Letters to the editor: Americans need to clean house

Twice a year I help put out flags at the Mount Zion cemetery. These American heroes fought for freedoms we enjoy, some even died for their country. I worry about the America my kids and grandkids will live in. Fifty years from now, will rodeos still open in prayer? Will a pretty girl on a […]

Police blotter — July 4

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 p.m. June 21 an officer responded to a residence in the 700 block of Hondo Street for a report of a stabbing. A man with a hole in his bottom lip told the officer a suspect he knew stopped his […]

In tribute: Defense attorney remembered as peacemaker

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File photo Fred Tharp, shown in this 2007 photo, practiced law for 41 years and was the state’s first public defender. Kevin Wilson Fred Tharp spent years learning the law, and decades more applying it. But he tried to live his life by a law that wasn’t in any courtroom. “When we stop caring about […]

Weekly update — July 4

School board holding special meeting The Clovis Schools board of education is holding a special meeting July 20 to talk about the new middle school site selection. Meanwhile, the High Plains Patriots group is circulating a petition asking the board to reconsider its decision. Will it come up at the meeting? Board President Mark Lansford […]

Reader-submitted content: WWII soldiers return home to bury comrade

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Courtesy photo From left, George Gushwa, Jim Robinson, Johnny Morgan, Oliver Fenton, RE Self, Carol McClusty, J.W. Capps, George Barton (kneeling). By Johnny Morgan On March 11, 1941, 26 young men from Roosevelt County left Portales to be drafted into the U.S. Army in Santa Fe. We walked from our hotel to the armory for […]

Fire damages Portales home

By Clarence Plank Fire apparently ignited by a television damaged a home Saturday at 720 South Dallas Avenue. The fire was contained in one room of the house, said Battalion Chief Lance Hill. “It started in the living room,” Hill said. “The majority of the damage was from smoke and heat…damage was very minimal.” Portales […]

Lottery luck strikes again for Roosevelt County family

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Courtesy photo From left, Brantley King of Elida, his sister Monica Baca of Portales and his wife, Jennifer King, went to the New Mexico Lottery office in Albuquerque this week to claim the Powerball prize Brantley King and Baca won. The two winners are the children of Aurbra King, who won $1.1 million in the […]

Growing up in Clovis all about ‘little’ things

Don McAlavy Well, I came across some notes left me by the late Clovis historian Tom Pendergrass, and he too remembered the “little” things: “The town of Clovis was started in May 1907 with the original town site surveyed and sale of lots starting about the first of May 1907. Not long after that, my […]

Polycart program terminated

Kevin Wilson Clovis has trashed its polycart program. In response to near-unanimous public comment against a potential sanitation transition from alley trash bins to individual polycarts, the Clovis City Commission voted unanimously Thursday to terminate the plan. The city used about 1,700 units for the trial program. Service areas for those polycarts included houses in […]

Press release: Portales man sentenced for second-degree murder

Portales, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Isaac Montano, Jr., age 48, was sentenced to serve twenty (20) years in the Department of Corrections for Second Degree Murder and Armed Robbery.

Press release: ENMU Observes Independence Day on July 5

PORTALES–Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will be closed on Monday, July 5, for the observance of Independence Day, and will re-open on Tuesday, July 6.

Friday morning briefing: Ute lake fun and the Civil Rights Act

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. If your headed north Ute Lake State Park is scheduled to host its traditional all-day July 4 celebration again this year. The day begins with a parade at 10 a.m. in Logan, followed by a horseshoe contest at the park. The fireworks display is […]

Incarnate Word joins Lone Star Conference

The Associated Press RICHARDSON, Texas — Incarnate Word has joined the Lone Star Conference in time for the San Antonio university’s second football season. The 129-year-old liberal arts school that was a women’s college until 1970 officially joined the Division II league Thursday. The 2010 grid season opener for the Cardinals will be Aug. 28 […]

Religion calendar — July 2

Press release: Bingaman says health insurance reform law already benefiting New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased New Mexico is able to expand its ability to provide affordable health insurance coverage for high-risk uninsured residents – one of the first benefits of the newly enacted health insurance reform law Bingaman helped write. The law will provide at least $37 million to […]