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Articles from the February 21, 2024 edition


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  • Candidates square off on crime at forum

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 23, 2024

    Crime is on the mind of area residents and political candidates. That was the primary takeaway from the political forum hosted Monday by radio station KTQM. Greg Southard and David Lansford hosted the two-hour event, which featured 12 of the 13 candidates seeking municipal positions in the March 5 election. The only candidate missing from the forum was Mayoral Candidate Misty Bertrand. Candidates pulled questions at random, while also given the option to answer other candidates’ questions with 60 seconds allotted to speak. T...

  • ADA projects headed to Roosevelt fairgrounds

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Improvements are coming to the Roosevelt County fairgrounds. At their regular February meeting Tuesday, in discussion about the fairgrounds master plan, county commissioners heard of Americans with Disabilities Act parking coming this year along with ADA restrooms and horse stalls. The projects are expected to go out to bid by the end of this month or in March. Concerns about the fairgrounds’ two aging Quonset barns were brought up by Commissioner Tina Dixon. Master plans call for moving more activity into the fairgrounds p...

  • Faith: God never makes light of human pain, suffering

    Curtis Shelburne, Religion columnist|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Flat tires. I don’t know anyone who enjoys them. Does anyone enjoy the raucous rumble of tire rubber flapping against the road and your vehicle’s fender wells? Do you relish the opportunity to make the suddenly crucial decision as to how long to glide your once-smooth-now-loudly-limping ride to a stop? You’re actually faced with more than a few decisions that could well be discussed a bit — but not when you have scant seconds to make them. It’s clear that you’re stopping bu...

  • Pages past, Feb. 21: Construction begins on Texico High School

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    On this date ... 1941: The Antler’s Bar promised “We serve and prepare your favorite drink the way you like it best.” The place to “Meet your friends” was at 111 W. Grand in Clovis. The phone number was 235. 1952: Edd’s Bar, located three miles north of Grady, encouraged customers to “Organize a party, come dance, have fun,” in newspaper ads. 1956: Clovis Junior High School officials had plans to install an iron barrier and fence around the campus as precautionary m...

  • Syphilis rates rise in New Mexico

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico had the second highest syphilis rate in the United States in 2022 and ranked highest in the nation for congenital syphilis – an infection that occurs when a mother passes syphilis on to their fetus through pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacteria that produces sores on the infected person. If left untreated, the bacteria can invade the nervous system, according to the CDC. Syphilis cases are rare but...

  • State Police tout public safety in 2023

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    New Mexico State Police has released 2023 data highlighting its public safety achievements and community involvement in 2023. According to an NMSP news release, the data illustrates notable improvements in several key areas, including more DWI traffic stops and arrests, and fewer incidents involving use of force and pursuits. Among the top datapoints are: • A 12.8% increase in arrests from 2022 to 2023 (from 6,074 to 6,850 arrests). • A 25.4% increase in traffic citations from 2022 to 2023 (139,676 to 175,143 citations). • A...

  • DOH: carbon monoxide poisoning on rise

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    The New Mexico Department of Health is alerting the public to an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning cases as temperatures remain cold. The DOH’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program shows that 89 statewide emergency department visits for carbon monoxide poisonings were reported from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program from Oct. 1, 2023, to date, according to a news release. Additionally, within the same period, there was one fatality of a male in his 50s from Chaves County. “Carbon monoxide is a hidden dan...

  • Grenade found in bust was non-functioning

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    TUCUMCARI — A grenade found during a drug bust last month in a Tucumcari motel room turned out to be non-functioning, prompting prosecutors to drop one charge against the suspect. Raul Diaz-Villalobos, 39, remains charged with trafficking narcotics or methamphetamine near a drug-free school zone and possession of a controlled substance. The trafficking charge is a first-degree felony that could result in 18 years in prison and a $15,000 fine....

