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  • ENMU student arrested for alleged rape

    Alisa Boswell|Updated Mar 17, 2017

    PORTALES — An Eastern New Mexico University student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping another student. Joel Torres, Jr., 18, was charged with criminal sexual penetration, a third-degree felony. He is at Roosevelt County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. Eastern New Mexico University police in November responded to a dormitory on the campus for a welfare check in which police made contact with a female student. The freshman student told police she had been sexually assaulted about two weeks prior, acco...

  • Thursday state basketball tournament update

    Updated Mar 10, 2017

    This is our main page for updates on the state basketball tournament. Check for updates throughout the day. Hope Christian has topped Portales 55-40 in the 4A semis for the second-straight season. The top-seeded Huskies also defeated Portales in the 2015 4A title game. The story is here. Class 2A girls: Tatum 64, Fort Sumner 52 BERNALILLO — Bailey O'Connor scored 18 points to lead three in double figures for top-seeded Tatum, which moves on to a 1:30 p.m. Friday title matchup against Escalante at The Pit. The sixth-seeded B... Full story

  • Mrs. Schumpert was a modern marvel

    Betty Williamson|Updated Mar 9, 2017

    For more than 70 years, Eunice Schumpert opened her Portales home and her generous heart to hundreds of local youth for weekly piano and voice lessons in a meticulous living room where music was the medium for a message that went well beyond sharps and flats. Mrs. Schumpert (it was very hard to call her Eunice) died Saturday at the age of 95 after what must have been one of the longest music educator careers on record (in late 2015 she told me, almost apologetically, that she...

  • Garden growing at Portales elementary

    Eamon Scarbrough|Updated Mar 9, 2017

    PORTALES — The seeds of both vegetables and knowledge were planted Tuesday afternoon at James Elementary School, as eight second grade classes worked on their new community vegetable gardens. The gardens, which will yield onions, tomatoes, and various other vegetables, was the idea of Healthy Kids New Mexico Roosevelt County Co-coordinator Caron Powers. "When I came and wanted to present it with Miss McKinney (Deanne, James principal), all I had to say was, 'How do you feel ab...

  • Defendant expected to take deal in Ulibarri slaying

    Kevin Wilson|Updated Mar 9, 2017

    CLOVIS — In four weeks, a nightmare of more than two years is expected to see a closing of sorts for family of Ariel Ulibarri. That’s when District Attorney Andrea Reeb said she expects a plea deal to be accepted by Matthew Jennings. Jennings, 28, is accused of fatally stabbing Ulibarri, a 23-year-old mother of two, on Nov. 9, 2014, at the Goodwin Lake Walking Trails Park. Reeb said an intent to plead guilty is not in writing, but she expects that to happen based on other documentation in the case. A motion has been fil...

  • Fire in Cotton Patch parking lot extinguished

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 9, 2017

    CLOVIS — Fire was briefly on the menu for a Clovis restaurant Wednesday evening. Cotton Patch on Prince Street had a small fire in its parking lot, but it was quickly extinguished and restaurant management reported no structural damage or injuries. Employees were welding a sign above the restaurant, and sparks caught the shrubbery below. Clovis Fire Department Lt. John Bradley said the call came in just before 6 p.m., and the exterior fire was extinguished about a minute a...

  • Crash leaves man in critical condition

    Kurt Munz-Raper|Updated Mar 9, 2017

    CLOVIS — An automobile accident has left a man injured and in critical condition. Officers responded to a crash approximately 9:53 p.m. Tuesday on Wheaton Street and Highway 60/84, according to a press release sent by the Clovis Police Department. Officers identified Dylan Larson as hitting the side of an 18-wheeler as it was turning onto Wheaton. According to the release, Larson was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center before he was airlifted to University Medical Center (UMC) in Lubbock. UMC Marketing Director Eric F...

