The Eastern New Mexico News Archives (2024)

  • Events calendar - Oct. 2

    Updated Oct 7, 2022

    Today *ENMU Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking presents “Wait Until Dark” – 2 p.m., Mainstage, University Theatre Center, ENMU, Portales. Directed by Joshua Blackwood. $10 general admission; $7 active military and senior citizens (60 and up); free for ENMU students with valid ID. Information: 575-562-2711 Monday *”La Llorona, the Wailing Woman” – 2 p.m., Sandia Room, ENMU Campus Union Building, Portales. Well-known Spanish folklore brought to life with performance and songs by Rosalía de Aragón, actress and vocalist...

  • Loretta Lynn: A no-holds-barred woman who could take care of herself

    Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times, Syndicated content|Updated Oct 4, 2022

    Loretta Lynn, the firebrand singer and songwriter who transformed coal into diamonds by exploring her dirt-poor childhood in eastern Appalachia in her career-defining 1970 hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” died on Tuesday. She was 90. In a statement, her family said that she died from natural causes at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Lynn was arguably the single most important female figure in postwar country music. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” lent its title to her bestselling...

  • Double homicide reported in DeBaca County

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Oct 4, 2022

    DeBaca County's first homicides of the year happened Sunday night in Fort Sumner, Sheriff Robert Roybal said. Roybal said Brian K. Beaver, 48, of Prescott, Arizona and Rachelle L. Beaver, 38, of Mesa, Arizona were apparently gunned down in the living room of the home of Kelby R. Randolph, 53, of Fort Sumner. Randolph is in the DeBaca County Detention Center being held without bail and charged with two counts of murder in the first degree. Roybal said Randolph called county dispatch on the non-emergency number Sunday at about...

  • Study: NM military bases generate $2.8 billion in labor income

    Nicholas Gilmore The Santa Fe New Mexican, Syndicated content|Updated Oct 3, 2022

    A new study examining four military installations in New Mexico for the first time puts a number to the economic impact of the U.S. military's presence throughout the state. "The 52,268 direct, indirect, and induced jobs generated by these installations is equal to roughly double that of mining, quarrying, and oil [and] gas jobs in the State during 2020," economist Omar Solis writes. The study — released by University of New Mexico's Bureau of Business and Economic Research and commissioned by the state Office of Military B...

  • Leaders say superintendent turnover at N.M. schools hurting performance

    Robert Nott The Santa Fe New Mexican, Syndicated content|Updated Oct 3, 2022

    Sue Cleveland watches the number of experienced state school superintendents decline every autumn during the get-togethers that introduce New Mexico's 89 district leaders to one another. Cleveland, the de facto dean of state school superintendents — she has headed Rio Rancho Public Schools since its inception in the early 1990s — knows better than most how vital consistent leadership can be. Without it, experts say it's more difficult for districts to improve student achievement and graduation rates, plus retain good tea...

  • No injuries in small plane crash at Clovis airport

    Grant McGee, The Staff of the News|Updated Oct 2, 2022

    Clovis fire chief Mike Nolen confirms there were no injuries in a small plane crash at the Clovis Regional Airport Sunday evening. Nolen confirms the incident with the private plane caused a grass fire that was quickly extinguished. The incident is under investigation....

  • Six fire trucks, rescue squad respond to Saturday afternoon blaze

    Grant McGee Staff of The News|Updated Oct 2, 2022

    A Saturday afternoon blaze added more fire damage to an old steel building off Norris Street. Clovis deputy fire chief Faye Craigmile said dispatch got a call at about 1:40 p.m. Saturday with the caller saying "an old metal building is on fire" at Second and Weatherford Streets. Craigmile said five engines, a ladder truck and the rescue squad were sent to the blaze. She said the building was empty and there was evidence of prior fires. "The building is being considered for...

  • Meetings calendar - Oct. 2

    Updated Oct 1, 2022

    Tuesday *Roosevelt County Commission - 9 a.m., Commission Room, Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Information: 575-356-5307 *Portales City Council - 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building, 200 E. 7th St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Wednesday *Clovis Community College Board of Trustees – 8 a.m., CCC, 417 Schepps Blvd., Room 512, Clovis. Information: or 575-769-4001 Thursday *Clovis City Commission - 5:15 p.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 7...

