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Our people: Small town dentist

For the last four years, Aaron Standing has claimed Clovis, New Mexico as his home. For the Utah native, avid skier, and mountaineering enthusiast - eastern New Mexico was a far... — Updated 4/15/2023


Our people: Feel-better coordinator

Stacy Henrikson is originally from Troy, Missouri, a little town north of St. Louis. She is the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education at Clov... — Updated 3/4/2023


Our people: A dream job

Ashley Maestas is the Youth Services Librarian for the Clovis-Carver Public Library. But for the many local children and toddlers who frequent her weekly storytime she is known... — Updated 2/18/2023


Our people: Teacher, actor, helper

Stephen M. Hardin has lived in Portales for over 36 years now. But life did not begin for Hardin in the quaint, New Mexican college town which he has made his home. He was born in... — Updated 2/4/2023


Our People: Wildcat to the core

Cristy Hill is a Clovis Wildcat through and through. Born and raised here, Hill ventured to Oklahoma City for college and then on to Lovington, where she worked for over a decade... — Updated 1/21/2023


Counselor: Good friends, self care keys to healing

Marcus Smith is no stranger to the Llano Estacado. Originally from Hereford, Texas, Smith migrated southwest across state lines in 2003 - a young man eager to play football with a... — Updated 1/9/2023


Our people: Passion for higher education

At the end of this year, Eastern New Mexico University is saying goodbye to their Title IX Coordinator, Linda Neel. Neel has been working for the University in various capacities... — Updated 12/24/2022

 By Elizabeth Larsen    News

Business feature: A passion for fashion

Editor's note: We continue our series of stories about local business owners and the unique merchandise and services they have for sale -- just in time for Christmas. Montana... — Updated 12/17/2022


Our people: Honduras native finds purpose in Clovis

Clovis is home to many people from all walks of life, who come here for many different reasons. For Ana Cox, moving to Clovis was a critical step in the healing process following th... — Updated 11/26/2022

 By Elizabeth Larsen    News

Festival of Trees raises nearly $25K

Its purpose is twofold – raise awareness for Hartley House services and raise money so its work can continue. The ninth annual Festival of Trees accomplished both goals,... — Updated 11/26/2022


Our People: A career in doing more

For the last seven years, Quentin Ray has called Portales his home. Ray, a Grady native, and his wife Ashley (originally from Roswell) are in a busy chapter of their life. Time not... — Updated 9/3/2022


Our people: Lesson from life: 'Just do today'

Kristian Price was born and raised in lower Alabama. As a freshman in high school, she moved with her parents to the Ruidoso area. After graduating from Capitan High School in... — Updated 5/28/2022


Our people: Entrepreneur shaped by failing

Twenty years ago this month, Thomas Elliott Fite joined the Marines -- just 10 days after graduating from Clovis High.  Following boot camp, combat training, and follow-up school,... — Updated 5/21/2022


Our people: Farmer preaches value of hard work

Paul Dee Barnes enjoys the simple things in life. He grew up in Field, a small farming community northeast of Melrose, and has spent his nearly 80 years of life raising crops,... — Updated 5/7/2022


Our people: Dreams come true – just like the movies

Born in upstate New York and raised outside of Philadelphia, Jon Barr never expected to wind up in Portales. But love has a way of finding a way -- and bringing people to... — Updated 4/30/2022


Our people: Optimist believes in the best of us

Constance Williams, of Pampa, Texas, is no stranger to adversity. As a young child, she witnessed her parents' divorce. As a teenager she spent time in a domestic violence shelter... — Updated 4/23/2022


Our people: Librarian explores more than books

Jenny Jeffery describes herself as an explorer. Originally from Franklin, Ohio, and a Midwesterner at heart, she arrived in the area in 1992 as a military spouse and wasted no time... — Updated 4/16/2022


Our people: Faith, community define local recycler

Maria Chavarria is a native Clovis resident who has built a life based on her faith, family, and a desire to keep her community clean. A member of the congregation of Oasis en el... — Updated 4/2/2022


Our people: Good advice: 'Don't let your age stop you'

Casey Jones is a fighter. From her early days growing up on her family's ranch in Roosevelt County, Jones said she learned that no matter how many times you get bucked off, you... — Updated 3/26/2022


Our people: Life of farmer fits Oklahoma native

Originally from Oklahoma City, April Roberts met her Texico-native husband, Jason, in college at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. After marrying, the two decided to... — Updated 3/20/2022


Our people: Anthem singer lands back in Clovis

CLOVIS - Growing up, Jenny Owens moved around a lot. Amongst all the moves, the Michigan-born daughter of a pastor spent several years in Clovis while her father worked at the... — Updated 3/5/2022


Our people: Local attorney inspired by John Grisham

Mitchell Mender grew up on the East Coast. Raised in a tightknit community on the New Hampshire/Vermont border, he's used to the fun of living in a "borderland." Mender said he enjo... — Updated 2/26/2022


Our people: She cares not for flying cockroaches

Originally from Michigan, Amanda Lunt is a photographer with two dogs, and a baby on the way. She and her husband are recent transplants to the Clovis area - they arrived from Guam... — Updated 2/5/2022


Our people: Traveling, crafting and making friends

Lisa Howard has lived all over. From California, Texas, Arkansas, even a few years in England, the Alabama native has made herself a home in many different places. When she and her... — Updated 1/29/2022

 By Elizabeth Larsen    News

COVID-19 cases reported at 2% in Clovis schools

CLOVIS — The most recent wave of COVID-19 has doubled the number of positive cases in the Clovis Municipal School District. Loran Hill, recently appointed director of operations, reported the news to the Clovis school board at... — Updated 1/29/2022


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