Press release: Judge Stephen Quinn retiring

A vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court will exist in Curry and Roosevelt Counties as of July 1, 2015, upon the retirement of the Honorable Stephen K. Quinn. The judicial vacancy is for Division 1, General Jurisdiction with a heavy criminal docket. Further inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should […]

Livestock measure distance in gates

By: Audra Brown There are theories and equations that are undecided and constantly debated and improved. A lot of thought and time and money is spent analyzing the motions and patterns of the universe. One theory in particular is of great concern out on the farm. The optimization of a route for the minimization of […]


Traffic alert… • Portales drivers being warned to avoid Globe and 18th streets next week. There will be repaving in the area to repair damage from installing the city’s re-use water system pipeline. No through traffic from Sunday through May 2. Town hall… • If you live in District 4 in Clovis — that’s largely […]

ENMU regents to decide fate of Zias

By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER The Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents meets today to make the final decision of whether the Zia symbol and name will be dropped from women’s athletics. President Steven Gamble will make a recommendation to board members, a recommendation based off student vote, according to Gamble, who says student […]

What’s happening

Today Clovis Calf Roping Event— all day Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave. Information: 575-935-7000 Saturday The Salvation Army Garage Sale — 9 a.m.: Cash or Checks only. 317 East 2nd Street. Information: 575-762-3801 Blood Drive — 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2010 W. 7th Information: 575-268-8146 Relay for Life Team Cummins Natural […]

Courthouse flooded with inconvenience

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer A sheriff’s deputy at the Curry County Courthouse discovered an inconvenient surprise in the building Tuesday night — a flow of water that spread from the second floor county clerks office all the way down into the county sheriff’s office. County Construction and Safety Officer Ben Roberts said the […]

Clovis man found guilty on felony drug charges

Staff report A Clovis man was found guilty Wednesday of three felony drug charges, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Paul Lee Salazar, 38, faces a maximum of 37 years and six months in prison on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, conspiracy to trafficking methamphetamine and Intent to distribute the synthetic […]

Lt. Dan Band’s sax player former greyhound

Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. Mitch Paliga left Portales 30 years ago with a degree in music and a dream of playing saxophone professionally. The longtime Chicago-area resident will return to eastern New Mexico in August — for the first time […]

Choir will accompany birds in song at Hillcrest Zoo

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer A church choir will accompany the symphony of bird and animal sounds at the Hillcrest Park Zoo this weekend. The Central Baptist Church “His Voices” choir is presenting a one-hour “Creation Celebration” concert 3 p.m. Sunday at a pavilion near the tiger exhibit. Admission to the zoo will be […]

Police Blotter

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations April 22. • 3:25 a.m.: Shots fired, 900 block of Sunrise Boulevard. • 3:32 a.m.: Shoplifting report, 2000 block of north Prince Street. • 5:03 a.m.: Failure to appear, Apollo and Mercury streets. • 6:24 a.m.: […]

Pages Past: April 24

On this date … 1975: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rogers of 2209 Moberly Drive in Clovis were looking for witnesses to the “senseless and cruel shooting of our house cat” on April 14. The Rogers’ said the injured cat “crawled almost home,” but their veterinarian was not able to save him. “As for the man […]


Water everywhere… • Watch yourself driving on west 21st Street today. EPCOR is flushing a well behind James Bickley at Mitchell and Purdue streets for 24 hours…part of a federal requirement. The water will be running along Mitchell Street toward 21st Street and into Greene Acres Lake. Artist call… • Eastern New Mexico University’s Runnels […]

Clovis schools receive $2.3 million in reimbursements

Staff Report Clovis Municipal Schools has received $2.3 million in state reimbursement from the Public Schools Facilities Authority for the 2013 construction of Gattis Middle School. According to CMS Operations Director John King, at the time of construction the 2012-2017 Facility Master Plan projected a capacity of 900 students. But the state would not fund […]

Hall of Honors banquet to showcase CHS students’ success

By: Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy The time is quickly approaching for the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation Hall of Honors banquet, a festive celebration showcasing the accomplishments of Clovis High School graduates. This year’s recipients include: Dr. William Price Hale and Sue Barnett Hale (Class of ’51) in the category of Government/Service for a distinguished career in […]

Police Blotter

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations April 21. • 12:11 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 500 block of west 19th Street. • 2:50 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1000 block of Rencher Street. • 4:28 a.m.: Fighting, 100 block of Pinon Street. • 8:36 a.m.: […]

Pages Past: April 23

On this date … 1975: Pat Burns, the son of Portales Mayor Mike and Ruth Burns, was in critical condition at an El Paso hospital following a hang-gliding accident. Burns, a student at New Mexico State University, was injured when a wing on his glider collapsed as he soared off of a hillside. He suffered […]

Shoo flies in peace: annual auction airing on TV

By: Betty Williamson When I was young and my father would take our family with him to the cattle auction or a horse sale, we were strictly admonished to sit still and, for goodness sakes, not wave our hands about and accidentally bid. I was mostly grown before I realized that auctioneers don’t waste time […]

Improvements coming to county roads


By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR Curry County officials said a groundbreaking Wednesday for road improvements to begin May 5 on C.R. 11 and N will provide an alternate route to Cannon Air Force Base and easier access to U.S. 60/84. Road Superintendent David Corbin said K-Barnett and Sons will complete the job with Lydick […]

Blue Bell suffers ice cream headache


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer As the weather gets warmer, taste buds start looking forward to cold, delicious ice cream. But if you’re looking for Blue Bell in town, you may be out of luck for at least a few weeks. In Clovis, local grocers Albertsons, Paradise Market, S&S Supermarket, and Wal-Mart confirmed they […]

New law to reduce mandatory coursework for future teachers

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A new bill changing requirements for students in New Mexico looking to enter teaching has been signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez. Senate Bill 329 will reduce the mandatory college coursework needed to  obtain an elementary and secondary education licensure from 57 arts and science credit hours to […]