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Articles from the November 5, 2023 edition

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  • Early voting light for Tuesday's contests

    The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 7, 2023

    Early voting has been “somewhat underwhelming” for Tuesday’s elections, Curry County Clerk Annie Hogland said late Friday afternoon. Hogland said 652 early votes had been cast as of Friday. The county has 25,188 registered voters. Curry County had about four times more early votes cast in the 2022 general election. In Roosevelt County, Clerk Mandi Park said 458 voters cast ballots early, though early voting continued Saturday. Roosevelt has 10,800 registered voters. The general election last year saw about twice as many... Full story

  • Cats' season ends with setback at Hobbs

    the Staff of The News|Updated Nov 7, 2023

    HOBBS – After falling a game short of a postseason berth in 2022, Clovis High’s football team took the next step through District 5-6A this season and earned a postseason berth, capped by a come-from-behind, 30-29 win over Los Lunas in the regular-season finale. Rival Hobbs, though, made sure it would be a short stay for the Wildcats on Friday night. Leading 8-0, the Eagles scored three touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the second quarter and handed the Cats a 50-13 shellacking in a Class 6A first-round matchup. Hob... Full story

  • On the Shelves: Nov. 5

    Updated Nov 4, 2023

    The books listed below are now available for checkout at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The library is open to the public, but patrons can still visit the online catalog at or call 575-769-7840 to request a specific item for curbside pickup. “The Girl from the Papers” by Jennifer L. Wright. Beatrice Carraway has dreams. Although she's aged out of the childhood pageant circuit, she's intent on carrying her talents all the way to the big screen. But as the Great Depression drags the wor... Full story

  • Thanks to that wagon, pulled by oxen

    Betty Williamson, Correspondent|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Many families have an unofficially designated genealogist, that one person who doggedly slogs through the past, collecting the fragments of information that tell our histories. In my family, it’s my cousin Sherry. I’m not sure how she became the keeper of our story, but she does it well and I am grateful. It was thanks to Sherry — and an unnamed staff member at the Rice County Historical Society in Faribault, Minn., — that I found myself last week standing in a place I’d nev... Full story

  • Tater Town a great place to grow up

    Karl Terry, Correspondent|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    I suppose there are worse places than Tater Town where a body could grow up. While Chicago is known as the Windy City and New York as the Big Apple, Portales had its choice of nicknames when I was growing up. Some called us Goober Gulch and others preferred Tater Town. Either one fit us as we grew both peanuts and sweet potatoes but somehow we eventually became known more for our peanuts. My dad grew both crops. He was able to obtain peanut allotments from the government so... Full story

  • Our People: Donna Corn knows about relocating

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Donna Corn was born in California. How she got from The Golden State to The Land of Enchantment and became a mom, a New Mexico associate broker and Realtor with Kathy Corn REALTORS® Inc. was the subject of an interview with The News Thursday. Q: What is the story of you and Clovis? A: I am not from Clovis originally. I grew up in the Central Valley of California in Lodi. I joined the Air Force right out of high school. I got orders to go to Japan and then I was assigned... Full story

  • Pet of the week: Ida

    Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Ida is a year-old black labrador mix, with white paws that look like she's wearing gloves. With her love for kisses and affection, Portales Animal Shelter workers can only describe her "sweet as a pea." Ida is available for adoption at the Portales shelter.... Full story

  • Paw Prints: Master sergeant animal advocate

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    As a master sergeant at Cannon Air Force Base, Alexandria Parrella has spent 15 years serving her country but also dedicating her services to the animal community. With every station, Parrella has volunteered her time to be a part of an animal rescue group or non-profit organization. After being stationed in Cannon for two years, Parrella provides services with a non-profit called Adopt-a-Pet Society, to advocate for pet wellness and to save as many animals' lives as possible... Full story

  • Ask The News

    The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Why doesn’t Clovis have a Target, Costco, Olive Garden, TJ Max, Ross or Macy’s? Can’t we bring back Dillard’s, Hot Topic or Papa John’s Pizza? What does it take to get these stores or bring them back? There is no person or group in government or local business that says, “Yes, we want this business here and we shall have it,” according to Tina Dziuk, executive director of Clovis Economic Development. “We are continually recruiting but our demographics do not always support a certain retailer or restaurant chain moving in... Full story