  • Jail log - Feb. 21

    Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis • Sebastian Granados, 27, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, assault, disorderly conduct • Jacob Thurman, 36, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle • Dameko Salguero, 26, probation violation, failure to appear on a felony charge • Ronnie White, 33, failure to appear on a felony charge • Alejandro Garcia, 19, aggravated stalking, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge, criminal damage to property, failure to appear on a felony charge ...

  • Javelinas take series from ENMU

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Following a blazing start to their Lone Star Conference series against Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team struggled mightily the rest of the weekend. The Javelinas pounded out 17 hits in each of the final two games, including Sunday's finale in which they blasted five home runs and cruised to a 14-8 victory to take the series 3-1. ENMU won the opener of Friday's doubleheader 13-1, while Kingsville rallied to gain a split with a 7-6 victory...

  • Texico sweeps Clayton

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    TEXICO – Coming off an unlikely run to a Class 2A state championship last March, Texico's girls are bidding for a repeat performance. They were 6-12 last season when they won 11 of their final 12 games to claim their first state title since 2018. Ironically, the Lady Wolverines were also 6-12 this season, but have notched four wins in their past five outings – including a victory over then-Class 2A top-ranked Tatum. Monday night's 56-49 District 6-2A win over Clayton mov...

  • CHS to send four wrestlers to state meet

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    ROSWELL – Clovis High’s wrestlers added three boys state qualifiers on Saturday, giving the program four entries into the state meet scheduled Friday and Saturday at Rio Rancho Events Center. Eighth-grader Leyton Collazo at 152 pounds and junior Michael Weist at heavyweight both finished sixth for the Wildcats in Saturday’s competition, while senior Felix Madrid earned a wild-card berth in the 139-pound class. In girls regional competition at Silver City on Feb. 10, sophomore Sophie Collazo notched a berth for the Lady Wildca...

  • Hounds outlast Chaps

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    LUBBOCK – Eastern New Mexico University’s men shot 54 percent for the game, including 69 percent in the first half, and all but led wire-to-wire. Still, it took a key play on defense to secure the Greyhounds’ 88-84 Lone Star Conference men’s victory over Lubbock Christian on Saturday. With what had been as much as a 21-point lead all but gone, LCU freshman guard Ethan Duncan went up for a potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 20 seconds left. Six-foot-7 senior guard/forward Jahcoree Ealy used his long wing span to go up and blo...

  • Hounds drop rubber game against Dustdevils

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    LAREDO, Texas – Hoping for a doubleheader sweep and a series win to start Lone Star Conference play, Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team couldn’t close out Texas A&M International on Sunday. In the lidlifter, the Greyhounds routed the Dustdevils 12-3 in five innings on the eight-run rule. They led 2-0 in the sixth inning of Game 2, but International rallied for three runs and won 3-2 when sophomore left fielder Victoria Espinoza threw out ENMU senior Mikenzey Patterson at the plate to end it. International outhit EN...

  • Wallace Street to be under construction

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Wallace Street will be under construction through Friday. According to a press release from K. Barnett & Sons, the road from Llano Estacado Boulevard to east Tierra Blanca Road will receive new asphalt surfacing. Construction is scheduled throughout the week between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.. Street parking will not be permitted during these hours and the work area will be closed to all but local traffic. However, the street will be open outside of construction hours. Street parking will remain limited as equipment will...

  • Opinion: Lawmakers did good work in session

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Pay too much attention to the goings-on in Congress and you’d think our nation is broken. But focus your attention closer to home and you’ll see an altogether different picture. Take the New Mexico Legislature as an example. It just went through a whirlwind 30-day session and got plenty done, and not just for the special interests. The people of our state, both left and right, might actually benefit from our lawmakers’ recent actions. Altogether, 72 bills were passed and now await Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s signatu...

  • Opinion: Society must re-examine notions

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    From the Duchess of Sussex and actress Meghan Markle to former Harvard President Claudine Gay to Vice President Kamala Harris, Black women have been the target of severe attacks in recent months. The most recent example are the distasteful comments made by Republican Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas toward his colleague, Democrat Cori Bush of Missouri. Nehls, an acid-tongued conservative, took it upon his shamelessly arrogant self to refer to representative Bush as “loud” and “mo...

