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  • Cisneros family attorney: 5-year-old progressing

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated May 14, 2024

    The 5-year-old girl shot and critically injured May 3 at Ned Houk Park has made “significant progress” over the past few days, an attorney representing her family said. “The family is asking for continued prayers for her recovery,” said Matt Chandler, speaking on behalf of the family of Harley Cisneros. Cisneros and her friend, Taryn Allen, both 23 of Texico, were found dead in the park from gunshot wounds. Cisneros’ oldest daughter, unnamed at the family’s request, was also shot and taken to a Lubbock hospital, authorities...

  • Vince Galvan 'made everyone feel loved'

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated May 12, 2024

    Vince Galvan was a “great big brother,” little brother Joe Galvan said on Thursday. “He would take us fishing. For all of us, he did a lot of things.” Once, he even let Joe and other brothers tag along on a date. They all went to see “Star Wars” at the LaFonda Drive-in. “He stopped and got a pan pizza -- that was new then -- and we drove out to the drive-in … He put the pan pizza on top of his truck and he told me and my two brothers, ‘Here’ and left us up there with the pizza...

  • Our people: Traveler likes spicy food, Earl Grey tea

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated May 12, 2024

    Retired Clovis school teacher Rhonda Roberts sent The News an email suggesting an interview subject for "Our People." Roberts recommended her niece, Shauma Brown. "She's very interesting," Roberts wrote in an email. So The News sat in Brown's office and asked questions to find out why her aunt regards her as "very interesting." Q: Where were you born? A: Okinawa, Japan. My father was in the Air Force. Q: What do you remember of that place? A: I like to say I remember water...

  • Lucky to have a mom who's prayed me through hard times

    Karl Terry, Local columnist|Updated May 11, 2024

    I’ve frequently told folks that I raised my mother. I’m not totally sure she appreciates me saying that, but I love her and it’s just tough if she doesn’t like it. I am the oldest of three siblings and I was born while she was in her teen years. So by the time I was 10 and becoming more responsible, she was in her mid-20s. Couple those facts with everyone telling me I was born an old man, and there you have the recipe. I mostly liked working side-by-side with my mother,...

  • Texico advances with 13-12 win

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    TEXICO – Finally, a close game against Pecos went Texico's way, and the Wolverines are advancing to the Class 2A state quarterfinals because of it. Texico erased deficits of 5-0, 10-8 and 12-11, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to nip District 6-2A rival Pecos 13-12 on Wednesday night. It's the third time in four meetings this season that the teams have played tight, high-scoring contests decided late. The Panthers won the first two, erasing an 8-0 deficit for an 1...

  • Hounds get trio of Gold Gloves on All-LSC team

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    LUBBOCK – Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team, which had previously earned only one Gold Glove award in All-Lone Star Conference postseason picks, had three in selections announced on Wednesday at the conference’s baseball awards banquet, held in conjunction with the start of a four-team, double-elimination conference tournament. Juniors Beau Preston at first base, Demetrio Archuleta at second and Tucker Gideon in the outfield notched gold gloves. Meantime, junior left fielder/relief pitcher Luciano Terilli was n...

  • Buffs, Bronchos advance to Class 1A semifinals

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    MELROSE – There's nothing like getting off to a quick start to take the suspense out of things. Defending Class 1A champion Melrose did just that on Wednesday, getting a three-run homer from junior catcher Dathan Yeary before anyone had been retired in the bottom of the first and rolling to a 19-0 win over Magdalena in a state quarterfinal game shortened to 4 ½ cantos by the 10-run rule. The third-seeded Buffaloes (12-6), who defeated District 3-1A rival Logan13-7 in l...

  • CHS, PHS girls fall in first round of state tennis

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE – Clovis and Portales’ girls had no luck in Wednesday’s opening round of state tennis competition. At Jerry Cline Tennis Center, the Lady Wildcats had one entry in singles and one in doubles in Class 5A, while the Lady Rams had a doubles entry in Class 1-4A at Albuquerque Academy. For the Lady Cats, junior Hannah Lingala lost a 6-0, 6-0 decision to third-seeded senior Ellise Jay of Mayfield in singles. Jay advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over La Cueva junior Varinn Sood, but she bowed out in the s...

