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Weekend prep wrapup: Melrose boys suffer first defeat

SMYER, Texas — So the Melrose boys basketball team won’t go undefeated this season. The Buffaloes got into this weekend’s Smyer tournament looking to challenge themselves, and after two easy wins on Thursday they met their match in...

 

Woman in fatal accepts plea deal

CLOVIS — A woman involved in a 2016 fatal car accident accepted a vehicular homicide plea Monday. Flor Garcia, 25, will receive a sentence of six years, with 5 1/2 years suspended in favor of supervised probation. Garcia was arrested in August of 2...

 

Ground broken on Sagamore

In a year's time, the open fields and farmland east of Dora will be filled with towering white windmills that will harness New Mexico's strong winds to generate enough electricity to power 194,000...

 

Accomplished physician laid to rest in Portales

PORTALES — She will long be known as the woman who cared for “the boy in the bubble.” But history will also remember her as an accomplished medical school professor and physician who experienced major breakthroughs in the treatment of...

 

Business feature: Guadalajara restaurant returns

Area residents have another chance to taste some local history. The Guadalajara Mexican restaurant is back after 12 years. Once a local staple, the restaurant closed in 2007 after nearly 70 years in...

 

Water authority to talk structure

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will discuss its current and future organizational structure when it meets Thursday afternoon. The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Sitterly Professional Center at 801 Pile St. in Clovis...

 

Meetings calendar - Dec. 18

Thursday • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Chambers, Curry County Administration Complex, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 • Curry County Health Council — Noon, Curry County Administration Complex, 417 Gidding...

 

Pages past - Dec. 18

On this date ... 1979: A Roosevelt County jury hearing a murder trial was told of a bomb threat that had been received that morning. The caller simply said, “Judge (Fred) Hensley has a bomb in his court,” County Sheriff Sonny Carter told...

 

Curry to look at judicial complex

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission on Thursday plans to take a long look at its judicial complex. Three presentations deal with current or future plans for the land on the 700 and 800 blocks of Main Street that includes the Curry County Adult...

 

Brewer to seek liquor license

CLOVIS — A prospective local brewer is getting ready to set up operations on Main Street, and will seek a small brewer liquor license Thursday from the Clovis City Commission. Bandolero Brewery has been granted preliminary approval by the New...

 

Education digest - Dec. 18

Clovis’ Littlejohn gets nomination Clovis High School student Bryan Littlejohn was among nine nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy from Rep. Ben Ray Luján, according to a release from Luján’s office. Overall, Luján sent 26 nominations...

 

Long live the spelling bee

Several years ago, spelling bees were revitalized through the efforts at our elementary schools, headed up by Deborah Westbrook and Shalei Bennett, principals at Lockwood and Zia, respectively....

 

Business digest - Dec. 18

Ray Mondragon completes training WASHINGTON, D.C. — Raymond Mondragon of Clovis has completed a year-long training program offered by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, according to a release from the National Association of Development...

 

Public protest means chance of being seen

As politicians, talking heads and mixed media continue to pronounce newspapers dead, a student newspaper at Northwestern University in Illinois tried to push that narrative along recently because of a missing backbone. During former U.S. attorney...

 

Banish politics for the holidays

The holiday season is the main time of year when traditions come alive. Everywhere you look, someone’s tradition will be on display; from house decorations, to clothing, to food and music. These...

 

Christmas still means something bigger

There are 10 official federal holidays, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. They range from the controversial (Columbus Day) to the benign (Washington’s birthday, a.k.a. Presidents Day), while all but one are essentially of a secu...

 

Jail log - Dec. 18

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday through Tuesday): Clovis • Anna Mendoza, 29, possession of a controlled substance • Jasmine Lugo, 26, failure to appear at time and place stated in citation • Juan Aguilar, 49,...

 

Portales man sentenced to four more years

PORTALES — A Portales man convicted of second-degree murder on Sept. 27 has been sentenced to an additional four years in prison. Gerardo Marquez, 36, was sentenced last month to 16 years in prison for the 2018 slaying of Erika Zamorano. On...

 

Littlefield tops Lady Blue for tournament title

FARWELL — It was another night, another stirring comeback for the Farwell girls basketball team. This time, though, the Lady Blue weren’t able to get a victory. Just a night after rallying to beat Claude in the Farwell Tournament semifinals at...

 

Empty hospital board position filled

PORTALES — With no names on the ballot, a seat on the Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Trustees was left vacant after Election Day. It was filled Tuesday with the reappointment of Paul Benoit. Benoit was reappointed to the position representing...

 

Littlefield uses size advantage to top Steers

FARWELL — There are certain laws of physics, laws of human beings, that can’t be ignored. Consider the Littlefield boys basketball team, which has a 6-4 player — Tyler Jones — and three that are each 6-3 — Jonathan Davis, Jayden Longoria...

 

ENMU hoops teams holding food drive

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University basketball programs are running a food drive over their next three home games, with free admission as a donation incentive. On Thursday, the programs will accept two canned food items to cover one...

 

Events calendar - Dec. 18

Today • Tiny Tots — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 • Preschool storytime “Merry Little Christmas” — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library, 218 S. Ave. B, Portales. Information:...

 

Volunteer opportunities - Dec. 18

Volunteer opportunities abound in eastern New Mexico. Look for this guide the third Wednesday of each month to describe some of them, or go online anytime at www.VolunteerENM.org to find current listings. Bell ringers needed The Salvation Army is...

 

Home stretch starting for Hounds

PORTALES - The Eastern New Mexico women's basketball team will be home for the holidays. In this case, the pre-holidays, too. ENMU has just two games left before breaking for the holidays and will...

 

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