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 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 21, 2018

Curry announces burn ban

CLOVIS - Due to the ongoing drought in eastern New Mexico, the Curry County Commission unanimously adopted a burn ban at Tuesday's meeting. "Everything is just tinderbox dry," Curry County Fire and...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 20, 2018 

Nothing to sneeze at

CLOVIS — If your nose has been running or you’ve started sneezing more than usual over the past weeks, you’re not alone. March generally brings out more pollen but local health officials are saying this allergy season has been particularly... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 20, 2018 

Reporter's notebook: Living up to its name

It’s called March Madness for a reason but this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been particularly crazy. And we’re only through the first two rounds. A No. 16 seed defeated a No. 1 seed for the first time ever in the men’s...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 17, 2018

Vietnam vets honored after 50 years

CLOVIS - Dozens of Vietnam veterans and their families gathered at American Legion Post 25 on Friday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The event stems from a presidential... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 15, 2018

Program to help students look to future

CLOVIS — When students graduate from high school, they usually have a lot of questions about their future. The United Way of Eastern New Mexico wants to provide some answers. And so United Way is hosting “Life After High School” at 7 p.m. on...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 14, 2018

Four contested races in Curry primary

CLOVIS — Curry County will feature four contested primary races this summer following Tuesday’s filing date. Magistrate Judge Division 1 will feature a pair of contested races in the primary — Democrats are Nicole Roybal and Terry Martin, and...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 14, 2018

Day camp keeps kids busy

CLOVIS - In an attempt to fill the void brought on by spring break, Curry County Youth Services and the Three7Project, a local nonprofit, are once again teaming up for day camp 2018. Three7Project...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 13, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Stinking up the town

Law enforcement in one New Mexico town is targeting Pepé Le Pew, the French skunk from “Looney Tunes” known for his romantic pursuits. Last week the Hagerman Police Department put on Facebook a poster featuring an image of the animated skunk...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 10, 2018

Positive vibes at legislator luncheon

CLOVIS — Local legislators gathered at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce on Friday for the annual legislative wrap-up luncheon, nicknamed "Chowder with Crowder." Rep. Randal Crowder...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 9, 2018

Area capital outlay projects approved

Several local institutions and municipalities will be beneficiaries of the capital outlay projects approved Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez. The Legislature sends the projects to Martinez’s desk who then has the option to veto anything she...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 8, 2018

Bella Vista representing state at egg roll

CLOVIS — A 140-year old tradition will be injected with a bit of Clovis spirit this year as the Arts Academy at Bella Vista was selected to design an egg that represents the state of New Mexico for... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 7, 2018

That's no, no and no

CLOVIS — And that's a no. A big, loud no times three. Clovis voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected three proposals aimed at improving infrastructure and quality of life that would have cost... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 7, 2018

Curry votes to join opioid litigation

CLOVIS — Following a 40-minute public hearing, the Curry County Commission unanimously decided to pursue joining the state's litigation against opioid manufacturers. At the recommendation of County...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 4, 2018

Working like a dog

CLOVIS — If all dogs go to heaven, then this weekend paradise could be found at the Curry County Events Center. The Clovis Portales Kennel Club hosted the Stars and Stripes Dog Agility Trials on... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 2, 2018

Faith feature: Beating survivor uses voice to spread faith

CLOVIS — On June 6, 2016, Jessica Baca was beaten and stabbed multiple times. A witness told police he saw her running away from a car before a man "grabbed her by her hair and slammed her...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 1, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Reading across the area

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.” — Anita Merina, National Education Association Curry County officials are scheduled to join others on Friday in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the...


Officials talk early ideas for alternative school

CLOVIS — Changing times mean time for change. At Tuesday’s Clovis school board meeting, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Joe Strickland presented the idea of the district introducing an alternative school for students with behavioral or...


Clovis postmaster set to retire

CLOVIS — A self-proclaimed "military brat" who found a new home in eastern New Mexico is set to retire this week after serving as Clovis' postmaster for 13 years. "Well it's been a long time...


Business feature: Evans' Jewelers closing its doors

CLOVIS — Judy Evans is ready to retire. Some of her customers are not pleased with this decision. "I've had a couple guys come in and say, 'Can I get your address?' I'm like, 'Why?' 'We're bringing...


Reporter's notebook: Fourth-largest win

With a score better suited for a football game, New Mexico State’s baseball team defeated Mississippi Valley State 39-0 in Las Cruces on Friday. The win marked the fourth-largest margin of victory in college baseball history. The carnage started...


City, county debate shared services

CLOVIS — City officials say a joint powers agreement with Curry County expired in 2016. And they won’t be making any more monthly payments to the county until a new agreement is reached. County officials said they did not receive the city’s...


Schools to kick off month celebrating music

CLOVIS — Clovis Municipal School's month-long celebration of music education kicks off in full at tonight's Grand Concert, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Marshall Middle School. Students have been...


Reporter's notebook: Never too early

The first Major League Baseball spring training games of 2018 are set to get under way this weekend, which means it’s not too early to look ahead to this year’s World Series. Last year’s World Series participants, the Houston Astros and the...


Curry officials vote against payday loan program

CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners were split on whether or not the county should participate in TrueConnect, a payday loan program for county employees. They ultimately voted against adopting the...


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