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  • Local scoreboard - Nov. 24

    Updated Nov 23, 2021

    FOOTBALL Prep New Mexico playoffs (Seeds in parentheses) Class 6A Semifinals Friday’s results (1) Cleveland 42, (5) Las Cruces High 24 (2) Rio Rancho 35, (3) La Cueva 34 Championship Saturday’s game Rio Rancho at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Class 5A Semifinals Saturday’s results (4) Artesia 57, (1) Farmington 14 (2) Los Lunas 26, (6) Roswell Goddard 21 Championship Saturday’s game Artesia at Los Lunas, 1 p.m. Class 4A Semifinals Saturday’s results (1) Lovington 54, (4) Moriarty 12 (6) Ruidoso 35, (12) Bloomfield 22 Champions...

  • Faith: Take some time to count your blessings

    Curtis Shelburne, Religion columnist|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Here’s a modernized hymn for Thanksgiving (with apologies to Johnson Oatman, Jr., whose over-a-century-old lyrics I’ve messed with): Count your many blessings; Name them one by one! Giving thanks for all good things, To whom it may concern. As most of you know, the first two lines are the originals; mine are the last two. I like Oatman’s original words much better. (He wrote lyrics for over 5,000 Gospel songs.) But, as Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve been thinking also of some...

  • Pages past, Nov. 24: Wait. How much did we steal?

    Updated Nov 23, 2021

    On this date … 1956: A pair of Clovis teens had confessed to robbing the juke box at Juarez Café. One boy told Chief of Police Nelson Worley that he and his partner had split $13 they received from the theft. The second suspect initially denied his involvement until Worley said he knew they'd split $13. “(The suspect) became vexed and said that it was only $6.60 - that each had gotten $3.30 out of the burglary,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Both boys were turned over to county authorities for prosecution. Pages Past i...

  • Jail log - Nov. 24

    Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis • Phillip Dean, 46, failure to appear on a felony charge • Eric Galan, 43, failure to pay fines • Kelly Carter, 42, shoplifting • Stephen Levenshown, 35, failure to comply with specific requirements • Andres Rodriguez, 23, failure to pay fines • Ivan Chacon-Juarez, 22, bribe of a witness • Shane Hall, 24, failure to appear on a felony charge • Kayla Solomon, 26, probation violation, tampering with evidence • Marco Palma, 21, failure to appear on misd...

  • Opinion: Big 12 suspension of Tech announcers a bush-league move

    David Stevens, Publisher|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Sports fans love to “analyze” performances of the officiating staffs. Their team seldom loses a game by itself … it's usually because the referees missed a call or three. At least that's how they see it. Sports announcers also like to participate in the practice of critiquing the refs. No matter the sport, the arbiters are held up to the light for close examination and ridicule. Fair or not, it's part of the games. Unless your team plays in the Big 12 football confe...

  • Grateful for people going above and beyond

    Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Contacted recently by one of our teachers about some high-performing students she was proud of and wanted to brag about, I took advantage of the opportunity to visit with Vicki Guiffre as she described the details. Guiffre began, “We are very excited to be starting a chapter of Junior Honor Society here at Yucca Middle School.” Guiffre has been an educator with us for many years. I vividly remember her over the 12, or so, years she’s been an educator for the Clovis Schools. From third-grade teacher at Ranchvale, integ...

  • Cats, Lady Cats sweep titles

    the Staff of The News|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    CLOVIS - Clovis High's swim teams captured both divisions of Saturday's Clovis Invite at Clovis Aquatic Center. The Wildcats posted 102 points in boys competition to turn back Rio Rancho (84). Carlsbad and Rio Rancho Cleveland also competed in the event. On the girls' side, the Lady Wildcats were challenged by Rio Rancho and Cleveland, finishing with 93 points to 87 for the Rams and 80 for the Storm. "I was extremely happy with the results from the meet," CHS co-coach Gordy...

  • Steers outlast Slaton

    Dave Wagner, Staff writer|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    FARWELL — Only a week removed from the football playoffs, it was anyone’s guess what the Farwell boys basketball team would look like in its Saturday season opener. As it turned out, the Steers played fairly well, pulling away down the stretch for a 61-53 victory over Slaton. Farwell opened a 13-point lead in the first quarter, then fell behind a couple of times during the middle of the game before regrouping late. Sophomore guard Corey Stancell led the Steers with 15 points, while senior post Grayson Waldrop added 12 and...

  • Defensive switch helps Hounds subdue Aggies

    Dave Wagner, Staff writer|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    PORTALES — In a game of runs, Eastern New Mexico University’s men were having a hard time keeping up with scrappy Oklahoma Panhandle State. Then first-year Greyhounds coach Brent Owen made a defensive switch, and it paid off royally as ENMU stormed back late to beat the Aggies 85-72 on Monday night at Greyhound Arena. Trailing by nine points with less than nine minutes remaining, the Hounds decided to go to a matchup zone defense. It seemed to befuddle Panhandle, and put a halt to the Aggies’ free-flowing offense. The Hound...

  • Report: COVID-19 cases drop, but not by much

    the Staff of The News|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    SANTA FE — New Mexico COVID-19 cases did drop from last Monday to this one, according to state reports. But not by much. The New Mexico Department of Health reported 3,658 new cases of COVID-19 between Friday and Monday. That’s down slightly from the 3,712 reported Nov. 15. The state total includes 14 additional deaths from COVID-19, with none from Curry or Roosevelt counties. Curry County had 42 new cases, and did not reach the top 10 ZIP codes for cases. Roosevelt County reported 15 cases. Seven counties reported tri...

