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 By Jamie Cushman    News    September 20, 2018 

Education secretary rides 'Express' to Fort Sumner, House

New Mexico Secretary of Education Christopher Ruszkowski visited eastern New Mexico on Wednesday to celebrate a pair of first-time achievements at area schools. First Ruszkowski visited Fort Sumner...


Curry votes to allow funds for easement project

CLOVIS — After a lengthy discussion, the Curry County Commission on Tuesday voted 4-1 to allow the city of Clovis to use county funds for a conservation easement pilot project. Commissioner Seth...


Road barn construction complete

CLOVIS — Months after it was narrowly approved by the Curry County Commission, construction is complete on the new county road barn located south of Clovis on Curry Road 6. By a 3-2 vote and then a...


Turtles topic of federal lawsuit

CLOVIS — Moments after Marc Anthony Baca led a chant of "turtle power" to pump up the crowd, individuals wearing costumes nearly identical to those popularized by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...


Hundreds walk to shine light on suicide

CLOVIS — Hundreds of people came out to Hillcrest Park on Saturday to shine a light on suicide. Clovis hosted its first Out of the Darkness Walk, part of a nationwide series of community walks put... Full story


Baca says she's staying in office

CLOVIS — Curry County Commissioner Chet Spear began Friday’s commission meeting by addressing the two absences on the dais. Ben McDaniel, he said, was out of town on vacation. After a long pause, Spear reported Commissioner Angelina Baca was... Full story


Officials vote to impose 2018 property tax rates

CLOVIS - Curry County commissioners on Friday unanimously voted to impose the 2018 property tax rates - mostly flat compared to a year ago - during a 22-minute meeting. Assessor Candace Morrison said...


Clovis native claims wakesurfing title

OGDEN, Utah — Three years ago, Clovis native Makayla Drake started a new hobby — wakesurfing at Ute Lake. Now she’s a world champion. Makayla left Ogden, Utah, on Saturday with two trophies,... Full story


Community commemorates 9/11 attacks

PORTALES - Seventeen years later, we still remember. That was the message during the annual Sept. 11 ceremony held outside James Polk Stone Community Bank on Tuesday morning as dozens came out to... Full story


City manager details concept for new rec center

PORTALES — City Manager Sammy Standefer shared details about a conceptual design for a new city recreation facility during Tuesday's Portales City Council meeting. Located next to the existing city pool on Seventh Street, the plans call for a full...


Roosevelt supports counties' legislative priorities

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission approved a resolution supporting the New Mexico Counties 2019 legislative priorities during Tuesday’s meeting. Several of the priorities are related to detention facilities, with funding for jails and...


Shooting prowess on display at contest

PORTALES — Dozens of competitors took to Idsinga Dairy on Saturday to take part in Roosevelt General Hospital's fourth annual target shooting fundraiser. While promoters called it a skeet shoot, if...


9/11 events planned across area

Several local events are planned for Tuesday as eastern New Mexico will join the rest of the nation in commemorating the 17th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the most deadly terrorist attack in American history. Remembering the Heroe...


Reporter's notebook: Grandstand on the move

CLOVIS — When three different groups submitted applications last month to bring a racetrack and casino to Clovis, many of the details of the projects were similar: hundreds of jobs, millions of...


Plenty to keep locals busy this weekend

A frequent complaint of eastern New Mexico residents is that there’s nothing to do on the High Plains. That won’t be the case this weekend as there are events taking place in Clovis, Melrose and Portales. Those venturing into Hillcrest Park... Full story


Local entering World Wake Surfing Championship

OGDEN, Utah — Eastern New Mexico isn't exactly a hotbed for wakesurfing, but don't tell that to Clovis native Makayla Drake. Makayla, 13, will be riding in the World Wake Surfing Championship in Ogd... Full story


Playing their hand

CLOVIS — More jobs, more revenue, prioritizing racing and “the nicest casino in New Mexico” were some of the projections of Full House Resorts’ pitch to Clovis Industrial Corporation members,... Full story


Counties oppose straight-party voting option

County officials in eastern New Mexico struck back against New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver's announcement last week to bring back straight-party voting for the 2018 general...


Curry requests plan for handling political signs at fair

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission took the first step in addressing the issue of political signage at the Events Center and fairgrounds during Tuesday's regular meeting. The commission unanimousl...


Business feature: Location, location, location could mean tax benefits

An economist from the state Economic Development Board visited the region on Thursday to get the word out about a new program that can provide capital gains tax benefits for investments in certain designated areas called opportunity zones. Economist...


Counties to consider straight-party voting resolutions

Both the Curry and Roosevelt county commissions are scheduled to hold special meetings today to consider resolutions opposing the inclusion of straight-party voting in the Nov. 6 election. New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver...


Reporter's notebook - My worst job

With the nation set to celebrate Labor Day on Monday, The News asked for residents’ worst workplace experiences. Two stood out: • As he loaded up a fishing hook with bait at Greene Acres Park on Saturday, Gabriel Mundine recalled the three years...


Rain causes things to get 'crazy'

A storm that reminded one resident of a classic 1939 film quickly swept through eastern New Mexico on Saturday. It left large puddles, blown over trees and some soggy shoes in its wake. The third...


Rock on

CLOVIS - The phrases may sound like they are straight out of a fortune cookie: • The grass is greener when you water it; • Don't regret the past, learn from it; • Live what you love. But the... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    August 31, 2018

State official: Curry Commissioner Baca off ballot

CLOVIS— Angelina Baca, the District 1 Curry County commissioner and the winner of the July primary in her re-election bid, will not appear on the ballot for the general election on Nov. 6, a spokesm... Full story


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