  • Jail log - May 12

    Updated May 11, 2024

    Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday - Friday): Clovis • Raheem Cooper, 30, probation violation • Stephen Reyna, 38, battery • Marisela Chavez, 34, probation violation • Tony Anthony, 18, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge, failure to pay fines • Karlton King, 20, probation violation • James Wyche, 25, failure to appear on a felony charge • Cynthia Vallejo, 29, probation violation, concealing identity • Nicholas Morris, 34, driving while license suspended or revoked Portales • Randall Eakins, 6...

  • Man sentenced to 9 1/2 years

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    As of Tuesday a Clovis man was sentenced to nine and a half years in the Department of Corrections for aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. According to the release Anthony Abeyta, 28, will be facing nine and half years consecutive to a six year sentence he received earlier this year for violating probation. Last Sunday, Abeyta was found guilty by a jury when he was involved in a high-speed chase fleeing from Curry County Sheriff O...

  • Pages past, May 12: That ol' car was hard to start

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    On this date ... 1911: Homer Jones did not shoot his business partner at Taiban as authorities had alleged. Jones’ innocence was declared by Edward Gardner, the man Jones was alleged to have shot. Police arrested Jones because his boot tracks were found near the scene of Gardner’s shooting. But when Gardner recovered from his wound enough to talk to authorities, he told them he and Jones were the best of friends and had never had a cross word. Gardner said Jones’ arrest was ...

  • Muleshoe woman killed in crash

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    A Muleshoe woman died Wednesday night in a vehicle crash in Lamb County, Texas, near Amherst. Sherri Harrison, 57, was killed after her 2009 Toyota Camry collided with a truck near the intersection of U.S. 84 and Farm to Market Road 37, according to a report by the Texas Department of Public Safety. A preliminary investigation revealed that Harrison’s vehicle was leaving a private drive off U.S. 84 and “pulled into the path” of a 1998 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Clay Hayes, 66, of Albuquerque, according to DPS. Hayes...

  • Roosevelt officials deny speed limit reduction request

    Landry Sena|Updated May 11, 2024

    In a 3-2 vote, the Roosevelt County Commission declined to change the speed limit from 55 mph to 40 mph on a road section just southeast of Portales. The road that was in discussion was South Roosevelt Road (SRR) 8 and NM-88, and goes about 5 miles east to SRRG. Commissioners Tina Dixon, Roy Lee Criswell and Dennis Lopez voted against the resolution. Commissioners Paul Grider and Rod Savage voted yes. Roosevelt County Road Supervisor Juan Dominguez told the commission at their regular meeting Tuesday that a traffic study was...

  • Early enrollment numbers up for summer, fall at ENMU

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    Early numbers for enrollment are up this summer and this fall at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. The news came from ENMU Chancellor and President James Johnston in a presentation to the university’s Board of Regents at their May regular meeting Friday. Johnston said the early numbers show summer enrollment is up 2% from last year, fall up 4% from last year. Johnston also noted it is hoped the search for an athletic director for the university will be wrapped up by the time of the Regents’ June meeting. Joh...

  • Roosevelt County officials to consider new home economist

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    Roosevelt County could possibly have a home economist again, if the commission allows it in their budget for fiscal year 2025. Several county residents and 4-H members asked the commission at their regular meeting Tuesday to vote in favor of bringing back a family and consumer sciences agent to the Roosevelt County Extension Office. The last time Roosevelt County had an FCS agent was around 2016 when the county was in a financial crunch and needed to cut funding, according to Roosevelt County Ag Agent, Patrick Kircher. At...

  • Charges dismissed in animal cruelty case

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    Charges have been dismissed against the Clovis man who fatally shot a dog he said was “aggressively barking” at his dogs in November. Bradley Pearson, who lives in the 100 block of Zia Place, faced a fourth-degree felony charge, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine. But District Attorney Quentin Ray said last week the animal - a labrador retriever - “had a history of attacking people.” Court records show the suspect told police on Nov. 1 that he shot the dog after it barked at his own dogs in the front yard...

