687 • Golden Dragon Acrobats — 7 p.m. at Marshall Auditorium, 100 Commerce Way, Clovis. Part of Clovis Community...