Senior Olympics about connection

By Derek Major Staff writer Melinda Coslett says it’s about more than medals. “You don’t have to be an athlete to participate in the Olympics,” said Coslett, a participant in the 50+ Olympics for the last five years. “People sign up to stay active, meet friends and to learn new games. It’s about more […]

Shooting event finishes up today

By Derek Major Staff writer For people who don’t know what cowboy mounted shooting is, it’s shooting at balloon targets while going through a course riding on a horse. But Stoney Burks, the event coordinator of the New Mexico-Texas Border Wars shooting event, has a much better way of describing it. “It’s basically playing […]

United Way celebrates 55 years

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer United Way of Eastern New Mexico will be celebrating its 55th anniversary Friday with “The Springtastic Celebration” banquet at the Clovis Civic Center. Patrice Caldwell, executive director of planning and analysis at Eastern New Mexico University and a UWENM board member, said she thinks that without United Way, “We […]

High-interest loan company taken to court

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR Richard Oot of Albuquerque had no idea what he was getting into when he volunteered to help Roy L. Goodman of Clovis with his finances. Oot, a New York City native who’s started a few businesses of his own, didn’t hesitate to help Goodman when a mutual friend asked […]

To do list — March 15

Today • Border Wars/New Mexico Texas Shootout — 10 a.m. at Roosevelt County Events Arena at the fairgrounds. A Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association event. Admission is free. Information: Kathy Hollman-Ellsworth 575-748-5035. Monday • 50+ Senior Olympics registration — 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Roy Walker Recreation Center, 316 W. Second St., Clovis. Cost is […]

Clovis’ railroad ties steeped in history

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
A model of the former train depot and surrounding areas in Clovis, built to a 1-to-87 scale, is housed in the upstairs of the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum.

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. The Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum is a tribute to Clovis’ strong ties to the railroad industry for more than a century. Reason to go: Learn about the history of the railroad in Clovis or […]

Short phrase never sounded so sweet

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor We got our little man back this weekend. He got into the car, and I waited for it. “Hey, Alisa …” And there it was. It didn’t even take five minutes for my 8-year-old partner in crime to use his trademark phrase. He starts almost every sentence with “Hey, Alisa […]

Shooke Unleashed comes to the rescue

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On March 7, Shooke Unleashed Animal Rescue transported 77 unwanted dogs and cats from animal shelters and community surrenders in Clovis and Portales to animal rescue organizations in Colorado, where the demand for rescued pets is higher. Founder Summer Hooke said two service members from Cannon Air Force Base volunteered their time to make the drive.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Clovis has an unwanted animal problem. The numbers speak for themselves: Since 2010, the Clovis Animal Shelter has euthanized more than 1,500 unwanted cats and dogs every year. To combat the problem, several local citizens are coming up with creative solutions to find homes for these pets and reduce […]

Martinez calls Torres coward, verdict justice

STAFF REPORT New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez issued the following statement after Noe Torres’ conviction on Friday: “Today, a jury convicted child murderer Noe Torres on all counts, and he faces a sentence of life plus 35 years. “Noe Torres is a coward. He is a coward who killed a child, Carlos Perez, while he […]

Torres found guilty

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Noe Torres is led away by Curry County deputies after the verdict. Sentencing is to take place at a later date.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR Jurors took about 90 minutes Friday to find Noe Torres guilty of the first-degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Torres, 36, showed no emotion as District Court Chief Judge Drew Tatum read the verdict — guilty on all seven counts stemming from the 2005 shooting of Carlos as he […]

Some not-so-bad folks out there

By Grant McGee Local columnist “When did you slip over to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and buy 50 bucks worth of stuff at the Quickie Mart?” The Lady of the House was talking to me. She was at her desk looking at her computer monitor over the top of her glasses. I walked over to her computer […]

Music doesn’t soothe the beast long

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies Dogs tend to not like being confined and can get rather vocal about it — barking, whining, pacing and panting — and those are just the tame behaviors that show their discontent. In addition to making noise, isolation can lead dogs to engage in a plethora of overt […]

Pages past — March 14

On this date … 1968: Seven years of city leadership under Mayor Ted Waldhauser ended as Clovis city commissioners elected Chick Taylor to the position. Waldhauser was nominated for the job again, but failed to receive a second in the city’s organizational meeting. Taylor, a city printer, was elected by commissioners for a two-year term. […]

Clovis homicide person of interest comes forward


By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR A man police termed a person of interest in Sunday morning’s homicide turned himself in to authorities for questioning Thursday evening, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Brandon Cordova, 32, of Clovis, turned himself in to his attorney, Ty Harmon, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Whitney said. “We haven’t been […]

Senate rejects UNM regent nominee Matt Chandler; Jamie Koch resigns in protest

By Dan Boyd The Associated Press The full Senate has just rejected Matt Chandler’s appointment to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents. He is removed from the position effective immediately. The vote was 23-17 in favor of adopting the Senate Rules Committee’s recommendation from earlier today. It was a nearly party-line vote, with […]

Outage dries up revenue

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Parts to repair a broken water line cost the city of Portales about $800. The cumulative costs of most of a city shutting down are untold. Officials said the Portales water pipeline was damaged late Tuesday morning when a contractor cracked it during construction of the reuse water pipeline […]

Making learning fun

Staff photo: Derek Major
Braden Irvin works with volunteers to see how a hot air balloon works Thursday night during the Eastern New Mexico University Family Math and Science Night at James Elementary.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER Mary Beth Daughrity knows that getting kids interested in their own education starts before they know how important an education is. “It’s extremely important,” said Daughrity, an associate professor of Elementary Education Eastern New Mexico University. “But it also has to be age appropriate and this is what we’ve […]

Preparing for summer

Editor’s note: The following is part of a series of stories on often overlooked departments within the city, county, schools and other organizations. By Derek Major STAFF WRITER Martin Mendoza, who has worked for the maintenance department for the city of Portales for 25 years, knows the work he’s doing this time of year […]

Notebook — March 13

Today … • More progress could be made toward hiring an executive director for the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, as the ENMWUA board will be going into executive session. Upcoming … • The annual Clovis Lions Club Gun and Knife show runs today through Sunday at the Clovis Civic Center. Admission is $5. […]

Set of new songs define harvest

By Audra Brown Down on the farm There are certain jobs on the farm that require long stretches of seat-time in order to get it done. Any harvest, planting, cultivating or maintaining operation usually amounts to a sequence of contiguous days and or nights running the same piece of equipment, doing the same sort of […]