  • Opinion: Moldova may be country to watch

    Rube Render, Local columnist|Updated May 11, 2024

    Stephen Bryen is an expert in security strategy and technology who served as deputy under secretary of Defense during both Reagan administrations. Bryen recently published two articles in Asia Times that are causing some concern among the commentariat. The first of these asserts that France has sent its first troops officially to Ukraine, and they are members of the Foreign Legion. The initial 100 troops are part of a force that will number around 1,500 and will deploy in...

  • Woman arrested, charged with robbery in cemetery incident

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    A woman with a rubber bat attacked a woman visiting the Portales cemetery last Sunday morning, Portales police said. Francine Galvan, 26, was arrested and charged with robbery in connection with the incident. Portales Police Capt. Chris Valdez said officers were dispatched to the cemetery about 8:40 a.m. last Sunday. Valdez said the suspect had approached the victim and demanded her belongings. “An altercation occurred with injuries to the victim and items being stolen,” Valdez wrote. Valdez reported the victim was eva...

  • Opinion: Gun rights foundational to liberty

    Kent McManigal, Local columnist|Updated May 11, 2024

    Why do I keep returning to the natural right of each and every human being to own and to carry guns? Because when it comes to liberty, unless you get that right, you’ll get everything wrong. This right is non-negotiable, along with the right to free speech, freedom of association, and the right to own and use property. Anyone on the other side, or trying to keep a toe on the other side, is a danger to you. Governments and their politicians want exceptions. There aren’t any...

  • Opinion: Green energy could be another 'corporate welfare' failure

    Paul Gessing, Guest columnist|Updated May 11, 2024

    Left, right, or center, economists tend to agree that “corporate welfare” is not good public policy or good economics. A recent Rasmussen poll found that approximately 65% of Americans (regardless of political philosophy or affiliation) oppose corporate welfare. Definitions of what constitutes such “welfare” vary, but generally relate to policies that involve politicians picking winners and losers in the economy. Sadly, New Mexico has a long history of picking “losers...

  • Clovis school board passes budget

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education unanimously passed a $173.9 million budget for fiscal year 2024-25 Tuesday at their regular monthly meeting. Marking this year’s budget $4.7 million less than the previous fiscal year. CMS Senior Director of Finance Heather Nieto said there were some factors that played into the budget decrease. “Some of the biggest reasons for the budget to change are the expiration of some funds as of June 30 and the rise in insurance costs going up 15.53% as well as the increase in risk ins...

  • Officials vote for 175-day calendar

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    In hopes to find “a middle ground” from the state’s Public Education Department’s proposed changes to school calendars, the Clovis Municipal Schools Board on Tuesday unanimously voted for a 175-day calendar. CMS Superintendent Renee Russ said the new calendar will preserve eight professional days for staff. “The ironic thing about this calendar as compared to the 180-day calendar we put together just in case is that this generates more total instructional hours than a 180-day student calendar would,” Russ said. Russ said t...

  • Officials present new option for railroad overpass

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    Highway officials on Thursday in Texico presented a new option for building a railroad overpass near the New Mexico and Texas state line. Many of the residents who came to review the new schematic expressed support, but also concern. Kylan Francis, director of transportation planning and development in Texas, said an earlier plan to build an overpass through the business districts of Texico and Farwell received only about 50% support. That’s why officials went back to the drawing board. The newest option would divert t...

  • Portales High students putting on production of Grease

    Betty Williamson, Local columnist|Updated May 11, 2024

    Tassel and mortarboard season is upon us. You’ll be able to see them in almost any direction you look for the next month. Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University both conferred degrees recently, and our area high schools are celebrating seniors in ceremonies all month long. There’s one more place you can see mortarboards next weekend that you might not be expecting: on nine “dropouts” – “Beauty School Dropouts,” to be exact – in the Portales High School prod...

  • Homicide timeline traces murder suspect's travels

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    Law enforcement authorities early Monday arrested a man accused of shooting and killing two 23-year-old Texico women, shooting a 5-year-old in the head and kidnapping a 10-month old baby on May 3 at Ned Houk Park. The News has pieced together a timeline of events based on public documents and police interviews: May 1-2 Alek Collins, 26, of Manvel, Texas, drives a rented vehicle – a maroon Honda sedan -- from the Allen, Texas, area through the Texas Panhandle, arriving in C...

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