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Articles from the May 22, 2018 edition

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  • Lloyd hopes to raise bar at NCAAs

    Eric Murray|Updated May 22, 2018

    PORTALES — Kenneth Lloyd is hoping to raise the bar — literally and figuratively — when he competes this week in Charlotte. For the Eastern New Mexico senior, the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships mark the high jumper's final event as a college athlete. "To be honest, the way I've been looking lately, and seeing how close the competition is (coming into this event), I've been practicing really hard and I could definitely win it," Lloyd said. "I alway...

  • Taking pets to college not to be done lightly

    Sharna Johnson|Updated May 22, 2018

    It was an exciting weekend, full of celebrations, family get-togethers and time with close friends — all begun by donning a cap and gown and taking those steps 12 years in the making. Graduation is an inherently strange juxtaposition of completion and beginning. For the majority of newly minted high school graduates, the next step is college — 69.2 percent went directly to college the fall after graduation in 2015, according to the National Center for Education Sta...

  • Reporter's notebook: Rainy days

    Jamie Cushman|Updated May 22, 2018

    Well, that was a rare and welcome sight — weekend rain. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Guyer said the north side of Clovis received about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch of rain on Saturday night/Sunday morning, while the south side of town and Cannon Air Force Base saw about 1/10 of an inch. Portales also had about 1/10 of an inch of rain. Guyer said that puts the total rainfall this year at 1.85 inches for Clovis and 1.18 inches for Portales. Both have a long way to go if they're going to see the average annual r...

  • Who killed Jean Abla?

    David Grieder|Updated May 22, 2018

    SAN JON — It's been more than 35 years since Jean Simmons Abla's mysterious death. With help from cold-case investigators, Abla's daughter has recently inspired renewed interest in trying to find out what happened to her. Though technically never closed, the case was cleared soon after a convicted serial killer confessed to her slaying in June 1983. Henry Lee Lucas told authorities he picked her up from a San Jon truck stop. He allegedly even told them about a scar Abla had fr... Full story

  • ENMU men's track team ranked 20th nationally

    The Staff of the News|Updated May 21, 2018

    NEW ORLEANS — Eastern New Mexico University Track and Field has their men's squad back in the top-20 in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTCCCA) Poll. The Hounds sits right at No. 20, one spot ahead of their previous ranking entering the national meet. In all, ENMU will have four individuals and a relay team represented at the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. On the men's side it will be Marcus Parker in 100- and 200-meter d...

  • Accused library shooter has 'behavioral outbursts'

    The Staff of The News|Updated May 21, 2018

    CLOVIS — Accused library shooter Nathaniel Jouett is receiving initial evaluations and psychiatric therapy from Mental Health Resources. It’s a process occupying much of his defense attorney’s energy and manifesting in minor incidents at the Juvenile Detention Center, as discussed at a status conference Monday afternoon. Jouett, 17, has had a few “behavioral outbursts” in local custody as his mental health treatment continues in early phases. Those incidents were not detailed in court, but they were anticipated with the thera... Full story

  • Clovis approves agreement with county

    David Grieder|Updated May 21, 2018

    CLOVIS — In a “hallmark decision” after some back and forth this month with Curry County, the city of Clovis on Monday approved an intergovernmental services agreement only slightly modified from its original form. The adjusted shared services and cost agreement — split into two so as to differentiate the entities’ payments to one another — passed by a 3-2 vote last week by county commissioners, was met with an all-but-unanimous approval from the city. By terms of the agreement passed 8-0, the county will pay the city $35,00...

  • Curry and Roosevelt county ballots

    Updated May 21, 2018

    New Mexico’s primary elections are June 5. Absentee and early voting are under way and taking place through June 2. Here are candidates on the ballots in Curry and Roosevelt counties: Curry County Democratic Party Magistrate Judge, Division 1 • Terry Martin • Nicole Roybal Curry County Commission, District 1 • Angelina Baca U.S. Senator • Martin T. Heinrich U.S. Representative, District 2 • Xochitl Torres Small • L. Madeline Hildebrandt U.S. Representative, District 3 • Ben R Lujan Governor • Michelle Lujan Grisham • Jeff Ap...

  • Jail logs - May 22

    Updated May 21, 2018

    Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday through Sunday: Clovis • Travis Dain, 34, residential burglary, stalking • Joshua Abeyta, 51, parole violation, driving while license suspended or revoked, no insurance, expired registration plate • Jacob Thurman, 30, driving under the influence of liquor • Keith Cordova, 20, probation violation, failure to pay fines • Justin Mercado, 30, failure to pay fines • MIguel Garcia, 20, probation violation • Geovanni Garcia, 26, failure to pay fines • Juan Hernandez, 28,...