  • Opinion: Legislature says 'no' to prosperity

    Paul Gessing, Guest columnist|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    As Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, told the floor as debate over this year’s budget wrapped up: “You’re not a poor state. Quit telling other people you’re a poor state.” He’s right. New Mexico is not poor. But what about the people of New Mexico? Among the citizens poverty remains high. According to World Population Review, New Mexico has the third-highest poverty rate in the US. Crime remains troubling and the education system is in dire straits. The state of New Mexico -- me...

  • Dog makes return to Melrose owner

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Molly Hickok said her chocolate lab Mamas has always been a little explorer. She's prone to jumping over the fence at the family home in Melrose. She doesn't usually get far, but that changed around Jan. 22. With her family gone to the store that morning, Mamas scaled the fence and somehow ended up 60 miles from home. Through the combined effort of local animal lovers and social media, she returned home Jan. 23 with a story to tell. Santa Rosa Animal Control Director Crystal T...

  • Groups announce solar agreement

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    EPCOR and SynerGen Solar on Tuesday announced an agreement aimed at developing solar energy projects, providing cheaper utility costs. According to a news release from EPCOR, the 485-acre tract of land will be supporting a solar facility that will produce 90 megawatts of electricity, enough to power an estimated 17,000 homes. SynerGen will design and operate the facility, which will be less than five miles south of downtown Clovis. “The City is excited to announce this latest project that will bring renewable energy for y...

  • Xcel Energy joins coalition

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    The Rockefeller Foundation announced last week Xcel Energy has joined the Economic Opportunity Coalition. According to Xcel, the EOC is facilitated by RF Catalytic Capital Inc., and is a public-private partnership with the U.S. government designed to align and catalyze investments in underserved communities and create wealth, with a priority placed on supporting small businesses and expanding access to capital. Xcel Energy, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, and active in New Mexico, Texas and six other western and...

  • Rent A Car pioneer from Portales

    the Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    James Cassan, owner of CMC Investments Inc., a Dollar Rent A Car licensee with locations in Seattle and Portland, died Dec. 13. He was 18 days shy of his 84th birthday. According to a news release from Auto Rental News, Cassan was born Dec. 31, 1939, in Portales to Dora and Arthur Cassan. After graduating from Portales High School in 1957, he attended Boise Junior College, where he played on the football team. After the deaths of both his parents, Cassan transferred to New Mexico State University where, on Christmas Day in...

  • You can find some real gems out on the street

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    I used to save notes I found on the street, on the sidewalk, tucked away in something. I was going to write something, maybe a short story or something, about them one day, but I didn’t. I did write about a few of them. For instance, the love note I saved after finding it in the street a few years ago. At least I think it’s a love note. “Hi Boo! Wot u been? 2 me nuthin. Just chillin –n- thinking bout u so bored. Miss u yo bad (redacted) is green. Did u tell Cheldra sumthin bout Keyshawn –n- dnt let Nekeyla read our notes cuz...

  • Magistrate judge evicts 'Cancer Mafia'

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Fed up with not getting cancer totally out of his body, 83-year-old Ken Lindsey sought a non-medical approach to beat the renegade cells. He turned to the legal system. "I've had business in courthouses in my time. I decided to go to court and asked if I could file a case against cancer in my body and get it evicted. I filed it against the Cancer Mafia and associates, Lucifer and his minions," Lindsey said Monday. Court officials at first told Lindsey the request wasn't in...

  • Local lawmakers: Mixed feelings on legislative session

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    With the end of the 30-day legislative session on Thursday and nearly 70 bills awaiting Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s signature, area lawmakers said the session was an up-hill battle for gun rights. “It was a tough session, but I think all in all we got some things done. … We stood up really hard for the Second Amendment rights,” Rep. Jack Chatfield, R-Mosquero, said. Sen. Greg Nibert, R-Roswell, said only four Republican bills made it in the cut. He said though it was supposed to be a budget session, gun-control was the domi...

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