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Articles from the January 25, 2023 edition


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  • CCS teammates surpass 1,000 career points

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 25, 2023

    CLOVIS – The Clovis Christian boys basketball program now has three 1,000-point scorers, and two of them are still active this season. Senior guards Carter Teune (1,323), who did it at the end of his junior campaign, and Noah Gershon (1,039) are trailing only 2021 graduate Tyler Lingnau (1,395) in the school's scoring books. Gershon reached the 1,000-point mark in a victory over Elida on Jan. 13. "It feels good," Gershon said Monday before CCS took on Dora at the Eagles' n...

  • NM AG seeks to nullify anti-abortion ordinances

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez has filed an “extraordinary writ” in the New Mexico Supreme Court alleging Clovis, Roosevelt County, Lea County and Hobbs have unlawfully passed ordinances that restrict access to reproductive healthcare in their communities. According to a news release from Torrez, the attorney general’s request to halt the “infringement on women’s rights” came one day after what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Torrez wrote the ordinances relied on what he terms “a flawed interpr...

  • First bill of legislative session ignites division

    The Santa Fe New Mexican, Syndicated content|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    A routine budget bill to pay staff salaries and fund other operations of a legislative session usually sails through both chambers of the Legislature when lawmakers reconvene in Santa Fe every year. Not this year, though. The so-called feed bill, the first piece of legislation considered by both chambers, continued to sow division between Republicans and Democrats on Thursday over a $2.5 million special appropriation to fund a study on the feasibility of creating district offices for legislators with full-time staff. As it...

  • Pages past - Jan. 25

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    On this date ... 1940: Actor James Stewart and his flying instructor stopped at the Tucumcari airport because of bad weather, according to Debra Whittington’s book, “In the Shadow of the Mountain.” They spent two nights in town before the storm cleared. “If I stay in Tucumcari much longer I’ll feel like an old-timer, buy a pair of cowboy boots and a 10-gallon hat ... and get me a cow,” Stewart said just before departing. 1965: Terry Edwards, the Boy Scout executive f...

  • Heinrich: $774K going to small business efforts

    Albuquerque Journal, Syndicated content|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    New hires for an organization. Helping Native American artisans get their work on e-commerce sites. Those are just some of the areas in which small businesses organizations are planning to use federal money they received through the Omnibus Appropriations Agreement for fiscal year 2023. At a press conference last Wednesday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced $774,000 for small business organizations — including WESST, the New Mexico Minority Business Development Agency Business Center and the New Mexico Small Business D...

  • Jail log - Jan. 25

    Updated Jan 24, 2023

    Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis • Deshawn Moore, 34, larceny • Johnny Aragon, 57, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Daniel Gardea-Arredondo, 50, failure to pay fines • Stephen Pastirchak, 43, receiving stolen property • Israel Gomez, 45, probation violation • Mario Castillo, 38, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge, out of state fugitive • Zachary Martinez, 25, no insurance, driving while license suspended or revoked, failure to register vehicle • Lloyd Bagwell, 30, bu...

  • Faith: Remember Jan. 20: Penguin Awareness Day

    Curtis Shelburne, Religion columnist|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    I may need to apologize to a penguin. Are you aware that Jan. 20 was Penguin Awareness Day? I wasn’t, either, until I ran across a “news” blurb flashing across one of my screens late that day, and by then it was too late to do anything very practical about it. (And I just assumed that most likely the event was designed to help people to be more aware of penguins and not for penguins to be more aware of their surroundings lest they step into traffic or something.) Greet...

  • Cats struggle in meet hosted by St. Pius

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    ALBUQUERQUE – Clovis High’s boys won six matches, but did not earn a top-four finish in any of the 10 weight classes they competed in the Sartan Scuffle Invite, hosted by St. Pius H.S. The Wildcats finished last in the 15-school boys event with 21 points, two behind St. Michael’s. Atrisco Heritage won the tournament with 221 points, while Miyamura and Volcano Vista finished in a tie for second place at 166. Senior Michael Tree at 172 pounds and freshman Kaleb King at heavyweight both went 2-2 for the weekend, while sopho...