  • Locals remember 'Friends' actor

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    The news of Matthew Perry's passing saddened many over the last week, and that includes local officials who were able to meet the actor at a drug-abuse conference 10 years ago. District Judge Donna Mowrer, Brian Ford, court probation officer, and Robbie Telles, a captain with the Clovis Police Department all attended the National Association of Drug Court Professionals conference in 2013 where the "Friends" actor spoke. "He was just a very big supporter of what treatment... Full story

  • CCC sets parameters for next president

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    A presidential profile has been approved by the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees. At their regular meeting Wednesday, trustees discussed the profile, which will go up on the website for candidates to look at when considering applying for the job of president. “It addresses all of our concerns, all of our wants or needs for the presidential profile,” Chair Lora Harlan said. According to the profile, “The next President of Clovis Community College will lead and demonstrate an established record of building conse... Full story

  • Walmart back in business

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Clovis’ Walmart was set to reopen its “grocery side” on Saturday and had plans to sell other “limited” items as soon as this week, company spokesman Joe Pennington said last week. The region’s largest retailer closed Sept. 3 after a fire officials said caused $42 million in damage. A transient who entered the store after hours has been charged with arson. Jimmy Guillen was arrested in Lubbock on Sept. 13 and returned to Clovis’ jail on Friday to await trial. “Knowing this is an essential store in the community, we w... Full story

  • Cannon's Richard Masters heads for Hurlburt

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    He's been a bridge between the Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base communities for nearly 16 years. Now Richard Masters feels he's needed closer to his family home. Masters, director of staff for the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon, said he will be leaving the area soon to provide assistance to his parents as they are struggling with increasing health issues. Masters will continue his career as director of staff in Hurlburt Field, Fla., and will join the staff of the 1st... Full story

  • Referendum battle continues across state

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Efforts to remove state laws passed this summer regarding health care continue for a New Mexico group. The laws in question -- House Bills 4, 7 and 207 along with Senate Bills 13, 180 and 397. HB-7 and SB-13 -- work in tandem, and deal with reproductive and gender-affirming health care and reproductive health provider protections. Larry Marker, a Chaves County resident and petitioner, has been going across the state to spread the word about efforts for a referendum that would allow voters the option of eliminating the laws. ... Full story

  • City authorizes loan agreement

    Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    The Clovis City Commission on Thursday approved an ordinance authorizing execution and delivery of a $32.3 million fund loan agreement from the Water Trust Board. The Drinking Water State Revolving loan fund agreement is by and between the New Mexico Finance Authority, Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority and joined by its city members. The expenses plus interest, including administrative fees, will be used for the purpose of financing the costs of the construction of portions of the Eastern NM Rural Water System. Some... Full story

  • Counties seeking candidates for Senate District 27 seat

    Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Curry and Roosevelt county commissioners are accepting letters of interest for the Senate District 27 vacancy created by Stuart Ingle’s retirement. In Curry County, letters may be submitted to the Curry County Manager’s Office at 417 Gidding, Suite 100, Clovis, or via email to [email protected] . Deadline for receiving the letters is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Curry County commissioners will meet Nov. 14 to review the candidates and select a candidate to advance to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who will make the appointment. In... Full story

  • Jail logs: Nov. 5

    Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday - Friday): Clovis • Alberto Ponce-Flores, 33, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Justin Arias, 28, trespass • Margarito Mares, 56, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Xavier Ransom, 29, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Summer Maestas, 38, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge, failure to pay fines • Joey Wolftongue, 44, failure to pay fines • Zachary Monzon, 20, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Britney Obrien, 33, child abuse – n... Full story

  • Lady Demons eliminate CHS from playoffs

    the Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    SANTA FE – Santa Fe High got a hat trick from senior defender Elsa Smith on Tuesday and posted a 5-1 victory over Clovis High in a Class 5A girls’ first-round state soccer match. The Lady Demons (18-3-1), ranked sixth in 5A by MaxPreps but seeded fifth in the tournament, advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals where they dropped a 3-0 decision to fourth-seeded Eldorado (16-4). Senior midfielder Aspen Ulibarri had the Lady Wildcats’ only tally, notching her team-leading 15th goal of the campaign. The Lady Demons outshot Clovis... Full story

