West Nile cases on the rise

By Darrell Todd Maurina The first local county where humans contracted West Nile continues to have the highest number of cases in the region. Bailey County now has 10 confirmed cases of West Nile in humans and 13 more suspected cases are awaiting the results of state testing, officials with Muleshoe Medical Center said. “I [...]

Qwest touts broadband

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John Badal (center), president of Qwest’s New Mexico operations, helps Danielle Welsh (left) and Marie DePatti, both of Albuquerque, look for driving directions on the Internet from Clovis to Albuquerque on Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Jack King While many of us still don’t know the difference between an Internet “site” and a “link” [...]

Police Blotter 8/29

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A 53-year-old Clovis man came to the police department Monday morning to report a possible case of credit card fraud. The man said he wrote a $49 check to a Florida company in July that said it would open a credit card [...]

Public Record 8/29

Compiled from court records from Aug. 21 through Wednesday: Marriage licenses • Jeremy John LeClear, 25, and Tina Louise Clayton, 36, both of Clovis • Brian Joseph Teichmann, 25, and Misty Angel Strickland, 22, both of Clovis • Barry Dewayne Jones, 41, and Helen Sue Conner, 44, both of Clovis • Matthew Keith Wilkerson, 44, [...]

Officials defend Decalogue

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An unidentified person walks past the Ten Commandments outside the Curry County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon. A Ten Commandments monument was removed from a courthouse Wednesday in Alabama. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell A Ten Commandments monument was removed from an Alabama courthouse on Wednesday, but Clovis officials said they’ve not heard any discussion [...]

Wildcat fever catching again

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Clovis’ D&D Family Furniture is among many businesses with signs supporting the Clovis Wildcats. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Wildcats will play their first football game of the school year on Friday, but Roger Jackson of Ideal Auto Sales didn’t have to do anything to get ready for the season. [...]

Warrants issued for suspects in Portales shooting

By Mike Linn A local judge has signed warrants against a father-son duo suspected in the shooting of two men at the Valle del Solle apartments late Sunday night, police said. Police are searching for Jamie Banda Sr., 45, and Jaime Banda Jr., 22, on charges of aggravated battery, accessory to aggravated battery and conspiracy [...]

College gets gift of technology

By Gary Mitchell Clovis Community College officials recently received nearly three quarters of a million dollars to complete the construction of the college’s new library and technology center. Lynell Skarda, Citizen’s Bank chairman of the board, and Kent Carruthers, president and CEO of Citizen’s Bank, presented the college’s board of trustees with a check for [...]

Police Blotter 8/28

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A shop foreman from a Clovis business called police Friday morning to report an employee had stolen about $300 worth of punch and die sets that had been placed in a trailer used to collect scrap iron for recycling. The business was [...]

Heavenly neighbor gets closer; Mars makes closest approach in 60,000 years

When Carol Nash of Ranchvale looks at the night sky, she is awed by its enormity and complexity. “When you just think about the solar system and how the Earth is tilted just right to make the seasons and all these objects out there doing their thing, it’s just kind of amazing,” she said. “You [...]