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Articles from the April 3, 2018 edition

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  • Portales' Low wins playoff, tops Artesia field

    The Staff of the News|Updated Apr 3, 2018

    ARTESIA — Taking the nearly three-hour ride to Artesia can be a drag. But when good things happen there, it’s well worth the trip. It was certainly a worthwhile trip on Monday for Portales freshman golfer Valen Low, who won the Bulldog Invite in Artesia by defeating Lovington’s Rial Williams on the second playoff hole. Both golfers ended regular play with a match-best 74. The playoff teed off from Hole 1, with each golfer parring it. Next up was Hole 2, where Lowe missed a putt for par, settling for a bogey. Williams, thoug...

  • One dead in weekend crash

    Eamon Scarbrough|Updated Apr 3, 2018

    PORTALES — The suspect in a fatal crash possibly caused by alcohol on Saturday told police he was returning home from watching a movie at 4:30 a.m., officials said. Ricardo Navarrete, 31, of Portales, was arrested Saturday morning after police say his vehicle struck another car from behind, killing the driver. Jose Saldana-Pinales, 41, of Portales, was ejected from his vehicle after it was rear-ended by Navarrete's truck, according to a press release by the New Mexico State P...

  • Happy birthday to pioneer Jane Goodall

    Sharna Johnson|Updated Apr 3, 2018

    Images of primates dunking sticks into termite mounds and pulling out tasty snacks — the monkey version of fishing — are common enough, but they haven’t always been. Indeed, though a well-known fact now, at one time, the thought animals might use tools or innovation to accomplish tasks would have been considered preposterous. As astounding as the revelation must have been, it’s perhaps even more astounding that it was discovered by a 26-year-old British woman sent to live am...

  • Reporter's notebook: Safest cities

    Jamie Cushman|Updated Apr 3, 2018

    Clovis and Portales rank among the 20 safest cities in New Mexico, according to a recent report from, an independent home security review website that analyzed data from the FBI’s crime reports and statistics. Cities were ranked by violent crime (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) per 1,000 people. Portales ranked 12th with 4.19 crimes per 1,000 people and Clovis was 16th (5.61) Corrales (0.82), Los Alamos (1.02), Sunland Park (1.47), Lovington (1.50) and Raton (2.15) make up the Land of E...

  • Curry to explore water conservation committee

    Jamie Cushman|Updated Apr 3, 2018

    CLOVIS — Water will dominate the agenda at today's Curry County Commission meeting. A proclamation will be read declaring April to be water conservation month. In line with that proclamation, the commission will explore establishing a water conservation committee. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he envisions a water conservation committee made up of two commissioners and members of the public, though it will be up to the commission to decide whether or not to establish a...

  • Pages past - April 3

    The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 3, 2018

    On this date ... 1978: Timberline, a popular local country and western band, had opened for American country singer and songwriter Merle Haggard in a concert at Eastern New Mexico University's Greyhound Arena. Timberline members included Kim Blakey of Portales, Roy Black of Ruidoso, Donnie Fennimore of Clovis, and Craig Yuetter of Adrian, Michigan. Besides being a fixture in local clubs, they had also previously opened at a concert for country singer Ronnie Milsap. 1973: A...

  • Villanova wins national championship

    The Associated Press|Updated Apr 2, 2018

    SAN ANTONIO — A massive spark from Donte DiVincenzo and a defensive turnaround turned Villanova’s second national title in three years into a rout. DiVincenzo scored 31 points off the bench and Villanova shut down Michigan from the perimeter to beat the Wolverines 79-62 Monday night in the NCAA championship game. Villanova (36-4) started flat at both ends, unable to slow the Wolverines off the dribble or make anything from the 3-point arc to fall after setting the Final Four record against Kansas on Saturday. DiVincenzo pro...

  • Storm spotters keep eyes on the skies

    David Grieder|Updated Apr 2, 2018

    CLOVIS — Head in the clouds? Dreaming of dew? Riding on the storm? If so, the National Weather Service might have just the volunteer position for you. Tonight an NWS meteorologist from Albuquerque will lead a “Skywarn Spotter Training Class” from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, part of an annual push for volunteers in advance of the spring severe weather season. The training covers “basics about severe weather including thunder storms, flash flooding, how to recognize down-burst winds, spot tornado... Full story

  • Jail logs - April 3

    Updated Apr 2, 2018

    Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday through Monday: Clovis • Oscar Hernandez, 26, careless driving, failure to maintain traffic lane • Tyler Allen, 21, probation violation • Darnell James, 45, failure to appear on a felony charge • Jordan Plasencio, 19, probation violation • Samantha Roberts, 45, theft of identity, unauthorized use or theft of the card of another, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia • Javier Jimenez, 34, theft of identity • Brandon Cordova, 35,...

  • Airmen accused of rape released on bond

    David Grieder|Updated Apr 2, 2018

    CLOVIS — The three Cannon Air Force Base airmen awaiting trial on rape charges were released Monday from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on an unsecured appearance bond, following a court hearing that morning. Defense attorney Ben Herrmann said he was glad that his client, 24-year old Thomas Newton, and his two co-defendants were out of custody after spending the past two months in jail. The three were arrested in late January and charged with second-degree criminal sexual penetration after a female airman told p...

  • Portales officials to set conservation goal

    The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 2, 2018

    PORTALES — City officials encourage residents to conserve water every year, but this time they’re keeping score. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said each year he presents the City Council with a resolution encouraging residents to conserve water, complete with information on recommended watering schedules and other tips to keep water use low. What sets the resolution being introduced at tonight’s City Council meeting apart is a specific conservation goal: 40 million gallons, or 4 percent less than a year ago....

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  • Meetings calendar - April 3

    Updated Apr 2, 2018

    Today • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m. in Curry County Commission chambers, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 • Clovis Civil Aviation Board — 5:30 p.m. at Clovis Municipal Airport, 459 Clovis Road 11.5, Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 • Community Development Block Grant Public Hearing — 5:30 p.m. at Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Community is invited to submit input on community development needs and suggestions for future CDBG projects. Information: 575-356-5307 • Portales City...

  • Events calendar - April 3

    Updated Apr 2, 2018

    Today • Skywarn Spotter Training Class — 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The Albuquerque National Weather Service will train volunteer weather spotters for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. Information: 575-769-7840 Wednesday • Quay County Weed Management Workshop — 8 a.m. to noon at the Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 W. Route 66, Tucumcari. The free program will include workshops on weed management in alfalfa and sorghum. Attendees must RSVP before...