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  • Pinch-hit homer vaults Greyhounds to softball sweep

    Kevin Wilson|Updated Feb 20, 2018

    PORTALES — Home runs can turn a team's luck around in a hurry, and Eastern New Mexico's 13th of the year has so far brought the most fortunes of all. Pinch hitter Courtney Vigil drove a 2-2 pitch just past the fence in left for a two-run sixth-inning blast to propel the Greyhounds to a 7-5 victory Sunday over Western New Mexico and a sweep in their first Lone Star Conference series. The one-out blast for Vigil swung momentum back to Eastern (8-5, 3-0), not too long after W...

  • Lady Broncos (Floyd) and Bronchos (Grady) advance

    Peter Stein|Updated Feb 20, 2018

    CLOVIS - You can hardly call it a win-win situation because only one team could actually get a win. But there were positives for both teams coming out of Monday's District 4-1A first-round tournament game between Floyd and Clovis Christian. The biggest positives were for Floyd, who got a 56-42 win and advanced in the tournament. The Lady Broncos will visit Elida on Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m. Clovis Christian did play a highly competitive second half after struggling in...

  • Names we should know belong to heroes, victims

    Steve Hansen|Updated Feb 20, 2018

    There were 17 victims and six heroes, three of whom were also victims, in last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida. Theirs are the names we should know, so I’m going to repeat them. All but three were teenagers who will never see the adulthood they were approaching. Victims who were also heroes, from the New York Times, CNN and Fox News: Peter Wang,15, was last seen in his Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps uniform, holding a door open so others could escape the gunfire. Football coa...

  • Pet's benefit depends on person

    Sharna Johnson|Updated Feb 20, 2018

    The power of pets may seem obvious — they’re always glad to see you, provide unconditional companionship, they listen yet impose no judgment or criticism on their people and they give purpose to those who might otherwise be aimless or detached. Certainly, pets of all shapes and sizes can bring happiness and comfort. Whether it’s the cooing of a caged dove drowning out the silence, the blinking of a lizard sunning itself under a light in an otherwise dark room, colorful fish ea...

  • Clovis boys basketball preview capsule

    Peter Stein|Updated Feb 20, 2018

    Clovis BOYS District 2-6A tournament first round Clovis (9-16, 1-9) at La Cueva (15-9, 6-4), La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, 6:30 p.m. Last time out: Feb. 17. Shouldn’t be too hard to remember this one because it was only three days ago. It was Clovis’ last home game, last regular-season District 2-6A game. The Wildcats came in having not won one of either yet in 2018, but took care of both by rallying from an early deficit to blast the Bears 77-54 at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Last meeting: Ditto above. The lowdown: The Wil...

  • Clovis girls basketball preview capsule

    Peter Stein|Updated Feb 20, 2018

    Girls District 2-6A tournament first round Santa Fe (9-17) at Clovis (16-10), 6:30 p.m. today, Rock Staubus Gymnasium Last time out: The Lady Wildcats were battling for second place and a No. 2 seed in District 2-6A when they visited La Cueva on Saturday night. And they were leading in that quest, 29-23, at halftime and still ahead 37-36 by the third quarter’s end. But, the Lady Bears dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring Clovis 16-8 to grab a 52-45 victory and second place in the district. Santa Fe was home on Saturday w...

  • Reporter's notebook: Year of the dog

    David Grieder|Updated Feb 20, 2018

    Much farther east than our corner of New Mexico, the Lunar New Year was heralded Friday with festivities in China, Korea, Vietnam and a few other Asian countries. In Clovis and Portales, the celebrations were a little more subdued. “I’m here at my business, I can’t do anything today,” Soon Cho, the owner of a specialty grocery store on Clovis' Main Street said Friday. But traditionally, Cho said, the occasion is marked by families coming together, playing games and eating special food. Loved ones passed are remembe...

  • Pages past - Feb. 20

    The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2018

    On this date ... 1983: By day, Lt. Lee Wheeler was a medic at Cannon Air Force Base. But in his spare time, he transformed into "Wheelie the Clown," a local performer who also headed up a class for kids from ages 9-17 who were also interested in clowning around for a purpose. Wheeler and his students made regular appearances at area events like Texico/Farwell's Border Town Days, Melrose Old Timers' Day, and the Curry County Fair. Terri Streeter, 17, of Clovis was one of the...

