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  • Racino license applications open

    David Grieder|Updated May 8, 2018

    The gates are open, and the race to a winning racino license now begins. The New Mexico Racing Commission on Monday began accepting applications for the state’s sixth and final horse racing and casino license, a process expected to last at least through the summer. Applications are due by July 30, and per statute will be subject to comment from the state’s Native American tribes as well as a town-hall style meeting in each community, NMRC Executive Director Izzy Trejo told The News. Two groups, one in Clovis and one in Tuc... Full story

  • Afternoon fire displaces residents

    David Grieder|Updated May 8, 2018

    CLOVIS - A fire Monday afternoon at Clovis Apartments displaced the residents of 12 units in the affected building, but responders made short work of the blaze and there were no serious injuries, except for the presumed feline perpetrator. "It appears it probably involved a cat knocking over a candle in the bedroom," Clovis Fire Chief Mike Nolen said of the fire reported just before 4 p.m. at building number six at the north end of the complex on the 1000 block of Martin... Full story

  • Eastern baseball team is playoff-bound

    The Staff of the News|Updated May 7, 2018

    PORTALES — Entering the weekend, Eastern New Mexico and Texas Permian Basin each had a chance to knock the other team out of the Lone Star Conference baseball playoffs. It turned out they helped each other get into the playoffs instead, with aid from elsewhere in the LSC. Mike Fernandez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday, as the visiting Falcons took a 10-5 win over Eastern New Mexico in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Greyhounds (23-23, 7-17 LSC) had already clinched the fifth seed by virtue of their S...

  • Portales boys tied for first at state meet

    The Staff of the News|Updated May 7, 2018

    Portales golf coach Matt Hunton was happy on Monday, but not thrilled. The happy part resulted from his Rams ending the A-4A state tournament’s opening day in a first-place tie with Hope Christian. Hunton, though, was also somewhat even-keeled about the performance because it wasn’t his team’s best. “We did OK,” he said of the Rams’ cumulative 348 score. “I know we can do better. Of course you’re happy coming out tied for first, especially when you know your team didn’t play great and is capable of more than what the scores s...

  • Softball seedings released

    Updated May 7, 2018

    PORTALES — The Portales Rams are heading to Rio Rancho as the No. 6 seed in the Class 4A softball playoffs. The Rams (17-9) will face 11th-seeded East Mountain in a 10:30 a.m. Thursday contest at Cleveland High School, with the winner facing third-seeded Cobre at 2:30 p.m. The Class 4A field includes 12 teams. The top four seeds — Silver, Bernalillo, Cobre and Robertson — receive byes into an eight-team double elimination bracket. The remaining eight face play-in games. Silver hosts the winner between No. 8 Shiprock and N...

  • Parker leads ENMU at LSC tournament

    The Staff of the News|Updated May 7, 2018

    SAN ANGELO, Texas — Sophomore Marcus Parker paced the Eastern New Mexico University men's outdoor track & field team with first-place finishes in two events at the Lone Star Conference Championships. Kandice Miles and Danee Bustos registered strong performances for the ENMU women’s team. The ENMU men's and women's teams both placed sixth at the championships. Angelo State won both meets, with Texas A&M-Commerce as the men's runner up, and West Texas A&M as the women's runner up. Parker came close to the meet record (10...

  • Jail logs - May 8

    Updated May 7, 2018

    Booked The following were booked into local jails Saturday through Sunday: Clovis • Richard Griego, 40, operating vehicle without required headlamps, driving on suspended or revoked license, no insurance, expired registration plate • Jessie Suniga, 58, no drivers license, no proof of insurance, failure to renew registration • Trisha Lopez, 39, probation violation • Cusseta Chambers, 33, larceny, failure to appear at time and place stated in citation • Isaac Rubio, 36, theft of identity • Lindsey Olsen, 24, aggravated...

  • Pages past - May 8

    Updated May 7, 2018

    On this date ... 1988: A year after they had added a gangly flock of ostriches to their farm in Rogers, Barry and Becky Walker were profiled in a feature in the Clovis News-Journal. The Walkers added the leggy birds as a supplement to the more traditional crops of wheat and milo they had raised for years. "I have orders for all I can produce and then some," Barry Walker said, noting that prices for the birds had doubled in the last year. Eight-week-old ostrich chicks were...

