Motocross event comes to the Boneyard

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A motocross event is coming to Portales this weekend with all-terrain vehicles races, utility task vehicle races and bike races. The event is being held behind Bonestroo Dairy off of New Mexico 467 all day today and Sunday.

STAFF REPORT The West Texas Extreme Race Circuit (WTXRC) is returning to the area this weekend for round six of their 2015-16 series. According to Rusty Cates, WTXRC is a family-owned race circuit of moto and off-road enthusiasts dedicated to promoting and advancing off-road racing in the West Texas/Eastern New Mexico area. Cates began the […]

Invitational’s sponsor transitioning to new role

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Tony Bullocks
Clint Johnson of Hines, Oregon, hangs on to Get Moe 
during Friday’s 
competition in the L.J. Jenkins Invitational at Curry County Events Center. Ford scored an 83.5 on the ride.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer Bull riding fans were treated to the fifth annual L.J. Jenkins Invitational PBR tournament this Halloween weekend. But unlike the previous Jenkins-sponsored events, this was the first time that Jenkins would not be an active participant as the Texico native was forced to retire earlier this season after injuring […]

Atlatl competition draws about 200

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From left, Stacey Bennett, Seth Dearth, Joshua Dickens and Shawn Hoskinson collect darts thrown with the atlatl during practice.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent The 15th annual atlatl competition on Saturday morning went well, according to Director of Blackwater Draw National Landmark George Crawford. “Attendance so far has been about average. We usually see a couple hundred people but only about 40 of them participate,” said Crawford. The competition was divided into men, women and […]

Costumes on parade

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Presbyterian Preschool teacher Nicole White, Ellie Martinez, 5, and Sophia Hogg, 5, lead the Halloween parade Friday morning around the block from the school located on Pile Street.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Witches and princesses and transformers — oh my! If you traveled down Pile or Gidding streets around 10 Friday morning, you may have seen a few creatures and superheros stomping around the block showing off their attire. Don’t worry, though — the witches and goblins weren’t real. They were […]

Haunted happenings on rise for holiday

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Cheryl Barela of Clovis poses in her scary front yard Wednesday on John Doe Street. Barela says she has been working on the yard for the past two weeks and that Halloween is not her favorite time to decorate — Christmas decorations are far better.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Clovis resident Cheryl Barela said she’s not a huge fan of Halloween, but you wouldn’t know it looking at her fear-full yard display. Barela has everything you could think of for Halloween in her yard — spiders, blood smears, warning signs, zombies, a Chucky-like doll in a swing set […]

Spears taking flight at atlatl competition

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Eastern New Mexico University hosts its 15th annual atlatl competition 10 a.m. Saturday at the Blackwater Draw archeological site.

Staff report Columbian mammoths and sabre-toothed cats beware: The atlatls will be flying through the air on Saturday morning. Eastern New Mexico University hosts its 15th annual atlatl competition at the Blackwater Draw archeological site, located about five miles north of Portales on New Mexico 467. Atlatl is an Aztec word for “spear-thrower,” according to […]

Cooler weather can mean unwanted guests

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Clovis Police Officer Antonio Orozco coaxes a snake into a cardboard box Sunday afternoon at Clovis resident Victoria Garcia’s home. Garcia said the snake came up to her waist in length and was very thick in diameter. Animal Control Supervisor Marty Martinez said for residents to call authorities immediately when a snake is found in or around your home.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Clovis resident Victoria Garcia was doing some tidying-up around her home Sunday afternoon when she took a break to go feed her dog, Lady. Garcia went outside and noticed that Lady wasn’t in her dog house, but instead outside of it barking towards it. She also noticed the birds […]

Commentary: Dwight Yoakam put on phenomenal show

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Dwight Yoakam performed at the Curry County Events Center Friday night. According to Director Joelle Reed, the venue sold over 2,000 tickets and was a successful event.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer The line was out the door and beginning to wrap around the building just before the doors opened at 6:30 that night. For weeks, maybe a month, Dwight Yoakam fans had been patiently awaiting his presence at the Curry County Events Center ever since Director Joelle Reed announced alongside […]

Tops in Blue returning to area

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The U.S. Air Force performance group Tops in Blue will be performing this Wednesday at the Greyhound Arena. It has been four years since the international group came to the local area.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor For 1st Lt. Lauren Rogers, traveling with U.S. Air Force performance group Tops in Blue is the hardest work she’s ever done, but well worth the lack of sleep and 14-hour days. Air Force members selected for the show take one year out of their careers to travel all […]

