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  • Meetings calendar - May 19

    Updated May 21, 2024

    Monday *City of Clovis Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee – 5:30 p.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main, Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Tuesday *Roosevelt County Commission budget workshop – 9 a.m., Commission Room, Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Information: 575-356-5307 *Curry County Republican Party luncheon — 11:30 a.m., K-Bob’s Steakhouse, 1600 Mabry Dr., Clovis. Information: email [email protected] Wednesday *City of Clovis Public Works C...

  • Family: Lifelong friends were heroes

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    Heroes. Not victims. That’s how Laura Robinson hopes the community will remember her daughter Harley Cisneros and lifelong friend Taryn Allen. Cisneros and Allen, both 23 of Texico, were killed May 3 at Ned Houk Park by a man police say they did not know. Alek Collins, 26, of Houston is charged with two counts of murder, abuse of a child and kidnapping in connection with the violence, which left Sofia Mae Cisneros, 5, critically injured and Eleia Maria Torres, 10 months, missi...

  • Our people: ENMU theater professor prepares to retire

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    So why did Anne Beck decide to teach theater? "I'm a second-generation theater professor. My father was a theater pro fessor," she said. "When I was kid growing up in Lawrence, Kan., our house was near the university theater. I was in some college plays as a kid. I kind of followed my dad," she said. The retiring Eastern New Mexico University professor shared some details about her life with The News on Tuesday. Q: Where were you born? A: I was born on an Army base, Fort...

  • Night skies seem to bring me closer to God

    Karl Terry, Local columnist|Updated May 18, 2024

    Night skies are maybe as close as a person can come to God. If you’ve ever rolled out of a sleeping bag in the mountains at 2 a.m. you know what I mean. You can turn away from a campfire and look at the skies, but it’s not the same as getting up in the dark after you’ve been asleep a few hours. The stars can be so close it seems you could reach out and grab them. If the moon is up and anything bigger than a sliver you have a blazing nightlight to go potty by. I kicked myself f...

  • Events calendar - May 19

    Updated May 18, 2024

    Today *Portales High School presents the musical “Grease” – 2 p.m., PHS Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Knoxville, Portales. Tickets (cash only): $8 general admission; $6 children ages 5-18, students and teachers with ID, military with ID, and seniors; free for under 5. Information: 575-356-7015 *Texico High School graduation – 2 p.m., Texico Schools, 520 N. Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3801 *Dora High School graduation – 3 p.m., Guy Luscombe gymnasium, Dora Consolidated Schools, 100 School St., Dora. Informati...

  • Lady Rams, Lady Cats solid on first day of state track

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE – Portales and Clovis High's boys had a bit of a tough first day on Friday in state large-school track competition. The girls, on the other hand, did all right for themselves. The PHS girls scored seven points in field events and qualified four relays for Saturday's Class 4A finals, while Clovis earned two points from eighth-grader Nevaeh Barrow in Class 5A pole vault on a fifth-place finish at 9 feet, 6 inches. They Lady Wildcats also sent three relays and two i...

  • Texico girls rally for 1-3A championship

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    SOCORRO – If this keeps up, Texico might be inclined to add Paige Mallorey to the staff for all its sports. So far she’s gone 2-for-2, winning a Class 2A state title in volleyball as an assistant coach in the fall and adding the 1-3A girls state championship in golf on Tuesday. Down by nine strokes to host Socorro after Monday’s opening round, Texico put four players in the top 13 in the tournament and pulled away to six-stroke team victory (792-798) over the Lady Warriors at the New Mexico Tech golf course. “I think the girl...

  • ENMU names Fite for AD position

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    Eastern New Mexico University has selected Kevin Fite as its next athletic director, the school announced in a release on Thursday. He is scheduled to begin his new duties on July 1. Fite, who spent the last 13 years as the senior associate athletics director for compliance at Oklahoma State. He brings nearly 35 years of athletic administrative experience from Oklahoma State, Houston and the NCAA national office. ENMU began the search for a permanent AD after Paul Weir resigned in October and accepted a position as deputy...

