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 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 16, 2018

Reporter's notebook: NFL has stories to tell

For the first time since 2006, both conference championship games will not feature a rematch from the regular season when the New England Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 14, 2018

'Turnout was great' at MLK breakfast

CLOVIS — The Clovis community again came together to celebrate the life and work of one of the nation's most important civil rights leaders at the annual Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 14, 2018

Events mark Marthin Luther King Jr. Day

CLOVIS — There will be no shortage of events around eastern New Mexico on Monday for those wishing to celebrate the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The festivities get underway in Portales at 7 a.m. with a kick-off breakfast at...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 13, 2018

Weather conditions raise potential for wildfires

Recent weather conditions have made eastern New Mexico and the rest of the region and state a prime breeding ground for wildfires. "Unless something changes before March, we're looking at a prolonged...

 

Clovis swimmers to get measuring stick in Academy invite

CLOVIS — The Clovis Wildcats boys and girls swim teams will get a preview of what's to come at the state championship meet when they travel to Albuquerque today for the Academy Invitational....

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 12, 2018

Contracts approved for road barn, water line extension

CLOVIS — Nearly two months after contracts for a new county road barn and a water line extension agreement to provide water to the barn were first presented to the Curry County Commission, the two projects are moving forward. The commission on...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 11, 2018

Reporter's notebook - Jan. 11

CLOVIS — The force was strong this holiday season as “Star Wars” continues to rake in money. The latest movie in the series, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” was 2017’s highest grossing film, earning $574 million in 2017, according to...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 10, 2018

Dozens of dogs recovered throughout city

CLOVIS — If you were cold rushing from your vehicle to your house last Thursday, when the temperature reached a low of 24 degrees, imagine being stranded outside. That was the case for more than two dozen Chihuahuas that have been recovered from...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 9, 2018

Curry nearly doubles medical marijuana enrollees

CLOVIS — The medical marijuana market — both locally and across the state — is far from going up in smoke. According to the New Mexico Department of Health's data, in 2017 Curry county...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 9, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Cattleman of the year

ALBUQUERQUE — Bart Simpson’s frequent saying “Don’t have a cow, man” does not apply to Deming rancher Joe Bill Nunn. Nunn was recently named 2018 Cattleman of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association at the Joint Stockmen’s...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 6, 2018

Projects ongoing at Curry County Courthouse

CLOVIS — The Curry County Courthouse has undergone multiple changes over the past months, with more renovations still on the horizon. Work began in November to re-roof the courthouse and the...

 

Kelley out as Clovis AD

CLOVIS — For the second-straight year Clovis High School will undergo a search for a new athletic director. CHS Athletic Director Darren Kelley, who has been in the position since June, retired on Tuesday following the winter break. Kelley’s...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 4, 2018

Reporter's notebook: What's in a name?

Do you know a Noah? If you don’t yet, you probably will soon as Noah once again topped the list of popular baby boy names in New Mexico in 2017. The list of names, compiled annually by the Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records and...

 

Year in Review: Big year for county projects

2017 brought numerous changes to Curry County and the Board of Commissioners was not immune. The commission was down to just four members for over two months after District 4 Commissioner Ben Smith announced his resignation effective Oct. 7 at the Se...

 

Local Internet providers say their services won't change

When the Federal Communications Commission voted on Dec. 14 to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations, there were fears among consumers that the decision meant the end of the internet as we know it. Critics of the deregulation decision said...

 

Year in review: Dora upheaval tops education news

The Dora Consolidated Schools Board of Education saw considerable upheaval in 2017 after a state auditor discovered over $100,000 in potentially mismanaged funds between 2013 and 2016. That included $41,000 worth of janitorial supplies purchased from...

 

Year in review: Two big goodbyes to businesses in 2017

The business sector continued to undergo changes this year. Clovis and Portales welcomed many new businesses in 2017 but possibly the biggest development of the year was saying goodbye to two stores that have been fixtures in the community for decade...

 

Clovis schools enlist help with district problems

CLOVIS — Officials at Clovis Municipal Schools are looking to bring in a fresh set of outside eyes to help provide new solutions to the problems facing the district. That's why they have partnered w...

 

White Christmas unlikely

CLOVIS — Even though eastern New Mexico saw some stray snowflakes fall on Friday, meteorologists say don't expect a white Christmas this year. "Unfortunately it looks like it should be drying out...

 

Curry approves capital outlay requests

CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved their 2018 legislative capital outlay requests and priorities. The requests include $3 million for improvements and renovations...

 

Gone, but not forgotten

CLOVIS — On Saturday, residents honored the memories of deceased veterans as Clovis hosted its first Wreaths Across America event. Clovis was one of over 1,400 locations across the country where...

 

American Legion, Riders give Christmas cheer

CLOVIS — American Legion Post 25 and the New Mexico American Legion Riders Chapter 2 helped spread the Christmas spirit on Saturday as the legion was filled with Christmas lights, inflatable decorations and even a sleigh being pulled by...

 

Lighthouse annual Christmas party 'a community effort

CLOVIS — The Lighthouse Mission once again brightened up the Christmas season for local kids at its annual Children's Christmas Party on Saturday. Every child who attended the party received a toy, a stuffed animal, fruit, and candy. The party...

 

Organization provides 365 wreaths for veterans' graves

CLOVIS — This year for the first time Wreaths Across America will be coming to Clovis. The national non-profit organization has been providing wreaths to lay on veterans’ graves since 2007, spreading from a tradition that began at Arlington...

 

Alternative track helps fill teaching gaps

CLOVIS — Not all teachers are created the same way. The traditional path to teaching requires a four-year education degree in which prospective teachers learn classroom management skills like formulating lesson plans and gain experience in the...

 

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