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May 26 On this date … 1975: More than 500 Clovis students participated in graduation ceremonies at Leon Williams Stadium in an afternoon ceremony. Commencement speaker Mark Lansford talked about America’s turbulent past and its destiny. “There are many problems in our economy today, stemming possibly from our political setbacks,” he said. “Richard Nixon was […]

To Do List

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Information: 575-356-3940. Senator Martin Heinrich mobile office hours — 9:30 -10:30 a.m., La Casa Family Health […]

VBS calendar

Upcoming vacation Bible schools in Portales: • Calvary Baptist Church: 5:30 p.m. — 8 p.m. June 1-5 • First Baptist Church — Sports camp 9 a.m.-noon. June 8-11 • Emmanuel Baptist — Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and worship 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. June 22-26 • University Baptist Church — 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. July 6-10 • First […]


Water news … • Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, is among a gaggle of lawmakers who have introduced a bill — the Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act — earmarking $80 million a year for the next two decades for various Western water systems, including what’s more commonly known as the Ute Water Project. Some […]

Jail log

Released in the past 48 hours • Angel Gutierrez, 27, time served Booked in the past 48 hours • Edward Alcorn, 27, warrant • Ryan Butkovich, 24, aggravated DWI, reckless driving • Brian Gonzales, 23, bench warrant, resisting, evading or obstructing and officer • Irisema Hernandez, 32, warrant • Derek Hunker, 23, bench warrant • […]

Two die when wind topples crane

By Patrick Lohmann Albuquerque Journal ALBUQUERQUE — Larry Long peered upward Sunday afternoon to see his longtime friend and four neighborhood kids waving at him from at least 50 feet in the air, enjoying what he said was a regular joyride atop a crane used by a tree-removal company. He snapped a photo with his […]

Twelve missing after tornado

The Associated Press CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother’s arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people were reported missing after the vacation home they were staying in […]

National roundup

President honors deceased heroes ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war. Speaking under sunny […]

Rubio: Tax plan crucial for economic growth

By Lisa Mascaro Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Ever since 1981, when Ronald Reagan sat outside his California ranch and signed a tax-reform law that reversed half a century of mostly climbing rates, the pursuit of ever-lower income tax brackets has been the prime goal of Republican economic policy. Altering that party orthodoxy has now […]

Officer video recordings becoming point of tension

By Richard Winton Los Angeles Times Cameras mounted inside patrol cars captured every moment. With their guns drawn, Gardena, California, police officers screamed instructions at three men on the sidewalk. The officers warned them to keep their hands above their heads, mistakenly believing they had been involved in a robbery. Exactly what happened next is […]

Lights, camera, “Comancheria”

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No, Portales isn't getting a new bank ... it's just Hollywood moving in to Charles Brooks' optometrist office at Second and Abilene, where filming for "Comancheria" is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Portales.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Bank robberies and shootouts are coming to Clovis — but never fear, they’re all part of the movie “Comancheria,” which begins filming Monday. “Comancheria” stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster and Chris Pine, and is directed by David Mackenzie. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the film is about […]

Memorial Day ceremonies set for Portales

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER The first of two ceremonies in honor of Memorial Day on Monday in Portales will be the annual commemoration for the 35 Confederate veterans who are buried in the Portales Cemetery. The ceremony is hosted by the Ellen W. Jones Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which […]

NWS: Saturday rains not the last of it

Staff Report Areas in Roosevelt County received significant rainfall Saturday morning totaling more than one inch. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, areas north of Clovis reported 1.53 inches of precipitation and an area 15 miles south of Fort Sumner reported 4.9 inches. NWS meteorologist Mark Settig said the weather will clear up […]

Police blotter/Jail log — May 24

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 9:46 p.m.: Prowlers in progress, 800 block of South Avenue B. • 11:46 p.m.: Verbal domestic, 8000 block of New Mexico 206. • 11:54 p.m.: Harassment in progress, 100 block of East 18th […]

Boswell: Aunt defines going beyond

I think it’s human nature for us to be self-doubters and to criticize ourselves in what we say and do (with the exception of the rare self-assured). I think most people do struggle with self-doubt, but then there are those of us who go beyond the occasional self-doubt to become full-blown self-doubters. I was one […]

Pages Past — May 24

On this date … 1975: Sixteen seniors graduated in ceremonies at Melrose High School. De’ Aun Luce delivered the valedictory address. Salutatorian was Pam Cowan. 1950: A bolt of lightning had knocked down a pair of Southwestern Public Service Co. employees, and Mrs. E.R. Harris of Hillcrest Courts in Portales earned $3 for reporting the […]

New Bickley gives nod to its past

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to the old one, left, which will be demolished mid-June.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer On Sept. 2, 1947 — the day classes began at the new James Bickley Elementary School — the Clovis News-Journal reported a special visitor took great pains just to lay eyes on it. “James M. Bickley, 65-year-old veteran Clovis educator from whom the new north side grade school was […]

Cantwell: Blog stands in opposition to opposition

People might ask me, “Does your blog actually stand for anything?” You might be wondering just how many people have ever asked me that. The answer is, well, none, but if anyone did ask, I would firmly proclaim my editorial passion, the total extinction of fuzzy wuzzy kumbayah. The spreading malice of fuzzy wuzzy kumbayah […]

Star Watch: It’s time to pine for Pine

D'Nieka Hartsfield

Unless you’ve been under a rock, then you have heard that part of the feature film “Commancheria” is being shot here in eastern New Mexico. A “notice of filming” letter from the film’s production company, Hanson Ranch Productions Inc., went viral and noted that local filming is set to take place Monday on Main, and […]

County median yuccas gone

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New Mexico’s state flower, the yucca, growing wild in a field off Llano Estacado Boulevard near Clovis.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Sometimes the heartiest of plants can’t survive New Mexico’s brutal sun and wind — even the state flower is no exception. In May 2013, Curry County officials and volunteers from the area planted about 65 yucca plants in the median between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base in an […]