  • Lady Eagles pull away, down CHS

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Clovis High's volleyball team put together one of its best runs of the season during Game 2 of Thursday's District 4-5A match against rival Hobbs at Rock Staubus Gym. Despite that, it took a couple of plays at the end to pull out a two-point win. The Lady Eagles (11-11, 4-1 district) rebounded over the final two sets to complete a 25-17, 25-27, 25-20, 25-12 victory to stay tied for the district lead with Roswell High (13-9, 4-1), which dispatched Carlsbad (6-15, 0-5) on... Full story

  • Hounds' denied berth in tourney

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    As Wednesday’s Lone Star Conference and regular-season finale was playing out at Greyhound Stadium, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer squad went from knowing a win against Texas-Tyler could possibly get the Greyhounds a first-round home match in the six-team Lone Star Conference tournament to realizing they’d need to win just to make it in. A tie might have also gotten them in, but in the end the 1-1 draw with the Patriots wasn’t quite enough. In a league which featured 15 ties in 45 matches, the Hounds (4-7-6,... Full story

  • Lady Rams absorb pair of 3-set losses

    the Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    ARTESIA – Portales High's volleyball team came into the week ranked No. 4 in Class 4A by MaxPreps. The Lady Rams had a tall order, though, facing second-ranked Roswell Goddard and No. 1 Artesia in District 4-4A clashes and going down in three sets in both matches, including a 25-22, 25-22, 25-9 decision at Artesia on Thursday. The two setbacks marked the first time PHS (15-6, 1-3) has been swept all season. First-year Lady Rams coach Bailey Greenwalt said her squad made s... Full story

  • Buffs return to 8-man finals with 50-14 win

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    MELROSE – It's not like Melrose expected to run roughshod over Fort Sumner on Friday night, as the Buffaloes had done two weeks earlier in District 6-1A play. In fact, Friday's 8-man semifinal matchup was far more competitive for far longer. In the end, though, the top-ranked Buffaloes simply had too much firepower and pulled away to a 50-14 win over the Foxes. Now the Buffs (11-1) are getting set to meet another district rival in Saturday's 1 p.m. title tilt at Melrose in s... Full story

  • Meetings calendar: Nov. 5

    Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Today *Daylight saving time ends – turn clocks back one hour Tuesday *Election Day – 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Curry County voting locations: La Casa Senior Center, 1120 Cameo St., Clovis; Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis; North Plains Mall, 2809 N. Prince St., Clovis; Farmers Electric Cooperative, 3701 N. Thornton St., Clovis; Countyline Fire Department (formerly “Road Barn”), 1006 CR 6, Clovis; Pleasant Hill Fire Department, 304 SR 77, Texico; Grady Senior Center, 104 W. Main, Grady; Melrose City Hall, 105 E. Ave.... Full story

  • Pages Past Nov. 5: Dixie Cream Donuts: So light, so right

    Updated Nov 4, 2023

    On this date … 1937: Danny Villanueva was born in Tucumcari. The future kicker for the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams was the son of an itinerant Methodist preacher assigned to minister to migrant farm workers in the Quay County area. The family moved on to their next assignment, in Phoenix, about a year later. 1946: Snowfall had blanketed more than half of New Mexico as voters headed to the polls. Officials said some Northern New Mexico voters in rural areas might be snowbound and unable to cast ballots. In eastern N... Full story

  • Events calendar: Nov. 5

    Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Today *Daylight saving time ends – turn clocks back one hour Monday *RadTech Open House - 5-7 p.m., Allied Health Building, Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Learn more about the CCC radiologic technology program and tour the building. Instructors and current students on hand to answer questions. Information: 575-769-4979 *Fall Bingo Bonanza – 6:30 p.m., Red Arrow Bingo, 320 W. 21st St., Clovis. Seats $50 in advance; $60 at the door; cash only. Benefit for Clovis MainStreet. Information or to reserve a seat... Full story

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