Police report uptick in break-ins

The Clovis Police Department has seen an uptick in breaking and entering reports over the past few weeks, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. The city's virtual crime reports map detailed 49 calls for breaking and entering violations between May 6 and May 19, with 24 of those calls being for auto break-ins. Sanders […]

Police: Espanola man died of blunt force trauma

An Espanola man found dead at a Fort Sumner motel after a fight at a drinking party died of blunt force trauma, state police said Thursday. State police spokesman Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez stressed the finding in the death of Anthony Sandoval is a preliminary one based on an autopsy by the state Office of the […]

Zoo’s baby buffalo dies

Hillcrest Park Zoo's baby buffalo died early Thursday morning, according to zoo officials. The buffalo's body was sent to a veterinarian, who determined that she had drowned in the shallow water in her habitat. The female calf was born early Tuesday morning. "It's heartbreaking," said Zoo Director Vince Romero. "It's like they're our family." On […]

Political debates can wait, focus on disaster relief

The latest natural disaster in Oklahoma should not become another political debate, but the tornado, its destruction and the path to rebuilding should prompt important discussions — after the recovery is under way, the dead are counted and buried and the rebuilding going strong. What we saw on Monday in Oklahoma, though, reminds us again […]

Column incubator for feds ideas

Federal employees must read my columns and use the warnings therein as a blueprint for future schemes, just as Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" and George Orwell's "1984" seem to have been adopted as suggestions for governing rather than as the dire warnings they should have been. Recent news that the National Transportation Safety Board is […]

Panel rejects Pentagon’s request for base closings

WASHINGTON — A new round of military base closings is going nowhere in Congress. The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee passed a bill Thursday rejecting the Obama administration's request for more domestic base closings. Military leaders are cutting the number of troops and argue the drawdown will leave them with more installations than they need. […]

Panel rejects Pentagon's request for base closings

WASHINGTON — A new round of military base closings is going nowhere in Congress. The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee passed a bill Thursday rejecting the Obama administration's request for more domestic base closings. Military leaders are cutting the number of troops and argue the drawdown will leave them with more installations than they need. […]

10 arrested for drug trafficking

Thursday marked the end of a four-month long drug-trafficking investigation in Portales that led to the arrests of 10 suspects. Portales police said they are expecting seven more arrests. The suspects were arrested on felony charges of the possession, sale and trafficking of meth. Christina Calooway: Portales News-Tribune Silviano "Silver" Lucero, 24, of Portales is […]

Sunland hopes to have product on shelves soon

Sunland Inc. Vice President Katalin Coburn said she's excited that Sunland is one step closer to getting its products back on the shelves as peanut butter production resumed Monday. Sunland is bouncing back from a salmonella outbreak that linked its products to 41 cases in 20 states last fall and shuttered its plant for months. […]

Plans progressing for city to be bicycle friendly

Plans to make Clovis a bicycle friendly are in progress. The Public Works Committee approved of a recommendation that the city move forward with its designated bike routes plan. The proposed bike routes would create a network of bicycle friendly streets that would help riders travel all over Clovis, and City Engineer Justin Howalt said […]

Local church will be running youth summer program

A local church will be running youth summer programs at Hillcrest Park, filling the YMCA's shoes after its abrupt departure from Clovis. At the Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee meeting on Monday the West 21st Street Church of Christ got the nod to run the summer youth program. Director of Parks and Recreation Bill Bizzell […]

County looking for land

Curry County expects to have options on at least three tracts of land about a month before voters are being asked decide the fate of a plan to build a new jail, according to a press release Wednesday from County Manager Lance Pyle. County commissioners have scheduled an Aug. 6 special election, hoping voters will […]

Bears’ Urlacher hangs ‘em up

Former Portales High coach Mark McAfee knew Lovington's Brian Urlacher had a bright future when he coached against him as the Rams' defensive co-ordinator in the mid-1990s. McAfee didn't necessarily see him as an eight-time Pro-Bowl middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears. "He was a stud," McAfee said Wednesday night. "I knew he could play […]

ENMU athletes ready for nationals

Eastern New Mexico University sophomores Kaspars Briska and Alesha Jones have their work cut out in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track meet this weekend in Pueblo, Colo., but both are ready to give it their best shot. Briska, a junior college transfer from Riga, Latvia, qualified for the nationals in the 3,000 steeplechase, […]

Four apply for district judge position

Three Clovis lawyers and an attorney in Portales have applied to become the next district judge for Curry and Roosevelt counties. One of the four will be picked by Gov. Susana Martinez to succeed 9th Judicial District Chief Judge Teddy Hartley, who is retiring in June. A press release late Wednesday from the Judicial Selection […]

Education feature: Girl Scout summer camp targets bullying

Bullying is an ongoing issue throughout Clovis, and Tera Wong-Williams and the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails are taking steps to tackle the issue among middle school girls. Thanks to a grant from United Way of Eastern New Mexico, the Girl Scouts will present a free summer day camp to girls in grades six […]

Wal-Mart evacuated for bomb threat

Wal-Mart was evacuated for more than an hour Wednesday as a result of what Clovis police believe is an international phone scam. No bomb was found, police said. "There was a bomb threat by telephone from an individual calling back several times from masked (false) phone numbers, probably from overseas saying he would explode planted […]

International cheese industry professionals visit Southwest Cheese

Cheese industry professionals from all over the world descended on Clovis this week to learn about United States cheese production and operations at Southwest Cheese. Visitors from Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Egypt, the Philippines, and Lebanon toured the cheese plant and a local dairy, and also attended several educational sessions. "This is a cheese buyers' mission," […]

Football stadium never quite measured up to expectations

The plan was to build a dream stadium to showcase a championship intercollegiate football program. Eastern New Mexico University President Donald C. Moyer spoke of "big dreams" and "large growth" that could be realized once academic and athletic excellence were combined. New classrooms were already in the works to replace the antiquated football field on […]

Fishing report – May 22

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes — Fishing was fair using […]