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  • Texico ends regular season with sweep

    The Staff of the News|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    TEXICO — The Texico baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better ending to its regular season. Saturday, the Wolverines closed out that portion of their spring by sweeping Lubbock Christian 9-4 and 9-3 to go 23-2. “Good way to wrap up,” Texico coach Ty Thatcher said. Saturday’s sweep ended a five-game week in which the Wolves went 5-0. “Yeah, I was pleased with the week,” Thatcher said. “I think we played some good teams here in the closing part of the regular season. Lubbock Christian is a quality program — being three-yea...

  • CHS softball season concludes

    Peter Stein|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    CLOVIS - The bottom of the sixth inning in Game 2 of Monday's Clovis softball season finale seems a microcosm of the Lady Wildcats' season overall. The fight was there, even if the results weren't. Clovis lost the first game of Monday's home doubleheader to Sandia 18-1 and was losing the second game 11-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Worse yet, there were soon two outs and nobody on, moving the Lady 'Cats an out away from being run-ruled consecutively in their l...

  • Shooting suspect to hire private attorney

    David Grieder|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    PORTALES — Dylan McKay’s family drove in this weekend from Oklahoma, Indiana and Texas and filled out the group of roughly two dozen crowded into a court room for the first appearance this week of his accused killer. Angel Loya, 22, said during his arraignment Monday afternoon that he intended to hire a private attorney. Until then the court will appoint a public defender, and he is next due in the county’s district court Wednesday morning for a pre-trial detention motion from the state. Loya was arrested Friday on an open...

  • Baseball tournament begins this week

    The Staff of the News|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    High school baseball’s first season is over. Bring on the second season. The regular season ended Saturday for 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A teams, and the state-tournament seedings were released a day later. Texico, with its 23-2 record, is the highest local seed — No. 1 in 3A. Clovis (21-5) had been hoping for a top seed in 6A, but that went out the window after the WIldcats were swept at La Cueva (22-2) in Saturday’s doubleheader. The ’Cats are seeded fourth in 6A, with the Bears not surprisingly getting the No. 1 seed. Portales (16-1...

  • Portales, Clovis boys win district titles

    The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    District champions. That’s exactly the distinction earned Monday by the Clovis and Portales boys golf teams, Portales’ Valen Low on the boys side and Clovis’ Sydni Hill on the girls side. Portales’ boys took the 4-5A/4A crown at the New Mexico Military Institute course with 298 points, beating out second-place Hope Christian by 18. And leading the way for Portales’ sub-300 score was Low, who was the 5A/4A individual champion with a sizzling 68, his personal best. Hill was a 6A medalist by shooting an 81, beating out La Cueva...

  • Portales girls, Clovis boys get team tennis bids

    The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    In state tennis, both the Portales girls and Clovis boys will head to team competition Friday. The Rams, however, hope to do a little damage before that as well. Portales’ girls are the No. 4 seed in Class 1A-4A, and will face No. 5 Bosque 10:30 a.m. Friday at Albuquerque Academy. The semifinal and final rounds will be Saturday at Albuquerque Academy, at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. Clovis’ boys received the No. 10 seed in Class 6A, and will face Cleveland 8 a.m. Friday at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex. Fourth-seeded Car...

  • Jail logs - May 1

    Updated Apr 30, 2018

    Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday through Monday: Clovis • Mark Maestas, 36, driving while license suspended or revoked • Tyler Phillips, 32, failure to appear on a felony charge • Kenneth Pierre, 30, bribery of a witness • Tyler Allen, 22, probation violation • Claudia Reza, 35, obstructing investigation of child abuse • Alexandera Zepeda, 22, failure to pay fines, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Omar Soto, 19, driving on suspended or revoked license • Lambert Campbell, 34, shoplifting, cr...

  • Pages past - May 1

    Updated Apr 30, 2018

    On this date ... 1988: The Melrose Chamber of Commerce adopted the theme, "Opportunities are great in '88," for the community of 700 people located 22 miles west of Clovis. The Clovis News-Journal reported that several businesses had opened or expanded in Melrose in the last four months. Dale Bigler, owner of Melrose Tire, was expanding his store to include a car wash, fuel pumps, and an oil change service. "It really surprised me, the business that Melrose draws," Bigler...

  • Business digest - May 1

    Updated Apr 30, 2018

    Sundance station to close CLOVIS — The Sundance Shell gas station located at 710 E. First St. in Clovis will close around mid-May after 23 years in business, according to owner Patty Barnett. Patty Barnett said the gas closing is due to her impending retirement. The station has two employees. Her husband Jody Barnett, who owns oil wholesaler Barnett Oil Co. located across the street at 617 E. First St. said that company will remain in business. Business Digest is compiled by The Staff of The News. To suggest items contact M...

