State police search home of missing Tucumcari woman

New Mexico State Police were searching the residence of a missing Tucumcari woman on Thursday night but declined to discuss why or whether they found any evidence. Officials were inside the residence at 1311 S. Fifth Street, which is the registered home of Kimberly Draman, 53, who has been missing since Sept. 13. They arrived […]

Veteran to travel to US capitol

Samuel E. Neff flew 50 bombing missions in World War II. Next week he'll join other New Mexico veterans on a flight to Washing-ton, D.C. This three-day trip is part of the Honor Flight program, which provides veterans with a free trip. Courtesy photo Sam Neff at age 22 as an aviation cadet in primary […]

Clovis woman found guilty of murder

Brandon Vann was returning to California from Alabama after getting out of a bad relationship last fall. He stopped in Clovis to reunite with a childhood friend, according to his mother, Tamala Vann. Flores Brandon Vann, 26, never made it home. On Nov. 1, he was a passenger in a vehicle driven by friend Anthony […]

Press release: Clovis woman guilty of murder

(From 9th Judicial District Attorney) Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Guadalupe Flores, age 26, was found guilty by a Clovis jury on all counts as charged, which included 2nd Degree Murder of Brandon Vann and 5 counts of 3rd Degree Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. The jury trial […]

Shelburne: Sabbath time for reflection

I just finished an unusual yard-mowing experience. As usual, mowing and trimming is about a three-and-a-half hour job. We're not talking here about a polite little postage stamp-size lawn. This is a 10,000 square foot yard, acreage that in some cities would pass for a park or a game preserve, complete with man-killing hills of […]

Ministry provides vision

Missionaries George and Diana Franklin have provided free eye glasses to the needy in Africa for 15 years. After landing in an African nation with about 2,000 pairs of eye glasses it isn't long before the Franklins are hundreds of miles away from a big city doing what they love: Helping people see the world […]

ENMU Alumni Awards

3 questions with: Paul A. Mapes, a retired attorney from Walnut Creek, Calif. What is one thing you miss about living in Portales considering you've traveled many places since then? I miss the friendliness of the people and the unpretentiousness of the people. In what ways has ENMU played a role in your career? In […]

What’s happening – Sept. 28

Today DWI saturation patrol — Clovis Police Department conducting DWI saturation patrols in the City of Clovis. Information: 763-9444. Night at the Songbird: Viva Vegas! — 7 p.m., 2012 ENMU homecoming production. $4 general admission, free with ENMU student I.D. University Theater Center at ENMU, Portales. Information: 562-2711. Appreciation Reception — 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Honoring […]

Police Blotter – Sept. 28

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday 12:38 a.m.: Caller reported hearing a female nearby frantically screaming for someone to get away from her, 400 block of North Connelly Street. 12:50 a.m.: Caller reported someone followed them while driving to their house and was sitting in their parked vehicle with […]

Spending time on things that are not worth it

While mother and daddy were in seminary, the family budget was tight. So frugality was a word we lived by. Early on I became familiar with thrift shops and the exciting bargain basement at the Kansas City's Macy's department store. One time, Mother bought an old sofa at a thrift store. The couch looked terrible […]

Marriage licenses and divorce compiled

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from September 20 through Wednesday: John Joseph Kozlowski, 21, to Susan Marie Blom, 24, both of Clovis Luis Alberto Cabrera, 19, to Maria Mercedes Delgadillo, 20, both of Clovis Joshua Cole Kuba, 28, to Christin Stacy Burrows, 22, both of Clovis William Zackery Gates, 22, to […]

New Mexico students need improvement

The good news? A much more diverse group of students is taking college entrance exams. The bad news? More than half of them tanked. That's true nationally and in New Mexico. And it does not bode well for an educated and prepared workforce to turn this economy around, much less make it sustainable. It is […]

Romney faces own party criticism

"Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring." — Ann Romney Ann Romney's exasperation with conservative critics is understandable. The mainstream press has been like a school of piranhas swarming around her husband. To receive fire from her own side as well — even constructive advice — may seem […]

Restitution could provide justice

Recent and ongoing local events illustrate the folly of imprisonment. The situation is not unique. The same type of events repeat, in limited variation, all across America on a continuous basis. The Stanford Prison Experiment, and subsequent studies that keep confirming it, should demonstrate that you can't give one group of people dominion over another […]

Fishing report – Sept. 27

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed […]

Judge rules Isler’s rights violated

Former Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler has received a partial victory in U.S. District Court on a nearly three year fight with the New Mexico Activities Association. The ruling stems from the December 2009 suspension of Isler by the NMAA, and his subsequent dismissal as basketball coach at CHS, based on allegations he […]

Navajo rug on display

The world's second-largest Navajo rug is on temporary display at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner. The 625-square foot rug is the property of the Chilchinbeto Chapter of Arizona. The rug will be displayed through Oct. 27. De Baca County News: Scot Stinnett Chilchinbeto Chapter member James Laughter, left, and Chapter Vice President May […]

AG’s plan cost Texas millions of dollars

T exas Attorney General Greg Abbott might have been going for laughs in June when he told Republicans convening in Fort Worth about his job: "I go to the office. I sue the federal government. Then I go home." But taxpayers shouldn't be amused. It's cost Texans considerably more than $2 million to fund the […]

Police blotter – Sept. 27

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday 5:14 a.m.: Caller requested assistance for a female who complained of heart pain then passed out, 4500 block of Lazy Lane. 6:49 a.m.: Caller reported a male wearing a white cover or sheet was hitting the neighbor's vehicles and front door, 4300 West […]

Christian people must stand up

I am perplexed about something. Our America was founded on Christian principles. This land was populated by people wanting religious freedom. The term "separation of church and state" means the government will not force the people to any certain religion, nor will it keep anyone from practicing the faith of their choice. Now, however, all […]