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  • Jail Log - June 13

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

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  • Home reality show coming to Clovis

    Matt Weiner, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    The experience of a lifetime. That's how Realtor Tammy Waters described working on the HGTV reality show House Hunters. The episode called "Space to Showcase in New Mexico" will show Waters helping Vinny Hall find a place to live. It airs at 8 p.m. Thursday. "A single buyer looks to move so he can be closer to family in Clovis," the show notes report. "He's looking for a stylish bungalow with space for all his stuff, but he may need to get out of his comfort zone and price...

  • CCC's sixth president set to arrive July 1

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Jonathan Fuentes remembers playing school when he was a young child. "It was funny because we'd have a teacher and ... I was either the principal or the superintendent, so I knew I wanted to lead in education," he said. "At that age, I didn't know it was higher education until I got to about college and grad school," Fuentes said. His dream has been realized. He becomes the sixth president of Clovis Community College on July 1. First as a student in the 1990s, the past five...

  • Jail log - June 10

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis • Xavier Ransom, 30, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Willie Johnson, 58, failure to appear on a felony charge, probation violation, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Jennifer Segura, 54, shoplifting • Mi’Linda Gallegos, 22, probation violation • Christopher Lujan, 37, criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree, criminal sexual penetration in the second degree • Ralph Flores, 56, failure to comply with specific requ...

  • Pages past, June 12: Pioneers add a 'flychaser' and future slugger

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    On this date ... 1950: About 1,100 fans came out to Bell Park and were treated to a 6-3 victory by the hometown Clovis Pioneers over Pampa, Texas, in a West Texas-New Mexico League baseball game. Left-hander Tom Gallagher improved to 2-2 on the season, holding the Oilers hitless into the sixth inning and allowing just three hits overall. Gallagher finished with an 11-13 record and a 6.02 earned run average in his final season of professional baseball, according to...

  • Emergency training set for Clovis airport

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Clovis Regional Airport is scheduled to host a “full-scale emergency exercise” from 8 a.m. to noon today. “This exercise aims to enhance coordination and preparedness among multiple agencies, ensuring a swift and effective response to any potential emergency,” according to a city of Clovis news release. The release warns area residents that the exercise will result in “an increased presence of response vehicles heading to and operating at the Clovis Regional Airport.” The activities are part of the scheduled training, b...

  • Clovis schools hires two new principals

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Clovis Municipal Schools has two new principals. Longtime CMS educator and administrator Pamela Estock is the new boss at Lockwood Early Childhood Center. Tara Gillins-Hubbarb, a former New Jersey educator, is the new principal at James Bickley Elementary, according to CMS news releases. Estock has spent 17 years within the CMS district. The release states her career began in 2007, when she was hired as a preschool special education teacher. She later became a reading specialist at the Academy of Arts at Bella Vista and...

  • Portales superintendent says farewell

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Portales school board members on Monday discussed online access to meetings and said goodbye to Superintendent Johnnie Cain. Cain is retiring after 11 years with the district. “Thank you, Mr. Cain, for everything that you’ve done for me and the chances you’ve taken on me,” said Portales High Principal Nathan Dodge. The board on March 4 hired Sharon Rowley to succeed Cain. Rowley is principal at Fort Sumner schools and previously worked in Portales schools for 4 ½ years. Cain’s final meeting was spent on routine business t...

  • Report: Officer's alleged killer threatened others

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    The man charged with killing New Mexico State Police Patrolman Justin Hare in March threatened healthcare workers while he was being treated for injuries after his capture. Jaremy Smith, 33, of South Carolina, also threatened a former girlfriend and a travel companion before Hare was killed. And he is accused of entering an empty ranch house near Newkirk, where he ate food and stole ammunition, cash and a pickup truck before being shot and apprehended by police in Albuquerque...

