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  • Clovis coach Durham giving track and field a try

    Peter Stein|Updated Mar 13, 2018

    CLOVIS — Keith Durham knows coaching. And he should. He’s done it at the Division I and II collegiate levels, the high school level, too. But that’s basketball. Track and field is another matter. Though Durham has been a basketball coach as high as the Boise State University women’s staff, this spring will be his first foray into coaching track and field. But he’s taking it on, taking the reins of Clovis High’s girls track and field team, giving it a go. “I guess maybe (I’m) a little nervous, this being the first year I ev... Full story

  • Snakes have strong St. Patrick's Day ties

    Sharna Johnson|Updated Mar 13, 2018

    Little bearded men in top hats and stockings, shamrocks, an over-abundance of green and painful pinches in its absence — St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays saturated with symbolism and tradition, however one character tied to the holiday that rarely receives mention is snakes. This Saturday, behind all the green menu offerings at restaurants, shamrock decals in windows, poorly executed Irish brogues and leprechaun references, is a commemoration of the acc...

  • March Madness actually began up in Albuquerque

    Peter Stein|Updated Mar 13, 2018

    Anything interesting happen over the weekend? Oh, yeah. Four area basketball teams won state championships in Albuquerque. There was drama, drama everywhere at Dreamstyle Arena, as the Elida and Melrose girls' rivalry was on display one last time this season, the Texico girls won on a buzzer-beater, the Portales girls staged a stirring rally to win their first state crown since 2014, and the Melrose boys climbed out of an early eight-point deficit to beat Maxwell. Ironically,...

  • Abandoned hotel to reopen sometime in fall

    Eamon Scarbrough|Updated Mar 13, 2018

    PORTALES — A long-abandoned hotel is set to begin serving its original purpose once again this fall, and officials are hoping the effect will be more businesses in Portales. At a Portales City Council meeting in March of 2017, Albuquerque-based Ambience Hospitality was given the Portales Inn building on the corner of Avenue A and Third Street as well as the building’s parking lot and a $500,000 incentive. The $4 million project is for the construction of a Best Western Plus hotel, slotted for completion between October and... Full story

  • State police fatally shoot man near Fort Sumner

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 13, 2018

    FORT SUMNER — New Mexico State Police officers fatally shot a man Sunday outside of Fort Sumner, who was suspected in a shooting earlier that day. Andy Lucero, 48, was pronounced dead in a field approximately 20 miles west of Fort Sumner, according to a release from NMSP Officer Ray Wilson. According to Wilson’s release, as well as a criminal complaint filed Monday: • State police officers were called to a residence in Fort Sumner Sunday morning in reference to a restr... Full story

  • Youth services holding day camp

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 13, 2018

    Curry County Youth Services and the Three7Project will host a day camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. The camp includes guest speakers, community engagement activities, skill building and lessons on healthy lifestyle choices. Lunch is provided daily. This is the sixth year for the event, created for students ages 12-18. Information: 575-763-7725....

  • Pages past - March 13

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 13, 2018

    On this date ... 1988: While it was typical for about half of all students who applied to medical school to receive rejection letters, in 1987, an impressive 85.7 percent of Eastern New Mexico University pre-med students had received acceptances to further their education. "We've just had smashing success," according to Dr. Gary Pfaffenberger, an ENMU biology professor and member of the Allied Health Advisory Board. Also quoted in the Clovis News-Journal article was Dr....

  • Reporter's notebook: Stinking up the town

    Jamie Cushman|Updated Mar 13, 2018

    Law enforcement in one New Mexico town is targeting Pepé Le Pew, the French skunk from “Looney Tunes” known for his romantic pursuits. Last week the Hagerman Police Department put on Facebook a poster featuring an image of the animated skunk that said, “Wanted for causing a big stink.” HPD does not really have an issue with the Warner Bros. character but rather his real-life counterparts who they say have infiltrated the town of about 1,200 people in Chaves County. The police department’s post said traps have been set up aro...

  • State police: Four-car crash west of Melrose injures 15

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 13, 2018

    TOLAR — A four-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon west of Melrose sent 15 people to the hospital, officials said. “HIPPA laws prevent us from knowing the extent of anyone’s injuries; however, none have been reported to have received fatal injuries,” New Mexico State Police Public Information Officer Ray Wilson said Saturday night. NMSP was dispatched around 3:15 p.m. to the crash scene at mile post 347 of US 60, near Tolar, Wilson said. That’s about 40 miles west of Clovis, between Melrose and Fort Sumner. “It is believed a...

  • LSC Softball Players of the Week

    Updated Mar 12, 2018

    HITTER Madison Greenwell, Angelo State University, SR, OF, Flower Mound, Texas, Marcus HS Greenwell led the No. 4 Rambelles to a 5-0 record last week including a sweep of Eastern New Mexico with a .750 average. The senior recorded 12 hits with multiple hits in all five contests including her second career home run and a double. She scored nine times and drove in six RBI. Greenwell led the team with five stolen bases and a .789 on-base percentage. The Flower Mound native also recorded a 1.000 slugging clip and drew three...

  • Jail logs - March 13

    Updated Mar 12, 2018

    Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday through Sunday: Clovis • Antwaughn Hampton, 19, residential burglary, larceny, unlawful use or theft of an ATM or debit card, possession of a controlled substance • Albert Lopez, 43, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer • Sean Heron, 43, failure to appear at time and place stated in citation • Cynthia Quiroz, 19, bribery of a witness, aggravated battery • Claudia Reza, 34, obstructing investigation of child abuse • Francisco Martinez, 60, driving under the i...

  • United way seeking nominations

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 12, 2018

    CLOVIS — The United Way of Eastern New Mexico seeks nominations for its inaugural Patricia Bazar Community Volunteer of the Year award. The United Way’s board of directors created the award in memory of Bazar, a staff member and volunteer who died in 2017, to recognize individuals who give broad volunteer service to the communitiy. The award will be given at the United Way’s annual banquet April 5 at the Yam Theater. A $500 donation will be made to the local charity of the recipient’s choice. Nominations will be accepte...

  • Free clinic being offered

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 12, 2018

    CLOVIS — The New Mexico Mission of Mercy is sponsoring a two-day clinic offering free basic dental, medical and vision services April 7-8 at the Curry County Events Center. The New Mexico Dental Association and Remote Area Medical clinics are cooperating to bring 20 dental chairs. Services will be provided at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis for adults and children. No identification is required. Dental services include fillings, extractions and cleanings. Vision includes eye exams and glasses made on site. D...

  • Meetings calendar - March 13

    Updated Mar 12, 2018

    Today • Texico City Council — 6:30 p.m. at Texico City Hall, 219 S. Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 • Texico Municipal Schools Board of Education — 7 p.m. at the TMS Administration Building, 520 N. Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3801 Wednesday • Clovis Local Emergency Planning Committee Exercise, Design and Planning Committee — 2:30 p.m. at the Bert Cabiness City Government Center, 321 N. Connelly St. Information: 575-769-7828 • Elida Village Council — 6 p.m. at Elida City Hall, 704 Clark St., Elid...

  • Events calendar - March 13

    Updated Mar 12, 2018

    Today • United Blood Services Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cannon Room at Plains Regional Medical Center, 2100 North Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-625-9743 • Movie Madness — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Movie: “Labyrinth.” Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • All Day Game Day — All day at Portales Public Library. Xbox One games and board games available all day. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Preschool Storytime — 10 a.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-76...

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