  • Pages past - May 22

    Updated May 21, 2018

    On this date ... 1988: Clovis High School students were pledging to avoid drugs and alcohol during the last week of school as part of the "Good Start for Life Program." About three dozen local businesses signed on as supporters for the effort, which was sponsored by Principal Mack Mitchell, the yearbook staff, the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program, Students Against Drunk Driving, the athletic department, and the junior class. Students who signed up to...

  • Business digest - May 22

    Updated May 21, 2018

    Students awarded scholarships Two local students were awarded scholarships from the Foundation for Rural Service, according to a press release from Plateau. Danika Nelson of Texico received $7,000 and Tamia Higgins of Fort Sumner received $2,500. Business Digest is compiled by the staff of The Eastern New Mexico News. Contact Kevin Wilson at 575-763-6991, or by e-mail: [email protected]...

  • Curry road repairs scheduled

    The Staff of The News|Updated May 21, 2018

    The Curry County Road Department has scheduled road repairs for Wednesday and Thursday on Curry Road 4 between U.S. 70 and Curry Road 1. A county news release said CR4 will be closed from 6:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Information: Call Road Superintendent Dennis Fury at 575-762-1501....

  • Clovis elementary school briefly locked down

    The Staff of The News|Updated May 21, 2018

    CLOVIS — A Clovis elementary school was locked down for about an hour Monday morning after police received a report of a man brandishing a knife in the area. Officers about 7:30 a.m. responded to the area of 13th and Ash streets in reference to a man “pulling a knife and yelling at people as he walked toward Sycamore Street,” Clovis Police Capt. Roman Romero wrote in an email. As a precaution, Parkview Elementary was locked down — all exterior doors locked and classes being conducted as normal — according to a school ne...

  • Routine business slated for Clovis school board

    The Staff of The News|Updated May 21, 2018

    CLOVIS — At tonight's penultimate meeting of the school year, the Clovis Municipal School Board of Education is slated to handle a slew of routine annual business. Included on the agenda is the board's Open Meetings Act resolution and a resolution to allow members to participate in meetings via teleconference, which need to be renewed each year. The board will also vote on next school year's instructional calendar and budget, which came before the board at its April 24 meeting, a contract with Jaramillo Accounting Services to...

  • Business feature: Voting still on in restaurant art contest

    Eamon Scarbrough|Updated May 21, 2018

    Everybody likes prizes. Businesses like customers. That combination gave us the green monster art contest. Do Drop In in Portales is engaging the community with help from the green monster, a character based on its most popular sandwich. Residents created their best original artwork — 24 inches by 36 inches at the largest — that incorporates the monster. The contest is over, but customers can vote for their favorites through May 31 at the cafe. Contestants compete for $25 and $50 gift cards. Do Drop In Owner Kamille Mou...

  • Portales to consider water reuse security improvements

    The Staff of The News|Updated May 21, 2018

    PORTALES — The Portales City Council will consider security improvements to the city’s water reuse impoundment pond on the southwest side of the city at tonight’s meeting. The improvements were suggested by councilor Jim Lucero in September in order to keep citizens from attempting to swim in the pond. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said councilors will review a proposal by construction firm Sites Southwest that contains several fencing and landscaping options. Fences made of stone, cable, wire and wood, as well as natur...

  • Meetings calendar - May 22

    Updated May 21, 2018

    Today • Clovis Board of Education — 5:30 p.m. at the Clovis Municipal School District Board Room, 1009 Main St. Information: 575-769-4300 • Portales City Council — 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Thursday • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 1 p.m. at the Curry County Commission Chambers, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-935-4262 The meetings calendar is a daily listing of area events. To place an item on the calendar, call the newsroom at...

  • Events calendar - May 22

    Updated May 21, 2018

    Today • Groundbreaking — 10 a.m. at 800 Main St., Clovis, for the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Information: 575-763-6016 • Tent revival — 6 p.m. at Prince Street Baptist Church, 421 N. Prince St., Clovis. Featuring pastor Ryan Denton from El Paso and music by Glen Wortham. Information: 575-762-4220 Wednesday • Tent revival — 6 p.m. at Prince Street Baptist Church, 421 N. Prince St., Clovis. Featuring pastor Ryan Denton from El Paso and music by Glen Wortham. Information: 575-762-4220 • Stitch Addicts — 6:30 p.m. a...

  • Updated May 21, 2018

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