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  • Local scoreboard - May 4

    Updated May 3, 2022

    BASEBALL Prep linescores Friday District 4-5A First game Roswell High 13, Clovis 12 Clovis 220 206 0 —12 8 3 Roswell High 330 500 2 —13 11 3 Will Jordan, Josiah Mendoza (6), Jayden Jameson (7) and Jasiahs Jimenez; Isaiah Garcia, Marcos Tarin (6), Ivan Miramontes (6) and Eli Lynn. W — Miramontes. L — Mendoza. Top hitters — Clovis: Joseph Albert 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 runs, BB; Jordan 3-4, 2B, 3e RBIs, 2 runs; Quinn Culiver 2-4, RBI, run. Roswell High: Isaac Loya 4-5, 3B, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Savina Lazos 3-4, 2 RBIs, run; Jerry Bur...

  • Hounds' bid comes up short

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    PORTALES - After a rough start to Lone Star Conference play, Eastern New Mexico University's softball team put itself in position to earn a spot in the 10-team LSC tournament with a late-season run. Almost everything that needed to happen did in Saturday's final day of the regular campaign. But the Greyhounds, figuring they needed a sweep of rival West Texas A&M at Greyhound Softball Field, instead settled for a split after dropping the nightcap 7-1. ENMU (18-30, 9-21 LSC)...

  • ENMU earns two walkoff victories

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    PORTALES — It wasn’t enough to extend the season, but Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball squad nonetheless finished its campaign on an uptick. ENMU erased a 4-0 deficit with a seven-run sixth, then watched Texas A&M-Kingsville tie it with three runs in the ninth, the last two coming on consecutive dropped fly balls in the outfield with two out. Sophomore third baseman Sammy Williamson bailed out the Greyhounds, though, hitting a one-out RBI single in the bottom half for an 8-7 victory at Greyhound Field and a split...

  • Wolverines notch 10th seed in 2A

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines dropped their season-ending twin bill against New Mexico Military on Saturday, losing 7-0 in the opener and 3-2 in Game 2. On Sunday, the Wolverines (11-12) found out they had earned the No. 10 seed in the 12-team Class 2A state baseball tournament. They will travel to seventh-seeded McCurdy for a 3 p.m. first-round game today. Quarterfinals through finals will be played in the Albuquerque area from May 12-14, with the championship game set for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Santa Ana Star Field on the c...

  • ENMU athletes set two school marks at Texas Tech meet

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    LUBBOCK — Eastern New Mexico University junior Arianna Hayde and sophomore Paige Graham set program records over the weekend in Texas Tech’s Corky/Crofoot Classic track meet. Graham broke the school mark in women’s pole vault, clearing 11 feet, 0 3/4 inches on her final attempt to top the previous record of 10-11 3/4 by Kayla Stephens in 2019. Hayde was sixth in women’s long jump (18-8 1/2) and triple jump (37-11 1/2), shattering the previous ENMU standard in the event, held by Kris-Ann Walters in 2013 (34-7 3/4). Three E...

  • Rams' playoff bid ends; Lady Rams qualify

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    PORTALES - Heading into Friday's regular-season-ending District 4-4A doubleheader against Lovington at Ram Field, Portales High's baseball team still held out hope of making the 16-team field for the Class 4A state tournament. Their hopes were dashed, though, when the Rams dropped the opener 11-9 as Lovington rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh. PHS (11-15, 3-6 district) came back to earn a split with a 4-2 win in the nightcap, but it wasn't enough when the New...

  • Clovis snaps losing streak

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    ROSWELL - If nothing else, Clovis High's baseball team put its long losing streak to bed in its final outing of the season. The Wildcats dropped a 13-12 heartbreaker to Roswell High in the opener of their District 4-5A doubleheader on Friday before coming back to slam the Coyotes 12-4 in Game 2. It ended an 11-game losing streak for Clovis (6-17, 1-8 district). A night earlier at Bell Park, Roswell High (9-17, 2-7) snapped a seven-game skid with a 10-7 victory over CHS. "It wa...

  • Cats, Lady Cats struggle through district tourney

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    CLOVIS — It wasn’t Clovis High’s day in Monday’s District 4-5A tournament at Colonial Park Golf Course. Of course, the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats knew their work was cut out going in against their three district rivals. Hobbs swept both team titles, shooting 318 to 348 for Carlsbad on the boys’ side with the Cats fourth at 387, and also won the girls’ team crown at 340 to 365 for the Lady Cats. Carlsbad and Roswell High did not field full girls squads. Junior Jolei Adkins led the Lady Cats at 83, but lost on the first hole of...

