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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


Our people: Business manager finding adventure online

Krista Hustead is a woman of many talents. Competitive athlete, chemistry graduate, musician, business owner, wife and mother are just some of the titles Hustead carries. Growing... — Updated 1/1/2022


Our people: Clovis school teacher: 'Overcome evil with good'

Eastern New Mexico is home to a diverse population - some have been here for generations, some are here on military assignment, some for job opportunities. Rajasekhar Badditi chose... — Updated 12/24/2021


Our people: From farm to freight to food bank

From the farm to the pulpit, Wayne Boydstun has worked many fulfilling jobs in his lifetime. But for the Clovis native, the most important part of any job is the people he's... — Updated 12/18/2021


Our people: This 'Gah-Gah' loves porkchops and broccoli

Zandy Bunch is a nutrition educator working with New Mexico State University's ICAN (Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition) program. Bunch serves the local schools and senior centers,... — Updated 12/11/2021


Our people: From Grandpa's radio to family Thanksgivings

Bill Aylesworth is a native of west Texas, but has called Clovis home since 1963 when he and his wife, Martha, moved here to be closer to her mother. Aylesworth has worked in... — Updated 11/27/2021


Our people: Community immersion

With an artistic eye and crafting hands, Robyn Mender readily enjoys home improvement projects - though she admits it's more difficult to find time now that she has three little one... — Updated 11/20/2021

 By Elizabeth Larsen    News

About 200 attend Festival of Trees

CLOVIS - Saturday night, the Days Inn on Mabry Drive played host to a crowd of roughly 200 people at the eighth annual Festival of Trees. The event included an array of appetizers,... — Updated 11/16/2021


Our people: Navy veteran remembers adventures

For Will Anderson, the slogan "Join the Navy and see the world," couldn't be more true. Anderson, a Farwell native, graduated high school in 1972 and joined the Navy in 1975 after... — Updated 11/13/2021


Our people: Main Street community inspires local artist

Tyra Mae Marshall is a local artist working at the Just Kiln Me Now studio located at 405 Main St. in Clovis. She has lived at Cannon Air Force Base for the last six years while... — Updated 11/6/2021


Our people: Misty Rains: Living passionately

Living passionately is what Misty Rains is known for as both a mother and administrative assistant to District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Rains is a "local girl" through and through.... — Updated 10/30/2021


Our People: Physician's prescription: Model railroading

Model trains started out as a suggestion from a concerned physician, but for Clovis native Greg Jennings, the hobby turned into a lifelong passion. A founding member of the Clovis... — Updated 10/23/2021


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