  • Buffs post 2nd consecutive 1A state baseball crown

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE – After winning its first state title in baseball last season since going back-to-back in then-Class 1-2A in 2015 and 2016, Melrose was bound and determined to do it again. In the end, the Buffaloes left no doubt. Seeded third in the six-team Class 1A field coming in, Melrose outscored its three opponents 33-5 and capped off a repeat title on Friday with a 9-1 win over top-seeded District 3-1A rival Logan at the University of New Mexico's Santa Ana Star Field. S...

  • Man charged with solicitation

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    A Clovis man on Monday was arrested at a city hotel and charged with child solicitation by electronic communication device. Miguel Garza, 26, was in Curry County Adult Detention Center late last week. Court records show Garza communicated with an Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent who pretended to be a 14-year-old girl through social media. Garza is alleged to have actively “sought a sexual relationship” with the undercover agent’s persona. Garza was arrested after opening the door to his hotel room when the a...

  • Clovis commissioners approve preliminary budget

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    Clovis City Commissioners Thursday, at their regular meeting, approved a preliminary budget for just under $68.6 million for fiscal year 2024-2025. The proposed budget is just over $400,000 less than last year’s preliminary budget. “Part of it is we paid off the landfill loan,” Clovis Financial Director Leighann Melancon said after the session regarding the lower figure. With the unanimous commission approval, the budget will be sent on to Santa Fe. “Submission gives us authority to operate,” Melancon said. The final bud...

  • Warthog naming contest open rest of month

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Hillcrest Zoo’s warthog naming contest is now open through the end of May. The “Tusk Tourney” has the narrowed down names for the two warthogs that the zoo recently added as residents. The names available for voting are as follows: • Simone and Pumba • Tess and Theodore • Salt and Peppa • Cortana and Master Chief • Bonnie and Clyde • Delliah and Samson • Terri and Seth • Charlotte and Wilbur • Dr and Pepper • Piggly and Wiggly • Wanda and Cosmo • Sunny and Cher • Tootsie and Roll • Wilma and Fred • Amy SwineHouse and Pig...

  • Clovis man in hospital after low-speed pursuit through city

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    A Clovis man was taken to a Lubbock hospital after receiving self-inflicted wounds during a Monday incident that involved a low-speed pursuit through the city. Clovis Police Department Captain Roman Romero reports at about 6: 40 p.m. Monday CPD officers were dispatched to 410 East 10th Street for a report of a trespass. Romero wrote in a report the caller reported the suspect had driven off with the caller’s truck. The caller alleged the suspect had said, “if the ‘cops’ were called he wasn’t going down without a fight.” O...

  • Area schools gearing up for graduation ceremonies

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    Graduations are plentiful in the next few days around the area. Clovis High School’s ceremony is 6 p.m., Friday, at the Curry County Events center. CHS Principal David Fredericks reports there will be 441 graduates in the Class of 2024. Fidel Joe Madrid Jr., also known as ‘JJ,’ will be one of CHS’s graduates Friday. In addition to his high school degree, he is also a graduate of Clovis Community College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science – Welding. Madrid will be starting at New Mexico State University this fall...

  • Opinion: One day I'll tell my father's story - it deserves to be told

    Christine Flowers, Syndicated content|Updated May 18, 2024

    This week, I don’t want to get political. I’d like to talk to you about someone who is more important than the sum total of the occasional outrage I can muster up for strangers. Don’t worry, the outrage has no expiration date, and will be useful for another set of Sundays. There are elections to predict, wars to fight, candidates to prosecute and probably even a few more porn stars to tolerate. But not this week. Forty-two years ago this month, my father, Ted Flowers, passe...

  • Opinion: Siding against best interests says a lot about you

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content|Updated May 18, 2024

    This month, right-wing commentator Ann Coulter told former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy to his face she would not have voted for him because he’s Indian. “There is a core national identity that is the identity of the WASP,” Coulter said on Ramaswamy’s “Truth” podcast, using an acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. “And that doesn’t mean we can’t take anyone else in ― a Sri Lankan or a Japanese, or an Indian. But the core around which the nation’s...

