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 By Kevin Wilson    News    September 27, 2020 

Hybrid education to begin Monday

CLOVIS — How detail-oriented were the back-to-school plans Clovis has had to prepare for its phased return to in-person classes beginning Monday? Answer: Superintendent Renee Russ took an intermission for questions halfway through her report on...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    September 27, 2020 

Caldwell picked for ENMU president

PORTALES - The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met just 15 minutes in closed session Friday to discuss the path to selecting a new Portales campus president and chancellor for its...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Sports    September 27, 2020 

Regents table athlete proposal

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents agreed bringing student-athletes back onto campus would provide benefits for the student-athletes and improve their chances to compete against Lone Star Conference foes that already have their...

 

Curry ready to distribute grant money

CLOVIS — Curry County on Monday became the first local entity out of the gate with small business grants from its pool of $150 million in statewide assistance made available through the federal CARES Act. Curry County received $322,163 in small...

 

ENMU, CCC enrollment numbers drop

PORTALES — Three years ago, Eastern New Mexico University set a fall enrollment record at 6,027, and the following year came close to another at 6,015. This year, with the university going online for the fall semester out of COVID-19 pandemic...

 

Release conditions change slightly for former daycare owners

PORTALES — A virtual bond hearing Wednesday for a pair of former daycare owners appealing their 2019 conviction was largely outlined last week by the New Mexico Supreme Court. However, some changes were made for Sandi and Mary Taylor, over... Full story

 

Regents name Caldwell ENMU chancellor

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met just 15 minutes in closed session Friday to discuss the path to selecting a permanent Portales campus president and chancellor for...

 

Taylors granted release pending appeal

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court, in a 3-1 decision, ordered a pair of former Portales daycare owners be granted release from prison pending an appeal on their 2019 convictions. Sandi and Mary Taylor, former owners of the Taylor Tots...

 

Curry goes green

SANTA FE — She believes the state is “trending in exactly the way we are hoping to” on COVID-19. So on Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced recreation-related changes to the state’s public health order aimed at reopening the...

 

Clovis considers foreclosing on Gidding house

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis is looking into foreclosing on a home on Gidding Street, and all indications are it won’t stop there. City commissioners voted 7-0 to authorize abatement of the house at 1201 Gidding, and Mayor Mike Morris agreed with...

 

Regents to close on sale of former stadium

PORTALES — By Friday, there should only be one Greyhound Stadium in Roosevelt County. The Eastern New Mexico University regents are expected to close on a sale of the former home of the Greyhound football team, along with nearly 24 acres surroundin...

 

Water authority approves $37.188 million grant

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is heading south, following an eight-figure grant agreement Monday with the Bureau of Reclamation. The authority board voted 4-0 in a 20-minute special meeting at the authority offices to...

 

NM supreme court to hear daycare worker appeal

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear an appeal involving two former Portales daycare owners now in prison for the death of a child who was under their care. Oral arguments begin at 9 a.m. today in a petition on behalf of Mary and...

 

Portales schools puts off hybrid learning

PORTALES — The Portales school district doesn’t plan to begin hybrid learning until Oct. 20, regardless of what data shows on Roosevelt County’s daily case count and test positivity show on COVID-19. By the time that date comes around,...

 

Two Clovis residents jailed in shooting

CLOVIS — Two people arrested in connection with a Friday kidnapping and shooting were arraigned Monday afternoon in Curry County Magistrate Court. Carlos Sanchez-Trillo, 31, of Clovis was arrested Sunday without incident. He is charged with...

 

Commission conversation with state official gets heated

CLOVIS — State Human Services Secretary David Scrase spent about 30 minutes Tuesday morning with the Curry County Commission, and found himself on the wrong end of a few uncomfortable questions from commissioners. Scrase spoke for about 15 minutes...

 

No health order changes presented

SANTA FE — State officials provided good news regarding COVID-19 infection rates Thursday, but did not present any public health order changes. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the virus is challenging and unfair, and that while congratulations...

 

City officials still waiting on CARES Act information

CLOVIS — City commissioners spent about 10 minutes Thursday asking administration about the details of $4.26 million in CARES Act grants awarded last week by the state. They came away with about as much information after the 8-0 vote to accept the...

 

Former CMS principal pleads in DWI case

CLOVIS — A former principal with Clovis Municipal Schools entered a no-contest plea to driving while intoxicated in connection with a November traffic stop, according to court records. According to a plea agreement filed in July in De Baca County M...

 

Curry hears presentation on chemical contamination

CLOVIS — In a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, Curry County Commissioners heard work is progressing slowly on addressing “forever chemical” contamination at and around Cannon Air Force Base first disclosed two years ago. The commission heard...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    September 9, 2020

Lansford makes pitch for water banking

CLOVIS — The city’s water policy advisory committee meeting Tuesday morning was as good a place as any for David Lansford to make his latest pitch for a water banking effort funded largely by the federal government. But for Lansford, the former...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    September 9, 2020

Uncertainty for CARES Act spending

CLOVIS — Accepting $4.26 million in federal CARES Act money won’t be the complicated thing for the Clovis City Commission. The challenge lies in exactly how that money will be awarded to small businesses over the next few months, and City...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    September 6, 2020

Local schools online for now

SANTA FE — Public schools in Curry and Roosevelt counties will remain in online-only mode through at least next week. While most schools around the state will reopen to students this week, recent coronavirus cases in the Clovis and Portales area...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    September 6, 2020

Clovis looks outside for retail help

CLOVIS — It’s no mystery the city of Clovis has lost retail over the last few years. The Clovis City Commission is hoping some outside help can reverse the trend. The commission on Thursday agreed to a three-year, $130,000 professional services a...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    September 6, 2020

Water usage not raising concerns

CLOVIS - The summer of 2020 has been a hot one, with most days reaching the 90s and plenty more days in the 100s than the 70s. But so far, it hasn't been too much of a strain on the city's water...

 

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