Dora student makes American Royal competition

Courtesy photo: Brenna Bates
Dora High School student Brenna Bates, far right, won grand champion in dairy heifers at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell earlier this month, along with fellow student Kaly Cone, who won grand champion in steers.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor A Dora High School student is headed to Kansas City, Missouri, earlier this week to compete in the American Royal national competition for Future Farmers of America. Senior Kaly Cone won grand champion with steers for the second year in a row at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair […]

Dwight Yoakam to hit stage Friday

Dwight Yoakam

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Guitars, Cadillacs and hillbilly music will be hitting the stage tonight when musician Dwight Yoakam steps into the light, clad in his cowboy hat, boots and — of course — his guitar at the Curry County Events Center. Events Center Director Joelle Reed said Thursday that 1,640 tickets out […]

Q&A: Officials talk New Mexico health insurance

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Health insurance experts Amy Dowd and John Franchini gave a three-hour presentation Thursday morning at Clovis Community College.

Open enrollment season begins Nov. 1 for the health insurance exchange, and to help consumers, insurance agents and brokers better understand New Mexico’s exchange, beWellnm CEO Amy Dowd and Superintendent of Insurance John Franchini are touring the state, providing information. They answered questions from CMI on Thursday: What kind of coverage is included in the […]

Cabaret show brings major fulfillment

Correspondent photo: Anna George
Brian Uerling practices Tuesday for his accompaniment of Jeremy Small’s vocal performance taking place in the form of a cabaret on Saturday.

By Anna George Correspondent An Eastern New Mexico University junior is putting a unique spin on his senior project. Most artists will attribute a single art to saving their life, but vocal performance major Jeremy Small attributes all the arts to saving his life. Small is fulfilling his major by replacing his junior recital with […]

The future is here: Local owns mint condition DeLorean

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Larry Reeves stands next to his 1981 DeLorean, showcasing the unique doors. Reeves confirmed it’s not a time-machine.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Yes, you’ve probably seen the DeLorean around town — but it’s not Doc’s or Marty McFly’s ride. This one belongs to Clovis native Larry Reeves. And it’s in mint condition, still bearing the original tires, he said. He doesn’t drive his classic too often, but it usually attracts attention, […]

Region pelted with rain, hail

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Yucca Middle School Assistant Principal Brandon Boeria oversees the school yard Wednesday during lunch. Forecasters say there’s a 40 percent chance for more rain today.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Eastern New Mexico took a weather beating — rain and hail — on Tuesday  night and the moisture is expected to continue through today. “The hail to some of the farmers is very destructive, and the farmers have lost a whole year’s expenses,” Curry County Commissioner and  farmer Wendell […]

Intersection construction begins

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Nick Griego & Sons Supervisor Richard Vela removes tarp Tuesday afternoon to inspect concrete at the intersections of Norris and 21st streets. The work should be done in about three weeks.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Construction on the intersection at Norris and 21st streets began Monday morning in Clovis and should last for around three weeks, city officials said. Clint Bunch, Clovis’ public works director, said workers are replacing asphalt at the intersection with 8 inches of concrete that’s costing Clovis $79,000. If it […]

Man accused in 2003 killing arraigned

William Hadix

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer A man accused of killing J.C. Tucker in 2003 was arraigned Monday morning in Judge Fred Van Soelen’s courtroom and remains held without bond at the Curry County jail. William Hadix, 67, pleaded not guilty Monday morning, his defense attorney Gary Mitchell said. “Obviously our plea was made in […]

Purported Kid image puts outlaw back in news

A television documentary claims Billy the Kid and friends are in this photo, allegedly taken near Ruidoso in 1878. (Tribune News Service)

By David Stevens Editor Tim Sweet first saw the photo about two years ago. A cousin of the owner of the 1870s-era tintype brought it into the Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner. “They asked me to look at it, didn’t tell me anything about it,” he recalled. “I looked at it 10 […]

Winter may be colder, wetter

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The coming winter is expected to be colder and wetter than usual.

By David Stevens Editor Eastern New Mexico can expect a cold, wet winter and could see its first snow flakes as early as Halloween. That’s the forecast from AccuWeather Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck, who said a strong El Nino system hanging over the Pacific will be there into the spring. Smerbeck said he expects above-average […]

Area residents go nuts at festival

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Richard Tanksley, left, also known as Sir Tancred, battles his son Christian Tanksley, also known as Osric Tancredsson, during a demonstration held by the Society of Creative Anachronism Saturday afternoon at the annual peanut festival.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent Approximately 3,000 people are anticipated to have attended the Peanut Valley Festival this weekend at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, according to Executive Director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Karl Terry. “Attendance has been pretty good; we usually attract around 3,000 people over the weekend, and we believe we are […]