  • County officials to hear financial report

    The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2018

    CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners will be told the county is in solid financial shape during today's meeting. That's when Griego Professional Services owner J.J. Griego discusses the county's financial and compliance audit for fiscal year 2017. "Curry County's audit is an unmodified, which means it's the best opinion given," Curry County Manger Lance Pyle said. "This type of opinion means the auditor was able to audit the financial statement without problems and the a...

  • Residents weigh in on gun control

    David Grieder|Updated Feb 19, 2018
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    CLOVIS — A better system for screening prospective gun owners and armed staff at public schools — just a few ideas on the minds of area residents in the wake of the country’s most recent mass shooting. Better screening echoed an announcement Monday from the White House that President Donald Trump was supportive of bi-partisan efforts to improve the federal background check system, multiple agencies reported. The shooter accused of killing 17 last week at a Florida high school legally purchased the AR-15-style rifle used...

  • Jail logs - Feb. 20

    Updated Feb 19, 2018

    Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday through Sunday: Clovis • Alejandro Astorga-Chavez, 19, possession of a controlled substance, failure to appear • Sean Burgoon, 27, battery against a household member • Toniann Sandoval, 33, failure to pay fines • Nathan Hendren, 24, failure to appear • Darlene Munoz, 21, probation violation • Robert Wolfetongue, 42, driving while under the influence, expired registration plate • Cody Brown, 24, driving under the influence, negligent use of a deadly weapon, carel...

  • Business digest - Feb. 20

    Updated Feb 19, 2018

    Scholarship apps due March 6 Applications for the Plateau Education Foundation Scholarship Program are due March 6, according to a Plateau press release. Applications are available at area high school guidance offices, Plateau retail stores and online at: www.plateautel.com/company/scholarships Winners will be announced at Plateau’s annual membership meeting on April 28 in Santa Rosa. Over $200,000 of scholarship money is available this year, according to the press release. Business Digest is compiled by the staff of The E...

  • Building inspection solution to be proposed

    The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 19, 2018

    PORTALES — A possible solution to the city of Portales’ inability to perform building inspections will be proposed to the Portales City Council tonight. A memorandum of understanding with the city of Clovis may allow Portales to utilize its neighbor’s building inspectors, according to Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer. The MOU was prompted by House Bill 219, which requires cities to hire four separate inspectors, each one certified in the individual areas of electrical, plumbing, mechanical and general inspections. If app...

  • Roosevelt to consider applying for hardship funds

    The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 19, 2018

    PORTALES — Financial hardship and a lack of reliable road department vehicles has pushed Roosevelt County to apply for hardship funds, county documents show. At its meeting at 9 a.m. today in the Roosevelt County Courthouse, the County Commission will consider authorizing County Manager Amber Hamilton to apply for funds to use for the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s annual hardship sale, which offers various maintenance vehicles. A description of the resolution located in the commission’s meeting packet point...

  • Business feature: Employee earns diploma through McDonald's program

    Eamon Scarbrough|Updated Feb 19, 2018

    Fast food may be a bargain for customers, but in some cases, the people behind the registers and fryers are getting a deal, too. On Feb. 13, Zoe Rodriguez, an employee at McDonald's in Portales, received her high school diploma in a public ceremony at the restaurant. She is the first at any of the restaurants in Tucumcari, Clovis, or Portales to receive her diploma by successfully completing the Archways to Opportunity program offered by the McDonald's Corporation. The...

  • Meetings calendar - Feb. 20

    Updated Feb 19, 2018

    Today • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m. at commission chambers, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m. at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Information: 575-356-5307 • Clovis Friends of the Library — 11:30 a.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9687 • Farwell City Council — 5:30 p.m. CST at Farwell City Hall, 100 Ninth St., Farwell. Information: 806-481-3620 • Portales City Council — 6:30 p.m. at the Me...

  • Events calendar - Feb. 20

    Updated Feb 19, 2018

    Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Story: “Shape Up.” Information: 575-356-3940 • Afterschool STEAM — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Activity: “Not So Board Games.” Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • Tiny Tots — 10 a.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-763-9687 • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Story: “Things That Go.” Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen Program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Activity: Xbox One free play. Information:...

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