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  • ADA projects headed to Roosevelt fairgrounds

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Improvements are coming to the Roosevelt County fairgrounds. At their regular February meeting Tuesday, in discussion about the fairgrounds master plan, county commissioners heard of Americans with Disabilities Act parking coming this year along with ADA restrooms and horse stalls. The projects are expected to go out to bid by the end of this month or in March. Concerns about the fairgrounds’ two aging Quonset barns were brought up by Commissioner Tina Dixon. Master plans call for moving more activity into the fairgrounds...

  • You can find some real gems out on the street

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    I used to save notes I found on the street, on the sidewalk, tucked away in something. I was going to write something, maybe a short story or something, about them one day, but I didn’t. I did write about a few of them. For instance, the love note I saved after finding it in the street a few years ago. At least I think it’s a love note. “Hi Boo! Wot u been? 2 me nuthin. Just chillin –n- thinking bout u so bored. Miss u yo bad (redacted) is green. Did u tell Cheldra sumthin bout Keyshawn –n- dnt let Nekeyla read our...

  • Magistrate judge evicts 'Cancer Mafia'

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Fed up with not getting cancer totally out of his body, 83-year-old Ken Lindsey sought a non-medical approach to beat the renegade cells. He turned to the legal system. "I've had business in courthouses in my time. I decided to go to court and asked if I could file a case against cancer in my body and get it evicted. I filed it against the Cancer Mafia and associates, Lucifer and his minions," Lindsey said Monday. Court officials at first told Lindsey the request wasn't in...

  • Our people: 'Doing the good Lord's work'

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 17, 2024

    If you see Joe Hedglin around Clovis it's very likely he'll be around the Salvation Army on East Second Street. "I'm doing the good Lord's work," Hedglin said about his volunteer work as he sat on the front porch of his home Tuesday. The News spent some time with Hedglin learning more from this retired ejection seat and motorcycle mechanic. Q: How did you come to be in Clovis? A: The Air Force sent me here in '82, and I just stayed. Q: Tell us about where you were born and...

  • About $24 million in capital outlay projects lined up for area

    Grant McGee|Updated Feb 17, 2024

    With the end of the 2024 Legislative Session Thursday, area legislators lined up $24 million in capital outlay projects for Curry and Roosevelt counties in hopes of approval from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. As to when Lujan Grisham will sign the capital outlay bill known as Senate Bill 275, possibly vetoing projects, Senator Pat Woods (R-Broadview) didn’t have an exact date. “She has 30 days to do it,” Woods said Thursday. Clovis City Manager Justin Howalt reported of a list of seven capital outlay projects city...

  • 'Special lady' gave us flowers

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 17, 2024

    When folks in Portales wanted flowers over the years, they turned to Billye Hestand and her husband Elvis. Billye Hestand died Feb. 8, just about a month after she celebrated her 100th birthday. Elvis died in 2010. The two were married for almost 70 years. According to her obituary from Wheeler Mortuary, the Hestands arrived in Portales in 1949, buying the former Whitehouse Flowers in October that year. In 1956 the Hestands moved their business to 813 W. Second St. They ran th...

  • Commissioners approve license plate cameras

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 17, 2024

    License plate recognition cameras have been given the OK for purchase and installation by the Clovis City Commission. Commissioners unanimously approved the $58,400 expenditure for 16 cameras at Thursday’s regular session. Clovis Police Department Deputy Chief Trevor Thron outlined the need for the LPRs in the city in an email to the news before the commission meeting. “Flock Safety’s License Plate Recognition cameras operate by capturing images of passing vehicles’ license plates. These images are then processed...

  • 81 vote early in Clovis as of Monday

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    It’s been eight days since early voting for Clovis city elections began Feb. 6. Clovis City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon reports as of Monday 81 of the city’s registered voters cast early ballots. “The early voting at this time is typical. I think turnout is higher during a mayoral election,” Melancon said. Melancon hopes with articles in the paper and the candidate forums it will help people make up their minds and come in and vote. “Social media has been more active in providing information to voters in this election,...