  • Reporter's notebook: Concerts cap year

    Updated May 7, 2018

    CLOVIS — The Clovis music department will wrap up another award-winning year with a pair of concerts at The Rock, tonight’s All-Choral Night and Thursday’s All-Band Night. Clovis Schools Director of Music Education Brandon Boerio said the two hour-long concerts are meant to cap off the year for the district’s bands and choirs and will include musicians from different schools playing together. “Both concerts highlight all of our programs combined together so they’ll feature every musician we have (grades) six through 12 both b...

  • Business digest - May 8

    Updated May 7, 2018

    Area students earn scholarships About three dozen students received over $130,000 in scholarships from Plateau’s Cooperative Education Foundation, according to a company press release. Money for the scholarships comes from Plateau members’ donated and abandoned credit card payments. The following local recipients were honored at Plateau’s Annual Membership Meeting in April last month in Santa Rosa: $8,000 Robert M. Harris Memorial Scholarship: • Avery Madison Lee – Grady High School • Abigail Anne Wilton – Fort Sumner High S...

  • Zambian delegation cancels plans

    The Staff of The News|Updated May 7, 2018

    The Zambian delegation scheduled to tour Clovis and Portales today has canceled plans, “due to unforeseen circumstances,” according to a city of Clovis news release. Clovis officials said they received the news late Monday afternoon. The group from Kasama — which Clovis has adopted as its “sister city” — had planned to tour Southwest Cheese, have lunch at Eastern New Mexico University, meet with Clovis city commissioners, tour a local dairy and visit Clovis’ Rock ’N’ Roll Museum, officials had said. The reason for the ca...

  • Portales to consider $50,000 payment

    The Staff of The News|Updated May 7, 2018

    PORTALES — The Portales City Council will be asked to approve a payment of $50,000 to the city’s economic development center at its meeting tonight, officials said. If approved, the funds — which come from the city’s local economic development tax — would go to the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp., which will administer the funds for the purpose of economic development, according to City Manager Sammy Standefer. Standefer will also give a report to the council on the city’s ability to use bonds to improve infrastr...

  • ENMU students look back ahead of commencement

    Eamon Scarbrough|Updated May 7, 2018

    Editor’s note: As 763 Eastern New Mexico University students prepare for Saturday’s commencement ceremony, four prospective graduates look to the past, present and future while reflecting on their time at the college. PORTALES — ENMU’s commencement convocation will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greyhound Arena and, according to Paden Hagler, a large part of why he’s graduating is the faculty and staff. “As long as the student tries, the faculty will do everything they can to get you where you need to be. The other thing...

  • Meetings calendar - May 8

    Updated May 7, 2018

    Today • Portales City Council — 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 • Texico City Council — 6:30 p.m. at Texico City Hall, 219 S. Griffith St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 • Floyd Village Council — 7 p.m. at the Floyd Community Center, 1572 New Mexico 267, Floyd. Information: 575-478-2585 Wednesday • Clovis Senior Center Plan and Design Task Force — 11 a.m. at Clovis City Hall, 320 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7908 • Clovis Planning and Zoni...

  • Events calendar - May 8

    Updated May 7, 2018

    Today • Afterschool STEAM — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Activity: Tile coasters. Information: 575-356-3940 • Candidates Forum — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Yam Theatre. Featuring Roosevelt County primary candidates. Information: 575-356-5354 Wednesday • Free Family Law Clinic — 10 a.m. at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: 575-769-2103 • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Story: “Mother May I.” Information: 575-356-3940 • Free Family Law Clinic — 1:30 p.m. at the Curry County Distri...

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  • Take steps to keep pets insect-free

    Sharna Johnson|Updated May 7, 2018

    Poor darlings, with their dense fur, proximity to the ground and penchant for laying in dirt and thick grass. They just can’t help it; they’re magnets for trouble. Nothing rings the dinner bell for parasitic bugs like a furry pal strolling through the yard. While humans offer similar dining opportunity, their hairless skin and aversion to intrusive critters make it harder to hide and airborne assaults become a swat avoiding dance. Pets, on the other hand, are much easier to... Full story