  • CHS qualifies four entries for state tennis

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    CLOVIS — Clovis High’s tennis squads will be well-represented in this week’s Class 5A singles and doubles state competition. Junior David Case qualified for the boys in singles, while the girls will send two singles players and a doubles team to the two-day event beginning today at Jerry Cline Tennis Center in Albuquerque. Case finished second for the Wildcats in Friday’s District 4-5A meet, played at the CHS courts and at Clovis Community College. He won his first-round match 6-3, 6-2 and his semifinal contest 7-6 (7-4),...

  • Pages past, May 4: Hotel Clovis hosts hair convention

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    On this date … 1962: About 700 beauticians were on their way to Hotel Clovis for the 11th annual New Mexico Chapter of the National Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association convention. The three-day event was set to wind up with the Sunshine Trophy Contest, which recognized the leading hair stylists in the state. “Hairdressers participating in the contest will take their own models to the event. Judging is based on workmanship, adaptability and originality,” the Clovi...

  • Grateful for the soft voice of my grandmother

    Betty Williamson, Local columnist|Updated May 3, 2022

    I’m the midst of an ongoing excavation of decades of detritus in my home. The best — and most priceless — treasure I have turned up so far surfaced on Sunday. It’s a small, dusty five-year diary bound in green leather with the name “Lucy B. Williamson” embossed in gold on the cover. Better known in our family as “Ma,” Lucy Betty Williamson was my paternal grandmother. I never knew Ma. She died more than a year before I was born. She exists in my imagination through old pho...

  • Opinion: Musk unlikely to mend political divide

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content|Updated May 3, 2022

    If Elon Musk is going to take over Twitter, I hope he reads a recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Jonathan Haidt, about the impact social media is having on our democracy and what we can do about it. Of course, the richest man in America isn’t likely to listen to a peon like me, which is why I also recommend this article to you. As Haidt points, we can’t really rely on anyone but ourselves to address this problem. Haidt is a social psychologist at the New York University School of Business. A fairly prolific author and...

  • Opinion: Musk may help end liberal narrative

    Kent McManigal, Local columnist|Updated May 3, 2022

    My Twitter account was shut down during the dark days of censorship, but I made a new account a month or so ago. Just in time to see all the fun and drama over Elon Musk’s buyout of the platform. The celebrations on multiple sides, and the meltdowns on one side, were entertaining. The melodramatic handwringing -- over fears of Musk doing to “their side” what they’ve supported doing to everyone else for years -- was great comedy. Elon Musk became their new Donald Trump....

  • Opinion: Best to face bad economic news, not ignore it

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Syndicated content|Updated May 3, 2022

    U.S. gross domestic product shrank 1.4% in the first quarter at the same time inflation continued to soar. For older Americans, that combination conjures memories of 1970s stagflation, a nightmarish combination of double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, soaring gasoline prices and persistently high unemployment. The entire economic mess got dumped on President Jimmy Carter’s lap after the 1976 election, even though it was neither his fault nor the fault of his predecessors, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. Sometime...

  • Roosevelt commissioners weigh in on candidate's rejection

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    PORTALES - Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday expressed dismay their proposed appointee to the Eastern New Mexico University chancellor search committee, Charles Bennett, was rejected by the ENMU Board of Regents. "I was pretty offended that he wasn't selected," District 1 Commissioner Dennis Lopez said. ENMU Chancellor Patrice Caldwell announced plans to retire and has said she will stay in the university's top position until a successor is found. University regents...

  • Candidate Q&As: Roosevelt County Commission District 5

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    In the race to fill the Roosevelt County District 5 commissioner’s seat, two Republican candidates are vying in the June 7 primary election to represent the party in the Nov. 8 general election. There are no Democrats running in the primary election. Incumbent District 5 commissioner Paul E. Grider is being challenged by Glynn “Eddy” Wilhoit Jr. The job pays $22,832 annually. Paul E. Grider Q: Why do you believe you are the best candidate for the job of District 5 commissioner? A: I am a lifelong resident of Roosevelt County....

