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 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 20, 2019 

Curry approves road improvements for block grant

CLOVIS — Take two: The Curry County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved road improvements on Curry Road 11 for the county’s annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project this year — a shortened version of last year’s...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 20, 2019 

Grady schools adopts new tobacco policy

GRADY — The Grady Municipal Schools formally adopted a new tobacco policy during Monday night’s school board meeting, joining seven other school districts around the state to meet the Department...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 17, 2019

Local lawmakers take stock of session

SANTA FE — If we didn’t know 60 days ago, we know now: New Mexico is under Democrat control. “I feel like the state of New Mexico turned left,” Rep. Randy Crowder, R-Clovis, said as the state Legislature wrapped up its annual session on...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 13, 2019

Bills would set aside money for area

SANTA FE — While the capital outlay and “junior” spending bills are far from set in stone, the current proposals contain considerable funds set to flow through eastern New Mexico. Each legislator was alloted at least $400,000 in the two junior...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 13, 2019

Phishing scam targets Clovis schools

CLOVIS — The Clovis school district was one of several public entities targeted in a payroll phishing scam according to a press release from the state auditor’s office, but school officials said the scammers did not take any money. A press releas...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 10, 2019

Dueling bills address daylight saving time

As New Mexicans set their clocks forward an hour today, two dueling bills being considered in Santa Fe seek to end the practice, one by adopting daylight saving time year round and the other by abstaining from it completely. On February 19, the...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 10, 2019

School board approves advertising

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education approved the advertising for its superintendent search during a special meeting Tuesday. According to the approved advertising, minimum requirements for applicants include a master’s degree...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 10, 2019

Transit system fare increase approved

PORTALES - Starting July 1, Portales Area Transit is set to receive what officials said would be the public transportation program's first fare increase in its dozen years of operations. That's after...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 6, 2019

Portales e-sports proposal approved

PORTALES - High school students in Portales may soon be competing against others around the state in video games. The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved a...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 6, 2019

Commissioners weigh in on state legislation

CLOVIS - Curry County commissioners took little action on Tuesday, but weighed in on a number of issues it wants state lawmakers to consider. The resolutions express the commission's positions, but...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 3, 2019

Clovis board pushes forward on search

CLOVIS - The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education formally approved several aspects of its search for the district's next superintendent during Tuesday's meeting. According to the timeline appr...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 3, 2019

ENMU regents appoint new members

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University board of regents is once again fully staffed as Curry County Manager Lance Pyle and ENMU student Joseph Gergel III were among the nine appointments to higher education boards across the state announced...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 3, 2019

Students entering cooking competition

CLOVIS - At Clovis High School, there's no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. Students from the CHS ProStart class, which teaches students the basics of cooking, will travel to Albuquerque...

 

Governor appoints District 1 commissioner

CLOVIS — Curry County’s newest district 1 commissioner will be a familiar face. Robert Sandoval was appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to fill the vacancy on Monday. Sandoval was a county commissioner for eight years, from 2006 to 2014,...

 

ENMU hosts drama festival

PORTALES - Dozens of high school students were punching and hitting each other on the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Friday. But don't worry. It wasn't part of an underground fight club. The...

 

Portales approves commercial application for Best Western Plus

PORTALES — The month before it is set to open, the Portales City Council approved a commercial application for the Best Western Plus located at 223 W. Second Street, also known as the Portales Inn. Public Works Director John DeSha said council...

 

Water issues dominate meeting

CLOVIS -While there were seven action items on the agenda for Tuesday's Curry County Commission meeting, an item on Thursday's Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority agenda dominated much of the...

 

Legislators weigh in on fast-paced session

SANTA FE — With the 60-day legislative session reaching its midpoint, legislators from eastern New Mexico last week reflected on the fast and furious pace and huge number of bills introduced. “I’m a freshman legislator, but I’ve been at the...

 

Shutdown delays property sale

CLOVIS — While the longest shutdown in the history of the federal government ended late last month, its effects are still being felt by the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey told the board at its meeting...

 

Business owners weigh in on minimum wage

Earlier this month when the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee debated House Bill 31, one of several proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage being considered during the current legislative session, dozens of people from the...

 

Portales school board approves pair of grants

PORTALES - The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education approved a pair of grants totaling over $150,000 during Monday's meeting. Rick Segovia, director of federal programs, said the nearly...

 

Special election funding questions pass

TEXICO — Both funding questions on the Texico Municipal Schools special election conducted via mail ballot were approved by Curry and Roosevelt County voters on Tuesday by more than a 2-to-1 margin. Officials said 1,036 ballots were sent out across...

 

Curry County commissioners take action on bill resolutions

CLOVIS — For the second time in three meetings, the Curry County Commission on Friday took action on a resolution related to bills being considered by the Legislature. The most recent act opposes several bills that would increase regulation on...

 

Conservation group updates council on countermeasures

PORTALES — Mike Cone, chairman of the Roosevelt Soil and Water Conservation District, provided an update on the organization’s efforts during Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting. Cone detailed the state entity’s shade balls project,...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    February 6, 2019

Teacher shortage affecting region

Across the state of New Mexico and the entire country, several factors have brought down the number of high school and college students looking to enter the field of education. It’s created a nationwide teacher shortage that is affecting local scho...

 

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