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 By Jamie Cushman    News    June 9, 2018

Women share stories of pioneering - and soap

CLOVIS — Some of eastern New Mexico's oldest residents shared stories from their lives on the High Plains at the Clovis Civic Center on Friday morning. The 17th annual Pioneer Women's Breakfast...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    June 9, 2018

Curry unanimously approves fire safety measures

CLOVIS - The Curry County Commission unanimously approved a pair of fire safety measures at Friday's special meeting. One included a proclamation that restricts fireworks use and sale in the...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    June 8, 2018

Event to commemorate Treaty of Bosque Redondo

FORT SUMNER — A dark and rarely discussed period of eastern New Mexico’s history will be in the spotlight this weekend at the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner State Monument. Several events are planned today and Saturday to commemorate the... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    June 7, 2018

Malin Parker re-elected sheriff

PORTALES — Malin Parker said Wednesday he’s looking forward to four more years as Roosevelt County sheriff. “I’d just like to do our job in the most professional manner as possible,” said Parker, the incumbent who defeated challenger... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    June 7, 2018

Residents speak out at contentious Portales meeting

PORTALES — The public input portion of Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting turned contentious. Area residents sought answers from the council regarding Portales’ interest in turning the city’s recreation center into an entertainment...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    June 6, 2018

Curry skipping grant application

CLOVIS — Curry County will not submit a Community Development Block Grant application this year, the Curry County Commission unanimously decided on Tuesday. The commission previously approved the pa...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    June 6, 2018

Rec center debate dominates Portales City Council meeting

PORTALES — The public input portion of Tuesday's Portales City Council meeting turned contentious as citizens sought answers from the council regarding Portales' interest in turning the city's recreation center into an entertainment venue, leaving... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    June 3, 2018

ENMU public safety department get pay hike

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents unanimously approved a salary increase for the university’s department of public safety at Saturday’s meeting. Chancellor Jeff Elwell said the department will receive 2.5 to 3 percen...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    June 2, 2018

Job fair focuses on youth

CLOVIS - While it's not particularly easy for anyone to find a job these days, it can be especially challenging for people in their teens and early 20s to find work for several reasons, including age... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 31, 2018

A look at area recycling

CLOVIS — One Clovis resident wants the people of eastern New Mexico to be aware of the recycling options in the area. “I’m a big recycler, I even got people in our church to recycle,” Beulah Mattingly said. “I go through the trash to pull...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 31, 2018

Reporter's notebook: What's in a name

Would you root for a baseball team called the Sod Poodles? How about the Boot Scooters? You may get that chance starting next year as both names are among the five finalists for the new Amarillo minor league baseball team that will begin play in the...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 30, 2018

Construction on schedule at Parkview

CLOVIS — Construction on Clovis' new 63,000-square-foot Parkview Elementary School, which began a year ago, is on schedule. "Obviously we're near the end," CMS Executive Director of Operations John...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 29, 2018

Reporter's notebook - Ethics and the environment

ALBUQUERQUE — The American Ethical Union (AEU) will bring its 103rd annual assembly to Albuquerque for the first time this year, June 7-10. It is the largest event of the year for the group, which promotes ethical culture, a movement based around...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 27, 2018

'Cool things' at Cannon Air Show

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 2018 Cannon Air Force Base Air Show Space and Tech Fest kicked off a weekend of flight, food and fun on Saturday with not much for attendees to complain about, other... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 27, 2018

Veterans organizations honoring the fallen

Local veterans organizations have ceremonies planned for Monday morning as Americans around the country honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. The Clovis event begins at 10 a.m. at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery and the Portales event begins...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 26, 2018

Detainees give back with art for auction

CLOVIS - Detainees at the Curry County Detention Center are using their artistic abilities to promote a passion for reading among local children, all while behind bars. Five pieces of art created by...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 25, 2018

Ranchvale to get volunteer fire department

RANCHVALE — The formation of a volunteer fire department in Ranchvale was put in motion last week when the Curry County Commission approved the creation of a new fire district encompassing the Ranchvale area. “It’s definitely one that was neede... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 25, 2018

Water authority budget approved

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority unanimously approved the preliminary operating budget for fiscal year 2019 during Thursday’s meeting. ENMWUA administrator Orlando Ortega said total expenditures for fiscal year 2019 are...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 23, 2018

County breaks ground on jail addition

CLOVIS - Current and former Curry County officials looked to turn the page on Tuesday as the county held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its detention center addition and renovation project that has... Full story

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 23, 2018

Clovis school board approves budget

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the budget for the upcoming school year at Tuesday's meeting. Assistant Superintendent of Finance Shawna Russel said state-mandated raises to teachers' salaries added...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 22, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Rainy days

Well, that was a rare and welcome sight — weekend rain. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Guyer said the north side of Clovis received about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch of rain on Saturday night/Sunday morning, while the south side of town and...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 20, 2018

Clovis Christian graduating class 'high-achieving'

CLOVIS - Seven seniors graduated from Clovis Christian Schools on Saturday at Living Stones Church. They were praised for more than just academic success. "This graduating class has been...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 20, 2018

Breaking ground for detention center

CLOVIS — Curry County on Tuesday will break ground on a detention center addition and renovation project that’s 10 years in the making. “It’s been a long road, but it’s finally headed towards the end,” Curry County Commission Chairman...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 19, 2018

Graduate focused on his future

CLOVIS - David Mertz may not be typical of the students who graduated from Clovis High School on Friday night. But he's a good example of what's good about the future, according to at least one...

 By Jamie Cushman    News    May 18, 2018

Longtime Clovis schools health director retiring

CLOVIS — The longtime director of health services for Clovis Municipal Schools, who has overseen considerable progress in the district’s health care capabilities, will be retiring at the end of the school year. Rhonda Sparks said she has been...


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