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Articles from the March 20, 2018 edition

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  • Rams win 12-7 to claim Cardinal Classic

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 20, 2018

    EUNICE — A late offensive surge gave Portales baseball a 12-7 win over Midland Christian on Saturday night, earning the Rams the Eunice Cardinal Tournament title in the process. Portales (3-1) scored five runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth to take a 12-7 lead, having erased a four-run deficit. “We didn’t play very good in the first inning — all three of our errors came in the first inning,” Rams coach Dusty Nusser said of his team’s early woes. “We did a good job in the (top of the) fifth of putting guys... Full story

  • Nothing to sneeze at

    Jamie Cushman|Updated Mar 20, 2018

    CLOVIS — If your nose has been running or you’ve started sneezing more than usual over the past weeks, you’re not alone. March generally brings out more pollen but local health officials are saying this allergy season has been particularly bad. “I feel like it was high all through January and kind of tapered off in February and now it’s creeping up again,” said Susanne Oborny, a clinical allergy specialist at X-Press Care. “I think it’s going to get a little worse by the end of the month.” Charles Otero, a physician assista... Full story

  • How does your flower garden grow?

    Eamon Scarbrough|Updated Mar 20, 2018

    Big dreams of a colorful flower garden, but intimidated by spring winds and summer heat waves? Never fear, area nursery owners say, for there is a solution. First, know that there is plenty of time to prepare. Traci Franklin, owner of Traci's Greenhouse in Clovis, said planting should typically happen after April 15 to avoid any plant-killing freezes. Until then, you can prune back your existing garden or clear space for a new one. "From now until it's time to plant, you just... Full story

  • Officials to discuss county fees

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 20, 2018

    PORTALES — Fees and costs for everything from making copies to fingerprinting will be discussed at today's Roosevelt County Commission meeting. This is part of an annual resolution in which the commission analyzes the fees, rates and costs that are established for the county, according to County Manager Amber Hamilton. Also up for consideration will be a compensation study, which evaluates whether the county is staying competitive in the way it pays its employees. "The goal i...

  • Curry to consider wildfire measures

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 20, 2018

    CLOVIS — With an ongoing drought in eastern New Mexico, the Curry County Commission will consider taking steps to cut down on wildfires at today's meeting. The Fire Danger Emergency in Curry County declaration, if approved, would prohibit open flames in unincorporated areas of the county. Other restrictions include using incinerators only when the wind is under 15 mph and only using grills if they are covered. If approved, the restrictions would take effect right away and w...

  • Goddard scores three in seventh to shock Clovis

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 20, 2018

    ROSWELL — The Clovis High baseball team had their insurance run, and were well on their way to heading home with the Goddard Invitational championship. Turned out the host Rockets had other plans, and spoiled the Wildcats’ plans with three two-out runs for a 4-3 win Saturday night. Mason Sonive delivered the game-winning single for Goddard, which moved to 8-0. Clovis, which dropped to 9-3, got 20 outs just fine. The 21st proved elusive. “We’ve got two outs, runner on second,” Clovis coach Richard Cruce said. “We walk a guy,... Full story

  • Water authority administrator chosen

    David Grieder|Updated Mar 20, 2018

    PORTALES — Orlando Ortega will assume the responsibilities of "administrator of project advancement, planning and communication" for Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority on April 2. The water authority named the former Portales mayor to the position at its meeting Monday. Ortega received a three-year contract with an annual base salary of $89,000, with benefits. The position was vacated Oct. 1 when Justin Howalt left to become Clovis' new city manager. Ortega was P...

  • Pets could be in for rough spring

    Sharna Johnson|Updated Mar 20, 2018

    If the version of spring you imagine includes frolicking with the pooch on balmy days with fresh green sprigs of grass under paw and the smell of new blossoms drifting on light breezes, don’t hold your breath. Today marks the first official day of spring, and if predictions hold true, it will be a doozy. Replace balmy with hot and dry, floral fragrances with grit and dust, and light breezes with gusts that send billboards flying, and you’re a little closer to spring on the...