  • Reporter's notebook: Totals topped

    Updated Apr 30, 2018

    The final tallies are in from Saturday’s Great American Cleanup in Clovis and volunteers topped last year’s trash totals by over 25 tons. Public Works Director Clint Bunch said Saturday’s cleanup yielded 154 tons of trash, up from last year’s total of 128 tons according to Parks and Recreation Director Mark Dayhoff’s presentation to the city commission in 2017. Bunch said including the Great American Cleanup, free dumping for county residents at the landfill and the city’s sanitation trucks, 831 tons of trash was collected i...

  • Clovis man arrested in stabbing

    The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    CLOVIS — A Clovis man was arrested Sunday for allegedly stabbing his uncle in the neck during an argument. Corey Dixon, 18, remained Monday without bond in the Curry County Adult Detention Center pending a court hearing on a state motion for pre-trial detention, according to court records. “According to the victim, he had been talking to Corey Dixon when Corey became angered. Shortly after this, the victim reported that Corey Dixon placed him in a rear choke hold and then he was stabbed on the right side of his lower nec...

  • Business feature: Southwest Cheese official honored

    Jamie Cushman|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    CLOVIS - As the song "Cheese Please" from the film "Ratatouille" played, Southwest Cheese Director of of Human Resource Operations Leah Jackson was named the Society of Human Resource Management New Mexico (SHRMNM) 2018 HR Professional of the Year at the group's state conference in Albuquerque last week. Jackson was one of 14 finalists but said she did not know ahead of time that she would be named Professional of the Year, the third such time SHRMNM has handed out the annual... Full story

  • Roosevelt to consider contracts

    The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    The Roosevelt County Commission will consider renewing one contract and entering into another at its meeting at 9 a.m. today in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The county's contract with Correct Care Solutions for medical services to detainees at the Roosevelt County Detention Center is up for renewal. The proposed contract would charge the county $48,080 a month, or $576.968 a year, according to a proposal by CCS. Also up for approval is a contract with Cordova CPAs for...

  • Curry to vote on budget resolution

    The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission will vote on a resolution to set a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2019 at today's meeting. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said the proposed budget for 2019 includes $41,100,824 in total expenses, compared to a total expense budget of $42,962,090 in fiscal year 2018. Pyle said the main difference in the total operating budgets is tied to starting work on the courthouse heating system improvements and the detention center renovation project. Pyle said the county's preliminary budget i...

  • Some ENMU employees to get raises

    The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    PORTALES — For their service to the college, certain Eastern New Mexico University employees will soon be receiving a raise to the tune of $2,288. The raise was approved at the ENMU Board of Regents’ April 20 meeting in Albuquerque, according to ENMU President Jeff Elwell, and grants the raise — which comes to $1.10 an hour for hourly workers — to any employees on the ENMU payroll on Dec. 31, 2017 and July 1 of the current year, when the raise will take effect. “The average raise is somewhere around 4.5 percent. The dollars a... Full story

  • Local archaeologist receives award

    Eamon Scarbrough|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    If you ask the Society for American Archaeologists, it might say James Warnica “was instrumental in preservation of threatened collections and records from Blackwater Draw,” but if you ask him about the prestigious award he recently received from SAA, he will just say he was doing what he loved. SAA held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., April 11-15, where it announced Warnica would be receiving the Crabtree Award, an accolade presented to avocational archaeologists who “have made significant contributions to advan...

  • Clovis to examine ordinance on attendance

    The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    CLOVIS - Changes in the city's shared services cost agreement and the operating procedures of the Ethnic Affairs Committee are on tap for a Clovis City Commission meeting Tuesday. The 5:15 p.m. meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library includes an ordinance introduced to combat the lower committee's problem of low attendance that leads to meeting cancellations or no action because a quorum is not present. Under the ordinance, the committee makeup would...

  • Meetings calendar - May 1

    Updated Apr 30, 2018

    Today • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m. at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Information: 575-356-5307 • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m. at Curry County Commission chambers, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 • Clovis City Commission — 5:15 p.m. in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St. Information: 575-769-7828 Wednesday • Clovis Community College Board of Trustees — 8 a.m. at CCC room 512, 417 Schepps Blvd. Information: 575-769-4001 Th...

  • Events calendar - May 1

    Updated Apr 30, 2018

    Today • Books ‘n’ Babies Lapsit — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Story: “Let’s Play.” Information: 575-356-3940 • Afterschool STEAM — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Activity: Army man launchers. Information: 575-356-3940 • Carson and Barnes Circus — 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave. Admission is $20 for adults and $12 for children at the door. Information: 575-935-7000 Wednesday • United Blood Services Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clovis Community College Health and...

  • Hard-luck shelter pets still need homes

    Sharna Johnson|Updated Apr 30, 2018

    With rows of eyes staring longingly from behind wire gates and a deafening chorus of barking and cries that reverberate off concrete floors, few places are as tough to visit as an animal shelter. It’s a strange collection of personalities and appearances — all shapes, sizes, colors and ages — and they either rush to the front of their pens to greet visitors or retreat to a far corner as if they would give anything to dissolve into the wall. Just as varied are the stories that...

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