  • Clovis squads finish second to Los Alamos

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    HOBBS – Clovis High's swim teams got pushed in their most recent outing. Los Alamos captured both team titles in Saturday's Bob Reid Invite while the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats were second. The Hilltoppers finished with 605 points to 474 for the Wildcats on the boys side, while the Lady Hilltoppers posted 656 points to 532 for CHS in girls competition. Los Alamos is the defending boys state champion. "It was really good competition with Los Alamos," Clovis co-coach Vincent d...

  • Buzzer-beater bests Hounds

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    PORTALES – For much of the game, it looked like it might be the first team to 50 would win. Turns out, that's exactly what it was. Texas A&M-Kingsville played for a final shot and junior guard Mia Rivers drove the lane for a layup with two seconds left, giving the Javelinas a 50-48 Lone Star Conference women's victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday afternoon at Greyhound Arena. It was only the second make in 10 attempts for Rivers, who was hardly the only o...

  • Longhorns notch 69-53 district win over Eagles

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    CLOVIS – Junior Kaden Stoner collected six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points on Saturday as Logan defeated Clovis Christian 69-53 in District 6-1A boys basketball. Three of his trifectas came in the second quarter when the Longhorns (14-6, 1-1 district) outscored the Eagles 21-10 to open a 13-point halftime margin. For the game, the Longhorns posted 11 3-point baskets. Junior Brock Burns added 15 points, all but two coming in the second half. Senior Carter Teune had 31 points for CCS (13-4, 1-1), including all four of t...

  • Lady Rams bounce back to beat Roswell High 35-33

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    ROSWELL – Despite a short turnaround, the Portales High girls basketball team was able to bounce back on Saturday after a tough loss the previous night. Trailing by two points, the Lady Rams held Roswell High to just two points in that stanza and scored just enough points themselves to pull out a 35-33 victory. On Friday night, carrying a two-point lead into the final quarter at the Ram Athletic Center, PHS was overwhelmed as Clovis High outscored them 20-3 to notch a 42-27 victory. Sophomore Myleigh Banda capped a g...

  • Hounds post 1,000th all-time win

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    PORTALES – It's taken a while, but Eastern New Mexico University men's basketball has finally reached 1,000 wins. The Greyhounds accomplished the feat on Saturday with a solid 73-65 Lone Star Conference victory at Greyhound Arena over a hot Texas A&M-Kingsville squad. More importantly, it keeps ENMU (12-6, 7-5 LSC) right in the thick of the chase for the league's eight-team postseason tournament in late February. Five players scored in double figures, led by junior forward J...

  • NM games postponed by snow

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    CLOVIS – Eight New Mexico area high school basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night, including Clovis High’s District 4-5A matchups against Carlsbad, were postponed due to Monday night’s snowfall. CHS athletic director Lonnie Baca said Tuesday morning that a new date for the games – boys here, girls at Carlsbad – will be determined later in the week. Also postponed on Tuesday were doubleheaders sending Melrose to Grady in District 6-1A, Elida to Gateway Christian in District 4-1A and Floyd to Hondo in non-distr...

  • Hounds tabbed for 11th in LSC baseball poll

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    RICHARDSON, Texas – Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team was picked to finish 11th of 13 teams in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll on Monday. The Greyhounds (17-31, 16-30 LSC in 2022) received 88 points in voting done by LSC coaches and sports information personnel, as well as media representatives throughout the region. Defending LSC champion Angelo State earned the top spot in the poll, garnering 23 of 32 first-place votes and 407 points. The Rams posted a 51-14 overall record last season – tied for the m...

  • Hoping to clean up from a deep, wet snow

    Betty Williamson, Local columnist|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    As I’m writing this, the wind is howling outside my window and forecasters are predicting we could get some measurable precipitation this week in the form of snow or ice or that delicious sounding “wintry mix.” It’s the kind of week that makes me grateful for the science of meteorology. Our pioneer grandparents and great-grandparents didn’t have the advantage we have of knowing when weather events were on the horizon or sometimes more importantly, knowing when they’d be...