  • Muleshoe broadcaster made lasting impression

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 11, 2024

    Magann Rennels was the subject of news stories in "People" magazine, on CBS Sunday Morning and on NBC's Today Show. But she was more famous in Muleshoe for decades she spent generating money for good causes, volunteering, raising her family and reporting the news on her radio and television broadcasts. Rennels, 81, died last Sunday after a long battle with Alzheimer's, family members said. She was 81. Rennels' funeral, held Thursday at Muleshoe's First Baptist Church, was...

  • Our people: Librarian makes 'adulting' fun

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    You may have seen Sara Williford at Saturday's 72nd Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast in Clovis. She was making pancakes. "I have a great time making them. We always have fun," Williford said. Helping on Kiwanis Pancake Day is just one of the things Williford does in the community. Williford on Wednesday talked about her life. Q: What brought you to Clovis? A: My parents. My mother is a Clovis girl. My father was in the Air Force. We've been here most of my life but not all of it. I...

  • CCC trustees agree to proceed with roof repairs

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees on Wednesday agreed to proceed with repairs to widespread roof damage that happened campus-wide during a strong storm the night of May 24 last year. The cost of the project has been put at over $1.113 million, which will be covered by CCC’s insurance. The project, to be done by WWRC Complete Construction Services of Clovis, includes the cost of prep work to the campus buildings, sealant, removing and replacing 49 skylights, removing and resetting 10 skylights and other items....

  • Movies for me, a break for Mom, Dad

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 6, 2024

    Chita Rivera, talented American dancer, singer and actress, died a few days ago at the age of 91. I first saw her on the big screen in 1961 in “West Side Story” when I was itty bitty. She was doing a dance number to the movie’s song, “America.” To be sure, back then I didn’t know who Chita Rivera was or understand the pointed lyrics to the song. But the people onscreen were singing and dancing snappily with spirit and I liked it. It’s still one of my favorite movie scenes. Years later I would watch that flick an...

  • DOT officials seek state-line bridge input

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 6, 2024

    Highway officials have scheduled two more meetings seeking input for a possible railroad bridge project at the state line. But the options for this proposed bridge are down to one, and businesses in Texico and Farwell could be negatively impacted if it’s approved. Public meetings are set for: • 5:30 p.m. (CST) Feb. 15 at the Farwell schools administration building, 805 Ave. G in Farwell • 5:30 p.m. (MST) Feb. 22 in the Texico schools cafeteria, 520 N. Griffin St. in Texico. Department of Transportation officials in...

  • Our people: Higher education stole Jennifer Duke's heart

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 3, 2024

    Who is Jennifer Duke? "Jennifer Duke is a work in progress," she said as she sat in her office at Clovis Community College. The college academic advisor shared what she does know about herself with The News on Monday afternoon. Q: Where were you born? A: Concord, Calif. I was born at the base of Devil's Mountain at dawn when the sun and the moon were both on the horizon during a solar eclipse. Q: Where have you been? A: I grew up in Farmington and Clovis; Des Moines, Iowa and...

  • Cannabis grant providing 11 'high-paying' jobs

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 3, 2024

    Clovis City commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to help a Clovis cannabis business gain access to a $90,000 grant from the state. Vana LLC was granted state Local Economic Development Act funds last year. Clovis City Manager Justin Howalt advised the city’s Economic Incentive Board in November that the city was requested to act as the fiscal agent to distribute the funds over five years because the state does not have a mechanism to provide funds directly to an applicant once approved. Jim Lucero from the Region 6...

  • Clovis rep champions 'Women's Bill of Rights'

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 3, 2024

    New Mexico State Rep. Andrea Reeb, R-Clovis, on Wednesday announced the introduction of House Bill 205, a “Women’s Bill of Rights.” HB 205 will codify the common sense understanding of the words “male” and “female” when used in law, according to a news release from New Mexico House Republicans. It’s also intended to help protect “single-sex spaces,” including rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, prisons, athletic teams, locker rooms, and sororities, the release stated. Sponsors include...