  • Opinion: We've forgotten some things about logistics

    Rube Render, Local columnist|Updated May 18, 2024

    Here are some things we used to know about logistics, tactics and leadership but seem to have forgotten. Civil War Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest on winning cavalry tactics: “Get there firstest with the mostest.” Russian presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov: “Today, the winner on the battlefield is the one who is open to innovation, more open to the most rapid implementation.” U.S. Gen. Omar Bradley: “Amateurs study strategy, professionals study logistics...

  • Opinion: Note to railroad: Be a good neighbor

    Kent McManigal, Local columnist|Updated May 18, 2024

    The problem of the railroad crossing between Texico and Farwell has a logical solution. The various plans floated by state transportation officials aren’t it. The logical solution is for the railroad to be raised over the highway. I understand why the railroad doesn’t want to do this. It would be a huge engineering project and a serious inconvenience for them. It would be expensive and it’s easier to let the state soak the tax victims for the cost. They could claim they were...

  • Quay sheriff fatally shoots man brandishing firearm

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Quay County sheriff fatally shot a rural Tucumcari man who was brandishing a firearm at healthcare personnel and law enforcement officers last week. Sheriff Dennis Garcia volunteered the information about his involvement during a phone interview two days after the shooting of Aubrey James Osteen, 77. The shooting happened at Osteen’s home on Quay Road 49 about a dozen miles south of Tucumcari. “Because I was involved, I feel the I need to be transparent about it,” Garcia said in a phone interview with the Quay County Sun....

  • Opinion: Tired of the patriarchy? Go for the bear

    Los Angeles Times, Syndicated content|Updated May 18, 2024

    If you’re alone in the forest, who would you rather run across: a man you don’t know or a bear? This question, posed in a TikTok video last month, has taken the dilemma of man versus bear viral. And women online are nearly unanimous in favor of the stocky, shaggy, sleeps-through-the-winter one. The question is a chance for women to compare fears, to figure out which danger looms larger. In the video that kicked off the trend, seven of the eight women who give “bear” responses lay out the same reasoning: A bear is appeali...

  • Portales applies for new animal shelter funding

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    An application requesting funding for a new animal control shelter in Portales has been submitted to the Board of Finance, with the possibility of the city receiving $350,000. Kelly McClellan, the director for community services, told the council at their regular meeting Tuesday the application that was submitted is 164 pages. In the application, McClellan said they considered this an emergency for funding due to smaller rooms in the shelter, which means decreased services to citizens. McClellan said there’s an increased f...

  • Stories of good people don't always make the news

    Betty Williamson, Local columnist|Updated May 18, 2024

    I had a gentle reminder recently that really hit home with me. I’m sharing it here because I thought it might hit home with you, too. A couple I know went through a scary situation in our area two weeks ago. I’m going to omit names and specific details. Suffice it to say the woman was unexpectedly assaulted in a place where she often walks and where it never occurred to her to feel unsafe. Fortunately she was not critically injured and an arrest was made within hours. A few...

  • Ask the News - May 19

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    How do I catch a Greyhound bus in Clovis or Portales? Bus stops in Clovis and Portales these days are simply addresses where Greyhound buses pick up and drop off passengers, according to the company’s website. In Clovis and Portales there are no traditional bus stops where passengers may buy tickets. Bus tickets are either sold online or through a phone call to Greyhound’s customer service. In Clovis the bus stop is at 2207 S. Prince St. In Portales the bus stop is at 1020 W. First St. in front of the McDonald’s resta...

  • Base, range designated 'sentinel landscape'

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    As of Wednesday, Cannon Air Force Base along with Melrose Air Force Range and the 2.4 million surrounding acres of land have been designated a sentinel landscape. Being the first for the state of New Mexico, the Eastern New Mexico Sentinel Landscape is one of five new landscapes within the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership. "Eastern New Mexico is about to make a very important, indelible mark on a landscape that has significant influence on this side of the state... We have...

  • Senior center hosts grand opening

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    After 10 years of planning and several months of construction the Hillcrest Senior Center hosted its grand opening on Thursday. The entire project cost $8.9 million to get to completion. Senior Service Director Barbara Riggan said the plan and design of the senior center started in 2014. "It's overwhelming. I'm just so happy that we're able to provide this for the city and I'm ready to continue working towards more activities and programs for our community," Riggan said....

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