  • Draggin' Main festival cruises into weekend

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Clovis' annual Draggin' Main festivities continue through Saturday night, highlighted with the cruise across the bricks of Main Street wrapping up around midnight. Clovis police will be there to remind the car enthusiasts: safety first. "The Clovis Police Department has always been supportive of events such as these, which draw our community together," Clovis Deputy Police Chief Trevor Thron wrote in an emailed response to questions from The News. "(O)ur goal is for it to be...

  • Another local World War II vet's remains coming home

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 10, 2024

    The remains of a Clovis man killed during World War II will soon be returned home, according to a family member. Sgt. Samuel Prince, born Aug. 29, 1914, died in the Philippines on Sept. 22, 1942, as a prisoner of war, records show. But while family members have long known he likely died from malaria or another illness in a Japanese POW camp in Cabanatuan, the whereabouts of his remains were not known. That changed April 25 when researchers identified Prince's remains through...

  • Fire claims iconic Clovis 'castle house'

    David Stevens and Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    One of Clovis' more iconic buildings caught fire – again – on Wednesday and it's been reduced to rubble. The "castle house" at 1220 Mitchell was reported on fire about 1:30 p.m. and was quickly destroyed by the blaze. Police on the scene said arson was the likely cause. "Someone" started the fire, Clovis Fire Chief Mike Nolen said, since the building has been empty for years and it had no working utilities. "We've had three or four previous fires in it," Nolen said. "Transient...

  • Jail log - June 9

    Updated Jun 8, 2024

    Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday - Friday): Clovis • Michael Smith, 42, failure to appear on a felony charge • Marlene Aucoin, 54, driving under the influence of liquor • Jobe’Allen Toliver, 29, probation violation • Gavino Tena-Castro, 56, probation violation, theft of identity • Tanner Autrey, 30, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Gabriel Moya, 37, parole violation • Diamond Johnson, 33, failure to pay fines • Kalod Gardley, 36, failure to pay fines • Gary Eytcheson, 41, shoplifting • M...

  • Events calendar - June 9

    Updated Jun 8, 2024

    Today *Draggin’ Main Sunday Funday – 1-5 p.m., Carpet Tech, 101 Hall St., Clovis. Information: https://dragginmain.org/ Monday *Volunteer Foster Grandparent come and go orientation – 9:30-11:30 a.m., Curry County offices, 417 Gidding St., Suite 100, Clovis. Information session for potential foster grandparents. Must be 55 and older, complete an application, have a background check, and provide proof of income. Volunteers can serve 5-40 hours per week and may qualify for tax free stipend. Program sponsored by AmeriCorps.gov. I...

  • Ute pipeline project receives $20 million

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    The New Mexico Water Trust Board has awarded $20 million to the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. According to a news release from ENMWUA Executive Director Orlando Ortega, the money is for use in the next phase of pipeline transmission phases. Ortega wrote the money will also be used for essential components that include the intake pump station, Caprock pump station, and Caprock storage tanks. “This funding comes in the form of a 90% grant in the amount of $18 million and a 10% loan in the amount of $2 m...

  • Ask the News - June 9

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    The City Commission on Feb. 15 unanimously approved a trap, neuter and release program aimed at reducing the number of feral cats in the city. How much has this cost taxpayers so far? How many cats have been caught and released back into the neighborhood where they were picked up? Through May, 106 cats had been processed through the “trap, neuter, release program,” according to Clovis Deputy Police Chief Trevor Thron. Clovis’ Animal Control Department is overseen by the Clovis Police Department. Thron wrote in an email that...

  • Meetings calendar - June 9

    Updated Jun 8, 2024

    Monday *City of Portales Planning and Zoning Committee meeting – 5:30 p.m., Memorial Building, 200 E. 7th St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 *Portales Municipal Schools board - 6 p.m., Board Room, L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices, 501 S. Abilene, Portales. Information: 575-356-7000 *Clovis Astronomy Club – 7 p.m., Room 221, Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Use west parking lot entrance. Information: 757-846-7509 Tuesday *Curry County Commission – 9 a.m., Commission Chambers, Curry County Admin...