  • Shooting victim was 'jokester,' witty

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    PORTALES - Carol Payne of Portales has "a million memories" of her son, Justin Banks. "I remember his humor and his red hair," she said. He was "a jokester" and witty. "If you told him anything he came right back at you without even thinking about it." He got along well with people, she said. "I can tell by a lot of the remarks on his Facebook that a lot of people liked him most of the time," Payne said. Banks, 42, was shot and killed April 26. His roommate, Armando Jimenez,...

  • Daycare case to be heard before NM's highest court

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    The case of two former Portales daycare owners, Sandi and Mary Taylor, who were convicted of reckless child abuse for leaving two children in a hot car in July 2017, comes before New Mexico’s highest court Friday. One of the children, Maliyah Jones, 22 months, died as a result of the incident. The New Mexico Supreme Court on Friday will hear oral arguments in the Taylors’ case. Both women were given prison sentences of 30 or more years on reckless child abuse convictions. The children were left in a hot car for an est...

  • Fire burns four homes, 185 acres

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    CLOVIS -- Friday's grass fire burned an estimated 185 acres northwest of Clovis along with four homes, 14 outbuildings and a number of other vehicles and property, said Clovis Fire Chief Mike Nolen. There were no serious injuries reported in the incident that ended up involving not only Clovis Fire Department personnel and vehicles but three helicopters, 11 area fire departments, personnel and equipment from Cannon Air Force Base, the city of Clovis, Curry County's road...

  • Report: Clovis ranked sixth in recreational cannabis sales

    Steve Hansen, The Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    Clovis ranked sixth among 40 New Mexico cities in recreational cannabis sales in New Mexico’s first month of legalized sales, records show. A Cannabis Control Division chart shows Clovis’ adult-use sales totaled $801,826.60 for April. Medical cannabis sales totaled $477,867.83. The website weedmaps.com shows six cannabis dispensaries in Clovis. Dispensaries in Portales, meanwhile, scored legal cannabis sales of $397,908.22, of which $229,022.56 were medical and only $168,896.66 were adult-use, the chart shows. Weedmaps.com sh...

  • Governor urges local restrictions on fireworks

    Silver City Daily Press, Syndicated content|Updated May 3, 2022

    SILVER CITY — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order urging New Mexico municipalities and counties to ban the retail sale of fireworks in their communities. The request for additional preventive action comes as numerous wildfires burn throughout New Mexico and severe drought conditions persist across the state. While state statute does not enable the executive to implement a statewide ban on fireworks, the executive order follows the implementation of statewide fire restrictions prohibiting fireworks, o...

  • Vacancy open on Water Policy Advisory Committee

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    The City of Clovis has one vacancy on the Water Policy Advisory Committee for one citizen residing in Curry County. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the second Monday of every month to make recommendations to the City Commission regarding water-related matters, including conservation. The city also has two vacancies on the Public Works Committee for one citizen member from District 2 and one citizen member from District 4. The committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Applications for the openings on both...

  • Farmers' Electric names new CEO

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    The Farmers’ Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees has named Antonio Sanchez Jr. as the Cooperative’s new chief executive officer, according to a FEC news release. Sanchez was selected from a field of more than 30 candidates and will report to FEC headquarters in Clovis May 23. Sanchez has significant experience in the electric cooperative industry and is a licensed, professional engineer in New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. Sanchez takes over from Lance R. Adkins who retires in June after a 42-year career with FEC...

  • Wildfire forces evacuations in Las Vegas, N.M.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican, Syndicated content|Updated May 3, 2022

    A monstrous, wind-driven wildfire has forced the evacuation of a psychiatric hospital and a jail in Las Vegas, N.M., and put more communities on edge as crews work to halt its spread toward the city. Surging winds that changed direction pushed the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fire southeast toward Las Vegas on Sunday and early Monday, while making it grow bigger and less contained — an erratic pattern that fire managers worry could repeat itself in the coming days. Although crews have fended off the fire at the northwest b...

  • Great American Clean-Up gearing up

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 3, 2022

    The City of Clovis will be hosting their annual spring clean-up called the “Great American Clean-Up” on Saturday, May 7, 2022, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Parks and Recreation Department, located at 500 Sycamore Street in Clovis. Residents and visitors of all ages are invited to participate. Learn more information and pre-register at www.cityofclovis.org/cleanup. “We would like to encourage the public to volunteer their time to help keep Clovis beautiful,” commented Parks and Recreation Director Russell Hooper. “Volunteers...

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