  • Pages past, Oct. 2: Center opens for female alcoholics

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated Oct 1, 2022

    On this date ... 1977: Clovis had opened a detoxification center for women. The new facility, located at 219 Ross, “is fully furnished for its purpose of serving as a temporary home for female alcoholics,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Sharron Marrazzo, director of treatment services for the Curry-Roosevelt Council on Alcoholism, said the purpose of the detox center was to help female clients “through the withdrawal phase.” “We expect to keep such women for about 72...

  • Cannon airman found dead in home

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 1, 2022

    A Cannon Air Force Base airman was found dead in his off-base Clovis home Tuesday. Cannon Air Force Base’s public affairs department is reporting the death of Airman First Class Nathan M. Johnson. According to a news release from Cannon Public Affairs, Johnson was an aerospace propulsion journeyman in the 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron MC-130. “Nathan Johnson was a charismatic and enthusiastic Airman that cared for and motivated everyone around him,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Ian Hudson, 27 SOAMXS comma...

  • Railroad crossing to close on CR S

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 1, 2022

    The railroad crossing at County Road S west of Cannon Air Force Base will be closed Monday through Wednesday for maintenance. BNSF railroad will be replacing and upgrading rail, rail ties and ballast, the main components of the track. According to a news release from BNSF, regular maintenance of the track allows BNSF to keep its network infrastructure in optimal condition. County Road S will be closed from Monday at 8 a.m. to Wednesday at 6 p.m....

  • Weatherization program available

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 1, 2022

    Curry County manager Lance Pyle is making area residents aware the state’s weatherization program is available to Curry County residents. Pyle said there is a waiting list but the good news is that Curry County’s waiting list is not very big compared to some other counties. Pyle strongly encourages households to apply because a homeowner may rank high on the vulnerability scale, and they could get services more quickly than others if they rank high. Curry County households apply to: Southwestern Regional Housing and Com...

  • Two resign from ENMU presidential search committee

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 29, 2022

    PORTALES — Two people have resigned from the Eastern New Mexico University presidential search committee, according to a member of ENMU’s Board of Regents. Regent Phillip Bustos said one member left due to illness and one left because that person “did not agree with the process.” Bustos would not identify the two individuals. The presidential search committee is made up of ENMU faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. The committee originally consisted of 18 people, university officials said. Their mission...

  • ENMU students performing 'Wait Until Dark'

    Kathleen Stinson, The Staff of The News|Updated Sep 28, 2022

    Eastern New Mexico University this week is putting on the play, "Wait Until Dark," by Frederick Knott. The performances will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the University Theatre Center, said Jon Barr, the chairman of ENMU's Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking. The play was adapted into a movie starring actress Audrey Hepburn in the 1960s, Barr said. The main character, Susy, is a blind woman who lives in an apartment in New...

  • Dead man in park identified

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    Clovis Police have identified the dead man found Monday evening at Hillcrest Park. John Viscaino, 48, was apparently discovered by a passerby in the park Monday just before 6:35 p.m. Clovis Police captain Roman Romero reports in a news release the caller told Clovis dispatch a description of a man in Hillcrest Park at the 1200 block of North Sycamore Street. The caller said the man was not breathing. Police Officers and Emergency Medical Services responded to the area. When they located the man in the park police and EMS...

  • Pages past, Sept. 28: Roosevelt museum hits 6,000 visitors

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    On this date … 1957: More than 6,000 people had visited the Roosevelt County Museum in the past nine months, Eastern New Mexico University officials reported. Curator James Rowan said visitors had come from 29 states and several foreign countries. “Visitors will find the museum open seven days a week between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m.,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. “From Monday through Friday, the building is normally open from 8 a.m. to until 5 p.m.” Rowan said some of t...

  • Clovis airport hosting Wings and Wheels event

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    Aircraft displays and a competitive car show will dominate Clovis Municipal Airport Saturday as the airport hosts its annual Wings and Wheels event. Wings and Wheels, which drew about 2,000 visitors in 2021, will be held at the airport from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For the general public, admission is free. Car show entries and aircraft displays, however must register in advance at the website, according to James Harris, airport manager. Last year, Harris...