  • Disbursement of funds approved

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    Clovis city commissioners on Thursday approved disbursement of Lodgers Tax Funds to groups making requests for upcoming events. Awards were: • Double Dash Barrel Race requested $10,390 and will receive $7,000. • CSA Softball Tournaments requested $20,000 and will receive $18,000. • NRL Hunter/Hunters Coalition requested $10,000 and will receive $10,000. • Run to Hillcrest requested $22,000 and will receive $10,000. • Summer Bash requested $15,000 and will receive $1,900. ...

  • Committee votes to recommend opening talks with EPCOR

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    Portales’ Public Works Committee on Tuesday voted to send a recommendation to Portales City Council to open talks with EPCOR to possibly take over operation of the city’s water system. Chris Mendoza, utilities superintendent, described Tuesday’s action as “a motion to approve to allow EPCOR to come in and evaluate the Portales water system, wastewater system, wastewater reuse, and well field.” Mendoza said no one from EPCOR was present. “Last week City Council and the mayor met with a representative from EPCOR,” Men...

  • Senate seat goes to Roosevelt rancher

    Matt Weiner, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    Another Roosevelt County resident appears headed to the state Senate as the District 27 representative. Pat Boone, an Elida rancher, edged Roswell attorney Greg Nibert by 101 votes Tuesday night in the Republican primary. Roswell's Larry Marker was a distant third, more than 1,500 votes behind the others in a race that saw 5,653 votes cast. Results are not official until each of the district's five counties approve them and after the state's canvassing board meets June 25....

  • CCC board hears president house renovation details

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    The East 21st Street house used by the president of Clovis Community College is having renovations done in time for the arrival of the college’s new top administrator. Details of the renovations were shared with CCC’s Board of Trustees at their regular June meeting on Wednesday. Bob Dart, CCC’s interim vice president of Internet Technology and Operations, outlined the work being done: • Interior repainting. • Exterior repainting. • Replacing hinges on cabinetry. “The roof was damaged in last year’s hail storm so insurance is...

  • Seth Martin keeps position on Curry commission

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    Seth Martin, a wheat and grain sorghum farmer from south-central Curry County, on Tuesday won another term representing District 4 on the County Commission. Martin defeated educator and former Melrose schools Superintendent Jamie Widner, 216 votes to 165. Martin won most of District 4’s precincts. Most of Widner’s support came from his home community in precinct 4, where he outpolled Martin, 95-39. Martin attributed his win to his name recognition. “I do think having been in as a commissioner for seven years helped. I think...

  • Former sheriff wins Roosevelt commission seat

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    Former Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker won a four-way race to gain a seat on the Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday. All four candidates were Republicans and no Democrats participated in the primary election, so Parker is expected to take office on Jan. 1. “I ran a solid campaign. I think my experience helped in the matter,” Parker said when asked why he thought voters selected him. Parker received 268 votes to 158 for runner-up August Cooper. James Hamilton was third with 100 votes, followed by Jarryd Burris wit...

  • Q&A: Director talks program, success rates

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of interviews with local officials. Kris Paulus is the Medication Assisted Treatment program director at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Q: Briefly explain what the MAT program is and what is its overall goal. A: There are three FDA approved medications for opioid use disorder, which are methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. RCDC offers buprenorphine and naltrexone to patients who are appropriate candidates. Buprenorphine is a partial agonist, meaning it does g...

  • By the numbers: Election night

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    Tuesday’s primary election had few contested races across Curry and Roosevelt counties, and voters mostly stayed home. A few numbers of interest: • Statewide voter turnout was at 23%, according to numbers released by the Secretary of State’s Office. In the 2020 primary (COVID year), that number was 42%. About 34% of the state’s registered voters came out for the 2016 New Mexico primary. • In Curry County, fewer than 15% of the 18,731 registered voters cast primary ballots o...

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