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Ask the editors - April 23

What is the 60/84 project and when will it start? The 60/84 project is one that Clovis City Manager Justin Howalt believes has been needed for quite some time now. “The roadway and the corridor have been deteriorating for a long... — Updated 4/22/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Officials propose pavilion changes

Wash bays for show animals don't belong at the entryway to the proposed Curry County Livestock Pavilion. Moving such wash bays to the back of the proposed building at the Curry... — Updated 4/18/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

'A wide range of rockers'

In the days after Friday's and Saturday's Clovis Music Festival two people who retained their exuberance about the event are organizers Robyn Snowberger and Ernie Kos. "We had... — Updated 4/18/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Aquifer's water level rises near Cannon Air Force Base

An effort to conserve area groundwater may be getting results with a level uptick recorded northwest of Cannon Air Force Base. The news came during a regular session of the Curry County Commission on Tuesday. Ogallala Land and... — Updated 4/15/2023


Ask the editors - April 16

What is under construction next to the Clovis Aquatic Center? The Hillcrest Senior Life Center is set to open by September, according to Clovis city Senior Services Director... — Updated 4/15/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

School threat leads to early release

A threatening note on a girls bathroom stall Thursday led to the early release of students from Clovis' Freshman Academy. The note read "I will shoot up the school 4/13," according... — Updated 4/15/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Musical acts to build up to festival

For Lupe Garcia, "Music is feeling it. The way you feel music is very important." Garcia plays saxophone for Los Huracanes Del Norte, the Norteño band featured this Saturday night... — Updated 4/8/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Jail admin adds 'town hall meetings,' instructional courses

When you hear of inmates at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, you may not associate them with "town hall meetings" and instructional courses. But those meetings and the... — Updated 4/8/2023


Ask the editors - April 9

Why isn’t “Clovis Man” used in branding Clovis? “Clovis Man” was so named when archaeologists gathered significant evidence of a population of humans who lived in North America more than 13,000 years ago in the Blackwater... — Updated 4/8/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Clovis Police Department to deploy new aides

Their uniforms will be yellow and black, they won't have a firearm or handcuffs and their strongest police power will be writing parking tickets if they need to. That's a brief... — Updated 4/8/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Airport director 'excited for the opportunity'

A new airport terminal and a freshly painted airport runway: those are the top projects on the agenda of Clovis Regional Airport's new director, Amanda Brungart. "I love it. I'm... — Updated 4/4/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

ENMU professors publish fifth book of American history

Two guys who regularly have a game of noontime basketball in Portales have also gotten together to write their fifth American history book. Eastern New Mexico University professors... — Updated 4/4/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Second-chance law brings critics, support

The net effect of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signing Senate Bill 64 into law March 17 is the stroke of her pen abolished juvenile life sentences without any opportunity for parole. Depending on the severity of the crime the... — Updated 4/1/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Middle school redistricting decision expected in April

The Clovis Municipal School Board is expected to make a decision on middle school redistricting in April. The CMS Board met for their monthly meeting for March Tuesday evening.... — Updated 4/1/2023


Ask the editors - April 2

What is the history of Ned Houk Park and its dam site? Ned Houk Park is named for the long-deceased Clovis mayor and city commissioner known affectionately as “Mr. Ned.” Houk was born in Missouri in 1882 and died in Clovis in... — Updated 4/1/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Locals cheer, jeer Trump indictment

Former President Donald Trump was indicted Thursday by a New York grand jury in an alleged hush-money payment scheme. It's the first time in U.S. history a former president has been... — Updated 4/1/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

State court issues order blocking ordinances

New Mexico’s Supreme Court on Friday issued an order that temporarily blocks enforcement of the anti-abortion ordinances Clovis and Roosevelt County passed last year. The city of Clovis, Roosevelt County and Hobbs are listed as... — Updated 4/1/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Lawmakers express disappointment in session

The region's Republican lawmakers and Clovis Mayor Mike Morris mostly expressed disappointment Monday as they recapped the state's legislative session that wrapped up earlier this... — Updated 3/28/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Degree program on regents' agenda

A new master’s degree program to be added to Eastern New Mexico University’s (ENMU) degree options is on the agenda for Friday’s meeting of the school’s Board of Regents. Vice President for Academic Affairs Jamie Laurenz... — Updated 3/28/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

Capital requests in hands of governor

Area legislators have requested $39.9 million in Capital Outlay funds for Curry and Roosevelt counties in House Bill 505. The requests are now in the hands of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham awaiting her approval or line-item veto by... — Updated 3/25/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

New airport manager introduced

Clovis Regional Airport has a new airport manager. Amanda Brungart, the new manager, was introduced to Clovis City Commissioners Thursday at the commissioners regular session.... — Updated 3/25/2023


Ask the editors - March 26

What’s up with the new tennis courts at Portales High School? There are some new tennis courts in the making in Portales that will be located at Kilgore Avenue and East Third Street, across from the cemetery and right behind the... — Updated 3/25/2023

 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

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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