  • Even a chimp can give a gift

    David Stevens, Publisher|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Perhaps the most famous gifts were gold, frankincense and myrrh, delivered to a newborn King. But our history of gift giving goes well beyond Jesus’ birth, and even beyond our species. “Whether it was an unusually shaped rock, a tooth from an animal, the bark from a tree or some other item that was natural in origin, the giving of gifts was certainly common behavior long before we became an advanced civilization,” the website curioushistory.com tells us. As tools were devel... Full story

  • Farmer named volunteer of year

    the Staff of The News|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    CLOVIS — A longtime Clovis farmer was named volunteer of the year by the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, according to a bureau release. Steve Myrick, co-owner of Myrick Farms, received the award at the bureau’s recent annual meeting. The bureau, founded in 1917, includes 20,000 members ranging from farmers and ranchers to citizens interested in property rights and local food supply. Myrick has been a member of the bureau since 1966, joining as a high school student because his father thought he needed insurance for his...

  • Tucumcari man faces charges in bear spray incident

    Staff report|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    A man faces four felony criminal charges after he was accused last week of spraying bear spray on two people, then punching a Tucumcari police officer and trying to grab his weapons. Frank Christopher Link, 52, was charged with aggravated battery upon a police officer (no great bodily harm), disarming a police officer (removing firearm or weapon) and two counts of aggravated battery (great bodily harm). No address was listed for Link in court records. Three of the four courts are third-degree felonies, which can result in...

  • Clovis police chief retiring at end of year

    Kevin Wilson, Editor|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    CLOVIS — The city of Clovis will have a new police chief in 2022, as Doug Ford is retiring from the Clovis Police Department after more than five years as chief and 24 in the department. In a Monday letter acquired by The News, Ford said his last day will be Dec. 31. “This decision was not an easy one,” Ford wrote to police personnel, “and comes after lots of discussion with my wife, along with the desire to be able to enjoy retirement while we are still physically capable...

  • We're thankful for ...

    the Staff of The News|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, we asked readers on our Facebook page what had them thankful this year. Most were simple, some were elaborate, but all had something worth sharing. Here’s a sampling of local thanks: Dave Rossen: I am thankful for perseverance. Not only for personal perseverance, but perseverance within the hearts of the community. We’ve been dealt a great blow and have all had major setbacks, yet we continue to thrive and support one another through seemingly debilitating times. I am thankful for com...

  • Opinion: Gratitudes too political this year

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Every year I write about Thanksgiving with a hope that I can avoid, or at least minimize, my political commentary, opting instead to make an annual kumbaya column, writing about what’s close to my heart in advance of my favorite holiday. At least I try. This year, however, I freely admit I can’t do it. The things for which I’m grateful are just too politically tainted this time around. Maybe it’s a sign of the times that my worldview is undeniably political, because the fight for “truth, justice and the American way” (as the...

  • Opinion: Good jury makes the right choice

    Kent McManigal, Local columnist|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    The Kyle Rittenhouse trial may have served as a canary in the coal mine. That’s how I saw it. Government doesn’t respect your right of self-defense and would prefer you die at the hands of attackers. Fortunately, the jury saw through the malicious prosecution. Unfortunately, much of the public believed the lies spun by the national media corporations to advance their anti-gun, anti-defense agenda. Rittenhouse was even called a “white supremacist” and his attackers were ca...

  • Business digest - Nov. 24

    Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Free seminar to be hosted CLOVIS — The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Industrial Development Corporation will host a free seminar to advise local businesses on taking advantage of the Employee Retention Tax Credit and other business recovery grant programs. The 9 a.m. Dec. 7 seminar at the chamber board room at 105 E. Grand will feature Michelle Kirkland and Marius Stein of the Carr, Riggs & Ingram accounting firm discussing the ERTC and who qualifies, along with helping eligible employers receive the t...

  • No injuries in Monday afternoon house fire

    the Staff of The News|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    CLOVIS — No injuries were reported in a Monday afternoon house fire, according to the Clovis Fire Department. The CFD received a call at 3:44 p.m. for the fire at 900 Collins, with Battalion Chief John Bradley telling The News the fire was put down at 4:05 and crews cleared out a little after 5 p.m. at the single-story residential structure. Bradley said all occupants were out of the house when the CFD arrived. He said some pets might have gotten caught in the blaze, but didn’t have specifics. The cause of the fire is sti...

  • Meet Buddy - just an 'ornamental bird'

    Betty Williamson, Local columnist|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    I'll bet a wishbone that you have seen and/or handled a turkey this week. The National Turkey Foundation says that 88 percent of us Americans will tuck into a portion of that iconic bird as our main course on Thanksgiving Day. But don't tell that to my new friend Buddy ... Buddy the turkey, that is. Buddy will not be on the table tomorrow - or at least not roasted and on a platter, thank you very much. His owner, Chock Banister of Portales, wouldn't think of it. On the...

  • Station joining state-wide tech test

    Steve Hansen, Staff writer|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    PORTALES — A local public television station is joining a state-wide test of technology that may allow television broadcast signals to partially substitute for broadband internet in rural areas that lack broadband service. The technology is called datacasting, and it’s nearly as old as television itself but only recently has been applied to distance education, according to Franz Joachim, general manager and chief executive officer of the New Mexico Public Broadcasting System and KNME-TV. Duane Ryan, chief executive off...

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