  • ENMU boss could see $50,000 retention bonus

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    The new contract for Eastern New Mexico University Chancellor James Johnston provides him a $1,000 per month car allowance and opportunity for a $50,000 retention bonus in addition to an annual salary of $301,125. ENMU regents announced in a news release last week that Johnston’s contract had been extended from Jan. 2, 2025, to Jan. 2, 2028. Regents did not vote publicly on the agreement, but university spokesman John Houser said they “conducted a personnel evaluation, and the board and president were mutually interested...

  • Opinion: That time I took Mom to Mexico

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    Last time I saw my mom was in a dream a few days after she died. I was walking with her to a bus station. “Where are you going?” I asked. “Montreal. I’ve never been,” she said. I got to show my mom around The Great American Southwest, even Mexico, while she was living. My mom came to see me a few times back in the ’90s. In 1992 she flew to Albuquerque from back east. I picked up her luggage and we moseyed on out to the parking lot. We stopped at my pickup truck. “This isn’t yours,” she said, standing back...

  • School board hears update on facilities master planning

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    Clovis Municipal Schools is working to “stay ahead of the curve” regarding a new funding formula for state schools. The matter was discussed at the Jan. 23 regular session of the board. “We don’t want any surprises from Santa Fe when we are mandated as to what we are to do,” CMS board President Terry Martin said. Martin said school officials plan to have a workshop soon to discuss the matter. Jay Brady, a CMS deputy superintendent, said changes won’t be unexpected. “In compliance with the Public School Capital O...

  • Our People: Radio personality talks sandwiches, cars

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 27, 2024

    Ask Seth Daniel who he is and the first thing he says is, "Father." After that answer he describes himself as "husband and proud member of our community." "I am also a chicken farmer," Daniel said. After his Wednesday morning radio show he told The News more about his life. Q: What brought you to Portales? A: My family moved here in 2002 when my parents took a job as house parents at the New Mexico Children's Home. I've moved around a lot but I always find myself back here. I...

  • Roosevelt Chamber honors workhorses

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 27, 2024

    Annual awards from the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce were handed out Thursday night at the "Uptown Soiree." Liane Schmidt was awarded the Ambassador of the Year award. The honor is handed out to the Chamber ambassador who shows up at the most events and meetings, according to award presenter Kathy Mead. Two Harley and Faye Borden awards went to the Portales Walmart and Western Commerce Bank. Walmart was recognized for its complete remodel in 2023. Amid this major...

  • Heartfelt Connections to retiring senator

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 27, 2024

    Retired state Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, received his second Chamber of Commerce award last week when he was given the Heartfelt Connections award at Friday night's Clovis-Curry County annual banquet. Ingle was the recipient of the Roosevelt County Chamber's Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award Thursday night. In receiving the Clovis-Curry County award, Ingle was lauded as his "Legislative contributions have played a pivotal role in shaping the policies that impact the lives of...

  • ENMU seeking $20.8 million From lawmakers

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 23, 2024

    Administrators at Eastern New Mexico University’s system have asked state lawmakers for $20,789,000 in funding from the 30-day legislative session now in progress. ENMU a year ago asked the Legislature for $33.5 million for various construction projects and programs, according to newspaper archives. Last year’s Legislature approved $17 million of the requested funds. A brochure detailing the university’s request was passed on to legislative members for this year’s session. In infrastructure requests, there’s a $10...

  • Group: Retail business interested in Clovis locations

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 20, 2024

    New retail businesses are interested in locating to Clovis, according to a consultant group that’s been partnering with the city for the past four years. The news came out at Thursday’s regular session of the Clovis City Commission. Madison Neal and Megan Jimenez with Retail Strategies spoke at the session via teleconferencing. While declining to name specific companies due to business confidentiality, Neal said he and Jimenez have a prospect list of 139 companies for possible location to Clovis. “Thirty of those have...

  • Mayor's address touches on water, infrastructure improvements

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Jan 20, 2024

    Clovis is doing well in a number of important areas, according to Mayor Mike Morris who offered his annual "State of the City" address Thursday. About 50 people attended the gathering at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. "We are the Clovis/Cannon community, we are one community. A growing and vibrant community that provides an opportunity for everyone to succeed. To be prosperous, healthy and successful," Morris said. Morris thanked all city employees...

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