Clovis’ interim fire chief takes permanent job

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR The interim chief for the Clovis Fire Department will begin work Monday with one less word on his position. The city announced Nolen, a 15-year veteran of the department, will continue as permanent chief in a release. Nolen, promoted to battalion chief in October 2011, has served as the […]

McDonald: Nuclear power will fuel energy corner

When it comes to energy production in New Mexico, there’s no place like the southeastern corner of the state. It’s not just the oil patch. There’s also a corridor of activity that’s critical to the nation’s nuclear industry. On Sept 14, an energy summit was held in Carlsbad that was attended by more than 1,000 […]

Hounds beat St. Ed’s, Western State

Staff report PUEBLO, Colo. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team swept a pair of matches in Friday’s Steel & Silver Classic, hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo. The Greyhounds opened with a 20-25, 25-14, 25-9, 23-25, 15-11 win over St. Edward’s before coming back to beat Western State 17-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22, extending its winning […]

Rams rout Lovington, move to 2-0

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER BLACKWATER DRAW — The question for the Rams coming into this game was if their defensive effort a fluke last week against Robertson. With Portales handily defeating rival Lovington 48-12 it’s safe to say the Rams defense is for real. Portales shut out the Wildcats in the first half […]

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County making education gains, but poverty remains impactful

By Alisa Bowell Managing editor The recently released 2015 Kids Count Data Book showed New Mexico rates have improved in regards to poverty and education but not by much. The study showed 31 percent of New Mexico children live in poverty while fourth-grade reading proficiency in students is 44 percent. Roosevelt County showed a […]

Two prepare for police academy

Elijah Saina

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and Eastern New Mexico University’s Police Department are sending two individuals to the police academy. Elijah Saina, ENMU Police Department, and Kole Tollett, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, answered some questions about the process and what they expect the academy to be like. Elijah Saina What […]

Youngster makes best of circumstances

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Thallan Schwartz enjoys the day golfing at camp at Colonial Golf course in Clovis.

Our People Thallan Schwartz, 11, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Portales in 2013 when his father was offered a job at Eastern New Mexico University where he teaches saxophone and Jazz. Schwartz will be in sixth grade at Lindsey-Steiner in Portales. He spends his summers hanging out with friends and going […]

Davis: Those who’ve served deserve respect, honor

Several weeks ago, this column focused on history of Memorial Day, and the need to recover the primary focus of this U.S. holiday, which is to honor those who have given their lives in the cause of free and to remember all of our loved ones who have died. Fittingly enough, this week lands us […]

ENMU women hopeful to make run at team title


By Dave Wagner Sports writer Eastern New Mexico University’s women claimed the Southwest Regional rodeo championship earlier this month for the second year in a row. Now the Greyhounds are looking for a bigger prize. They’ll send a four-woman team to Casper, Wyoming, for the College National Finals Rodeo, scheduled for June 14-20. ENMU […]

State baseball, softball tournament results

BASEBALL Single elimination (Seeds in parentheses) Class 6A Thursday’s quarterfinals At UNM Lobo Field, Albuquerque (6) Eldorado 10, (3) La Cueva 1 (5) Volcano Vista 1, (13) Sandia 0 (2) Rio Rancho 3, (10) Mayfield 1 (9) Hobbs 6, (1) Onate 5 Friday’s semifinals At UNM Lobo Field, Albuquerque Volcano Vista 5, Hobbs 2 Eldorado […]

Wagner throws no-hitter as Rams win two

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Rey Ornelas throws a pitch during the Rams second game against NMMI Tuesday.

Staff report Grant Wagner pitched an abbreviated no-hitter and Portales scored a combined 26 runs as it swept New Mexico Military Institute in a doubleheader, 11-0 and 15-4, ion Wednesday at NMMI. Wagner kept the Colts (7-4) hitters off balance in the first game, striking out eight while throwing just 77 pitches — 51 for […]

Community Calendar — April 5

Clovis Club/organization meetings American Legion Unit 25 Ladies Auxiliary — 7 p.m. third Wednesdays each month; 7 a.m.-11 a.m., $6 breakfast, open to the public, first Saturday each month; 2 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays, bingo;  9 p.m.-1 a.m., dance, every Friday. 2400 West. Seventh St. Information: 575-763-5392. American Legion Post 117 Ladies Auxiliary […]

Easter celebrations hosted around town

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Sharon Cissell, left, and Doris Welch visit the “The Altar of Burnt Offering,” the second station at The Tabernacle at Central Christian Church. The live tabernacle is one of the church events going on in conjunction with Easter at local churches.

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer Local churches will be celebrating Easter with a variety of special events throughout the weekend. There will be a special Easter Polynesian program presented by Eastern New Mexico University and featuring Polynesian football players at the Portales Church of Nazarene. “They’re a program of around 15-17 people and six […]

Rams second to Clovis

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Portales ophomore Andrew Underbrink watches a tee shot during Monday’s Texico Invitational golf tournament, played at Farwell Country Club. Underbrink posted the Rams’ best score for the day with a 79.

Staff report FARWELL — Sophomore Andrew Underbrink posted a score of 79 Monday to lead Portales High’s boys in the Texico Invitational golf tournament, played at Farwell Country Club. Only two teams competed in the boys event, with Cl,ovis posting a four-man score of 320 to 342 for the Rams. Underbrink’s tally was the second-best […]

ENMU men fall to TSU

STAFF REPORT ALLEN, Texas — The Lone Star Conference’s top seed made quick work of Eastern New Mexico Wednesday night, and moved on with an 80-50 victory over Eastern New Mexico at the Allen Events Center. Malcolm Hamilton scored 21 points to lead three players in double figures for the Texans (27-2), who moved on to […]

Even telling time varies with generations

Rather than go through the stressful ordeal of adjusting a digital watch for Daylight Saving Time, I almost prefer leaving it alone — simply keeping in mind that the watch is an hour off for half the year. This is why I no longer own a digital watch. Oh, the sweet joy of pulling out […]

Former DA Harris found dead

Staff report Former 9th Judicial District Attorney Randall Harris, 54, was discovered dead in his home in the 1300 block of Concord Road early Monday, according to Clovis police. A police spokesman said rescue workers were responding to a call at 2:16 a.m. The spokesman said foul play wasn’t suspected and investigators are awaiting results […]

Zias post pair of 6-1 wins over Newman

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Freshman Simone Laurenz of Portales hit a game-breaking, two-run triple to right field in the seventh inning and Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team completed a 6-1, 6-1 sweep of Newman on Friday in the Lady Buff Invite, hosted by West Texas A&M. The Zias (9-3) face St. Edward’s (9-6), […]

Zias come up short vs. Cameron

By Dave Wagner Sports writer Once again, Eastern New Mexico University’s women fought back from a double-figure deficit in the second half. Only this time, the Zias came up short. Junior guard Jordyn Cooper’s 3-point attempt to tie in the closing seconds was off the mark, and Cameron escaped with a 68-63 Lone Star […]