Clovis man struck and killed

Staff report Steve Andrew Lucero, 50, of Clovis was struck and killed about 9:20 p.m. Saturday while walking on U.S. 70 near Curry Road 6, according to Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Lucero was found dead on the highway just south of C.R. 6. Lucero was struck by a pickup driven by 22-year-old […]

Family: Former commissioner someone everybody wanted to be around

Darrel Bostwick

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor Sunday saw the village of Melrose lose one of its most known and respected citizens in the form of Darrel Bostwick, a man who raised a family while rarely raising a voice and for decades represented the interests of Melrose and Curry County. The farmer and nine-year veteran of […]

Hank Baskett Jr. ‘all about the kids’

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Clovis native and former NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett III and his family road-tripped into town for the Ninth Annual Hank Baskett III Tee’d Off About Child Abuse Golf Benefit at the Cannon Air Froce Base Whispering Winds Golf Course Saturday. The tournament raised money for the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center, a child abuse safehouse run by his father, Hank Baskett Jr.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Hank Baskett Jr. announced he will be retiring in August after running the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center for more than 21 years. But his son said he won’t be far from the organization that has been his passion for so long. “He’s not going to give up on the […]

Events center general manager shares plans

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Between booking acts at the Curry County Events Center and meeting a thousand calf ropers in one weekend, Joelle Reed’s schedule, she said, can get a little hectic. “We have a thousand calf ropers coming in within the next five days,” Reed, the new Curry County Events Center general […]

Airport preps for annual fly-in

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Airplane and car enthusiasts, rev your engines, check your vectors and grab a hot dog. The fifth annual Clovis Municipal Airport Fly-In is landing on May 9 at the Clovis airport, weather permitting. The event will begin for the public at 9 a.m., and admission is free, according to […]

Consider consequences of dumping animals

Four years ago on a Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in a neighbor’s driveway where I lived in Montana, there was a dog.  This dog was whimpering, bleeding, and on its last breath. There was nothing left for anyone to do but to sadly watch this dog pass away. For this dog, it represented a tragic […]

Pages past — April 26

On this date … 2006: John Neibling was named Clovis Community College’s third president. The college board voted 3-2 for Neibling; dissenters wanted to hire Becky Rowley, who became CCC’s fourth president when Neibling retired in 2011. 1960: A Portales News-Tribune reporter counted 129 bicycles parked at the city’s three grade schools and junior high. […]

Police blotter — April 26

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 2:20 a.m.: Shoplifting report, 2600 block of west Seventh Street. • 7:20 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 1500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 7;40 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident blocking roadway, […]

What’s happening — April 26

Today Clovis Calf Roping Event— all day Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave. Information: 575-935-7000 Creation Celebration —3 p.m. Hillcrest Park Zoo, 1208 Norris Information: Damon Pearce 575-762-4727 or email Tuesday Canola -Wheat Field Day —8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Registration Information: Luther Dunlap 575-763-6505 or Clovis Ag Science Center 575-985-2292 to […]

Roosevelt County budget to undergo extreme cuts

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR A moment of tense silence filled the meeting room at the Portales schools administration offices Friday morning as County Manager Amber Hamilton filled county commissioners in on the bad news. It’s time for layoffs. In planning the 2016 fiscal year budget, it has finally reached that moment when all […]

Zia name, symbol dropped

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER The Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents approved President Steven Gamble’s request to discontinue use of the Zia Sun Symbol and the Zia name from women’s athletics at the regents’ Friday meeting. Gamble said in addition to a 67 percent vote from students, in addition overwhelming votes from the […]

Judge Stephen Quinn retiring

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR In a little more than two months, the judicial district that covers Curry and Roosevelt counties will have a new judge behind the bench. Judge Stephen K. Quinn will retire from the bench on June 30, marking an end to a legal career spanning more than 40 years. Quinn, […]

Notebook — April 25

Notebook Tooting our horn… • Clovis Media Inc. Editor David Stevens on Friday was inducted into the Panhandle Press Association Hall of Fame during the organization’s 105th annual meeting in Amarillo. Stevens, 55, and Kayla Parvin, publisher of The Booker News the past 20 years, are the 75th and 76th inductees. Stevens began his journalism […]

Johnson: Animals expect fairness, equality, too

The concept is a basic one that takes root among some of the earliest human thought processes. Young children demonstrate it without words pretty often by throwing tantrums or even trying to take what they believe should be theirs from other children, then almost as soon as they learn to talk, they can be expected […]

Pages past — April 25

April 25 On this date … 1950: Burglars took about $800 in cash and checks from the Fort Sumner Lumber Co. Police said the door of the office safe had been blown off, The Associated Press reported. 1938: Gene Autry performed at Clovis’ Lyceum and Mesa theaters. The Clovis newspaper did not review Autry’s performance, […]

McGee: Laughter can’t cure, but doesn’t hurt

A friend’s spouse was in the hospital after surgery. Recovery was taking a little longer than expected. “You need to walk in that hospital room today, fling your arms wide and in a big voice yell out, ‘What’s going on here? Why aren’t you well yet?’” I said. “It’s good for a laugh. And you […]

Meteorologist: Rain, wind on way

Staff Report With May around the corner, spring is settling in for Clovis and Portales. Rains can be expected in the northern region of Curry County Sunday, according to meteorologist Jennifer Palucki from the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Palucki said the Sunday rains will likely carry over into Monday with winds picking up to […]

Portales High gets new principal

STAFF REPORT Mark Gormley will be the new Portales High School principal Portales Municipal schools announced Friday. Gormley is currently the principal at James Elementary School in Portales. “He has experience as a principal in our school district, and he went to school here. He brings some good ideas with him,” Superintendent Johnnie Cain said. […]

KENW live auction wraps up

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Franklin Smith rocked back and forth from foot-to-foot Thursday night as he tried to overcome the camera jitters from being on live at KENW Television in Portales. “Don talked me into it,” Smith tattled on his partner in crime, who was making funny faces at Smith and the camera […]

Texas pair killed in truck rollover

Staff report A pair of Texas residents were killed Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash in Quay County, according to a release from the New Mexico State Police. Jerry Moore, 60, of Amarillo, and Deborah Conway, 62, of Fort Worth, were both pronounced dead at the scene. According to the release: • Around mile marker […]