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  • Planned site for center south of PRMC in Clovis

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    The site for the planned Regional Behavioral Health facility will be on West 21st Street south of Plains Regional Medical Center. The site was revealed when Clovis City Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday at a regular commission meeting to buy 16 acres of land and an adjacent smaller parcel at 2521 and 2521 1/2 W. 21st St. The cost, $361,942 plus closing costs, will come from $10 million in capital outlay money from the New Mexico Legislature for the facility. Clovis City Manager Justin Howalt told commissioners the prop...

  • On the shelves - March 10

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    The books listed below are now available for checkout at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The library is open to the public, but patrons can still visit the online catalog at or call 575-769-7840 to request a specific item for curbside pickup. “The Osborns” by Joe Osborn. This book was given in Honor of Joe Osborn. This genealogy book takes us through six generations of the Osborn family. From Alexander Osborne (1705-1755) to Edgar Monroe Osborn (1870-1960) and five generations of Edg...

  • Our people: Receptionist plans trip to South Korea

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    When you walk into the office at Westgate Self Storage in Clovis you might notice something about most of the pictures on the wall. They're of the South Korean "boy band" BTS. "I go fangirl over them," Beth Delavega said, laughing. Delavega is receptionist at the business. She spent some time with the News on Monday afternoon talking about her life. Q: Where were you born? A: I was born in El Paso, Texas. When I was two months old we moved to California. We moved around a lot...

  • CCC interim president to retire in July

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    Robin Jones, interim president of Clovis Community College in the wake of the resignation of Charles Nwankwo last year, will be resigning the position on July 1. “I’ve given 27 years to this college and it’s time to see whatever life brings. That’s all I have to say,” Jones told The News after Thursday’s regular meeting of the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees. Jones’ resignation was not discussed by trustees at Thursday’s session. Among the items that were discussed, Board President Lora Harlan gave a presidential...

  • Tarson, incumbents win Clovis city seats

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    Gail Tarson believes she won the District 2 seat on Clovis’ City Commission because she represents the conservative values and priorities of the community. “As a small business owner, I understand the importance of fiscal responsibility and economic growth. My commitment to upholding traditional family values resonated with many voters who prioritize stability and traditional principles,” Tarson wrote in an email to The News after Tuesday’s municipal elections. Incumbents won the day as voters returned Chris Bryant, Helen Cas... Full story

  • CCC names five finalists for president's job

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

    Clovis Community College on Monday released a list of five finalists for its president’s position. Two of the finalists have Texas ties, the others come from Arizona, Oregon and Maryland. Interim CCC President Robin Jones was not among the finalists and it’s still not clear if she applied for the job though she said she had interest. Jones, who was out of town on Monday, did not respond to questions emailed from The News. CCC Trustees Chair Lora Harlan declined to say whether Jones applied for the job. All of the finalists ar...

  • Sound studio coming to museum

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 5, 2024

    A team of studio designers say they will be building a “cutting edge recording studio” in Clovis using vintage analog recording equipment combined with modern digital technology. The five men were on hand Monday for a press conference concerning the figurative groundbreaking in the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum in the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce building on Grand Avenue. Sam Berkow along with Aaron Willis, recording engineer Mark Salamone, producer/composer Lance Bendiksen and local electrical enginee...

  • Roosevelt commissioners approve pay hikes

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 5, 2024

    Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved pay hikes for elected officials, their deputies and county employees. Effective on dates listed, pay will go up for the following elected officials, reflecting a 10% increase: • County sheriff from $71,500 to $78,650, Jan. 1, 2027. • County assessor from $66,150 to $72,765, Jan. 1, 2027. • Probate judge from $22,025 to $24,225, Jan. 1, 2027. • County clerk from $66,150 to $72,765, Jan. 1, 2025. • County treasurer from $66,150 to $72,765, Jan. 1, 2025. • Distric...

