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  • Youth expo to replace Curry fair

    Kevin Wilson - Staff writer|Jun 17, 2020

    CLOVIS — Hello, Curry County Expo. See you next year, Curry County Fair. Curry County commissioners said both things, and plenty more during a 45-minute conversation in a Wednesday special meeting. Commissioners said they felt their hands were tied by the prospect of continued mass gathering restrictions for a fair that normally draws more than 25,000 people over five days, and unanimously approved two motions: • Postponement of the fair to 2021 due to limitations on gatherings pursuant to state public health orders. • Schedule a Curry Count...

  • Clovis, Curry County to fund fireworks display

    Kevin Wilson - Staff writer|Jun 17, 2020

    CLOVIS — Independence Day fireworks, courtesy of your local governments. With city officials stressing the decision was a one-time deal, the Clovis City Commission voted 6-1 in a Friday special meeting to provide $10,000 in lodgers tax dollars for a 9 p.m. July 4 fireworks display. The show will be fired from what officials hope is a mostly empty Greene Acres Park. “It is not the Smoke on the Water event we all know and love,” Mayor Mike Morris said in opening the 18 minutes of discussion. “It is a fireworks display the city wants to bring....

  • Supreme Court affirms dismissal

    Kevin Wilson - Staff writer|Jun 17, 2020

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday ruled a Portales man’s conviction for fleeing law enforcement was correctly overturned. That’s because the Curry County Sheriff’s Office vehicle involved in the pursuit wasn’t adequately marked. The case of the late Roy Montano was combined with a similar case against William Daniel Martinez of San Juan County. Montano and Martinez were charged for aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Both defendants argued the sport utility vehicles that chased th...

  • Melrose triumphs over Logan

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Feb 12, 2020

    MELROSE - Making the ordinary plays was what got the Melrose Buffaloes an early lead against Logan on Thursday night. Hot shooting and hustle for extraordinary plays turned it into a blowout. Melrose led by double digits for the final 18 minutes and by as much as 34 in the second half, giving the family of Buffs coach Kevin Lackey plenty of time to fill his office with 200 balloons to celebrate that many wins over nine seasons with Dora and Melrose. "That just means I've coached a bunch of...

  • Lady Longhorns rally to claim 51-49 victory

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Feb 12, 2020

    MELROSE - The Melrose and Logan girls basketball teams expect to see each other multiple times between Thursday and the conclusion of the season, and possibly for the Class 1A championship. But as much as both teams appreciate and respect the other, they're admittedly tired of seeing each other, and crossing one potential meeting off the list was a victory in itself. With a big fourth quarter from Karli Webb, the visiting Longhorns rallied to claim a 51-49 victory and eliminate any chance of a...

  • Documentary explores story of 'confession killer'

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Dec 25, 2019

    Sam Thompson calls herself a private person by nature, and being a subject of interviews and documentaries is something she dreads. What she dreads more, however, is the thought her mother's killer may never be found. That's why she's one of many who took part in a Netflix documentary exploring the tale of Henry Lee Lucas, who falsely admitted to the killing of Jean Abla and hundreds of others. "It's been a never-ending source of frustration and heartache," Thompson said. "Being in this...

  • Flu season starting off strong

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Dec 18, 2019

    When asked how the flu season was going for Plains Regional Medical Center, Administrator Drew Dostal said it was a pretty good flu season. He quickly added that by good, he meant good if you were the flu. “It’s hard for us to call if it’s going to be one of the worst,” Dostal said. “It’s starting out of the gates pretty decently.” National indicators are showing that following two bad seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19, the 2019-20 flu season could be the worst since 2003 Nationwide, 3.5% of patient visits reported through the U.S. Outpatient In...

  • Family files suit against state in hot car death

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Nov 20, 2019

    PORTALES — The family of a girl who died in 2017 after being left in a hot car at a Portales daycare is suing the state, alleging shortcomings in training and supervision contributed to the death. The case, filed in U.S. District Court, lists Erika Tafoya, the mother of Maliyah Faith Jones, suing the New Mexico Department of Human Services, the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, the former Taylor Tots Daycare and former owners Sandi and Mary Taylor for wrongful death, personal injury, loss of parental consortium and other d...

  • Pigskin preview: Rams aim for final four and further

    Kevin Wilson - Staff Writer|Aug 21, 2019

    PORTALES — A quick look at Class 4A football in the Land of Enchantment looks like you’re playing a dice game, with four different title winners in each of the last four seasons. The better gambling metaphor, however, would be the World Series of Poker. Whatever cards get dealt, the same people always seem to find their way to the final table. The safest bet for 4A’s final four has been Portales, the only team to make every semifinal round in that time. They’re hoping to make it five, and als...

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