  • ENMU celebrates Homecoming

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University celebrates its 88th Homecoming this week. According to a news release from John Houser with ENMU’s Marketing and Communications department, this year’s Homecoming theme is “There’s No Place Like ENMU.” Houser writes the theme is meant to evoke “the magical Land of Oz” as the campus welcomes home alumni from “far and wide.” Festivities began Monday with “Coffee with the President” that morning and a “Song Fest” that evening at the Campus Union Ballroom. An ENMU alumni art exhibition...

  • Deputy waives arraignment

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    CLOVIS – A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy accused of shoplifting on Sept. 9 has waived arraignment, court records show. Riley Loomis, 47, was scheduled to appear in court on Friday but chose to waive his first court appearance. He is accused of failing to scan 24 items into the self-checkout register at Clovis’ Walmart. The items are valued at $126.95, court records show. Dan Lindsey, Loomis’ attorney, said he does not know when a new court date might be set. Judge Shaun Burns and prosecutor Brian Stover have recused themsel...

  • ENMU named veteran friendly

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) has been named a veteran-friendly school by three organizations for 2022. According to a news release from ENMU’s Marketing and Communications department, U.S. Veterans Magazine listed ENMU as a top veteran-friendly school in its annual Best of the Best rankings of companies, supplier diversity programs, government and law enforcement agencies and schools across the nation, while Military Times magazine listed ENMU in its Best for Vets ranking. Additionally, lis...

  • Regional 4H and FFAers show in the State Fair Junior Livestock Show

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    Members of regional 4H and FFA clubs from around eastern New Mexico had positions in the Junior Livestock Show at the New Mexico State Fair, September 10 through 20. Curry County 4H and FFAers were represented as a review of the results from the New Mexico State Fair website showed Kody White of Texico with the reserve champion Hereford steer. Libby Modisette of Clovis with market Heifer Junior Market lambs making the sale were Kaya New of Texico - Dorset class. In the Fine Wool cross -Levi Dunlap of Clovis. For hair sheep...

  • Remembering days as a Greyhound

    Betty Williamson, Local columnist|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    As Eastern New Mexico University welcomes its alumni family to Portales for homecoming this weekend, I find myself remembering my own days as a Greyhound. They included -- from day one -- memorable encounters with the one and only Dallan Sanders, often at his beautiful home just south of campus. Sanders was the director of housing when I arrived in 1979, one of the first and friendliest faces new students met as we straggled onto campus. The home he shared with his wife,...

  • City, county dispatch agreement still in works

    Kathleen Stinson, The Staff of The News|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    The city of Portales and Roosevelt County are trying to come to an agreement on how to jointly operate and fund a countywide emergency services dispatch center. At the county commission meeting on Tuesday, commissioners discussed the two government’s differences. The county wants a governing board that gives control over the dispatch center to the county as well as the city. The city wants the deputy police chief to control the dispatch center, but the deputy police chief will listen to recommendations from a board on w...

  • NM judge sides with newspaper in records dispute

    The Santa Fe New Mexican, Syndicated content|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    A state district judge has ruled against the city of Rio Rancho and in favor of The Santa Fe New Mexican and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government in a legal dispute over public records, saying reasons the city gave for withholding records pertaining to the December shooting death of a Santa Fe police officer's child were invalid. The records at the center of the case involved the December death of the 2-year-old son of Santa Fe Police Department officer Jonathan Harmon. An investigation revealed 2-year-old Lincoln...

  • Gov's plan for reproductive health clinic finds critics

    Daniel J Chacon The Santa Fe New Mexican, Syndicated content|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    Taxpayers didn't waste any time telling Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham how they felt about her plan to spend $10 million to build a clinic near the Texas border in Las Cruces that would provide abortion services and other reproductive health care. Within hours of announcing she was designating the funding from her capital outlay money in the upcoming legislative session, the governor started to receive emails from New Mexicans who were incensed by the decision, according to documents obtained under a public records request....

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