  • Pages past - March 20

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 20, 2018

    On this date ... 1988: High Plains animal lovers staged a protest at Clovis' Hillcrest Zoo in defense of Sonny, a rambunctious elephant who had been threatened with euthanasia because of destructive behavior at the zoo and the zoo's inability to find a place to rehome him. A group of 25-30 people, including District Attorney Les Williams, marched with picket signs, and organizers were circulating petitions on Sonny's behalf to present to the Clovis City Commission. Sonny event...

  • Reporter's notebook: Living up to its name

    Jamie Cushman|Updated Mar 20, 2018

    It’s called March Madness for a reason but this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been particularly crazy. And we’re only through the first two rounds. A No. 16 seed defeated a No. 1 seed for the first time ever in the men’s tournament when 20-point underdog University of Maryland-Baltimore County won by 20 points over the top overall seed Virginia on Friday. Also in the South region, Nevada overcame double digit deficits in both games including a 22-point comeback against second-seeded Cincinnati, Loyola Chicago b...

  • Clovis' Williams scores 8 as Texas A&M nips DePaul

    The Associated Press|Updated Mar 19, 2018

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Freshman Chennedy Carter hit a three with 3.2 seconds left, capping a 37-point performance, to help Texas A&M rally from a 17-point second-half deficit and beat DePaul 80-79 in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Carter had 32 of her points after halftime and the fourth-seeded Aggies pulled off another stunning second half comeback for the second consecutive year. It was the largest comeback ever in the second round of the tournament and the fourth largest ever. Texas A&M t...

  • ENMU's Parker honored

    The Staff of the News|Updated Mar 19, 2018

    PORTALES — After a Monday vote among league head coaches, the Lone Star Conference released its 2018 Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Year. Among the seven honorees was Eastern New Mexico University’s Marcus Parker. Parker shared Male Indoor Track Athlete of the Year honors with Dalton Stidham (Tarleton State) and Rashard Clark (Texas A&M-Commerce). Parker is the first Greyhound to earn the distinction since Isaiah Samoei in 2014. Parker earned the conference title in both the 60m and 200m dashes. He went on to place fif...

  • Jail logs - March 20

    Updated Mar 19, 2018

    Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday through Sunday: Clovis • Amanda Arguijo, 38, failure to yield, driving on suspended or revoked license, no proof of insurance • Patrick Avent, 51, probation violation • Jacob Ratigan, 21, failure to appear on a felony charge, failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge • Eduardo Vargas, 22, aggravated battery against a household member (no great bodily harm) • Claudia Reza, 34, obstructing investigation of child abuse • Adrian Trujillo, 27, aggravated driving while under...

  • Portales council to do some post-election organizing

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 19, 2018

    PORTALES — The Portales City Council will be doing some reorganizing in its first meeting since the municipal election. After hearing the official results of the uncontested election, newly elected Mayor Ron Jackson will conduct elections for positions on the council. “Every time there’s a new mayor, the mayor has a right to appoint the committees. That’s basically what’s going to happen. He’ll reappoint some committees. They’ll also probably vote for mayor pro-tem,” City Manager Sammy Standefer said. Also at today’s meeting...

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  • Meetings calendar - March 20

    Updated Mar 19, 2018

    Today • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m. at the Curry County Commission Chambers, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-5591 • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m. at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Information: 575-356-5307 • Clovis Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — 5 p.m. at the Bert Cabiness City Government Center, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 • Farwell City Council — 5:30 p.m. (CDT) at Farwell City Hall, 100 Ninth St., Farwell. Information: 80...

  • Events calendar - March 20

    Updated Mar 19, 2018

    Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Story: “Welcome Spring.” Information: 575-356-3940 • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Activity: DIY paper beads. Information: 575-356-3940 • Clovis Municipal Schools Dance Spectacular — 6 p.m. at the Clovis High School Gymnasium. Featuring competition routines by CMS dance teams. Information: 575-769-4350 Wednesday • Tiny Tots — 10 a.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m...