  • Pages past - March 9

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 9, 2017

    On this date ... 1972: A Curry County mobile home was destroyed by fire. Officials said a trash fire spread to grass, which led to a storage shed and then the home that belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hellum. They lived six miles southwest of Clovis. Clovis firefighters arrived 10 minutes after receiving the call, but the home was already rubble. "A trailer home will burn before you can get the news," Clovis Fire Chief Joe Maddox said. "Those things burn up in a hurry." 1967:...

  • Wednesday state basketball tournament brackets, summaries

    Updated Mar 9, 2017

    SCHEDULES (Seeds in parentheses) Boys Class 6A Quarterfinals Wednesday At The Pit, Albuquerque (12) Volcano Vista 45, (4) Eldorado 44 (8) Atrisco Heritage 55, (1) Onate 47 (2) Las Cruces High 79, (7) Hobbs 44 (3) Rio Rancho Cleveland 74, (6) Cibola 59 Semifinals Thursday At The Pit, Albuquerque Atrisco Heritage vs. Volcano Vista, 4:45 p.m. Rio Rancho Cleveland vs. Las Cruces High, 8:15 p.m. Championship Saturday At The Pit, Albuquerque Semifinal winners, 8 p.m. Class 5A Quarterfinals Wednesday At The Pit, Albuquerque (2)...

  • Rams advance with wild finish over St. Michael's

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 9, 2017

    RIO RANCHO — Jeremie Karngbaye scored six of his 20 points in the final minute of a tight contest, and the second-seeded Rams survived some late heroics from the Horsemen to claim a 49-47 victory over St. Michael’s in the state Class 4A quarterfinals at Santa Ana Star Center. Portales (24-4) will move on to an 8 a.m. Friday semifinal at The Pit in Albuquewrque against No. 3 Silver, with that winner playing for the 4A title at noon on Saturday. “We’ve got a great group of kids here who are on a mission,” Portales coach Ric...

  • Small-school roundup: Phipps dominates for Texico in 3A quarters

    The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 9, 2017

    RIO RANCHO — Junior Nathan Phipps just missed a triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks, and the second-seeded Wolverines took in the second quarter for an 83-71 victory over Estancia Wednesday at Cleveland High School. Braden Fraze scored 19, while Dalton Thatcher added 16 for the Wolverines (23-7). “Nate played solid, and we just need him to clean up a few things,” Texico coach Scott Karger said. “He cleans up a few more things, and there’s a chance he gets a quadruple-double.” Reyez Herrera and Drayton...

  • Clovis police blotter - March 9

    Updated Mar 9, 2017

    The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 12:03 a.m.: Dogs barking, 100 block of East Tierra Blanca Road • 12:09 a.m.: Driving on suspension/revocation, 2100 block of Grand Avenue • 7:47 a.m.: Burglary (commercial), 300 block of West 14th Street • 8:32 a.m.: Failure to comply with conditions of release, 800 block of Mitchell Street • 12:53 p.m.: Failure to yield at intersection, Norris/Llamno Estacado • 1:26 p.m.: Following t...

  • Portales police blotter - March 9

    Updated Mar 9, 2017

    The following is a sampling of calls for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Tuesday • 11:55 a.m.: Shoplifting in progress, 600 block West 18th Street • 12:18 p.m.: Fire/regular response, Brazos Street/Elgin Street • 1:39 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 800 block North Avenue L • 2:42 p.m.: Domestic in progress, 1000 block North Main Avenue, report taken • 3:24 p.m.: Fire rural, New Mexico 206/Roosevelt Road 9 • 3:35 p.m.: Larceny, walk in, report taken • 3:37 p.m.: Fire/still alarm, 400 block North Avenue K • 8:30 p.m.: Theft rep...

  • Students celebrate books with 'Read Across America'

    Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy|Updated Mar 9, 2017

    Last week, students across America were reading more than usual. “Read Across America” is the result of a task force within the National Education Association, which wanted to create a day to get kids excited about reading. Thus, “Read Across America” was established in 1998, celebrated on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Dropping by Parkview Elementary to talk to Principal Shelly Flygare about something else entirely, the first indicator something was afoot was the sight of a fully decke...