  • National music acts making way to area stages in April

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    Area concert venues have announced upcoming concerts in Clovis and Portales. The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce has announced the lineup for the 2023 Clovis Music Festival, scheduled for April 14 and 15 at the Curry County Events Center. For Friday, April 14, The Eli Young Band will headline the first night of the festival. Country rocker Uncle Kracker will open the show. According to a chamber news release, The Eli Young Band has always been unique in modern Country music as “a true band of brothers who cling fast t...

  • Opinion: King would have stayed who he was

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    This month, as we celebrate Black history, millions of Americans will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was, without question, one of the greatest historical figures of the 20th century. He dedicated his life in an effort to ensure the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness would be in reach for all those who were marginalized and had been denied access to full citizenship rights for far too long. Like many people, King was a complex man....

  • 'Green' hysteria can only do harm

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    Is Davos over yet? Is it safe to turn on our TVs without being scolded by formerly important environmentalists like old Al Gore or creepy young climate warriors like Greta Thunberg? Finally. All the virtuous public talk about stopping climate change, saving the planet and putting the dirty fossil fuel industry out of existence at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Switzerland wrapped up on Friday. That’s when the political bigshots, billionaires and the media jun...

  • Opinion: Shooting tragedy that shouldn't happen again

    Los Angeles Times, Syndicated content|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    More than a year after the shocking fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico set of the movie “Rust,” prosecutors announced Thursday they will file criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter against Alec Baldwin, the star of the movie who allegedly discharged the replica of a vintage Colt .45. They will file the same charges against the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, whose job it was to check the guns to make sure they were safe to handle. The gunshot also wounded director Joel Souza...

  • Governor budgets for higher ed

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    SANTA FE – The New Mexico Higher Education Department (HED) would receive $1.2 billion in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s budget recommendations to the New Mexico Legislature for fiscal year 2024, which begins on July 1, according to an HED news release. The governor’s recommendation includes “sweeping expansions to high-demand scholarship and financial aid programs that have helped tens of thousands of New Mexicans pursue college and career training,” the news release said. This fall, the news release stated, the New Mexic...

  • Nearly 6 inches of snow fall

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    Most of eastern New Mexico awoke to about 6 inches of snow on Tuesday, the first significant moisture in months. Several area schools closed or went to remote learning, and most government offices delayed opening or closed due to the weather. Dan Heerding, Clovis' emergency management director, said road crews were still "working diligently" to clear roads late Tuesday morning. "The ground was warm so it's a slushy, heavy snow," Heerding said. "The sun is coming out so that...

  • Fourth fire victim still unidentified

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    At the state Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) in Albuquerque they’re calling her, “Jane Doe,” the fourth victim of the Jan. 12 house fire in the back yard of 511 North Wallace Street in Clovis. Clovis Deputy Police Chief Trevor Thron gave no details as to why the female remains unidentified. Thron had reported Jan. 17 three of the four victims of the blaze were positively identified: Tia Nabours, 43; Christopher James, 41 and Joshua Ward, 33. OMI reported the cause of death for all four was smoke inhalation. No repor...

  • Dog recovered after two years missing

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    An Albuquerque woman recovered her dog Saturday after it went missing almost two years ago, thanks to a microchip implanted in the animal and a Quay County sheriff's deputy who picked it up west of Tucumcari. Felicia Chavez was reunited with Fasa, a 4-year-old neutered bull mastiff weighing between 60 and 70 pounds, in the office of the Paws & Claws Animal Rescue of Quay County. The dog wagged its tail and licked her face as she knelt with the animal. Chavez also showed how...

  • Group believes it has enough signatures for anti-abortion ordinance vote

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 24, 2023

    Members of Eastern New Mexico Rising believe they have enough signatures to bring about a Clovis citywide election over the city's anti-abortion ordinance. Group co-founder Laura Wight Monday spoke of plans to deliver the petition pages to Clovis City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon at her office Tuesday afternoon. "Right now we're at 467 for the Clovis petitions," Wight said. That 467 represents almost 200 more signatures than are needed for the drive. "We went over," Wight said....

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