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Randy Dunson: Historian at heart

Randy Dunson has always been a historian at heart, particularly interested in the history of the railroad. He's spent hundreds of hours researching thousands of historic railroad documents and was a p...

 

Pandemic has been rough road for local musicians

The past year has been a strain for local musicians, both financially and emotionally. In March, they went from performing on a weekly basis to not performing at all or seldom. "We were going crazy...

 

In tribute - Billy Joe Essary: A friend to all

Billy Joe Essary never met a stranger. Everyone was his friend, according to Essary's family. "He made everybody feel like a friend," said Gary Essary of his father. "He had this way of making...

 

In tribute - Jon Shrader: Man with a passion for giving

Jon Shrader was a man of few words. But when he had something to say, it was always worth listening to, according to his family and coworkers. The longtime owner and operator of Clovis Family...

 

Area funeral homes see uptick in services

Funeral homes across New Mexico and West Texas have had a 15 to 18 percent increase in services they provide since June, according to Legacy Funeral Group Regional Director Bill Vallie. About 50 percent of the recent deaths being handled by Legacy...

 

Coaches: No cons to Feb. 1 start date

There is no downside to restarting New Mexico high school sports on Feb. 1, according to local high school athletic directors. That’s the latest date given to high school officials by the New Mexico Activities Association. But as with previously...

 

Staying positive: Life of a COVID-19 nurse

CLOVIS - Airam Amaya's day at the General Medical COVID-19 Unit at the Clovis hospital usually starts with reading reports on patients and checking their vitals, emotional mind frame, and medications....

 

Local non-profits struggling in pandemic

In the midst of a pandemic, the services provided by local non-profits are more needed than ever, while the donations that make those services happen have declined, according to officials operating...

 

Local communities to still get some Christmas cheer

In the midst of a pandemic lockdown, local Christmas activities will be scarce this holiday season. And much like many other activities in 2020, the few holiday activities still taking place will look different this year. Both the Clovis and...

 

Cooking up something special

Muleshoe High School graduate Willard Norman is living proof - it's never too late to make your dream job happen. Born in Dimmitt in 1957, Norman was the middle child of 11. He grew up in Muleshoe on...

 

Art to community

PORTALES - Trying to give people the opportunity to still experience art in a world of social distancing hasn't been an easy task, according to Bryan Hahn, coordinator of creative services and directo...

 

New club focused on giving back

There's a new club in town, and they're on a mission to give back to the community. After just being founded in September, Notorious Performance Car Club has already hosted one community event and is... Full story

 

Changing the face of an art form

Sarah Ward gave a groan of frustrated effort as she completed a carousel movement around the metal pole she had been swinging on for the past half hour. "You did it. That was amazing," shouted Amanda...

 

Halloween festivities not lost to locals

As is the case with many activities this year, local Halloween festivities are looking a bit different in light of the pandemic. But Halloween will not be a total loss for area residents as several...

 

Ski season uncertain

Much remains uncertain for the upcoming ski season in New Mexico. But ski resort owners all know one thing: They want to ride. "It's a different year than most," said Michael Adams with Ski...

 

In tribute: Lynn Martin: Loved to laugh, always joyful

The word kind likely wouldn't cut it when it comes to Lynn Martin, according to his children, Connie Patterson and Gary Martin. "My dad was absolutely an amazing person," Patterson said. "He was a...

 

Faith Christian expanding to Portales

Faith Christian Family Church in Clovis isn't exactly a traditional church with its auditoriums, two daycares, and gourmet coffee shop. Moving into 2021 will mean bringing that non-traditional church...

 

All aboard ... for a history feast

CLOVIS - What's now enveloped in dust and times past may soon be a local staple where eastern New Mexico residents will be immersed in New Mexico history while getting a taste of local culture -...

 

Dry, warm winter expected

After what meteorologists are calling a "neutral" winter in 2019-20, it looks like New Mexico is once again in for a dryer, warmer winter. But have no fear, pumpkin spice latte and scarf lovers; there...

 

In tribute: Longtime dentist was always on the move

What do you get with a man who loves to live life and doesn't know how to sit still? You get Dr. Maurice Waters - a well-traveled man with an instrument-rated pilot's license, a two-time champion of...

 

NM's one-day adventures

Slowly but surely, things are looking up for New Mexico residents in regard to COVID-19 lockdown. But with social distancing still being a factor in our state, many residents may still be looking for...

 

A few things to read

Last week, The Eastern New Mexico News shared top Netflix films recommended by local residents, because as everyone knows, this year brought with it a lot of extra time at home for many people....

 

Local movie picks

What 2020 has meant for most people is lots of extra time at home. We’ve all likely found ourselves turning to streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu a little more often than usual. Want to know the top movies for different genres on Netflix? Well,...

 

No 'one size fits all' in homeschooling

Homeschooling is not a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all type of world, according to a handful of local homeschooling parents. "There are going to be times where you need to put the schoolbooks down...

 

Rock hounds

Most people end up collecting one thing or another in their lifetime - coins, stamps, shot glasses; the list goes on. What most people don't do is go to the desert or mountains to dig up what they...

 

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