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 By Grant McGee    News 

Winds, rain factors in wildfire season

Wildfire season in eastern New Mexico isn't so much about a time span as it is about conditions. "It's before greenup," National Weather Service Meteorologist Annette Mokry said.... — Updated 3/21/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Tornado season on its way for New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma

The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) says, “Remember, tornadoes can happen at any time of the year.” While the NSSL in Norman, Oklahoma, a division of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says on... — Updated 3/18/2023


Ask the editors - March 19

What is being built at 2300 Mabry Drive just east of the Sleep Inn hotel in Clovis? That’s going to be the new home for Clovis’ Hyundai dealership, said Shawn Hamilton, spokesman for the Hamilton Auto Group. “The building tha... — Updated 3/18/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Curry County Commission opposes prairie chicken listing

Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to pass a resolution opposing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) final rule to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) as an endangered species. The commission wrote in their... — Updated 3/18/2023


Governor signs health care act into law

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday morning signed into law House Bill 7, the Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Health Care Act. The action may nullify ordinances... — Updated 3/18/2023

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CCC interim president says she's brought college stability

Robin Jones believes her Clovis Community College interim presidency has brought stability to the college, something she says is needed there now. The college’s board of trustees decided unanimously on March 6 to have Jones stay... — Updated 3/14/2023

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Clovis commission votes to lower city park fees

Clovis’ City Commission voted unanimously Thursday to lower fees at city parks. The action came at a regular session of the commission, reducing a $50 a year fee plan for anyone using the city sports fields or facilities, approve... — Updated 3/11/2023


Ask the editors - March 12

How did “Rams” come to be the mascot for Portales High School? There is some evidence the nickname for Portales’ school sports teams was the “Yams” in the 1920s. PHS Principal Art Ontiveros said that’s probably because... — Updated 3/11/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Fire chiefs: Today a good day to test smoke detectors

Daylight saving time for 2023 officially began this morning at 2 a.m. with clocks moving ahead one hour. According to a news release from New Mexico State University (NMSU), the time change “is a perfect way to remember to... — Updated 3/11/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Seminar offers aid for the grieving

When a spouse dies or when any loved one dies, and a person gets caught up in “the fog of grief,” just do the next thing. That’s one of the “helpful tips” shared by Norma Ross in her “Loss of Spouse Seminar” she’ll... — Updated 3/7/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Board to consider student transfers

The creation of Clovis Municipal Schools Sixth Grade Academy at Marshall means a relocation for seventh and eighth graders who would have gone to Marshall Middle School this upcoming school year. Depending on which option the... — Updated 3/4/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Clovis man to appeal 34-year sentence

A Clovis man sentenced last month to 34 years in prison for shooting at police will be appealing his case. Marcus Lewis, 22, was found guilty Feb. 9 by a Curry County jury of multiple allegations he shot at three law officers who... — Updated 3/4/2023

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County to get infusion of state cash for law enforcement

Curry County commissioners learned Tuesday of $281,250 in law enforcement retention and recruitment funds coming to the county treasury. Clovis City commissioners learned such funds were on the way to the city from the same... — Updated 3/4/2023

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Business owner fined for violating sign code

Clovis Main Street merchant Robert Vilandry has been fined $49 for violating the city’s sign code. Municipal Judge Vicki Kelley made the ruling on Feb. 21, court records show. Vilandry, who owns Bullet Bob Has It, said the judge... — Updated 2/28/2023

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'Power of nature' shows off

Three houses were destroyed by fire in Muleshoe. Portales' First Baptist Church lost a good portion of its roof. More than 8,000 homes were without power for hours throughout... — Updated 2/28/2023

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Petition calling for ordinance vote fails

There will be no special election to decide the fate of Clovis’ anti-abortion clinic ordinance. “At this point the petition is not certified so the petition is rendered invalid and the ordinance remains in effect,” Clovis... — Updated 2/26/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Area woman filing tort claim against area entities

An area woman has notified the city of Texico, Curry County and the state of New Mexico she will be seeking “all damages allowable” because of an accident in Chaves County last September. Jasmin Wilson, age and address... — Updated 2/25/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Local governments respond to attorney general's writ

The city of Clovis has joined with other city and county governments in responding to New Mexico’s attorney general over a writ of mandamus filed with the state Supreme Court concerning anti-abortion ordinances. Jonathan... — Updated 2/25/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

City says no to backyard chickens

Clovis City Commissioners have said “no” to citizens of Clovis keeping chickens in residential neighborhoods. Commissioners voted five to three to deny the creation of the pro-chicken ordinance at the commission’s regular... — Updated 2/25/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Residents, police weigh in on crime

Ask people in the area if crime is up or down and the answer will depend on who you ask. Clovis Police Chief Roy Rice reports crime in the city is actually down from a year ago, according to police records. Local minister and... — Updated 2/25/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Residents remember legacy of Jimmy Carter

Rhonda Patterson called it "a bucket-list experience" -- going to the Sunday school class taught by Jimmy Carter at his hometown church in Plains, Ga., in 2017. "Since I was a kid i... — Updated 2/25/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

County votes for 'horse hospitality'

A new livestock pavilion will be open at the Curry County Fairgrounds before the county fair in August, 2024. At least that’s the plan as Curry County commissioners voted Monday to approve a contract with the state for a $6.5... — Updated 2/22/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

'Close to the crisis stage'

There are homeless people in Clovis. “People just turn a blind eye to it,” Cherry Gooch said. Gooch has founded “4 All of Us Transitional Improvement Inc.,” a service to help the homeless. “There’s not too many places... — Updated 2/21/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Major retailer heading to Clovis mall

A major retailer’s interest in locating to Clovis resulted in the chain’s new store having a planned fall opening -- and the North Plains Mall having a new owner. Big R, the Pueblo, Colo.,-based retailer, plans the opening in... — Updated 2/19/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Business owner to go to court over parking issues

Robert Vilandry just wants easy-access parking for his customers. The city of Clovis says those parking spots in front of the Bullet Bob Has It store on Main Street are for everyone. Vilandry said last week he plans to go to court... — Updated 2/18/2023


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