Pages past — Aug. 18

On this date … 1976: A queen coronation, fiddlers contest and tractor pull were among events scheduled for the Roosevelt County Fair. Cash prizes would be awarded the top three in the fiddlers contest. The fair’s four-day run was set to begin Aug. 25. 1976: Eastern New Mexico University was a week away from its […]

Opinion: Fair bet to say fair season’s here

By Betty Williamson Local columnist The 4-H and FFA kids are as busy as bees, and I’d swear there is a scent of fried food in the air. It seems fairly safe — even a fair bet — to say that fair season must be here. The Quay County Fair in Tucumcari and the Curry […]

Clovis woman found competent to stand trial on arson case

STAFF REPORT A Clovis woman accused of setting multiple fires around the region on two separate occasions has been found competent to stand trial. A brief confidential hearing was held Wednesday morning on Angelica Madrid, 41. Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said the case will be remanded back to the magistrate level. “She’s been […]

Fair goes to the hogs

Staff photo: Douglas Clark 
Lane McAlister, 13, shows Dottie during Tuesday’s junior market swine show at the Kevin Roberts Show Arena.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Lane McCalister takes great pride in caring for his swine and loves nothing more than putting them on public display. And there was no better stage than the Kevin Roberts Show Arena, where Tuesday’s junior market swine show took place at the Curry County Fair. “It’s a lot of […]

Officer assault trial slated for September

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Attorneys for both sides said Tuesday they are prepared for the case of a Portales man accused of assaulting a Portales police officer. Anthony Ortega, 28, is scheduled on Sept. 12 to face charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, disarming a peace officer and resisting, evading or […]

Gunshot victim airlifted to Lubbock

Staff report A suspected shooting led law enforcement Tuesday on a trip from a residential neighborhood to Hillcrest Park to Clovis’ La Vista Inn. Clovis Police Capt. Roman Romero said late Tuesday that no one was in custody regarding the incident. An injured 32-year-old man was referenced in a release from the Clovis Police Department, […]

Incest trial moved to October

Staff report The trial of a Clovis mother facing charges of incest has been moved to October. The case of 36-year-old Monica Mares was discussed during a docket call Tuesday morning in district court, with the decision to move the matter to the Oct. 26 docket. “I have ordered documents from Santa Fe,” District Attorney […]

Horse show priority for local students

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Brooke Reeves, 13, brushes her 9-year-old horse, Boaz, Tuesday morning before competing for the first time in the Curry County Fair Open Horse Show.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer School is five times every week. The Curry County Fair Open Horse Show is once a year. To young riders on Tuesday morning, the latter was the easy choice. Tuesday’s Curry County Fair events kicked off with the horse show at the Mounted Patrol Arena of the fairgrounds. Flapping […]

Former candidate seeks dismissal of charges

Staff report A trial is still scheduled for Aug. 26 against a former Curry County Commission candidate, but the future of the case is in the hands of a district judge. A motion to dismiss was filed Monday by Steve Gershon, who faces a felony charge of unlawful carry of a firearm in an establishment […]

Officials pass cost of living increase measure

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer The Curry County Commission passed a measure Tuesday establishing a cost of living increase for county employees. Resolution 2016-43 passed by a margin of 3-2 during the commission’s regular session, with Commissioners Ben McDaniel, Angelina Baca and Tim Ashley voting in the affirmative and Wendell Bostwick and Chet Spear […]

Police blotter — Aug. 17

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 12:09 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 1100 block of North Pile Street. • 4:59 a.m.: Failure to yield at intersection, 21st and Norris streets. • 7:49 a.m.: Criminal damage over $1,000, 700 block […]

Suspect has lengthy criminal record

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor A Portales man accused of breaking into a local woman’s home in June and sexually assaulting her has a lengthy criminal record that includes battery and robbery charges that date to 2007. Roy Brown, 28, is also accused of robbery and false imprisonment in Roosevelt County in April of […]

Events calendar — Aug. 17

Today Curry County Fair — 4 p.m. Curry County Fairgrounds, Clovis. Thursday Curry County Fair — 4 p.m. Curry County Fairgrounds, Clovis. Color Creators — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Color Creators — 6 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Friday Curry County […]

Meetings calendar — Aug. 17

Today Chamber Board of Directors — 11:30 a.m. Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Thursday Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 City Commission — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main […]

Pages past — Aug. 17

On this date … 1971: A Clovis gas station attendant told a newspaper reporter about his close encounter with would-be robbers. Edward Yoder, 64, said he was hit in the head with a hard object — probably a tire iron — the night before, but managed to keep his feet and press an alarm that […]

Students heading back to school

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Amethyst Galvan made her first appearance as a kindergarten student at Cameo Elementary, while Tim Galvan entered first grade at Cameo.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer For Monique Gonzales, getting her kids ready for their first day of school was when she noticed the nerves set in — her nerves, not theirs. Classes were back in session for Clovis schools on Monday. In some cases, the first day of school was as much an adjustment […]

Business feature: Expo to bring businesswomen together

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From left, Joy Felty, Sabra Smith and Sydnee Horton decorate glasses for the “Martini Madness” fundraising event at last year’s inaugural High Plains Women’s Expo. Organizers hope to raise at least $3,000 at this year’s expo on Saturday for United Way of Eastern New Mexico.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer It may have taken 40 years, but Yolanda Vela will finally make her childhood dream a reality on Saturday. Anticipating her own fashion show debut at the second annual High Plains Women’s expo, Vela said she wants to prove to herself and to others that “it’s never too late.” […]

Warrant issued for Lubbock teen

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales District Judge Donna Mowrer on Monday ordered an arrest warrant be issued for a Lubbock teen accused of vehicular homicide for failure to appear at his court date. Jerry Nale, 18, was booked into Roosevelt County Detention Center in May after he was accused of fleeing Portales police […]

Clovis man dies after second vehicle crash

Staff report A Clovis driver involved in two single-vehicle crashes minutes apart died from his injuries on Saturday in Roosevelt County. Edgar Perales, 52, died after he was ejected from his vehicle following the second crash, police said. According to a New Mexico State Police press release, Clovis Fire / EMS personnel were initially dispatched […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

The Curry County Commission meets 9:30 a.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A resolution for a cost of living increase for county employees. The resolution includes increase between 4 percent (annual salary less than $35,000) to 1.5 percent (annual salary greater than $75,000). The increase applies […]