  • ENMU briefs - March 9

    Updated Mar 9, 2017

    Mud Volleyball tourney approaching Eastern New Mexico University’s mud volleyball tournament will be returning April 29 to the field behind Greyhound Arena. Thalia Pantoja, a member of the mud volleyball committee, said the theme of the tournament will be Disney, and teams will be encouraged to have a Disney-themed name. Scholarships will be awarded for most spirited group, best team name, best dressed team, and the winner of the tournament. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding the 50th Senate Student Success S...

  • Plat plans met with resident questions

    Douglas Clark|Updated Mar 9, 2017

    Prior to garnering approval during Wednesday’s meeting, a request before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission was met with questions from a pair of residents. The first order of new business before the commission was approval of a preliminary plat of the Drake subdivision, which contains two lots on 0.764 acres of land. “There is one residential structure on the property,” action applicant Chad Lydick said. “The property owner wanted to split the property, which would allow them to have one more building site for futur...

  • Judge postpones motion decision

    Kurt Munz-Raper|Updated Mar 9, 2017

    CLOVIS — A district judge postponed granting a motion against Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker that said he had no right to interfere with Elida law enforcement. The motion hearing was held Wednesday morning at the Curry County courthouse in District Judge Fred Van Soelen’s courtroom. Portales attorney Eric Dixon filed the suit against Parker on behalf of the town of Elida. The suit alleges Parker interfered with Elida law enforcement on four instances, including a Sept. 28 incident with Elida police enforcing a tow...

  • Education digest - March 9

    Updated Mar 9, 2017

    Yucca FCCLA students awarded Yucca Middle School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students received a pair of group awards during the 71st FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Albuquerque, according to a release from Clovis Municipal School. The students, who garnered third place in the New Mexico FCCLA state championships with 342 points, were recipients of the Largest Middle School Award (at least 65 students) and the Community Service Award for donating 230 hand-made dog toys for a local animal...

  • Dora school news - March 9

    Updated Mar 9, 2017

    Report cards Report cards will be issued to Dora students Tuesday to take home to parents. These report cards are for the third nine-week grading period of this school year. Spring break Dora Schools released early on Wednesday and will not be in session until Tuesday for spring break....

  • Meetings watch: Civil Aviation Board

    Updated Mar 9, 2017

    The following were actions taken at the Civil Aviation Board meeting Tuesday evening at the Clovis Municipal Airport: • Airport Director Kyle Berkshire reported to the board he is in the process of finalizing the airport’s fuel farm, with the goal of getting it compliant and in use using the least amount of funds possible within three days. • Berkshire reported the city commission approved selling of Moby LLC’s Anderson Hangar. He said the city has a lease and will start building a ground lease to the new tenant, William...

  • Meetings calendar - March 9

    Updated Mar 8, 2017

    Today • Clovis City Commission — 5:15 p.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Executive session. Information: 575-763-9654 Tuesday • Water Policy Advisory Committee — 8:30 a.m. in assembly room at city hall, Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 • Joint city/county luncheon — Noon at Clovis Civic Center. Cost: Free. Information: 575-769-7828 Wednesday • Chamber Board of Directors — 11:30 a.m. at the Clovis chamber. Information: 575-763-3435 • Local Emergency Planning Committee — 1 p.m. at city hall, Clovis. Information: 575-76...

  • Events calendar - March 9

    Updated Mar 8, 2017

    Today • Colour Creators — 10 a.m., 6 p.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 • Preschool story hour — 10 a.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Book: M is for Music. Information: 575-769-7840 • Teen game day — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: NES game cubecrafts. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Lucky Charms. Information: 575-356-3940 • John Sampen classical saxophonist — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU, Portales....

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