Shoppers go nuts over arts and crafts

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Helena Rodriguez People are going nuts over the 30th annual Peanut Valley Festival, but it’s because of the arts and crafts, not the peanuts. Approximately 140 vendors packed into almost every available space Saturday at the three-level Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University, and will be peddling their wares again today from noon […]

Abandoned baby allegedly found in park

Mike Linn A newborn boy is in good health after a woman said she found him abandoned at Rotary Park on Sunday morning while she was jogging. Police say they have identified the mother and further investigation and charges are pending. The jogger told police she heard the baby crying and later found him wrapped […]

Obits 10-7

Mrs. Ruby Nichols, 80, of Portales, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 3, 1923, in Graham, Texas, to Mattie and Michael G. Fields. She grew up in West Texas and eastern New Mexico. She lived most of her younger life in Hobbs. She married Ervin […]

Fighting can be good for children’s health

Helena Rodriguez My two nieces, Anisha, 11, and Stephanie, 8, were involved in a heated argument about to turn physical when I said to my sister, “Don’t stop them! Fighting is good for them!” Julie looked at me like I was insane. “That’s right!” I said. “Fighting is good for children.” I read it in […]

Judge denies reduced bail for sex offender suspect

Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis man accused of having sexual contact with children failed on Wednesday in an effort to have his bail reduced. Billy Martin, 49, scratched his head and shuffled paperwork during his Tuesday afternoon video arraignment in Curry County Magistrate Court as he tried to persuade Magistrate Judge Doug Miller to reduce […]

Sex molestation ring busted in Clovis

Darrell Todd Maurina Police say a Clovis home was used as a sex club between adults and at least 18 preteen girls, and reports show the case came to their attention after a 9-year-old girl confided in her teacher. Although dirty and vacant, the house at 700 East 10th Street appeared to have had children […]

Obits 9/3

Jerry Davis, 64 Mr. Jerry G. Davis, 64, of Roswell, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at Casa Maria Care Center in Roswell. He was born on July 16, 1939, in Roswell, to John Gregg and Magnolia Ward Davis. He graduated from Portales High School in 1958. He married Donna Philpott in 1961. He married Ludene […]

Single mom personifies persistence

By Angela Peacock Though Juanita Black’s later years of life were filled with pain and suffering due to a rare immune deficiency disease, family members said her faith in God never once failed. No matter what the circumstances Juanita’s oldest daughter Juena Hickman said her mother would tell her children to place their faith in […]

Woman sentenced for fatal crash

Tony Parra A Roswell woman was sentenced to four years in prison Friday in connection with a deadly crash two years ago that claimed the life of a Ruidoso woman. Deanna Willis, 29, was convicted in June of vehicular homicide for her part in a head-on collision north of Portales on U.S. Highway 70 that […]

Summer Boredom Can Be Good For Children

Helena Rodriguez I don’t know how many times this summer my daughter Laura has called me at work with breaking news. The kind that warrants, in her mind, a press conference with a blue curtain in the background, a cluster of information-starved news reporters, a crawl line on CNN and the whole shebang. At least, […]