  • May have to edit my mother's appendicitis story in future

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 5, 2024

    The Lady of the House has been enjoying “The Lassie Channel” since she found it out there in the great television universe. One afternoon there was an episode where everybody was in a dither because Timmy, the kid on the show, had appendicitis. “I haven’t heard much about appendicitis anymore. Do we still have appendixes?” I asked out loud. “I hear they’re treating appendicitis with antibiotics these days,” The Lady of the House said. “Seems they were always cutting those things out when they got infected. My mom told me sh...

  • Clovis surgeon's hobby is for the birds

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 5, 2024

    Titus Plomaritus got into falconry -- the use of birds of prey to hunt -- on a suggestion from his wife; something the two of them could do together. "She lost interest when she first saw a red-tailed hawk catch a squirrel and the rodent's eye popped out," Plomaritus told a Clovis Rotary Club luncheon audience Thursday. Plomaritus, a Clovis orthopedic surgeon, and his golden eagle, Louhi, were guests of the Rotarians. "She's named after the wicked witch of Norse mythology,"...

  • Our people: Retired Navy seaman likes shade trees

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 2, 2024

    Don Spinks retired from the Clovis Case Tractor dealership almost 30 years ago. That's when he started working at Guthals Nursery. "He is one of the most truthful men you'll ever meet. I wish more people were like that," co-worker Penny Summers said. The News dropped in on Spinks while he was working Tuesday as he shared a bit about his life. Q: Where were you born? A: Temple, Okla. Q: What brought you to Clovis? A: My wife was born in Carlsbad. We met in Dallas at the Case...

  • Big country act may appear at PAFRA rodeo in September

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

    A yet to be named “significant” country act wants to appear at this September’s world championship Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association rodeo at the Curry County Events Center. The news came from events center General Manager K. C. Messick at Tuesday’s regular Curry County Commission meeting. Messick declined to name the act but did say this Country artist approached him about appearing because the person is a big supporter of the military. “Right now we haven’t inked the contract. We’ll make a big announcement...

  • Radio wedding for Big Deal and Barbie

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

    I was mindlessly surfing the Internet the other day, looking up this and that, this person, that person and I wondered about Bobby “Big Deal” Thompson, a fellow I knew long ago and far away. Well, he’s dead, he died a few years ago. He was 74. I mostly remember Big Deal for his wedding on the radio. It was back in a little town tucked back in the hills and hollows of Appalachia’s coal country. Bobby was what some might call a “character.” He was loud, he was boisterous, he was funny. Bobby made money in the mobile home...

  • More money could be on way for pipeline

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 24, 2024

    More millions of state dollars could be headed for the treasury of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, the agency in charge of the Ute Water Pipeline. The amount is yet to be determined and depends on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signing House Bill 148 funding the New Mexico Water Trust Board according to Joe Thompson. Thompson, ENMWUA’s “Consultant at the state level,” shared the news of the potential cash infusion at Thursday’s regular monthly ENMWUA board meeting. In other business: • ENMWUA Chief Procureme...

  • Survey: Affordable housing in Clovis not adequate

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 24, 2024

    More than 80% of those responding to an affordable housing survey said supply is not adequate for Clovis. That set the tone for a housing town hall meeting Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The session was conducted by Jackie Fishman of Consensus Planning, an Albuquerque planning and architecture firm. Fishman outlined the New Mexico Affordable Housing Act. Points she noted included: • When it comes to housing, "cost burdened" households were described as those s...

  • Our people: Local twin has a story to tell

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 24, 2024

    Larry Rogers likes to tell the story about the day he was born in Tularosa, on April 1, 1965. "My brother and I were born that day," he said. "I was born first. So the doctor said to my mother, 'There's another one in there.' "My mom was holding me and said, 'I just want to enjoy my baby. Stop telling me April Fools' jokes.' "Then my brother Terry was born." Rogers shared more stories with The News on Wednesday afternoon. Q: What brought you to Clovis? A: I was born in...

  • 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 p...

  • 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 notes cuz...

  • 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 offic...

  • '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 using A...

  • 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,” Melancon...

  • 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...

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